Craig Field (airport)
NAIP image 2006
|Owner||Craig Field Airport & Industrial Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||166 ft / 51 m|
Craig Field (IATA: SEM, ICAO: KSEM, FAA LID: SEM) is a public airport four miles southeast of Selma, in Dallas County, Alabama. The FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation facility. It was previously the U.S. Air Force Craig Air Force Base, closed in 1977.
Craig Field covers 1,790 acres (720 ha) at an elevation of 166 feet (51 m). Its single runway, 15/33, is 8,002 by 150 feet (2,439 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete. In the year ending November 2, 2009 the airport had 38,550 aircraft operations, average 105 per day: 89% general aviation, 10% military, and 1% air taxi. 8 single-engine aircraft were then based at the airport.
The former USAF control tower from what was Craig Air Force Base remains, but as of 2007 it was unmanned, with UNICOM being used as a common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). Both parallel 8,000-foot (2,400 m) runways still exist, but only one is in use. The Craig VORTAC and the Instrument Landing System (ILS) for the current Runway 33 remain operational. The airport's military traffic is primarily Navy and USAF aircraft inbound to the L3 Communications/Vertex Aerospace facility.
The former military family housing was sold to individual owners shortly after base closure and has decayed, compared to its previous military occupants.
Multiple civilian government and corporate tenants have taken up residency. The former on base elementary school continues as the civilian-run Craig Elementary and the former base golf course continues as the Craig Golf Course and Driving Range. The Alabama Highway Patrol (AHP) also operates both its training academy and its headquarters for AHP's F Troop at Craig.
In 2015, Marine One used Craig Field when President Barack Obama visited Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Craig Field may never have had airline service; Selma's previous airport saw Delta, then Southern flights from 1952 to 1963.
- FAA Airport Master Record for SEM ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 30 June 2011.
- National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems Archived August 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine for 2011–2015: Appendix A (PDF, 2.03 MB) Archived September 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 4 October 2010.
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- FAA Terminal Procedures for SEM, effective April 25, 2019
- AC-U-KWIK information for KSEM
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