Danbury Municipal Airport

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Danbury Municipal Airport
Danbury Airport Landing.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Danbury
Serves Danbury, Connecticut
Location Danbury, Connecticut
Hub for Reliant Air
Elevation AMSL 458 ft / 140 m
Coordinates 41°22′18″N 073°28′56″W / 41.37167°N 73.48222°W / 41.37167; -73.48222Coordinates: 41°22′18″N 073°28′56″W / 41.37167°N 73.48222°W / 41.37167; -73.48222
Website DXR Website
Maps
FAA Airport Diagram
FAA Airport Diagram
DXR is located in Connecticut
DXR
DXR
Location of airport in Connecticut/United States
DXR is located in the US
DXR
DXR
DXR (the US)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 4,422 1,348 Asphalt
17/35 3,135 956 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft operations 61,270
Based aircraft 264
Private jet aircraft parked on the apron

Danbury Municipal Airport (IATA: DXR, ICAO: KDXR, FAA LID: DXR) is a public use general aviation airport located three miles (5 km) southwest of the central business district of Danbury, in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States.[1] The airport opened in 1930. It is currently run by the city of Danbury under the management of Paul Estefan. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a regional reliever airport facility.[2]

The Reliant Air building burned down on the evening of September 12, 2007. The hangar was located on the northeast side of the airport.[3] It has since been rebuilt and Reliant Air continues in business.

History[edit]

In 1928, local pilots purchased a 60-acre tract near the Danbury Fairgrounds, known as Tucker's Field. This property was leased to the town in 1930 and became the Danbury Municipal Airport.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Danbury Municipal Airport covers 248 acres (1.00 km2) and has two runways:[1]

  • Runway 8/26: 4,422 x 150 ft (1,348 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 17/35: 3,135 x 100 ft (956 x 30 m), Surface: Asphalt

The airport has three instrument approaches:

  • Localizer Runway 8: Decision height - 643 feet (196 m) AGL
  • VOR or GPS-A: Decision height - 902 feet (275 m) AGL
  • GPS Runway 8: Decision height - 802 feet (244 m) AGL

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2008, the airport had 83,419 aircraft operations, an average of 228 per day: 56% local general aviation, 40% transient general aviation, 4% air taxi and <1% military. There are 265 aircraft based at this airport: 210 single engine, 48 multi-engine, 6 jet aircraft and 1 helicopter.[1]

The Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol 399th Composite Squadron (NER-CT-042) operates out of the airport. The hangar is located next to runway 35.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Reliant Air Seasonal charter: Nantucket[6]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On October 16, 2011, a Cirrus SR22 crashed in a field near the airport. The aircraft's one occupant was killed in the crash.
  • On January 22, 2013, a Cirrus SR22 crashed on South Street in Danbury, shortly after taking off, The aircraft's one occupant was killed in the crash.
  • On August 21, 2015, an Eclipse 500 (N120EA) veered off Runway 26, causing minor injuries to the occupants and badly damaging the aircraft.[7]
  • On July 30, 2017, a Cessna 172 (N612DF) crashed in a dog park in Danbury shortly after taking off of Runway 26. Of the three passengers, two were injured, and one was killed from the crash.[8]
  • On September 22, 2017, a Cessna 180 (N9624B) experienced a ground loop, causing the plane to partially cartwheel which severely damaged the engine and nose structure. The pilot experienced no injuries and the plane was subsequently repaired.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for DXR (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-07-05
  2. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Kevin J. Czarzasty (2007-09-13). "Fire Destroys Hangar at Danbury Airport". FireFightingNews. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  4. ^ "History". NynJctBotany.org. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  5. ^ http://399cap.org Civil Air Patrol 399th
  6. ^ http://reliantair.com/Pages/NantucketShuttle.php "Danbury to Nantucket"
  7. ^ http://fox61.com/2015/08/21/small-plane-skids-off-the-runway-at-danbury-municipal-airport/ 8/21/15 Accident
  8. ^ http://www.lohud.com/story/news/2017/07/30/3-injured-when-small-plane-crashes-near-danbury-airport/523755001/ 7/30/17 Accident
  9. ^ http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Plane-makes-rough-landing-at-Danbury-Airport-12220536.php#photo-14167479 9/22/17 Accident

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