Dennis F. Cantrell Field

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Dennis F. Cantrell Field
Conway CWS.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Conway
ServesConway, Arkansas
ClosedJanuary 31, 2015 (2015-01-31)[1]
Elevation AMSL316 ft / 96 m
Coordinates35°04′51″N 092°25′30″W / 35.08083°N 92.42500°W / 35.08083; -92.42500Coordinates: 35°04′51″N 092°25′30″W / 35.08083°N 92.42500°W / 35.08083; -92.42500
CWS is located in Arkansas
Location of airport in Arkansas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 4,875 1,486 Asphalt
18/36 3,278 999 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations16,000
Based aircraft41

Dennis F. Cantrell Field (ICAO: KCWS, FAA LID: CWS, formerly M03) was a public use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) southeast of the central business district of Conway, in Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States. It was owned by the City of Conway.[2]

It is replaced with the new Conway Airport at Cantrell Field since September 2014.[3]

This airport was included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport.[4]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport was assigned CWS by the FAA but had no designation from the IATA[5] (CWS was once assigned to Center Island, Washington airport, which is now 78WA).[6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Dennis F. Cantrell Field covered an area of 198 acres (80 ha) at an elevation of 316 feet (96 m) above mean sea level. It had two asphalt paved runways: 8/26 is 4,875 by 100 feet (1,486 x 30 m) and 18/36 is 3,278 by 60 feet (999 x 18 m).[2]

For the 12-month period ending January 31, 2010, the airport had 16,000 aircraft operations, an average of 43 per day: 94% general aviation, 3% air taxi, and 3% military. At that time there were 41 aircraft based at this airport: 73% single-engine, 22% multi-engine, 2% jet, and 2% helicopter.[2]

Aviation Accidents[edit]

On June 30, 2007, a Cessna Citation I aircraft attempting to land at the airfield instead crashed into a nearby house, killing the pilot and a woman on the ground.[7] Wet conditions, combined with pilot error in landing too far down the runway, prevented the plane from having enough room to either safely stop or to attempt another takeoff. The plane continued off the runway until colliding with a wall and then the house, which was located 500 feet away. Both the passenger and the other occupant of the house survived the crash.[8] A similar incident occurred in 1990, when a plane crashed into a fence and house near the airport, killing the co-pilot.

On November 7, 2012, a 65-year-old pilot from Mississippi crashed shortly after takeoff from the airfield. He reported engine troubles and attempted to return to the airport, but instead collided with trees and crashed. He later died of his injuries.[9]

Safety of the airport was a primary concern in the decision to relocate to a new site. The existing airfield was considered too close to Interstate 40 and nearby residential areas, and it lacked sufficient space to accommodate jet traffic.[10] The new Conway airport covers 431 acres of land, compared to the 150 acres formerly occupied by KCWS.


  1. ^ "Welcoming a new era in aviation: Dennis F. Cantrell Field Airport (KCWS), Conway, Arkansas".
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for CWS PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. effective 25 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Kathryn's Report: Welcoming a new era in aviation: Dennis F. Cantrell Field Airport (KCWS), Conway, Arkansas". Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A (PDF, 2.03 MB)" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 4 October 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-27.
  5. ^ "Conway, Arkansas (FAA: CWS, ICAO: KCWS)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Center Island Airport, Washington (IATA: CWS, FAA: 78WA)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  7. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 500 Citation I N771HR Conway-Dennis F. Cantrell Field, AR". Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  8. ^ "Plane crashes into Arkansas house, killing 2". NBC News. Associated Press. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  9. ^ Hoffmeyer, Evan (2012-11-08). "Pilot dies from injuries in small plane crash in Conway". KATV. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  10. ^ Mershon, Matt (2014-09-05). "Conway Airport dedicated, aiming to attract new business". KATV. Retrieved 2020-08-18.

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