Denton Enterprise Airport
Denton Enterprise Airport
USGS aerial image, January 1996
|Owner||City of Denton|
|Elevation AMSL||642 ft / 196 m|
Denton Enterprise Airport (ICAO: KDTO, FAA LID: DTO), also known as Denton Airport and previously Denton Municipal Airport, is a city-owned, public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) west of the central business district of Denton, a city in Denton County, Texas, United States.
This airport is assigned a three-letter location identifier of DTO by the Federal Aviation Administration, but it does not have an International Air Transport Association (IATA) airport code.
The airport was established in 1942 and used during 1943–44 by the United States Army Air Forces as a contract glider training airfield. It was known at the time as Denton Field. Harte Flying Service provided instruction. It was used primarily by C-47 Skytrains and Waco CG-4 unpowered Gliders. The mission of the school was to train glider pilot students in proficiency in operation of gliders in various types of towed and soaring flight, both day and night, and in servicing of gliders in the field.
It was inactivated in late 1944 with the drawdown of AAFTC's pilot training program. It was then declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on September 30, 1945. It was eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport in December 1946.
Facilities and aircraft
Denton Municipal Airport covers an area of 700 acres (280 ha) at an elevation of 642 feet (196 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 18/36 which measures 7,002 x 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending March 7, 2009, the airport had 105,010 aircraft operations, an average of 288 per day. At that time there were 218 aircraft based at the airport: 77% single-engine, 13% multi-engine, and >1% jet, helicopter and glider.
The airport has 2 flight schools:
- US Aviation Academy
- All American Helicopters (a US Aviation company)
- Longhorn Helicopters
The airport also has one fixed-base operator (FBO):
Additionally, the Hangar 10 Flying Museum is located here.
- FAA Airport Master Record for DTO ( PDF), effective May 7, 2009.
- "Denton Enterprise Airport". cityofdenton.com. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
- "Airline and Airport Code Search". International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved November 14, 2016.
- "Denton Enterprise Airport (IATA: none, ICAO: KDTO, FAA: DTO)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- Denton Airport at City of Denton web site
- (PDF), effective June 20, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for DTO, effective June 20, 2019
- Resources for this airport: