Doylestown Airport

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Doylestown Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerBucks County Airport Authority (BCAA)
OperatorLeading Edge Aviation
ServesDoylestown, Pennsylvania
Location18901
Built05/1942
Elevation AMSL393.7 ft / 120.0 m
Coordinates40°19′59″N 75°07′19″W / 40.33306°N 75.12194°W / 40.33306; -75.12194Coordinates: 40°19′59″N 75°07′19″W / 40.33306°N 75.12194°W / 40.33306; -75.12194
Websitehttps://www.doylestownairport.com/
Map
DYL is located in Pennsylvania
DYL
DYL
Location of airport in Pennsylvania
DYL is located in the United States
DYL
DYL
DYL (the United States)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 3,002 915 Asphalt (good)
Statistics (2022)
Aircraft operationsavg 72,635
Aircraft based on field136
Leading Edge Aviation (FBO) building

Doylestown Airport (IATA: DYL, ICAO: KDYL, FAA LID: DYL) is a public airport in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, owned by the Bucks County Airport Authority (BCAA).[1] It is two nautical miles north of Doylestown, Pennsylvania[1] and has a single fixed-base operator, Leading Edge Aviation, Civil Air Patrol squadron 907, flight training, and aircraft rentals.

History[edit]

The airport was founded in May 1942 as a dual use airport and farm. Between 1957 and 1960, the airport was converted from a pig farm that was owned and managed by John Van Sant, a popular aviator in Pennsylvania and founder of the Van Sant Airport. John Van Sant led the development of Vansant airport after the Bucks County Airport Authority purchase of Doylestown Airport in 1962.[2] The airport has been continually managed by the Bucks County Airport Authority (BCAA).[3]

Facilities[edit]

Doylestown Airport covers 200 acres (81 ha) at an elevation of 394 feet (120 m) above mean sea level. Its one runway, 5/23, is asphalt 3,002 by 60 feet (916 x 18 m).[1]

As of 27 January 2022 the airport had an average of 72,635 aircraft operations per year, 119 per day: 69% local general aviation, 24% transient general aviation, 7% air taxi and <1% military. 136 aircraft are based at the airport: 122 single-engine, 11 multi-engine, 2 helicopter, and 1 glider.

The FBO (Leading Edge Aviation) is open during the summer from 7AM-7PM. Starting in November, hours are 7AM-6PM, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

The FBO announced that as of November 1, 2022, fuel costs will increase to $5.89 per gallon. Discounts are honored when applicable.

Information for pilots[edit]

Airport operations
Wind indicator: Yes
Airport use: Open to the public
Segmented circle: Yes
Control tower: No
Lighting schedule: DUSK-DAWN

ACTVT REIL RY 23 - CTAF

Beacon color: Clear - green

(lighted land airport)

Landing fee: No
Sectional chart: New York
Region: AEA - Eastern
Traffic pattern alt: 1000 ft AGL, 1400 ft MSL
Boundary ARTCC: ZNY - New York
Tie-in FSS: IPT - Williamsport
FSS toll fee: 1-800-WX-BRIEF
NOTAMs facility: DYL (NOTAM-d service available)
Federal agreements: NGY
CTAF: 122.975
Unicom: 122.975
Fuel available: 100LLA
Airframe repair: MAJOR
Power plant repair: MAJOR
Bottled oxygen: LOW
Runway 05/23 dimensions: 3002 x 60 ft / 915.6 x 18.3 m
Surface: ASPH (Good)
Weight limit: Single wheel: 12000 lbs.
Edge lights: Medium
05 longitude: 075-07-32.1830W
23 longitude: 075-07-08.6180W
05 latitude: 40-19-47.2410N
23 latitude: 40-20-10.8140N
Alignment: 05/23 37/127
Traffic pattern: Left/Left
Markings: Non-precision instruments, good condition
Crossing height: 05/23 0.00 ft / 20.00 ft
VASI 05: 2-box SAVASI on lift side
VASI 23: 2-box PAPA on left side
Visual glide angle 05: 5.00 degrees
Visual glide angle 23: 3.00 degrees
Runway end identifier: Yes

Noise abatement[edit]

The airport continues to receive occasional noise complaints from neighborhoods. Pilots are encouraged to use runway 23 for takeoff and landing in most weather conditions. Furthermore, soon after takeoff from runway 23 pilots should turn right heading 250° to avoid Doylestown. For the latest noise abatement procedures check NOTAMS as recommended in checklist and read the posted signs on the threshold of both runway 5 and 23.

Expansion proposals[edit]

As of 2005, proposals to extend the single runway at Doylestown Airport were being debated. The BCAA project includes a new FBO terminal, extension the runway by 800 feet, and winding of the airport boundaries. More hangars are also recommended to allow for 25 to 100 more aircraft to be stored. Many residents nearby are against such expansions, as they fear it will encourage noisy jets.[4] In hopes to gain public support the airport has agreed to set aside a significant portion of its land for recreational space. If approved, the 800 foot extension, 25+ aircraft hangar spaces, and other improvements will cost $26.9 million.[5]

In 2017 commissioners voted unanimously in favor to secure a $660,000 loan to the Bucks County Airport Authority. The airport will be borrowing funs to purchase property adjacent to the airport in Buckingham, containing wooded land and a barn. A chairman stated the county is looking to add a terminal and additional parking in this space.

In 2021 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Doylestown Airport received $150,000 to make exterior improvement such as repaving and reseal runways and aircraft parking areas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for DYL PDF, effective 2009-07-02.
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania Airport History". PennDOT Bureau of Aviation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
  3. ^ Dorfman, Marjorie (2005-08-24). "Van Sant Airport: Tribute to Aviation". HappyNews.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
  4. ^ Ferry, Joe (2007-05-10). "With election looming, airport authority makes case for Doylestown expansion" (PDF). Bucks County Herald. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
  5. ^ Yates, Riley (2007-05-10). "No surprises in Doylestown Airport plan". Bucks County Courier Times. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-16.

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