Eastern WV Regional Airport

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Eastern WV Regional Airport
Shepherd Field
Eastern WV Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Eastern WV Regional Airport Authority
Serves Martinsburg, West Virginia
Elevation AMSL 565 ft / 172 m
Coordinates 39°24′07″N 077°59′05″W / 39.40194°N 77.98472°W / 39.40194; -77.98472Coordinates: 39°24′07″N 077°59′05″W / 39.40194°N 77.98472°W / 39.40194; -77.98472
Website wvairport.org
Map
MRB is located in West Virginia
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MRB is located in the US
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Location of airport in West Virginia / United States
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 8,815 2,687 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft operations 26,385
Based aircraft 90

The Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (IATA: MRBICAO: KMRBFAA LID: MRB), also known as Shepherd Field, is a civilian-owned, public use airport located four nautical miles (5 mi, 7 km) south of the central business district of Martinsburg, a city in Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States. It is owned by the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority or EWVRAA.[1] This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, in which the Federal Aviation Administration categorized it as a reliever airport.[2]

The airport is mostly used for general aviation. The airport's fixed base operator, Aero-Smith, Inc. offers many services including Air Charter, Aircraft Management, Flight Training, Aircraft Maintenance, Fuel Sales and Hangar Rentals. The EWVRAA has entered into a joint-use agreement with the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing (167 AW), having a presence since 1955 at the adjacent Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base. The 167 AW is an Air Mobility Command (AMC)-gained unit which began operating the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in January 2015. Prior to receiving the C-17, the airport had hosted a fleet of larger Lockheed C-5A Galaxy transport aircraft since 2007.

Beginning in July 2006 and running through the fall of 2012, the airport underwent a major improvement program which included the removal of the secondary runway 17/35, an expansion to the primary runway 08/26, and the construction of larger parking areas needed to accommodate the C-5A Galaxy aircraft. This project also included the addition of a new Air Traffic Control tower, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting station, and hangars for the C-5As, as the existing hangars designed to house the Lockheed C-130H Hercules were grossly inadequate considering the size of the larger plane. Also in this time period was the construction of a new entrance to the base, three 80,000-square-foot hangars with a maintenance mall, base supply, operations facility, simulator facility, fuel facility and tank farm.[3]

In previous decades, the WVANG also flew many other aircraft types including the F-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre fighters. The 167th Airlift Wing held an open house in conjunction with the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show on September 4 and 5, 2010. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds and the United States Army Parachute Team attended the show which drew a crowd of more than 80,000 people.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport covers an area of 1,015 acres (411 ha) at an elevation of 565 feet (172 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 08/26 with a primarily asphalt surface with portions composed of portland cement concrete (PCC) measuring 8,815 by 150 feet (2,687 x 46 m). This runway also features paved asphalt shoulders of 25 feet on either side laterally and two additional 400-foot paved blast pads on either runway end, making the total paved surface dimensions approximately 9,615 feet in length and 200 feet in width (2,931 x 61 m), by far the largest runway in the state of West Virginia.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2015, the airport had 26,385 aircraft operations, an average of 72 per day: 87% general aviation, 12% military, and 1% air taxi. At that time there were 83 aircraft based at this airport: 78% single-engine, 12% multi-engine, and 10% military.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for MRB (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A (PDF, 2.03 MB)" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-27.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Eastern West Virignia Regional Reconstructs Runway to Handle C-5 Traffic". Airport Improvement. Chapel Road Communications LLC. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

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