Flying Cloud Airport

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Flying Cloud Airport
FCM Airport Diagram.svg
FAA Airport Diagram
Airport type Public
Operator Metropolitan Airports Commission
Location Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Elevation AMSL 906 ft / 276.1 m
Coordinates 44°49′38″N 93°27′26″W / 44.82722°N 93.45722°W / 44.82722; -93.45722Coordinates: 44°49′38″N 93°27′26″W / 44.82722°N 93.45722°W / 44.82722; -93.45722
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10L/28R 3,900 1,188 Asphalt
10R/28L 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
18/36 2,691 820 Asphalt
Statistics (Year ending 4-30-2011)
Operations 124,567
Based Aircraft 332
Control tower at Flying Cloud Airport.

Flying Cloud Airport (IATA: FCMICAO: KFCMFAA LID: FCM) is a public airport located in the city of Eden Prairie in Hennepin County, Minnesota, about 11 miles (18 km) southwest of the central business district (CBD) of Minneapolis. The airport covers 543 acres (220 ha) and has three runways.

The airport was created in 1941 when the United States Navy was training pilots for World War II. The Navy made arrangements with a local farmer, Martin "Pappy" Grill, to use a grass landing strip. Pilots flying from Wold-Chamberlain Airport, now Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, would use this field for practicing approaches. After the war, Grill sold the field and some adjoining land to American Aviation, Inc. John Stuber gave the field its name "Flying Cloud Airport" to reflect local Indian lore and flying. The Metropolitan Airports Commission bought the airport in 1948 and paved the runway. The MAC built a control tower in 1963. By 1966, it was ranked the second-busiest airport in the central United States behind Chicago-O'Hare International Airport. In 1968, with 446,198 takeoffs and landings, it was the ninth-busiest airport in the United States.[2] Today it is designated by the FAA as a reliever airport and aircraft are restricted to 60,000 pounds (27 t) or less, except in an emergency situation or when operated by the U.S. Government.[3]

Because of the airport's proximity to the Valleyfair amusement park, the park's rides are restricted in height by FAA regulations.[4]


  1. ^ "AirportIQ 5010". Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "History of the Airport". City of Eden Prairie. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Ordinance Number 97" (PDF). Metropolitan Airports Commission. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Power Tower". Retrieved 29 January 2016. 

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