Grayling Army Airfield

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Grayling AAF
Grayling Army Airfield.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Owner United States Army
Location Grayling, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 1,158 ft / 353 m
Coordinates 44°40′49″N 084°43′44″W / 44.68028°N 84.72889°W / 44.68028; -84.72889
GOV is located in Michigan
GOV is located in the US
Location of airport in Michigan/United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 5,000 1,524 Concrete
14/32 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 4,691

Grayling Army Airfield (ICAO: KGOVFAA LID: GOV) is a public/military use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) northwest of the central business district of Grayling, in Crawford County, Michigan, United States. It is owned by United States Army.[1] The airfield is located 7 miles (11 km) northeast of the main cantonment area of Camp Grayling. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a general aviation facility.[2]

Grayling AAF covers an area of 923 acres (374 ha) at an elevation of 1,158 feet (353 m) above mean sea level. For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2008, the airport had 4,691 aircraft operations, an average of 10 per day: 63% general aviation and 37% military.[1]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned GOV by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA[3] (which assigned GOV to Gove Airport in Australia[4]).


The airport is staffed from dawn until dusk. The 29,000-square-foot (2,700 m2) parking area can accommodate fixed-wing aircraft with parking for 100 helicopters, 50 with cement pads with a total of 70 tie downs. The control tower was recently upgraded to a STVS (Small Tower Voice Switch) system with positions in three different locations. There is an 800-square-foot (74 m2) operations building which includes an operations center, flight planning room, safety office, commander's office, and a weather room. Additionally, the airfield contains a 6,400-square-foot (590 m2) maintenance hangar, crash rescue barn and NAVAIDS which include TVOR, NDB, VASI and REIL.


The airfield consists of two 5000x150-foot runways with 1,200-foot (370 m) overrun and 50-foot (15 m) wide connecting taxiways.

  • Runway 5/23: 5,000 x 150 ft (1,524 x 46 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Runway 14/32: 5,000 x 150 ft (1,524 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt

Runway 5/23 and taxiways A/D/E are closed during the winter months, since there is no snow removal on these surfaces.


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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for GOV (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 17 December 2009.
  2. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  3. ^ KGOV - Grayling, Michigan - Grayling Army Airfield. Great Circle Mapper. Accessed 25 January 2010.
  4. ^ GOV / YPGV - Gove, Australia. Great Circle Mapper. Accessed 25 January 2010.

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