Jack Barstow Municipal Airport

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Jack Barstow Airport
Jack Barstow Municipal Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Midland
Serves Midland, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 635 ft / 194 m
Coordinates 43°39′46″N 084°15′41″W / 43.66278°N 84.26139°W / 43.66278; -84.26139Coordinates: 43°39′46″N 084°15′41″W / 43.66278°N 84.26139°W / 43.66278; -84.26139
Website midland-mi.org/...
IKW is located in Michigan
IKW is located in the US
Location of airport in Michigan/United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 3,801 1,159 Asphalt
18/36 3,001 915 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 13,970
Based aircraft 63
Source: FAA,[1] Michigan Airport Directory[2]

Jack Barstow Airport[1][2] (ICAO: KIKWFAA LID: IKW, formerly 3BS), also known as Jack Barstow Municipal Airport,[3] is a city owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Midland, a city in Midland County, Michigan, United States.[1] 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 local general aviation facility.[4]

The airport is named after local pilot John "Jack" Barstow, who lived in Midland and became adept at flying gliders in San Diego, California. On April 29, 1930, Barstow established an unofficial world record endurance for gliders by soaring a Bowlus sailplane at Point Loma near San Diego for over 15 hours.[5][6] As an instructor at the Bowlus Glider School, Barstow helped train Charles and Anne Lindbergh in gliding in 1930. The former Midland Airport was renamed Jack Barstow Municipal Airport shortly following Barstow's death in 1935, at the age of 29. A local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is located at Barstow Airport. Through the EAA’s Young Eagles program, annual aviation camps are held at the airport to educate youth.[3]

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this facility is assigned IKW by the FAA[1] but has no designation from the IATA.[7]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport covers an area of 512 acres (207 ha) at an elevation of 635 feet (194 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 6/24 is 3,801 by 75 feet (1,159 x 23 m) and 18/36 is 3,001 by 75 feet (915 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 13,970 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 38 per day. At that time there were 63 aircraft based at this airport: 87% single-engine, 3% multi-engine, 2% jet, 2% helicopter, and 6% ultralight.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for IKW (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Jack Barstow Airport (3BS)" (PDF). Airport Directory. State of Michigan. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Jack Barstow Municipal Airport". City of Midland, Engineering Department, midland-mi.org. Retrieved December 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Fogel, Gary Wind and Wings: The History of Soaring in San Diego, Rock Reef Publishing Co., San Diego, 2000.
  6. ^ Fogel, Gary "John 'Jack' Barstow: First to Fifteen Hours," Bungee Cord, Spring 2014.
  7. ^ "Jack Barstow Airport (ICAO: KIKW, FAA: IKW)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 

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