James Clements Municipal Airport

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James Clements Municipal Airport
IATA: noneICAO: noneFAA LID: 3CM
Airport type Public
Owner Bay City
Serves Bay City, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 585 ft / 178 m
Coordinates 43°32′49″N 083°53′44″W / 43.54694°N 83.89556°W / 43.54694; -83.89556Coordinates: 43°32′49″N 083°53′44″W / 43.54694°N 83.89556°W / 43.54694; -83.89556
Website www.BayCityMI.org/...
3CM is located in Michigan
3CM is located in the US
Location of airport in Michigan/United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 3,798 1,158 Asphalt
5/23 2,600 792 Asphalt
9W/27W 3,500 1,067 Water
18W/36W 3,500 1,067 Water
13W/31W 2,600 792 Water
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 9,006
Based aircraft 57
James Clements Airport Administration Building
James Clements Airport Administration Building Bay City MI.JPG
Location Bay City, Michigan
Coordinates 43°32′52″N 83°53′31″W / 43.54778°N 83.89194°W / 43.54778; -83.89194
Built 1929
Architect Goddeyne,Joseph C.; Webber,Construction Co.
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Other
NRHP Reference # 82000494[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 22, 1982
Designated MSHS April 21, 1980[3]

James Clements Municipal Airport (FAA LID: 3CM) is a city owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) south of the central business district of Bay City, in Bay 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] It is also a seaplane base with landing areas on the Saginaw River, adjacent to the airport.

The airport was dedicated in 1930 in commemoration of Bay City pilots who gave their lives for their country in military service. The Georgian Revival Administration Building became part of to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, and houses a collection of photographs of those pilots.

It is home port for local chapters of the Civil Air Patrol and the Experimental Aircraft Association.[5] Also centered there is the Valley Aero Club (which celebrates Fathers' Day with an annual fly-in breakfast in early June; and also hosts an air show in August.).[6]

Wetlands on the airport's edges are home to the cream-colored Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid, which is a threatened and rare wildflower.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

James Clements Municipal Airport covers an area of 266 acres (108 ha) at an elevation of 585 feet (178 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 18/36 is 3,798 by 75 feet (1,158 x 23 m) and 5/23 is 2,600 by 75 feet (792 x 23 m). It also has three seaplane landing areas on water: 9W/27W is 3,500 by 500 feet (1,067 x 152 m); 13W/31W is 2,600 by 400 feet (792 x 122 m); 18W/36W is 3,500 by 500 feet (1,067 x 152 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 9,006 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 24 per day. At that time there were 57 aircraft based at this airport: 89% single-engine, 5% multi-engine, 2% helicopter, and 4% ultralight.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for 3CM (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Clements, James, Airport Administration Building". State of Michigan. 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Michigan Travel, James Clements Airport.
  6. ^ "Valley Aero Club Holds Annual 'Fly-In Breakfast'". MyBayCity.com. June 3, 2007. 

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