John C. Tune Airport

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John C. Tune Airport
USGS aerial image, 2008
Airport typePublic
OwnerMetropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
ServesNashville, Tennessee
Elevation AMSL495 ft / 151 m
Coordinates36°10′56″N 086°53′12″W / 36.18222°N 86.88667°W / 36.18222; -86.88667Coordinates: 36°10′56″N 086°53′12″W / 36.18222°N 86.88667°W / 36.18222; -86.88667
JWN is located in Tennessee
Location of airport in Tennessee / United States
JWN is located in the United States
JWN (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 5,500 1,676 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations72,998
Based aircraft165

John C. Tune Airport (ICAO: KJWN, FAA LID: JWN) is a public airport located in the western portion of the city of Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee, United States. It is owned by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority,[1] located approximately one mile (1.6 km) off of Briley Parkway in the Cockrill Bend area. It is a Class E airport.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned JWN by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.[2]


Tune Airport is named in honor of John Childress Tune, a Nashville attorney, civic leader, longtime aviation enthusiast and one of the principal developers of the modern aviation authority concept. He was also a former chairman of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. Planning for the construction of Tune Airport began in 1965 under Nashville's former Department of Aviation as a "reliever airport" designed to provide additional capacity at Nashville International Airport (Berry Field). The Department of Aviation received a state grant to purchase the Cockrill Bend property, and construction for the airport began in 1983. John C. Tune opened in July 1986. The current terminal was built in 1995 and renovated in 2015.

Facilities and Aircraft[edit]

John C. Tune Airport covers an area of 390 acres (160 ha) at an elevation of 495 feet (151 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 2/20 which measures 6,001 by 100 feet (1,829. x 30 m).[1] The runway is long enough to serve corporate jets such as Lear Jets. For the 12-month period ending March 6, 2009, the airport had 72,998 aircraft operations, an average of 199 per day: 70% general aviation, 29% air taxi and <1% military. At that time there were 165 aircraft based at this airport: 79% single-engine, 16% multi-engine, 3% jet and 2% helicopter.[1]

Corporate Flight Management provides Fixed-Base Operator services for the airport. JWN has 120 T-hangars, plus 21,000 square feet (2,000 m2) and 19,000 square feet (1,800 m2) box hangars that include offices. Aircraft parking and apron space totals 360,000 square feet (33,000 m2), which can accommodate 55 tie-down aircraft. The airport has a precision instrument landing approach into Runway 20. Both Runways 2 and 20 have non-precision instrument approaches.

JWN is financially self-supporting, although some improvements are made with the assistance of state and federal grant money.


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John C. Tune Airport provides:

  • 24-hour personnel service
  • Avgas
  • Jet fuel
  • Aircraft and helicopter maintenance
  • Private and commercial pilot certification
  • Lasergrade testing
  • Instrument rating courses
  • Flight instructor certification courses
  • Flight simulator training
  • Helicopter pilot training
  • Lavatory disposal


John C. Tune's terminal received a significant renovation that was completed in 2005. The 3,600-square-foot (330 m2) updated terminal includes a pilot's lounge, conference room, flight planning room, vending area and pilot supply shop. Additional landscaping and parking renovations were completed in 2009.


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