Miami Executive Airport

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Miami Executive Airport
Miami 1.JPG
Airport typePublic
OwnerMiami-Dade County
OperatorMiami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD)
ServesMiami, Florida
LocationMiami-Dade County, Florida
Elevation AMSL8 ft / 2 m
Coordinates25°38′52″N 080°25′58″W / 25.64778°N 80.43278°W / 25.64778; -80.43278Coordinates: 25°38′52″N 080°25′58″W / 25.64778°N 80.43278°W / 25.64778; -80.43278
TMB is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida / United States
TMB is located in the United States
TMB (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9L/27R 5,003 1,525 Asphalt
9R/27L 5,999 1,828 Asphalt
13/31 4,001 1,220 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations186,653
Based aircraft445[1]
Kendall-Tamiami Airport.

Miami Executive Airport, formerly known until 2014 as Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, (IATA: TMB, ICAO: KTMB, FAA LID: TMB) is a public airport in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Downtown Miami.[2] It is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

The airport opened on November 18, 1967, replacing Tamiami Airport, next to the Tamiami Trail. Growth of the surrounding area and the nearby flight path to Miami International Airport had forced the move to the southwest, near the community of Kendall. Florida International University is now on the site of the old Tamiami Airport. Kendall-Tamiami airport is owned and operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. 450 aircraft are based there, mostly single-engine light aircraft.

The airport is a port of entry with U.S. Customs personnel on hand, although it is not certified for airline use. In recent years it has become popular as a corporate aviation terminal.

It is the main airbase of the Miami-Dade Police Aviation Unit and houses the Miami-Dade College's aviation programs. The Wings Over Miami aviation museum is also at the field.

The airport is home to Tamiami Composite Squadron[3] (SER-FL-355), a local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol[4] (United States Air Force Auxiliary), whose mission includes aerial and ground search and rescue.

Fire protection at the airport is provided by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department[5] Station 24.[6]


The airport was renamed from Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport to Miami Executive Airport on October 7, 2014 by the Miami-Dade County Commission. All secondary airports in Miami-Dade County were rebranded to include the name "Miami".[7][8]


The airport covers 1,380 acres (558 ha) and has three asphalt runways:[2]

  • 9L/27R: 5,003 x 150 ft (1,525 x 46 m)
  • 9R/27L: 5,999 x 150 ft (1,830 x 46 m)
  • 13/31: 4,001 x 150 ft (1,220 x 46 m)[1]

In the year ending 17 May 2011 the airport had 193,815 aircraft operations, average 531 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% air taxi and <1% military. 445 aircraft are based at the airport: 69% single-engine, 20% multi-engine, 8% helicopter and 3% jet.[1]

Runway 9R/27L extension[edit]

A request for $1-million was added to the 2007 Miami-Dade Federal Legislative Package to extend runway 9R/27L 550 feet to the east and 1,798 feet to the west to "...allow aircraft to increase their fuel and/or cargo load and ... allow for the accommodation of nearly 100 percent of midsize jet aircraft under wet runway conditions."[9]

Ohio University all-season test facility[edit]

Ohio University Avionics Engineering Center[10] operates a controversial avionics test facility on Runway 9L, the north runway at Miami Executive Airport. This facility was used in 2007–8 to certify the steep approach landing system on the Embraer ERJ-170 and ERJ-190 transport category jet airliners. Embraer conducted this testing and software development[11] in order to meet stringent requirements and approval to land at London City Airport, an airport in central London, England. The test facility was under intense scrutiny due to numerous controversial test flights involving the challenging development and modifications to the fly-by-wire flight control systems in these advanced aircraft.[11]

Testing of experimental aircraft over congested areas such as Kendall is prohibited by the FAA.[12] Media coverage in the Miami Herald [13] and Kendall Gazette [14] about the safety issues led the Kendall Federation of Homeowners Associations[15] to call for a meeting to discuss the problem.


  1. ^ a b c "AIRNAV". Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for TMB PDF, effective 2007-10-25
  3. ^ Archived 2005-12-01 at the Wayback Machine
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  5. ^ "Airport Fire Rescue Division". Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Miami-Dade County. Archived from the original on March 8, 2005. Retrieved August 30, 2006.
  6. ^ "Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Stations". Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Miami-Dade County. Archived from the original on September 6, 2006. Retrieved August 30, 2006.
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  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2008-06-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  12. ^ Archived 2012-04-14 at the Wayback Machine
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