Marana Regional Airport

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Marana Regional Airport
USGS digital orthophoto of Marana Regional Airport in Coolidge, Pima County, Arizona, United States.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Town of Marana
Serves Tucson, Arizona
Location Marana, Arizona
Built 1943
Elevation AMSL 2,031 ft / 619 m
Coordinates 32°24′34.40″N 111°13′06.20″W / 32.4095556°N 111.2183889°W / 32.4095556; -111.2183889Coordinates: 32°24′34.40″N 111°13′06.20″W / 32.4095556°N 111.2183889°W / 32.4095556; -111.2183889
Website http://www.maranaaz.gov/airport/
Map
AVQ is located in Arizona
AVQ
AVQ
Location of airport in Arizona
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 3,893 1,187 Asphalt
12/30 6,901 2,103 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations 90,252
Based aircraft 245

Marana Regional Airport (IATA: AVW, ICAO: KAVQ, FAA LID: AVQ), also known as Marana Northwest Regional Airport or Avra Valley Airport, is a non-towered , general aviation airport about 15 miles (13 nmi; 24 km) northwest of Tucson, Arizona in Marana a town in Pima County, Arizona, United States.[1] In 1999, the airport was purchased from Pima County by the town of Marana.

According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007–2011, it is categorized as a reliever airport.[2] It is not served by any commercial airlines at this time.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Marana Regional Airport is assigned AVQ by the FAA and AVW by the IATA.[3]

Facilities[edit]

Marana Regional Airport covers 630 acres (250 ha) at an elevation of 2,031 ft (619 m) above mean sea level. AVQ has two asphalt paved runways:

  • 12/30 measuring 6,901 ft × 100 ft (2,103 m × 30 m)
  • 3/21 measuring 3,893 ft × 75 ft (1,187 m × 23 m)[1]

For the 12-month period ending April 19, 2017, the airport had 90,252 aircraft operations, an average of 248 per day: 67% general aviation, 11% air taxi, and 22% military. At that time there were 245 aircraft based at this airport: 88% single-engine, 2% ultralight, 6% multi-engine, 3% jet, 0.5% Gliders and 0.5% helicopters.

History[edit]

1945 Phoenix Sectional Chart shows Marana Regional Airport as Marana Auxiliary Army Airfield No. 2 (aka Rillito Field)

In 1943 then Marana Auxiliary Army Airfield No. 2 (aka Rillito Field) was one of five Auxiliary fields that served Marana Army Air Field (now: Pinal Airpark) and is part of many Arizona World War II Army Airfields. The United States Army Air Forces trained at Marana through World War II and the Korean War in North American T-6 Texan and T-28 Trojan aircraft.

The military sold the airport to a private operator and renamed Avra Valley Airport and in 1968 expanded the runway by 1200 feet. By 1972 there were more than 30 civilian aircraft based at the airport. In 1973 Pima County Department of Transportation bought the airport and expanded the runways even more. Further improvements into 1980s included making a parking lot, terminal building, and offices. Skyrider Cafe opened in 1983.

In 1999 the Town of Marana bought the airport for Pima County and changed the name to Marana Northwest Regional Airport then in 2002 renamed it to Marana Regional Airport.[4]

According to the Marana Regional Airport 2017 Airport Master Plan the airport plans to extend the end of runway 3 to 5,830 ft × 75 ft (1,777 m × 23 m), a 50% increase. A timeline for the improvements are not specified.[5]

USGS topo of Avra Valley Airport circa 1980s

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