Monterey Bay Academy Airport

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Monterey Bay Academy Airport
Monterey Bay Academy 2005-04-21.jpg
Monterey Bay Academy Airport, prior to its conversion to a grass runway
Airport typePublic
OperatorSeventh-day Adventist Church
LocationMonterey Bay Academy
Elevation AMSL70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates36°54′22″N 121°50′35″W / 36.90611°N 121.84306°W / 36.90611; -121.84306Coordinates: 36°54′22″N 121°50′35″W / 36.90611°N 121.84306°W / 36.90611; -121.84306
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 2,200 671 Grass

Monterey Bay Academy Airport (FAA LID: CA66) is a small daytime only airfield located near the city of Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. This private-use airport is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is located on the campus of Monterey Bay Academy, previously the military installation Camp McQuaide. The grass airfield is currently managed by AirSpace Integration. Prior permission for use is required from the airport owner.


Improvements and management of the airstrip were previously directed by Ocean Shore Aviation. The group restored the dirt strip, converting it from dirt into a grass runway. The group also secured a parking/tie-down area (paved with concrete), and has added a picnic area within walking distance to the parking/tie-down area overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

In the 1940s, a small aircraft landing strip was built at Camp McQuaide so airplanes could drop targets into the ocean. After the end of the war, in 1948, it was converted to the private boarding school Monterey Bay Academy.[1]

Between 1980 and 1984 the airport was home to Pterodactyl Limited, which manufactured ultralight aircraft.[2]

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  1. ^ "Monterey Bay Academy Beginnings". MBA website. Retrieved May 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Adam Hunt. "Pterodactyl History". Archived from the original on April 26, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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