Newport State Airport (Rhode Island)
|Newport State Airport|
|Owner||State of Rhode Island|
|Operator||Rhode Island Airport Corp.|
|Serves||Newport, Rhode Island|
|Location||Middletown, Rhode Island|
|Elevation AMSL||171 ft / 52 m|
Newport State Airport (IATA: NPT, ICAO: KUUU, FAA LID: UUU) is a state owned, public use airport in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. It serves the city of Newport and is located two nautical miles (4 km) northeast of its central business district. This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility. There is no scheduled airline service available, but it once was served by Air New England.
Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned UUU by the FAA and NPT by the IATA (which assigned UUU to Manumu, Papua New Guinea).
Newport State Airport is one of six active airports operated by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, the other five being T.F. Green State Airport, North Central State Airport, Westerly State Airport, Quonset State Airport, and Block Island State Airport.
At the turn of the 20th Century the site was home to Aquidneck Park, a horse racing track. Wealthy summer residents such as Willie K Vanderbilt, John Jacob Astor and I. Townsend Burden would occasionally race automobiles of various types there.
The airport site was acquired by the state in July 1960, and construction of the runways and taxiways was completed by September 1967. At least one runway was operational by July 1964, when the first aircraft accident at the Newport airport (a gear-up landing) was documented by the National Transportation Safety Board. The first fatal accident at Newport State Airport was a mid-air collision between two general aviation aircraft on April 23, 1969. In 2011 part of the film Moonrise Kingdom was filmed at the airport.
Facilities and aircraft
Newport State Airport covers an area of 221 acres (89 ha) at an elevation of 171 feet (52 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 4/22 is 2,999 by 75 feet (914 x 23 m) and 16/34 is 2,623 by 75 feet (799 x 23 m).
For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2011, the airport had 20,238 aircraft operations, an average of 55 per day: 98% general aviation, 2% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 34 aircraft based at this airport: 85% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, and 6% helicopter.
- FAA Airport Master Record for UUU ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (NPT: Newport State)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in
- "Newport State Airport (IATA: NPT, ICAO: KUUU, FAA: UUU)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (UUU: Manumu)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Manumu Airport, Papua New Guinea (IATA: UUU)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Rhode Island State Airports". Providence Journal. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011.
- "NTSB database entry for first reported aircraft accident in Newport, on 7/05/1964". National Transportation Safety Board. Archived from the original on August 12, 2007.
- "Upcoming filming locations for 'Moonrise Kingdom' in Rhode Island". OnLocationVacations.com. May 1, 2011.
- Newport State Airport (UUU) page from Rhode Island Airport Corp.
- Airfield photos of Newport State Airport (UUU) from U.S. Civil Air Patrol at the Wayback Machine (archived August 14, 2007)
- Aerial image as of March 1995 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for Newport State Airport (UUU), effective March 30, 2017
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