Point Lay LRRS Airport

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Point Lay LRRS Airport
Airport type Public / Military
Owner U.S. Government 11 TCW/LGO Elmendorf
Location Point Lay, Alaska
Elevation AMSL 25 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 69°43′56″N 163°00′40″W / 69.73222°N 163.01111°W / 69.73222; -163.01111Coordinates: 69°43′56″N 163°00′40″W / 69.73222°N 163.01111°W / 69.73222; -163.01111
PPIZ is located in Alaska
Location of Point Lay LRRS Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 3,519 1,073 Gravel
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations 120

Point Lay LRRS Airport (IATA: PIZICAO: PPIZFAA LID: PIZ) is a public and military use airport owned by the United States Government and located in Point Lay,[1] in the North Slope Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is also known as Point Lay Airport. The acronym LRRS stands for Long Range Radar Site or Long Range Radar Station.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Point Lay LRRS Airport has one runway designated 5/23 with a gravel surface measuring 3,519 by 80 feet (1,073 x 24 m). For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2005, the airport had 120 aircraft operations, an average of 10 per month: 42% air taxi, 42% military and 16% general aviation.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ravn Alaska Barrow, Point Hope [2]

Top Destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes out of PIZ
(June 2010 - May 2011) [3]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Alaska Barrow, AK 1,000 Hageland


The airport was built in 1957 to support the Distant Early Warning Line Radar station at Point Lay (LIZ-2). The station was logistically supported by the 711th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron based at Cape Lisburne Air Force Station, although Point Lay was operated by civilian contract workers.

The radar station was upgraded in the late 1980s with new radars and in 1989 was re-designated part of the North Warning System (NWS) as a Long Range Radar Site, A-15, controlled by the Pacific Air Forces 611th Air Support Group, based at Elmendorf AFB.

The LRR site was inactivated in 1989 due to soil erosion & budget concerns. After its closure, the radar and other military buildings were removed around 2000, returning the site to a natural condition. The airport remains open to support the small settlement at Point Lay.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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