Ponca City Regional Airport
|Ponca City Regional Airport|
|Owner||City of Ponca City|
|Serves||Ponca City, Oklahoma|
|Elevation AMSL||1,008 ft / 307 m|
Ponca City Regional Airport (IATA: PNC, ICAO: KPNC, FAA LID: PNC) is a city-owned airport two miles northwest of Ponca City, in Kay County, Oklahoma. Enrique's is a well known Mexican restaurant in the terminal.
The airport opened in November 1938 with a single 3,600-foot (1,100 m) concrete runway. The United States Army Air Forces took over the facility in the summer of 1941 and used it as part of the British Flying Training School Program. This training was part of the Lend-Lease act where Royal Air Force flying cadets received a 20-week basic flying course taught by civil contractors. The Darr School of Aeronautics provided flight training. Fairchild PT-19s were the primary trainer at the airfield, but PT-17 Stearmans and P-40 Warhawks were also assigned to training.
In November 1942, Royal Air Force training ended at Miami and the airfield became a primary (stage 1) pilot training airfield assigned to AAF Flying Training Command, Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command). The civil instructors were retained under USAAF control by the 323d Flying Training Detachment.
Pilot training at the airfield apparently ended on May 30, 1944, with the reduced demand for new pilots. The airfield was returned to the local government at the end of the war.
Airline flights began in the 1930s, on Braniff.
In the year ending August 26, 2008 the airport had 61,500 aircraft operations, average 168 per day: 93% general aviation and 7% military. 64 aircraft were then based at this airport: 91% single-engine, 5% multi-engine, 3% jet, and 2% ultralight. There are multiple hangars on the grounds, and the Northern Oklahoma Flight Academy is based there.
- Oklahoma World War II Army Airfields
- List of airports in Oklahoma
- 31st Flying Training Wing (World War II)
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- This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2401) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2002-7-2 (July 5, 2002): selecting Air Midwest, Inc., to provide essential air service at seven communities (El Dorado/Camden, AR; Jonesboro, AR; Harrison, AR; Hot Springs, AR; Enid, OK; Ponca City, OK; Brownwood, TX) for a two-year period at subsidy rates totaling $6,693,881 annually.
- Order 2004-6-12 (June 17, 2004): requests interested persons to show cause why it should not terminate the essential air service subsidy eligibility of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Enid and Ponca City, Oklahoma, and Brownwood, Texas, and allow Air Midwest to suspend its subsidized services at those communities as of October 1, 2004, when the current rate term expires.
- Order 2005-1-14 (January 25, 2004): selecting Air Midwest, Inc., to provide essential air service at El Dorado/Camden, Jonesboro, Harrison and Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a subsidy rate of $4,155,550 annually for a two-year rate term, selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service at Enid and Ponca City, Oklahoma at a subsidy rate of $1,272,557 annually for allowing Air Midwest to discontinue its service there, if it chooses to do so.
- Order 2006-7-25 (August 1, 2006): terminating the essential air service subsidy eligibility of Enid and Ponca City, Oklahoma, and allowing Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to suspend service at the two communities as of September 1, 2006, if it chooses.
- "Ponca City Airport Industrial Park" (PDF). (595 KB)
- Aerial image as of February 1995 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for PNC, effective May 25, 2017
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