Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport

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Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Rhinelander & Oneida County
Serves Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Time zone CST (UTC−06:00)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation AMSL 1,624 ft / 495 m
Coordinates 45°37′51″N 089°27′59″W / 45.63083°N 89.46639°W / 45.63083; -89.46639Coordinates: 45°37′51″N 089°27′59″W / 45.63083°N 89.46639°W / 45.63083; -89.46639
Website www.fly-rhi.org
Maps
Airport Diagram
Airport Diagram
RHI is located in Wisconsin
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Location of airport in Wisconsin
RHI is located in the US
RHI
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RHI (the US)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 6,799 2,072 Concrete
15/33 5,201 1,585 Asphalt
Statistics
Aircraft Operations (2016) 24,860
Based Aircraft (2018) 42
Departing Passengers (12 months ending Jan 2018) 23,150
Cargo handled (12 months ending Jan 2018) 855,000

Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport (IATA: RHI, ICAO: KRHI, FAA LID: RHI) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) southwest of the central business district of Rhinelander, a city in Oneida County, Wisconsin, United States. The airport is owned by the city and county.[1] It is primarily used for general aviation and is also served by one commercial airline.

It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[3] It is the seventh busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served.


History[edit]

In 1975, North Central Airlines, which later merged with Southern and Hughes Air West to form Republic, which was acquired by Northwest Airlines, itself acquired by Delta Air Lines, was considering ending service to Rhinelander. Robert Heck, who worked as a stockbroker in the same office building in Wausau, Wisconsin as Arthur Mueller, head of North Central Airlines, learned of that news. Heck then worked on a campaign, enlisting local, national, and business officials to modernize the airport and retain North Central service. He made presentations locally and in Washington, D.C. That led to businesses opening near the airport and a 1979 airport terminal to replace one that was 3,482 square foot in size. Heck later became a member of the airport commission. He was awarded the 1976 Aviation Award at the 21st annual Wisconsin Aeronautics Conference.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport covers an area of 1,259 acres (509 ha) at an elevation of 1,624 feet (495 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 9/27 is 6,799 by 150 feet (2,072 x 46 m) concrete runway with approved ILS, GPS and VOR/DME approaches, and 15/33 is 5,201 by 100 feet (1,585 x 30 m) asphalt runway with approved GPS approaches. Runway 27 has a 100 foot asphalt stop-way on the western end.[1] In addition, the Rhinelander VORTAC (RHI) navigational facility is located at the field.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2016, the airport had 24,860 aircraft operations, an average of 68 per day: 88% general aviation, 6% scheduled commercial and 6% air taxi. In March 2018, there were 42 aircraft based at this airport: 36 single-engine, 3 multi-engine, 2 jet and 1 helicopter.[1] Both based and transient general aviation aircraft are supported by the fixed-base operator (FBO) Rhinelander Flying Service.

The Rhinelander–Oneida County Airport enhances regional air travel safety by maintaining an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) 'Index A' trained team and related equipment.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations Refs
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul [6]

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Milwaukee
Freight Runners Express Madison, Milwaukee, Mosinee, Oshkosh, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Dells
Pro Aire Cargo Appleton, Milwaukee, Mosinee, Oshkosh

The airport is part of the federal government Essential Air Service program. In 2012, Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines bid for and then won the EAS contract on January 3, 2013. The airline currently receives $1,714,307 in federal subsidies per year operating 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 jet aircraft through to Jan 31, 2019.[7]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest route departing RHI (Feb 2017 – Jan 2018) [8]
Rank City Passengers Carrier
1 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 23,150 Delta

Popular culture[edit]

John Heisman, college football's Heisman Trophy namesake, is buried in Rhinelander, which is his wife's hometown.[9] A statue of Heisman is located just inside the Rhinelander-Oneida County airport.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for RHI (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective March 29, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=RHI&Airport_Name=Rhinelander, WI: Rhinelander/Oneida County&carrier=FACTS
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Northwoods River News". www.rivernewsonline.com. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "AirNav: Airport Information". www.airnav.com. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Regulations.gov". www.regulations.gov. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "(RHI) RITA BTS Transtats". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  9. ^ Bill Pennington. "John Heisman, the Coach Behind the Trophy". The New York Times, December 8, 2006. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Barry Adams. "Airport a gateway to the world in Rhinelander but Donald Trump's budget could end it". Wisconsin State Journal, April 23, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.

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