Rock Hill/York County Airport

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Coordinates: 34°59′16″N 081°03′26″W / 34.98778°N 81.05722°W / 34.98778; -81.05722

Rock Hill/York County Airport

Rock Hill/York County Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorCity of Rock Hill
ServesRock Hill, South Carolina
Location550 Airport Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Elevation AMSL667 ft / 203 m
WebsiteCityOfRockhill.com/airport/
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 5,500 1,676 Asphalt
Statistics
Aircraft operations40,000
Based aircraft157
Sources: FAA[1] and airport website[2]

Rock Hill/York County Airport (IATA: RKH, ICAO: KUZA, FAA LID: UZA) is a general aviation and reliever airport of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport located 5 miles (7 km) from the central business district of Rock Hill, in York County, South Carolina, United States.[1] It is owned and operated by the City of Rock Hill, but York County is also represented on the Airport Commission.[2]

The airport was originally referred to as Bryant Field, after South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Robert E. Bryant, but the name has since been dropped to avoid confusion with Bryant Field in California.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Rock Hill/York County Airport is assigned UZA by the FAA and RKH by the IATA.[3]

History and Expansion[edit]

Rock Hill/York County Airport can trace its beginnings to the year 1959, when it first opened on a 364-acre tract of land purchased by the Rock Hill City Council. In 1960, shortly after opening, an airport commission was formed with six local members interested in the advancement of the airport’s facilities.

Over the years, the Rock Hill/York County Airport team has pushed for recognition of the airport as a key general aviation gateway to the Carolinas. In 1991, the runway was extended to its current length of 5,500 feet, allowing support for virtually all piston and turboprop aircraft in addition to most short-to-medium range business jets. A 7,200 square-foot terminal, called the John Anderson Hardin Terminal, was built in 1999 and refurbished in 2015 to include state-of-the-art facilities for pilots and travelers. It is named after Rock Hill mayor John Hardin for his vision and commitment to Rock Hill/York County Airport between 1958 and 1963.

As a design for the future, an Airport Master Plan developed by UZA Airport Management was adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration on September 26, 2003. This dynamic plan was put in place to occur over a 20-year period from 2003-2022 and includes enhancements such as rehabilitating airfield lights (completed in 2010), overlaying the runway (completed in 2012), repaving taxiways (being completed in 2016), and extending the runway by 1,000 feet to accommodate transcontinental flights.

Facilities and Aircraft[edit]

Rock Hill/York County Airport covers an area of 401 acres (162 ha) which contains one asphalt paved runway (2/20) measuring 5,500 x 100 ft (1,676 x 30 m). The airport averages about 40,000 aircraft operations per year, or about 110 per day, most of which are classified as general aviation: 75% single piston/multi-engine aircraft, 17% jet/turbo-prop, and 8% helicopter. There are 157 aircraft based at this airport.

Skytech is a full-service FBO at Rock Hill/York County Airport, located just north of the terminal building. Pilots, travelers, and aircraft owners benefit from Skytech’s Jet-A full-service fueling, 100LL full- and self-service fueling, on-demand car rental, and more. Piper and Pilatus aircraft sales as well as passenger charter services are also offered onsite through Skytech.

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