Sheridan County Airport
|Sheridan County Airport|
|Elevation AMSL||4,021 ft / 1,226 m|
Sheridan County Airport (IATA: SHR, ICAO: KSHR, FAA LID: SHR) is a county owned, public use airport in Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States. It is located two nautical miles (4 km) southwest of the central business district of Sheridan, Wyoming. The airport is mainly used for general aviation.
Sheridan once again has scheduled passenger service with nonstop flights to Denver (DEN) operated by Key Lime Air as Denver Air Connection using 30 seat Fairchild Dornier 328JET regional jet aircraft. Recent past air service was subsidized by the federal Essential Air Service program until February 2007, when Big Sky Airlines began providing subsidy free service The Big Sky service was suspended in January 2008 when this air carrier went out of business. Great Lakes Airlines was the only other carrier serving Sheridan however this carrier abruptly ceased all flights on March 31, 2015 due to a lack of pilots created by recently implemented stringent rules placed on airline pilot qualifications. Many Sheridan residents were confused regarding the lack of replacement service, believing that service to Sheridan was still subsidized under Essential Air Service. Federal law had been changed in 2012 so that once Sheridan County had left the EAS program, it could not re-enter it and any future commercial air service to Sheridan will be not be funded by EAS.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 17,710 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 14,181 enplanements in 2009, and 14,146 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft
Sheridan County Airport covers an area of 1,550 acres (627 ha) at an elevation of 4,021 feet (1,226 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 15/33 is 8,301 by 100 feet (2,530 x 30 m) and 6/24 is 5,039 by 75 feet (1,536 x 23 m).
For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2011, the airport had 40,235 aircraft operations, an average of 110 per day: 86% general aviation, 9% scheduled commercial, 5% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 94 aircraft based at this airport: 70% single-engine, 22% multi-engine, 1% jet, 4% helicopter, and 2% glider.
Bighorn Airways offers airplane and helicopter air charter service, as well as an aircraft repair and installation center.
Airlines and destinations
|Key Lime Air||Denver|
Historical airline service
Sheridan was served for many years by Western Airlines, a major U.S. air carrier that was acquired by and merged into Delta Air Lines in 1987. Western began serving Sheridan during the mid 1940s when it acquired Inland Air Lines. Aircraft operated by Western into the airport over the years included Douglas DC-3 and DC-6B propliners followed by Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprops and Boeing 737-200 jetliners on a Denver-Cheyenne-Casper-Sheridan-Billings-Great Falls route with some Electra propjet flights continuing on to Calgary from Great Falls. Western was the only airline ever to operate mainline jet service into Sheridan and ceased serving the airport with the 737 in mid 1980 when it discontinued all flights. Aspen Airways flying as United Express also operated jet service into the airport with British Aerospace BAe 146-100 regional jet flights to United Airlines hub in Denver at times during the latter part of the 1980s.
Following the end of Western's service, a number of commuter and regional airlines served Sheridan over the years with flights primarily to Denver, many of which made an intermediate stop in Gillette, Wyoming. These carriers include;
- Trans-America Airways in 1976 and 1977 operating a Denver-Cheyenne-Douglas-Casper-Sheridan route with Cessna 402 prop aircraft.
- Big Sky Airlines in 1980 operating a Billings-Sheridan-Casper route with Cessna 402 and Swearingen Metroliner aircraft.
- Air US from 1977 through 1984 operating Handley Page Jetstream and Grumman Gulfstream I propjets.
- Pioneer Airlines in 1981 operating Beechcraft 99 turboprops.
- Frontier Commuter flying on behalf of the original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) from October, 1983 through January, 1985 operating Convair 580 turboprops.
- Aspen Airways from 1984 through March 1990 operating Convair 580 turboprops and British Aerospace BAe 146-100 regional jet aircraft. Aspen became a United Express affiliate in September, 1986.
- Pioneer Airlines returned to Sheridan operating Continental Commuter service on behalf of Continental Airlines from April, 1985 through May 1986 flying Swearingen Metroliner propjets.
- Continental Express, operated by Rocky Mountain Airways from April, 1990 through January, 1995 flying Beechcraft 1900 and ATR-42 turboprops.
- United Express, operated by Mesa Airlines, from April, 1990 through May, 1998 flying Beechcraft 1900, Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia, and de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 propjets.
- United Express, operated by Air Wisconsin, from June through October 1998 flying Dornier 328 propjets.
- United Express, operated by Great Lakes Airlines, from October 1998 through April 2005 with Beechcraft 1900 and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops. Great Lakes lost their designation as a United Express air carrier in February, 2002 thus ending the last major air carrier codeshare service at Sheridan.
- Big Sky Airlines returned to Sheridan from late 2005 through January 2008 with Beechcraft 1900D nonstop flights to Denver and a single flight to Billings.
- Great Lakes Airlines resumed service in May 2007 operating as an independent air carrier flying Beechcraft 1900D and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops. Great Lakes subsequently ceased serving Sheridan in the spring of 2015 and the airport was without airline service until the advent of new nonstop flights to Denver operated by Key Lime Air flying as the Denver Air Connection in November 2015.
- FAA Airport Master Record for SHR ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Order 2006-10-19". U.S. Department of Transportation. October 31, 2006.
- "Order 2007-12-27". U.S. Department of Transportation. December 27, 2007.
- Blair, Pat. Airport Manager Clarifies What Happened to EAS, Sheridan Media, May 4, 2015, Retrieved 2015-05-07
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in
- "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
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Nov. 3, 1944 Western Air Lines system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, August 1, 1968 Western Airlines system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, Sept. 6, 1973 Western Airlines system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1978 Western Airlines system timetable
- Individual airline timetables and the American Express SkyGuide
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1998-3506) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-1-7 (January 10, 2005): selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a/ Big Sky Airlines (Big Sky) to provide essential air service with 19-passenger Fairchild Metro III/23 aircraft at Sheridan, Wyoming, for two years. And also directing Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to show cause regarding the subsidy rate on an annual basis, for its provision of service from November 1, 2004, until Big Sky Airlines inaugurates essential air service at Sheridan.
- Order 2006-10-19 (October 31, 2006): vacating Order 2006-10-11, which requested proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service (EAS) at Sheridan, Wyoming, for a new two-year period, beginning February 1, 2007, with or without subsidy. Beginning February 1, 2007, the Department will rely on Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines to provide subsidy-free EAS at Sheridan.
- Notice (December 19, 2007): of Big Sky Transportation Co. d/b/a Big Sky Airlines of the termination of its unsubsidized scheduled service at Sheridan, Wyoming, effective on January 7, 2008.
- Order 2007-12-27 (December 27, 2007): allowing Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, to suspend its unsubsidized scheduled air services at Sheridan, Wyoming, and Trenton, New Jersey, as of January 7, 2008.
- Sheridan County Airport, official site
- Aerial image as of July 1994 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective March 2, 2017
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SHR, effective March 2, 2017
- Resources for this airport: