Sheridan County Airport

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Sheridan County Airport
Sheridan County Airport Logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner Sheridan County
Serves Sheridan, Wyoming
Elevation AMSL 4,021 ft / 1,226 m
Coordinates 44°46′09″N 106°58′49″W / 44.76917°N 106.98028°W / 44.76917; -106.98028Coordinates: 44°46′09″N 106°58′49″W / 44.76917°N 106.98028°W / 44.76917; -106.98028
SHR is located in Wyoming
Location of airport in Wyoming / United States
SHR is located in the US
SHR (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 8,301 2,530 Asphalt
6/24 5,039 1,536 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 40,235
Based aircraft 94

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.[1] 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.[2] 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[3] The Big Sky service was suspended in January 2008 when this air carrier went out of business.[4] Great Lakes Airlines was the only other carrier serving Sheridan however this carrier abruptly ceased all flights on March 31, 2015. 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.[5]

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 17,710 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[6] 14,181 enplanements in 2009, and 14,146 in 2010.[7] 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).[8]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

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).[1]

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.[1]

Bighorn Airways offers airplane and helicopter air charter service, as well as an aircraft repair and installation center.

Airline and destination[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Key Lime Air Denver[9]

Key Lime Air serves the airport as the Denver Air Connection with 30 seat Fairchild Dornier 328JET regional jet aircraft.

Historical airline service[edit]

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.[10] 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 with a routing example being Denver-Cheyenne-Casper-Sheridan-Billings-Great Falls with some Electra propjet flights continuing on to Calgary from Great Falls.[11][12] Prior to introducing 737 jet service, in 1966 Western was operating direct, no change of plane Electra propjet service into the airport from southern California with a daily routing of Los Angeles-San Diego-Phoenix-Denver-Cheyenne-Casper-Sheridan-Billings.[13] 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.[14] 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;[15]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SHR (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Order 2006-10-19". U.S. Department of Transportation. October 31, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Order 2007-12-27". U.S. Department of Transportation. December 27, 2007. 
  5. ^ Blair, Pat. Airport Manager Clarifies What Happened to EAS, Sheridan Media, May 4, 2015, Retrieved 2015-05-07
  6. ^ "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 |work= (help)
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  8. ^ "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 |work= (help)
  9. ^;_ylt=AwrC2Q7tfyFWPV0Ajs3QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByOHZyb21tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg--
  10. ^, Nov. 3, 1944 Western Air Lines system timetable
  11. ^, August 1, 1968 Western Airlines system timetable
  12. ^, Sept. 6, 1973 Western Airlines system timetable
  13. ^, Aug. 1, 1966 Western Airlines system timetable
  14. ^, July 1, 1978 Western Airlines system timetable
  15. ^ Individual airline timetables and the American Express SkyGuide
  16. ^

Other sources[edit]

  • 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.

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