Sierra Sky Park Airport

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Coordinates: 36°50′25″N 119°52′10″W / 36.84028°N 119.86944°W / 36.84028; -119.86944

Sierra Sky Park Airport
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Airport typePublic
OwnerHerndon-Doolittle Assc, Inc.
ServesFresno, California
Elevation AMSL321 ft / 98 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 2,920 890 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations12,500
Based aircraft40

Sierra Sky Park Airport (FAA LID: E79, formerly Q60) is a privately owned, public-use airport seven miles (11 km) northwest of the central business district of Fresno, a city in Fresno County, California, United States.[1]

Other area airports are Fresno Chandler Executive Airport and Fresno Yosemite International Airport.


Sierra Sky Park was created in 1946 on 130 acres (52 ha) on the San Joaquin River, and was the first residential aviation community in the world. William and Doris Smilie are credited for creating this airport/neighborhood hybrid and in 1953 built the first of the 110 homes in the project.[2] Residents can land, taxi down extra-wide avenues, and pull up and park in the driveway at home.[3][4][5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Sierra Sky Park Airport covers an area of 34 acres (14 ha) which contains one runway designated 12/30 with a 2,473 x 50 ft (890 x 15 m) asphalt pavement. For the 12-month period ending March 29, 2007, the airport had 12,500 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 34 per day. At that time there were 40 aircraft based at this airport: 98 percent single-engine and 2 percent multi-engine.[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On December 26, 2016, an Express S-90 crashed onto the shore of a lake, 250 meters off runway 12. Both people on board were killed.[6]

On May 2, 2020, the engine of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk failed after takeoff, and on return landing, the plane overran the end of the runway. The pilot walked away with bumps and scratches, and no one on the ground was injured.[7]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for E79 PDF, effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ Parquette, Larry (2001-06-01). "50-Year Flight Of Fancy". Plane & Pilot Magazine. Werner Publishing Corporation. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2019-12-18. Sierra Sky Park, the first-ever residential airpark, was born. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "The Front-Door Fliers". Time Magazine. 10 December 1965. Retrieved 2007-01-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Sierra Sky Park Inc". Madera Tribune. LIV (182). October 2, 1946. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  5. ^ Gill, Cecile (February 19, 1947). "Airplane Runway for Subdivision". Coronado Compass. 2 (7). Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  6. ^ Jim Guy (2016). "Two dead in plane crash near Fresno's Sierra Sky Park". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved 2016-12-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Pilot survives small plane crash on busy Fresno street". Associated Press. 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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