Sierra Vista Municipal Airport

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Sierra Vista Municipal Airport

Libby Army Airfield
Airport typePublic / military
OperatorCity of Sierra Vista and
United States Army
ServesSierra Vista, Arizona
LocationFort Huachuca
Elevation AMSL4,719 ft / 1,438 m
Coordinates31°35′18″N 110°20′40″W / 31.58833°N 110.34444°W / 31.58833; -110.34444
FHU is located in Arizona
FHU is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 12,001 3,658 Concrete
12/30 5,366 1,636 Asphalt/concrete
3/21 4,285 1,306 Asphalt/concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 40 12 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations157,184
Based aircraft118

Sierra Vista Municipal Airport (IATA: FHU, ICAO: KFHU, FAA LID: FHU), a joint-use civil-military airport which shares facilities with Libby Army Airfield, is located on Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, a city and U.S. Army installation in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. The airport has three runways and one helipad. It is mostly used for military aviation for the surrounding military base.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,304 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2005 and 2,041 enplanements in 2006.[2] According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007–2011, Sierra Vista is a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 passenger boardings per year).[3]

Historical airline service[edit]

The airport has seen scheduled commercial service to Tucson and Phoenix by at least ten commuter air carriers from the 1960s through 2007:

The airport has not seen commercial service since Great Lakes Airlines ended on February 28, 2007.[6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Sierra Vista Municipal/Libby Army Airfield has three runways and one helipad:[1]

  • Runway 8/26: 12,001 x 150 ft (3,658 x 46 m), surface: concrete
  • Runway 12/30: 5,366 x 100 ft (1,636 x 30 m), surface: asphalt/concrete
  • Runway 3/21: 4,285 x 75 ft (1,306 x 23 m), surface: asphalt/concrete
  • Helipad H1: 40 x 40 ft (12 x 12 m), surface: asphalt

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2006, the airport had 157,184 aircraft operations, an average of 430 per day: 74% military, 24% general aviation, 1% scheduled commercial and <1% air taxi. There are 118 aircraft based at this airport: 59% single engine, 24% military, 7% multi engine, 7% helicopters and 3% ultralights.[1]

Cargo airline[edit]

Ameriflight Phoenix-Sky Harbor

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On January 1, 2015, a Cochise County Sheriff's Office helicopter crashed 20 miles north of the airport while returning to it after having maintenance work performed at the Phoenix area. Pilot and former police officer Jeff Steele and mechanic Marc Hansen, a pilot himself, were both killed.[7]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for FHU PDF, effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ FAA Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data: 2006
  3. ^ FAA National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems: 2007-2011
  4. ^ "America West Express October 27, 1996". 13 August 2021.
  5. ^ Airline timetables and the Official Airline Guide
  6. ^ "Commercial air service to Sierra Vista Municipal Airport to end March 1st". City of Sierra Vista press release. 2007-02-02.
  7. ^ "2 dead after Cochise County Sheriff's Office helicopter crashes near Benson | Phoenix". Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2015-01-03.

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