Sierra Vista Municipal Airport

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Sierra Vista Municipal Airport
Libby Army Airfield
Sierra Vista Municipal Airport (emblem).png
Airport type Public / Military
Operator City of Sierra Vista and
United States Army
Serves Sierra Vista, Arizona
Location Fort Huachuca
Elevation AMSL 4,719 ft / 1,438 m
Coordinates 31°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 US
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 operations 157,184
Based aircraft 118

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] The airport has seen scheduled commercial service to Tucson and Phoenix by several air carriers including USAir Express in the late 1980s and America West Express in the 1990s. The most recent carrier was Great Lakes Airlines to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which ended on February 28, 2007.[4]

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]

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 had maintenance work performed at the Phoenix area. Pilot and former police officer Jeff Steele and mechanic Marc Hansen, a pilot himself, were both killed.[5]


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