Washington County Airport (Pennsylvania)

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Washington County Airport
Washington County Airport FBO.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerWashington County
LocationWashington, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL1,184 ft / 361 m
Coordinates40°08′11″N 080°17′25″W / 40.13639°N 80.29028°W / 40.13639; -80.29028
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 5,004 1,525 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations40,017
Based aircraft94

Washington County Airport (IATA: WSG, ICAO: KAFJ, FAA LID: AFJ) is three miles (5 km) southwest of Washington in South Franklin Township, Pennsylvania. It is owned and operated by Washington County and is in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.[1]

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but Washington County Airport is AFJ to the FAA and WSG to the IATA.

At one time, it hosted memorials for DeLloyd Thompson, a famous early pilot from Washington County, but those memorials had been discarded.[2] In 2013 and 2014, Clay Kilgore, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, led an effort to restore the plaques to the airport.[3]


The plaque honoring DeLloyd Thompson created by Early Birds of Aviation, which was installed at the Washington County Airport in 1949

The airport covers 365 acres (1.48 km2) and has 37 T-hangars, seven corporate hangars and seven businesses that employ about thirty people. The airport is a relief airport for other airports such as Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport Authority

Washington County Airport has a 5,004 feet (1,525 m) runway and a full parallel taxiway system lit for night operations. It has a partial electronic guidance system consisting of a Localizer, Distance Measuring Equipment and Non-directional beacon. The non-precision approach is available as well. The airport also has a Remote Communications Outlet and an Automated Surface Observing System. The first Instrument Landing System (ILS) approved by the Federal Aviation Administration was added in 2003.

The airport is home to 94 aircraft:[1] 70 single-engine, 17 multi-engine, five jets and two helicopters. The airport sees about 110 operations per day. Roughly 60% of Washington County Airport's traffic is local general aviation while 24% is general transportation. 17% of the operations are air charter while less than 1% is military use.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for AFJ (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-07-05
  2. ^ Miller, Barbara (November 25, 2013). "Part of pioneer aviator's legacy may return to Washington County Airport". Observer-Reporter. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Hundt, Brad (August 2, 2014). "A century ago, a Washington man changed aviation". Observer-Reporter. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2015.

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