Not to be confused with Waterbury Airport (Connecticut).
|Owner||Connecticut Airport Authority|
|Operator||Connecticut Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||726 ft / 221 m|
FAA Airport Diagram
Waterbury–Oxford Airport (IATA: OXC, ICAO: KOXC, FAA LID: OXC), also known as Oxford Airport, is a public airport located three miles (5 km) north of the central business district of Oxford, a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States.
Before 1969 the airport was originally owned by Michael P. Piscitelli a pilot from West Haven who made his hobby of flying a business. As a result, he later acquired the airport in the 1960s and owned a collection of 11 small engine planes. He sold the airport in the late 60's and is now owned by the Connecticut Airport Authority.
In 2009, taxiway Echo was extended to connect to taxiway Alpha. This, and other improvements (such as an earlier project in which runway 18/36 was lengthened) have allowed for some larger aircraft to land at Oxford, although Gulfstream V and Global Express jets are the largest to currently operate at the airport on a regular basis.
Facilities and aircraft
For 12-month period ending 31 October 2010 the airport had:
|Aircraft based on the field||Around 250|
|Single-engine airplanes||Around 150|
|Multi-engine airplanes||Around 10|
|Jet airplanes||Around 90|
On a typical day, Oxford experiences anywhere between 150 and 600 total aircraft operations. Average aircraft operations ending the 31 October 2010 were 137 per day. 2010 showed a significant drop in aircraft operations from 2009.
In January 2008, the restaurant and bar called 121 Restaurant @ OXC opened in a building constructed adjacent to the airport's runway. The 121 Restaurant provides gourmet catering for private aircraft that operate in and out of Oxford, and also provides a place for observing airport operations while enjoying a meal.
The airport authority has confirmed that they will continue to renovate the airport according to the Airport Master Plan (AMP). Key Air New York Metro, also known as Key Air, plans to build these hangars on the southeast side of the state-owned field. Phase 1 of construction, which includes the largest new hangar, hangar H, is set to be completed winter 2012. The hangar will be built over a total of 89,000 square feet (8,300 m2), along with an additional 48,450 square feet (4,501 m2) of office space. The second phase of construction which includes 59,332 square feet (5,512.1 m2) of hangar space and 16,150 square feet (1,500 m2) of office space as part of hangar I is set to be completed in 2013. Due to a recent veto of proposed money by Connecticut governor Dan Malloy, the funds for building new office facilities around Oxford airport may be delayed.
On March 13, 2012, Key Air, the leading FBO service provider and aircraft management and charter provider at Oxford officially announced that they would be signing a memorandum of understanding with Pentastar Aviation. This agreement has allowed Pentastar to offer their charter, maintenance and avionics services on the east coast of the United States to complement their bases in Oakland County International Airport and Van Nuys Airport and to offer competitive rates to locally based aircraft. The facilities were officially opened on June 13, 2012.
Airlines and destinations
Waterbury–Oxford Airport is not currently served by scheduled air carriers, however there are multiple international charter companies that are based at Oxford including Key Air and Tradewind Aviation. Key Air offers aircraft management and maintenance as well as executive or private charter in one of their many privately operated aircraft. Tradewind offers some occasional scheduled service from the New York Metro area as well as executive charter.
Since it is not certified as a Part 139 airport, operations at Waterbury–Oxford Airport are restricted to corporate and general aviation services.
Incidents and accidents
13 January 2010
A small experimental aircraft crashed while landing. The one pilot on board died.
13 January 2011
Exactly one year after the previous incident, a small light sport aircraft reported it was experiencing an engine failure. It was reported that the aircraft had landed in a front yard in Cheshire, Connecticut. Due to the depth of snow on the ground, the aircraft flipped front over after the nose was lowered. The pilot and passenger aboard walked away safely.
- FAA Airport Master Record for OXC ( PDF), effective 2007-07-05
- Ramunni, Kate (14 January 2010). "Pilot killed in Oxford crash". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "About Waterbury-Oxford Airport". Connecticut Airport Authority..
- "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
- "Master Plan – FAQs". Connecticut Department of Transportation. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- Leda Quirke (January 2, 2008). "121 Restaurant @ OXC Restaurant Opens at Airport". VoicesNews.com. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "CapitolWatch Connecticut Politics". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- Private Charter Services | http://www.pentastaraviation.com/private-jet-service.html
- "Key Air Welcomes the Opening of Pentastar Aviation's East Coast Maintenance Base to its Waterbury–Oxford Airport (OXC) Facilities". PRWeb. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- http://www.ctwg.cap.gov/western-ct-group.html Civil Air Patrol 101st
- "Key Air NY Metro OXC". Key Air. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Tradewind Aviation – Facilities". Tradewind Aviation. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "No injuries in small plane crash in Cheshire". Connecticut Post. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- Waterbury–Oxford Airport
- Oxford Flying Club General Aviation Club
- (PDF), effective June 21, 2018
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OXC, effective June 21, 2018
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