Watsonville Municipal Airport

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Watsonville Municipal Airport
KWVI Watsonville Municipal Airport California.jpg
Photo of Watsonville Municipal Airport
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Airport Diagram for Watsonville Municipal Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorCity of Watsonville
LocationWatsonville, California
Elevation AMSL163 ft / 50 m
Coordinates36°56′09″N 121°47′23″W / 36.93583°N 121.78972°W / 36.93583; -121.78972Coordinates: 36°56′09″N 121°47′23″W / 36.93583°N 121.78972°W / 36.93583; -121.78972
WVI is located in California
Location of airport in California
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 4,501 1,372 Asphalt
9/27 3,998 1,219 Asphalt

Watsonville Municipal Airport (IATA: WVI, ICAO: KWVI, FAA LID: WVI) is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district (CBD) of Watsonville, a city in Santa Cruz County, California, USA.[1] The airport covers 330 acres (134 ha) and has two runways. The largest aircraft to ever land at Watsonville were 05-5141 and 05-5143, C-17 Globemaster IIIs from March ARB, CA.


The Watsonville airport's longest runway is 02-20 and its dimensions are 4501' x 149'. The crosswind runway, 09-27, 3998' x 98', is used when winds favor it and when the fog is moving across the field from the Monterey Bay.

The airport is uncontrolled, and the CTAF is 122.8 MHz, and the ASOS can be received on 132.275 MHz or by calling 831-724-8794.


The Navy took over in July, 1943, purchased an additional 35 acres, built support buildings and the concrete ramp. On October 23, 1943, the airport was commissioned as Naval Air Auxiliary Station Watsonville (NAAS Watsonville) and served as a satellite to Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda. As the World War II ended, so did operations at NAAS Watsonville, on Nov. 1, 1945 it was closed and placed on caretaker status.

Instrument Approaches[edit]

The airport has three approaches, making it a popular instrument training area.

  • Localizer Runway 02 (needs overwater flight)
  • RNAV (GPS) Runway 02 (needs overwater flight, LPV/WAAS minimums)
  • VOR/DME-A (from Salinas VOR)

Instrument pilots have been advised that Watsonville is occasionally surrounded by non-IFR traffic that (illegally) climbs/descends to low stratus layer. ATC usually calls them out, but they can not always see them. There are frequent traffic calls to CTAF even when IMC prevails become important.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Watsonville Municipal Airport". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.

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