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AIRPORT

Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport opened at its current location on June 1, 1991. It is one of the newer municipal airports in the Southwestern United States and is an active General Aviation airport operated to FAA Part 139 standards. It is located approximately three miles to the northeast of Lake Havasu, adjacent to Arizona State Route 95 and approximately six miles to the north of the center of developed area of Lake Havasu City. It is a unique facility near the western foothills of the Mohave Mountains.

The airport was constructed in the late 1980s to replace the original airport built in 1944 on Pittsburg Point, near the present-day city center and the London Bridge. It was one of six emergency landing fields that supported Kingman Army Air Field's gunnery training for bomber crews during World War II. It was also an R&R Center, and after the war, it became a fly-in fishing camp, then a private airfield supporting the development of the new city beginning in 1963, by entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch Sr.

The present airport is conveniently located across State Route 95 from The Shops at Havasu, a gateway shopping center that opened in 2009 and that presently has 21 tenants.

The airport is a modern facility that hosts more than 98 based aircraft, two full service fixed based operators. It has instrument approach capabilities, an automated weather observation station, and an 8,001-foot long runway. It serves the community and the region and is a key part of the economic development of the city.

STAFF

  • Airport Supervisor Steve Johnston
  • Administrative Specialist II RN Mendoza
  • Maintenance Lead Paul Blazer
  • Maintenance Specialist Daryl Baker
FUNCTIONS FACTS AND FREQUENCIES

Air Operations

  • Traffic pattern altitude 1800' General Aviation, 2300' Commercial/turbine
  • Unicom: 122.7
  • AWOS III: 119.025 MHz or Unicom 122.7. Phone: 928.764.2309
  • RWY 32/14: 8,001' x 100' asphalt. Lighting: MIRL, REIL, 4-Light PAPI, beacon
  • Pilot activated lighting RWY 32/14 on 122.7: 3x-Low, 5x-Medium, 7x-High
  • Non-standard right downwind for RWY 14
  • VOR/GPS Approach: From EED (115.2) 139 degree radial 13.2 NM FSS: Prescott (PRC): 122.55 or 122.4. Phone: 800.671.2878
  • GPS Approach available RWY 14/32
  • FSS: Prescott Flight Plans. Phone: (800) 992-7433

General Operations

  • Airfield open 24 hours, 7 days
  • Airport Operations office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday except for City Holidays
  • Tie downs/leases
  • Hangars/shade ports
  • Overnight parking fees:
    • $11 single engine fixed-wing
    • $16 multi engine/helicopter
    • $21 turbine jet
    • $37 aircraft over 12,500 lbs.
  • Landing Fees: $1.00 per 1,000 lbs. per landing, for aircraft weighing over 12,500 lbs. gross landing weight
LINKS AND LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

It was an airfield and its proximity to a major lake that led inventor and entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch Sr. to relocate his manufacturing facilities from Los Angeles to what is today Lake Havasu City.

McCulloch was searching for a place to test his marine outboard engines - he had been a boat racer in Wisconsin in his youth - and he flew over Lake Mead and then Lake Havasu in the early 1960s. Below on a point of land on Lake Havasu was a paved but disused emergency landing field that had seen brief use by the Army Air Corps during World War II, primarily as a rest and recreation area.

In 1963, approximately 30 square miles of land was assembled through an act of the Arizona Legislature and sold at auction to McCulloch. In turn, the land was subdivided into 39,000 lots and as a planned community. Planner C.V. Wood, who designed Disneyland, wanted to avoid a grid street pattern, and with the assistance of topography already in place, designed the street system that is sometimes referred to as an aerial view of a plate of spaghetti. Wood's goal: to create as many lots as possible with a view of the lake.

McCulloch closed his Los Angeles enterprises and opened small engine factories here for marine use and chain saws, and he even manufactured J-2 Gyroplanes, convinced that the short takeoff and landing two-place aircraft would be the commuter conveyance of choice It is the lake that is the focal point of this low desert city in the transition of the Sonoran and Mohave deserts. It filled up behind Parker Dam in 1938 as a source of water for downstream users such as the Metropolitan Water District in California and later the Central Arizona Project that extends to Phoenix and Tucson.

Today, it is also a water recreation destination for powerboats of all sizes and for fishermen in search of the healthy population of striped bass, largemouth bass, catfish and more - it seems like there is a fishing tournament on the lake every weekend between March and November. McCulloch and Wood made headlines in 1968 when they bought the London Bridge from the City of London for $2.46 million, then had its disassembled and numbered blocks transported by ship to Long Beach, then by truck overland to the fledgling city to be reassembled like a giant Lego project.

The bridge was assembled over dry land, the five arches buttressed by mounds of sand. When completed, a channel was dredged beneath it connecting it to Thompson Bay and the North Basin, creating a river walk of sorts punctuated with shops and restaurants.

London Bridge was dedicated in 1971 by a contingent of Arizona and London elected officials, with about 100,000 spectators attending a three-day party that included Hollywood personalities in attendance.

Lake Havasu City today has a population of 55,000 people and is a destination not only for boaters because of its 45-mile long lake, but winter visitors driving their condos-on-wheels from Canada and the northern tier of states to enjoy the winter desert lifestyle that is devoid of snow, icicles and ice scrapers for windshields.

Tourism is an economic mainstay here, but quietly over the years, the marine industry - boat manufacturing, sales, after market products - has emerged, and now contributes $191 million annually into the local economy.

Custom residential and commercial construction added to the community's economic well-being over the years in this Arizona community that is strongly influenced by adjacent California and the West Coast.

Incorporated in 1978, the city is now celebrating its 37th birthday. Resort high-end home construction continues and more is planned, as is a fifth golf course, a four-year residential university campus, another marina, a five-star resort hotel, a 19-acre industrial park ready to go to bid, redevelopment of the Bridgewater Channel area on both sides of London Bridge, and active redevelopment of the city's commercial core on its Main Street, Upper McCulloch Boulevard.

AIR SERVICE UPDATE

The challenge facing many airports is declining grant opportunities for airline service. In 2003, the City received grand funding for air service. Unfortunately, the scheduled airline flights were often lightly used. Mesa Airlines ceased operations on May 6, 2007.  The City continues to compete for Federal Aviation Administration grants for air service.  Today, scheduled airline service is highly volatile.  The community will continue to compete for these grant opportunities for airline service.

AIRPORT MASTER PLAN

The Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport 2010 Master Plan Study Update was undertaken to evaluate the airport's capabilities and role, to forecast future aviation demand, and to plan for the timely development of new or expanded facilities that may be required to meet the demand. The ultimate goal of a Master Plan is to provide systematic guidelines for the airport's overall maintenance, development and operation.

The Master Plan is intended to be a proactive document which identifies and then plans for future needs well in advance of the actual demand. As a result, Lake Havasu City can coordinate project approvals, design, financing and construction in advance so as to avoid experiencing detrimental effects.

An important result of the Master Plan is identifying and outlining specific development areas for future facility needs are reserved. This protects development areas and ensures they will be readily available when required to meet future aviation demand. The final product is a detailed development concept which outlines specific uses for all areas of airport property, including strategies for revenue enhancement.

A Planning Advisory Committee worked with the consulting firm of Coffman Associates, Phoenix and Kansas City, in developing the plan. It was approved by the City Council.

DOING BUSINESS WITH US

Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport is a great place to think about when locating your aviation business. The airport has excellent airfield capabilities, including an 8,001-foot long runway and plenty of on-airport undeveloped land to accommodate aviation uses. Lake Havasu City has experienced unprecedented commercial growth with the addition of a new shopping mall across the highway from the airport and an autoplex recently opened just north of the mall. There is also a business park directly south of the airport.

Aviation businesses can obtain approvals to operate a business at through the execution of an operation agreement, license, facility lease or ground lease. Below are several links to airport regulatory documents. For more information on open RFPs, contact the airport supervisor.

FIXED BASED OPERATORS

Desert Skies Executive Air Terminal
Jeff Gardner, General Manager

5600 North Hwy. 95, #6
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
Phone: (928) 764-8000 Fax: (928) 764-2659
Email:desertskiesexecutiveair@yahoo.com
desertskiesexecutiveair.com
AIRINC:123.30 Fuel: 100LL and Jet A Services and Amenities Include:

  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Aircraft Parking Ramp and Tie-down
  • Pilot Lounges
  • Catering
  • Flight School
  • Oxygen Service
  • Restroom
  • Pilot Supplies

Havasu Air Center
Dante Marinelli, General Manager

5600 North Hwy. 95, #9
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
Phone: (928) 764-1999 Fax: (928) 764-1995
Email:info@havasuaircenter
www.havasuaircenter.com

Services and Amenities Include:

  • Management Program
  • Maintenance Shop
  • Fuel

SERVICES - AIRCRAFT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE

Arizona Aircraft Maintenance
Mark Naumer, Director of Maintenance
5600 North Hwy. 95, # 11
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
Phone: (928) 764-1883
Email:azairmaintenance@aol.com
www.azairmaintenance.com

SERVICES - AIR CHARTER

Dorato Jets
Mark McKenna, Manager
5600 North Hwy. 95, #12
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
Phone: (877) 2DO-RATO (877-236-7286) - Cell: (928) 706-3500
Email:mark@DoratoJets.com
www.doratojets.com

SERVICES - AIRCRAFT SALES

Northstar Aviation Services LLC, Havasu Air Center
5600 North Hwy. 95, Bldg H-100
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
Phone: (928) 764-1999 - Fax: (928) 764-1995
Email:info@havasuaircenter.com
www.havasuaircenter.com

SERVICES - RENTAL CARS

Avis Rent-a-Car
5600 North Hwy. 95, #4
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404
Phone: (928) 764-3001 Fax: (928) 764-2707
http://www.avis.com
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm - Saturday - Sunday 9am-3pm

Services: Compacts to 12-passenger van rentals

ORGANIZATIONS

Rio Colorado Chapter 99s

International Organization of Women Pilots
The Ninety-Nines Inc.
www.riocolorado99s.org

Founded in 1929 by 99 women pilots. Amelia Earhart was elected the first president. The group was named for the 99 charter members.

Mission Statement

PROMOTE world fellowship through flight
PROVIDE networking and scholarship opportunities for women and aviation education in the community
PRESERVE the unique history of women in aviation

Rio Colorado Ninety-Nines Chapter Officers for 2014-2016

  • Chairman - Frances Irwin
  • Vice Chairman - Shannon Hicks Hankins
  • Secretary - Karen Goldsberry
  • Treasurer - Lindsay Eddy

To join the 99s, you must be a licensed pilot to become a member. Any woman interested in obtaining a pilot's license may join as an Associate and is invited to attend meetings.

The local chapter meets the second Saturday of every month, usually at 9 a.m. Meeting locations vary. Contact any officer for location information.

The Rio Colorado 99s will be busy in 2012-2013 continuing their support of aviation education in the community.

Experimental Aircraft Association, Ron Rounds
Email: rdrounds@gmail.com | eaalondonbridge681@yahoo.com

History

When George Molitor moved to Lake Havasu City in 1979, he learned that a man named Jens Anderson was building an airplane in his den. "I made arrangements to see this project - I was at the time getting ready to attempt to build a 1929 biplane from plans - and he informed me that there was another BD-5 being built in town, Jerry Fischer in the living room of his mobile home on the Island."

There were other projects underway, and Molitor met them and ultimately Chapter 681 was officially chartered. The group grew to 20 members and participated in early - day London Bridge Days parades as well as hosting fly-ins that attracted as many as 100 participants.

Until the current municipal airport opened, meetings were held in a variety of places. Projects completed by chapter members include Jerry Fischer's Lancair; Marv Vanderpool's Lancair; and a Glasair RG, Glasair III, Glastar and RV-8 built by Myron Jenkins; Frank Baker's Mitchell Wing; Ron Cook's Lancair IV, Bill Piper's Monocoach restoration; a BD-5 by Jerry Fischer now on display at the Kingman Museum; Ed Pfau's RV-6; Chuck and Lou Carrol's his-n-hers RV-6s; Linda and Gil Tucker's Escapade; and Curt Jones's Murphy Rebel.

The EAA was founded in 1953 by veteran aviator Paul Poberezny along with other aviation enthusiasts, and it began more or less as a flying club. "Because the planes we flew were modified or built from scratch, they were required to display an EXPERIMENTAL placard where it could be seen on the door or cockpit," Poberezny said. "So it was quite natural that we call ourselves the 'Experimental Aircraft Association.'"

Home building is still a large part of EAA, but the organization has grown immensely over the years to include every aspect of aviation and aeronautics.

Membership today is strong, with many of the members' flying projects still in the air. "All of us involved are here not just to build, but for the love of aviation itself."

Meetings and how to join: Third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m., Hangar 36. Annual dues: $20. Join at a meeting.

London Bridge Composite Squadron 501

The Civil Air Patrol has 3 missions: Emergency Services, Cadet Program & Aerospace Education. CAP Senior Members who qualify as flight crew perform over 90% of inland, airborne Search & Rescue missions as directed by the USAF in the most cost-effective manner for the US taxpayer. The Cadet Program provides a structured system for developing leadership, teamwork and social skills in young people aged 12-18. Achievements are recognized through the award of Cadet grades and uniform ribbons. Achievement of a Cadet officer grade may be of assistance in being accepted for entrance to the USAF Academy (4-year course valued at $250,000). For those interested in joining the USAF in the enlisting ranks, achievement of a Cadet officer grade permits a starting rank of E-3 (currently worth an additional $3000 per year). Visit our website: caplhc.webstarts.com/ | gocivilairpatrol.com/ | azwv.org/ | caplhcae.weebly.com/

Meeting times and venues are subject to change. If you are interested in joining, please contact:
Squadron Commander 501: Rey De Leon, Major
E-Mail: rdeleon790@gmail.com / Phone: (928) 916-9415

Deputy Commander for Senior Cadets: Jeff Sayre, Captain
E-Mail: sayrej@yahoo.com  / Phone: (928) 486-4167

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