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Found it

Sometimes, the FAA coordinates are just plain wrong. I found this airstrip using Topo Maps and the address of the owner. It's closed now, but you can at least see where the airstrip was cleared out in past years.

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WWII Airstrip

Not to be confused with the modern Talasea Airport to the north, this is the site of two crashed WWII planes (a B-25 Mitchell and a Lockheed Ventura) still clearly visible in 2021.

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Used for 1992 Landing of Mickey Mouse One

Upon the retirement of Walt Disney's private plane Mickey Mouse One (Grumman Gulfsream I N234MM) in 1992, it landed here to be displayed at the adjacent MGM (now Hollywood Studios), as the old Walt Disney World Airport to the north had been blocked off by the construction of the monorail system. Further use of the site for aviation purposes has been permanently precluded by the No Fly Zone orders in place since 2001.

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A bit of forgotten aviation history

New York Airways ran helicopter commuter flights here 1965-1968, and again briefly in 1977. A landing accident here on May 16, 1977 killed four passengers and a pedestrian on the street below, ending the use of skyscraper helipads in New York City, though they remain in use in other cities elsewhere, primarily for emergency use.

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Misplaced marker

I've moved this to the apparent SW-NE runway several km east of town. Marker *had* been in town where there is clearly no airport.

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Flagged for removal

Never existed, not on topo maps or Freeman's Abandoned Airfields site.

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Flagged for removal

There's an even bigger problem here: this airport never existed. There is no trace of any airport having been on this site either in satellite imagery or any number of topographical maps going back to the beginning of aviation, nor is the site listed in any historical documentation or Paul Freeman's excellent website on abandoned and little-known airfields. Website owner notified.

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Flagged for removal

The ICAO code is fake. Kirby Cove has not been historically or currently the site of a seaplane base, particularly due to the rough waters on the seaward side of the Golden Gate preventing safe seaplane operations. Website owner has been notified.

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Flagged for removal

This "seaplane base" doesn't exist; this does not appear to be a safe landing zone as it is too narrow and surrounded by homes. Website owner has been notified.

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Not sure why tagged as a "spam airport".

This definitely exists, clearly visible on Google and OSM sat-maps.

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Update 2021

Reopened as of September 2019, primarily being used to store aircraft for Vueling during the COVID crisis.

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No longer in use

Clipped by the border and no longer even entirely in Iraq!

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The Lowest Airport in the World

Between 1240 and 1266 ft below sea level, Bar Yehuda Airfield is the lowest altitude airport on the planet.

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Geographical quirk!

Despite being less than two miles from the sea, Madha Airport is in a landlocked exclave of Oman, completely surrounded by the UAE. There's also a smaller enclave of UAE land within the Madha territory. There are no border crossings in any case, as the relationship between the UAE and Oman in modern times is sufficiently cordial as to make this largely a non-issue.

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Closed since 1977.

Microsoft Flight Simulator lists this, hilariously, as "USEU Severo-Kurilsk". Okeanskoye has been closed and unusable since at least the 1970s.

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Repurposing duplicate

Since I am unable to merge, I'm repurposing this heading for a different aviation facility in India.

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re: Crimea

Hi Bill35! In the current iteration of the database: neither Crimea nor Sevastopol are selectable as independent entities or as subdivisions of Russia, only as subdivisions of Ukraine. The United Nations continues to consider Crimea and Sevastopol as Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia. There are instances where OurAirports diverges from strict UN interpretation (ie. Taiwan, Kosovo) and note that the islands of the southern Kuril chain are reckoned as strictly Russian and not Japanese (mirroring decades of de facto control), but for the most part, I believe this site adheres to UN and IATA policy.

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Remanded to Website Owner

I am too busy adding unlisted airports and heliports throughout the world to continue to deal with this regional spat. I have remanded this to the OurAirports administrator for an official decision. If he decides to add Crimea and Sevastopol as subdivisions of the Russian Republic, then that's up to him.

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Please stop moving this airport to Russia.

Unless and until the UN recognizes the occupation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia, we should continue to list all airports in Crimea as being in Ukraine. There is no subdivision for Crimea or Sebastopol under the Russia heading. This is not the time or place for nationalistic sentiment -- this is simply abiding by the good-faith standards of database maintenance.

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To be reopened by 2023

Apparently under (re)construction as VlorΓ« International Airport.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlor%C3%AB_International_Airport

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Crisis averted!

I've repurposed this duplicate to cover a different airfield.

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Re: CamΓ­ Heliport

This name was incorrect. CamΓ­ in Catalan means path, and therefore CamΓ­ Heliport is "Heliport Path", the name of the adjacent road. The correct name (Terra Guindaldes) has been applied to this heliport.

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Transliteration notes

This is labeled as "Ogyokaidozoino Helipad" in Google Maps. This is extremely incorrect.

The adjacent road is actually "Osakana-kaido", NOT "Ogyo-kaido" (literally "fish road"), and the "zoino" is a misreading of "zoi no" meaning "along", and not part of the helipad's name. Basically, the Japanese is transliterated as "o-sakana-kaido zoi no heliport", or translated as "the heliport along Fish Road". Without the actual name, I'm using the name of the adjacent road (Osakana-kaido) which shouldn't be translated literally in this case.

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beware MSFS fake ICAO codes

Yeah, Asobo / MSFS have created a lot of their own GPS/ICAO codes for airports that are not congruent with reality, especially as heliports are not yet rendered in the sim as of the end of 2020 (so they wouldn't catch the duplicate).

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(no subject)

Recently paved and painted as of 20 Dec 2020. No perimeter fence, directly adjacent to FM 1470 to the south, private residences to the north.

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well that's a tight fit

Lots of signage warning pedestrians and motorists going into the adjacent parking garage of the "Helicopter Landing Zone". Rotor wash here must be all sorts of fun.

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Wrong information redacted.

I couldn't find any IATA or ICAO info on this airstrip, so I've removed "TUYO" and moved "TUY" to a local code, though this is questionable at best. At least we know there's an airstrip here, not much else to go on.

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Some more deets

Visible on the old topo maps available in CalTopo, and the eastern half of the runway is clearly visible running due east from the modern-day Lone Butte Casino.

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Mixed R/C - glider airport

Primarily an R/C airport but listed due to powered glider activity.

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Not yet finished

Under construction.

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Utley Field Located.

I've moved the GPS coordinates to the location of this private strip.

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Now a restaurant

Appropriately enough, "Il Vecchio Eliporto" ("The Old Heliport")

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Got it!

This bicycle itinerary lists parking lot P11 in Borgo Maggiore as the "ex-heliport". Looks like there are now zero active heliports here.

https://sanmarinotrekking.com/portfolio/san-marino-a-360-gradi/

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Update 2020

Per the following link, the Borgo Maggiore heliport was at the cable car station. This no longer appears to be the case, there is a "pad" but the cables run right over it!

https://www.chiamamicitta.it/30-giugno-1961-inaugurata-linea-elicotteri-rimini-san-marino-san-leo/

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Construction delayed.

Originally scheduled to open July 2020, delayed due to COVID with new estimated completion date of December 2020. There has already been a landing here (an emergency landing of a Philippine Central Bank Gulfstream G200 on 10 Jan 2018).

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04MA Update

As of 2020, Google Maps imagery shows there's a Cessna parked behind the house at 1020 N Broadway, and the field across the street is still cleared enough for takeoffs. The four digit FAA identifier 04MA indicates this is for private use only; it is still listed as active on AirNav and FAA sources. I think that "anonymous user" may have had an ax to grind.

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Mistaken identity?

The person listed by the previous commenter is listed as the manager at Wolf River Airport (54N) in Rossville, Tennessee; I see no current listing for a manager for Wolf River Ranch Airport MS53 in Mississippi in any internet searches. This airport is no longer listed as open in AirNav in any case and trees have grown on half of the previous runway surface in recent satellite imagery.

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Old Chinle Airport

This is the heading for the old (closed) and private Chinle Airport (04AZ), not the newer Chinle Municipal (E91).

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Ex-Airport

On the site of former Kona Village Resort Airport.

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Old Landing Strip

Shows up on 1970s-era topo maps and old runway still visible on satellite, but very little info available. Any further information on this obscure landing strip would be appreciated.

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No heliport at location.

PIma County Sheriff's Department airborne operations seem to have moved completely to KTUS -- sensible, PCSO HQ being basically sandwiched between the flight paths of KTUS and KDMA probably made this location untenable in the long run.

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Closed

Since all the FAA databases seem to be 10-12 years behind on heliports, it's probably a good idea to leave this up here so people *know* it's closed, instead of removing this and leaving only the inaccurate, old information online on other sites as Google hits. Also, it was inaccurately plotted to begin with (protip: always cross-check owner addresses on heliport listings!).

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Closed

Formerly Orlando Hyatt House, Orlando Sun Resort, Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort. This property is now closed and derelict.

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Bowie International?

Labeled as "Bowie International Airport" on Google Maps, but I can find no evidence this was ever actually called this other than as a local in joke.

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Per Disney...

It *is* technically open, but only for emergency use.

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Closed

Listed owner deceased 2000, no sign of aviation activity here in the last 20 years.

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Bring me the head of John the Baptist!

This is actually the 1930s Salome CAA Intermediate Field, resurrected in the late 2010s as an emergency airfield for GA pilots! Neat to see what was effectively a forgotten archaeological site return to current use.

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I thought this was closed...

But there's YouTube videos of activity here from 2015-2019. Pretty fascinating rebirth of a 1950s airstrip!

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Miho Airfield

Set aside for emergency use by the Japanese government; no GA or commercial flights allowed.

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Fantasy of Flight

Better known as Fantasy of Flight. In addition to the visible turf runways, there are also seaplane operations here.