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SEQU remains in use ...

But only as a heliport for the Ecuadorian military and local fire and police departments.

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Unsanctioned airfield

John Toole Jr., the owner of Toole's Training Center, used this horse race track as an airfield for a J5 Cub in 2015, which prompted the Davie city council to ban private airfields in the city. The pilot attempted a campaign for city council as a result. Toole ultimately lost his life in a 2020 crash near Orange Springs while trying to land an Aero Commander 100 Darter Commander on an unlit grass strip (FD02 Patch o Blue) at night.

http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2020_10_14_archive.html

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Report from personal visit

I was able to access this field via ground transportation during a previous visit to Bastrop in 2017-2019; it's a pretty rudimentary and obviously private grass strip, little more than a mowed patch of grass beaten down by plane tires. But it's definitely there.

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Onomichi Floating Port vs Onomichi Seaplane Base

The actual name of this facility transliterates directly from katakana as "Onomichi Floating Port", but this is a "Japanese English" turn of phrase that does not work well for native English speakers (since "port" by itself is used for nautical and not aeronautical purposes), so I've taken the liberty of translating this to Onomichi Seaplane Base per our usual listing convention elsewhere. The literal transliteration is included in keywords.

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Disused WW2 Facility

Built in 1940 as a training field, this was adjacent to the Japanese-American internment camp (whose remains are still visible on the map to the southwest across US-395). The airfield remained open until 1956, and in intermittent use until at least 1975.

http://www.airfields-freeman.com/CA/Airfields_CA_Inyo.htm#manzanar

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Reopened as a UAS strip 2022

In newer imagery, this is now marked as an active UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) airstrip.

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Remains open

There is literally a C208 on FlightAware bound here from Miami as I type this.

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Closed 2022

This airport closed very recently. Wonder if they've gotten the skydiving King Air out of there since I last visited in February.

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re: Sad that this is now slated to be closed soon!

Reply to @shumphries: Seems like a tough time for Texas country airports. I saw this happen to Luling Carter Field last year.

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Don't land here yourself, multiple times

Ignore the spammer. This is very much a private airport, and this is a gentle reminder that inclusion on this website does not imply that any facility is open to public access or safe for landing. Please check with local authorities or the property owner (if applicable) before attempting to land anywhere that is not a known public airport.

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re: Highway Airstrips in Cuba

Please note that there is no separate heading for military-use airports in OurAirports, and that the inclusion of any aviation facility on this site does not imply permission to land there, given the thousands of private-use airstrips and heliports in the United States alone.

Moreover, many airports throughout the world are dual-use military-civilian, including my closest major airport (Austin Bergstrom International) which hosts a National Guard unit. So having a separate "military" category would make this very difficult as the same facility cannot be listed multiple times with the same ICAO code under different categories.

Airports on OuAirports are categorized by size and frequency of use, so "Small Airport" would be the most salient category for highway airstrips due to their infrequency of employment.

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re: closed?

Reply to @feitidede: Still listed as Active on AirNav as of 10/20/2022, owner: State of Nevada Department of Energy.

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Confirmed per YouTube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mizs218XOQ

Private airstrip X marking visible at south end of grass runway in this 2018 YouTube video of N503AM taking off from here.

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2022 Update

Unlike its twin to the east-southeast, this ultralight airport continues to thrive for now.

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Update 2022

N/S runway still appears intact, but hangar structures appear to have been demolished.

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Found it!

Evidently disused, but it exists.

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LSA Fly-Ins

Attended the small light sport aircraft fly-in here in March 2022, their website lists this as twice a year, so keep your eyes peeled!

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re: This may be defunct

Reply to @AdventureAviator: It's pretty long since defunct and has been marked as closed.

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re: (no subject)

Reply to @espinielli: Clearly had to be towed or trucked there somehow, considering the lack of runway (or VTOL capability). Pretty wild.

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re: penguins...

Reply to @feitidede: Please refrain from spam comments, there are no penguins this far inland. Thank you.

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1970 is more than 22 years before 2018.

Looks like this airport did exist ... 40 to 50 years ago.

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Dual-use facility

JMSDF Chichijima Airfield has both a seaplane ramp (ShinMaywa US-2 patrol flying boats) and a heliport.

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Shares runways with EBBR

But has a different ICAO, so maintaining the separate heading is necessary.

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Inspiration for the musical Come from Away

A former transatlantic crossroads before the jet era, Gander was one of the airports that housed stranded travelers when American airspace was closed due to the events of September 11, 2001; Gander International received 7000 passengers from thirty-eight planes. The incredible hospitality of the Newfoundlanders inspired the musical Come from Away, which ran on Broadway from 2017 to 2022, and continues to spark interest from innumerable "Come-from-Aways" in the people and culture of the island.

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Claimed as the highest airstrip in the world

At 16200 feet, this is definitely about as high-altitude as permanent facilities get. More information on the linked Wiki page, of course.

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Problem Report resolved

@david RPLP Legazpi Domestic is now a closed airport, and the IATA code of LGP has been properly transferred to RPLK Bicol International.

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OurAirports doesn't delete closed airports

Hi @mforte! My understanding is that closed airports remain on the database for historical records as well as to keep people informed for aviation safety reasons -- so pilots do not attempt to land there, but are aware the facility either exists or previously existed. There is also the chance that if a closed airport still exists, it may still be used in case of emergency (ie Air Canada Flight 143, 23/07/1983).

This also allows passengers and pilots to log historical visits that occurred in the past (ie my own visit to Hong Kong Kai Tak in 1980).

Cheers!

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Closed

Area being redeveloped. E-W runway already mostly destroyed in recent sat maps, N-S runway remains.

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2022 Google Maps imagery

New airfield visible in 2022 GMaps.

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Runway Cafe

I've never seen an airport diner that served pad thai before. Or mariscos. On the same menu as your classic burgers and steaks, and all excellent!

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Heliport coverage by the FAA

... is NOTORIOUSLY bad. Even heliports that have continually existed for the last forty years are routinely given GPS coordinates up to 10 miles off course.

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Repurposed!

Hastings Field is no longer an active airstrip ... for fixed wing craft. There's a pretty shiny looking heliport there now though!

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El Gamil

This appears to be the same airport that was involved in the 1956 Suez Crisis (as "El Gamil Airfield").

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Re: PVG

Multiple airports can have the same three-letter code in *different* organization systems. Yes, PVG is the IATA code for Shanghai Pudong, but PVG is also the FAA LID for Hampton Roads. Note that Shanghai Pudong won't *have* an FAA LID because that is only for airports within the United States.

Obviously the ICAO codes (ZSPD and KPVG) are therefore quite different.

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Misplaced all along.

The FAA had this misplaced the whole time.

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Fixed location.

GAP is an aeromodeling (R/C) field located just to the SE of the larger general aviation airport. Note that it is far shorter than the listed 1969'.

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IATA note

Has the same IATA code as Mano Dayak International but is a separate airfield, operated by the United States Air Force.

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If it did exist, it wasn't here.

FAA is notoriously bad at plotting correct lat/longs of heliports. This probably did exist somewhere within a 5 mile radius of this spot. AirNav doesn't list RI14 anymore at any rate.

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Scratch that

New heading coming up for Beijing Nanjiao.

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Reopened as military airport

This is evidently now known as Beijing Nanjiao Airport, and has reopened but strictly for military use as of 2021.

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Closed

Airnav and FAA now list this as CLOSED INDEFINITELY so there we go.

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Repurposed duplicate

No longer a duplicate, carry on!

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Possible reactivation

The provincial governor had promised reconstruction of this airport at least as far back as 2018 and progress is being made on reopening it despite COVID related delays.

https://www.panamaamerica.com.pa/provincias/analizan-posible-reactivacion-del-antiguo-aeropuerto-puerto-armuelles-1174763

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Update

I've given this a provisional name based on the location, but I've come up with the same problem as @im -- not mapped, no data available. More research needed.

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FAA oddity - a CA coded airport in Nevada

Per Airnav:

Sectional chart: (AIRPORT IS 10 MILES INTO NEVADA. THE CLOSEST ASSC CITY IS BISHOP, CA - AND IS CORRECTLY CHARTED ON SAN FRANCISCO SECTIONAL.)

Since it's not actually in California, I have corrected the data to reflect that it is indeed closer to Dyer, Nevada.

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Army National Guard Helicopter LZ

Used for landings in support of frequent Texas ANG helicopter operations at this lake.

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Corrected.

It only took a decade ... but yeah, we're all good here now.

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Update

Signed as closed and for sale. Gliderport field is overgrown and now dotted with bushes. Checked in-person 15 May 2021.

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Gyrofield, you say?

Per this exceptional decade-long blog featuring WW2 Japanese installations (the link for this particular location is here https://airport1111.blog.ss-blog.jp/matsunami-airstrip but is in Japanese), this was the staging area for the use of Kayaba Ka-1 (reverse-engineered Kellett KD-1) observation autogyros which were used here primarily for submarine spotting.

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Repurposing duplicate

Reusing Snyder Airport duplicate to cover nearby hospital heliport.