Arcata/Eureka Airport, also known as Arcata Airport, is an airport located 15 miles (24 km) north of Eureka in the unincorporated town of McKinleyville, California. This regional airport serves Humboldt County, including the two primary regional cities that compose its name: Arcata and Eureka. The airport is a federally designated port of entry for civil aircraft arriving in the United States. It is the largest airport (with the longest runway) on the Pacific Coast between the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon. The airport is also the site of the primary facilities and equipment of the United States Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay.
ARCATA AIRPORT HISTORY
The airport was originally constructed by the United States Navy during World War II for the purpose of testing defogging systems for aircraft. It operated in support of the Naval Air Station Alameda as the Arcata Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) and served as headquarters for the Eureka section of naval local defense forces for the 12th Naval District.
In December 1947 a Southwest Airways Douglas DC-3 propliner flying into the airport made the world’s first blind landing by a scheduled commercial airliner using Ground-Controlled Approach (GCA) radar, Instrument Landing System (ILS) devices and Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO) oil-burning units adjacent to the runway. By the following year the airline had made 1,200 routine instrument landings at the often fog-shrouded airport.
For 2005, the Arcata-Eureka Airport serviced 102,000 arriving commercial passengers and 104,000 departing on 4,370 departing flights. Horizon carried 66.29% of the passengers with United carrying the remainder. 78% of the 2005 flights departed on time and 79% of the arriving flights were on time. In addition to passenger traffic, the airport shipped 457,000 pounds (207,291 kg) of cargo.
ARCATA AIRPORT LOCATION
ARCATA AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 221 ft.
Runway length available: 01/19 4499×150 ft. :: 14/32 6000×150 ft.