Decatur Airport

Decatur Airport (IATA: DEC, ICAO: KDEC, FAA LID: DEC) is a public airport five miles east of Decatur, in Macon County, Illinois. The airport is owned by the Decatur Park District.[1] Airline service is subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service program at a cost of $2,667,922 (per year).[2]

Decatur Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerDecatur Park District
ServesDecatur, Illinois
Elevation AMSL682 ft / 208 m
Coordinates39°50′04″N 088°51′56″W
Websitedecatur-parks.org/airport
Maps

FAA diagram (February 2018)
DEC
DEC
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 8,496 2,590 Asphalt/Concrete
12/30 6,799 2,072 Asphalt/Concrete
18/36 5,298 1,615 Asphalt
Statistics
Aircraft operations (2017)40,961
Based aircraft (2019)61

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 1,232 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 672 in 2009 and 2,456 in 2010.[4] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a regional general aviation facility.[5]

It is the eleventh busiest of the 12 commercial airports in Illinois.

Facilities

Decatur Airport covers 2,100 acres (850 ha) at an elevation of 682 feet (208 m). It has three runways: 6/24 is 8,496 by 150 feet (2,590 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete; 12/30 is 6,799 by 150 feet (2,072 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete; 18/36 is 5,298 by 150 feet (1,615 x 46 m) asphalt.[1]

In the 12-month period ending 12/31/17, the airport had 40,961 aircraft operations, an average of 112 per day: 66% general aviation, 24% military, 10% air taxi and less than 1% airline. In December 2019, 61 aircraft were based at this airport: 48 single-engine, 1 ultralight and 12 military.[1]

Decatur Airport has a 24,000 square feet (2,200 m2) passenger terminal with airline counters, a restaurant, baggage claim area, and car rental counters.

The Illinois Army National Guard has an Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) at the airport. The facility occupies 10 acres (4.0 ha) and has 3 permanent buildings and 1 temporary building on the site.[6]

Airline and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Cape Air Chicago–O'Hare (ends January 31, 2020), St. Louis (ends January 31, 2020)
United Express Chicago–O'Hare (begins February 1, 2020)

Incidents

  • On August 3, 1950 a United States Air Force Douglas C-47D was destroyed by fire after a take-off related accident.[7] All 5 occupants survived the crash and subsequent fire.[7]
  • On October 2, 2006 a United States Air Force Learjet C-21A was on a training mission flying a simulated approach to runway 24 when speed unexpectedly dropped and called out "speed" two times.[8] The pilot pulled back the number one engine throttle but the plane began to roll steeply to the right and struck the pavement before proceeding to skid through a grass infield and then across another runway before coming to a stop.[8] Both occupants survived but were also determined to be at fault for the crash.[8][9]
  • On the afternoon of Thursday, December 2, 2010 the Peoria Journal Star online edition reported that the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of a small airplane was killed after a crash. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro says the single-engine home-built aircraft took off from Decatur Airport on Thursday afternoon and crashed 1.5 miles east of the airport. Molinaro said the pilot was the only one on board. The pilot's name was not released. The plane was built in 2010 and is called a "Freebird Lite Sport". It was destroyed in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating.

References

  1. FAA Airport Master Record for DEC (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective December 5, 2019.
  2. "Essential Air Service Reports". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  3. "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  4. "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  5. "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 21, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  6. "Decatur, Illinois". Illinois Army National Guard. Archived from the original on July 20, 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  7. "03 AUG 1950". National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Aviation Safety Network. November 27, 2004. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  8. "02 OCT 2006". National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)/FAA. Aviation Safety Network. October 3, 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  9. "C-21 Accident Investigation Board completed". Scott Air Force Base, Ill. United States Air Force. May 11, 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-09-06.

Other sources

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2006-23929) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2006-4-24: selecting RegionsAir, Inc., d/b/a American Connection, to provide essential air service at Decatur, Illinois, for a two-year period at a subsidy rate of $1,242,250 annually.
    • Order 2007-4-12: selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service at Decatur, Illinois, for a two-year period at subsidies of $1,350,256 for the first year and $1,055,844 for the second year.
    • Order 2009-10-13: selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Marion/Herrin, Quincy, and Cape Girardeau, for a two-year period beginning when Cape Air inaugurates full EAS at each of the three communities and ending at the close of the 24th month thereafter, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $5,469,768 ($2,053,783 for Marion/Herrin, $1,946,270 for Quincy, and $1,469,715 for Cape Girardeau). The Department is selecting Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One to provide subsidized EAS at Decatur, Illinois, and Burlington, Iowa, for a two-year period beginning when it inaugurates full EAS and ending at the close of the 24th month thereafter, at a combined annual subsidy of $5,253,644 ($3,082,403 for Decatur and $2,171,241 for Burlington). The Department is selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Great Lakes) to provide subsidized EAS at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for the two-year period from November 1, 2009, through October 31, 2011, at an annual subsidy of $1,292,906.
    • Order 2011-12-17: re-selecting Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One to provide essential air service (EAS) at Burlington, Iowa, and Decatur, Illinois, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $4,727,307 ($1,976,872 for Burlington and $2,750,435 for Decatur), for a one-year period from February 1, 2012, through January 31, 2013.


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