Watsonville Municipal Airport

Infobox Airport
name = Watsonville Municipal Airport
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type = Public
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operator = City of Watsonville
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location = Watsonville, California
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r1-number = 2/20
r1-length-f = 4,501
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r1-surface = Asphalt
r2-number = 8/26
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Watsonville Municipal Airport Airport codes|WVI|KWVI|WVI is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district (CBD) of Watsonville, a city in Santa Cruz County, California, USA. [cite gnis|1654107|Watsonville Municipal Airport] The airport covers convert|330|acre|ha|0|lk=on and has two runways. The largest aircraft to ever land at Watsonville was P-143, a C-17 Globemaster III from March ARB, CA.


The Watsonville airport's longest runway is 02-20 and its dimensions are 4501' x 150'. The crosswind runway, 08-26, 3999' x 100', is used when winds favor it and when the fog is moving across the field from the Monterey Bay.

The airport is uncontrolled, and the CTAF is 122.8 MHz, and the ASOS can be received on 132.275 MHz or by calling 831-724-8794.

Instrument Approaches

The airport has three approaches, making it a popular instrument training area.
* Localizer Runway 02 (needs overwater flight)
* VOR/GPS-A (from Salinas VOR)
* NDB/GPS-B (from PAJAR NDB located 1.1 nm SW of the field)

Instrument pilots be advised Watsonville is occasionally surrounded by non-IFR traffic that (illegally) climbs/descends to low stratus layer. ATC usually calls them out, but they can not always see them. So frequent traffic calls to CTAF even when IMC prevails become important.

See also

*List of airports of Santa Cruz County, California
*List of airports in the San Francisco Bay Area


External links

* [http://www.watsonvilleairport.com/ Watsonville Municipal Airport] (official site)
* [http://www.santacruzpl.org/history/trans/watsair.shtml History of the Watsonville Municipal Airport]
* [http://www.watsonvilleflyin.org/ Watsonville Fly In and Airshow]
* [http://www.watsonvillepilots.org/ Watsonville Pilots Association]
* [http://www.eaa119.org/ Experimental Aircraft Association: Chapter 119]
* [http://www.montereybay99s.org/ Monterey Bay Ninety-Nines] - local chapter of Ninety Nines organization for women pilots
* [http://sq13.cawg.cap.gov/ CAP Senior Squadron 13] - local Civil Air Patrol squadron, search & rescue and aviation education

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