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DuBois Regional Airport , formerly known as DuBois-Jefferson County Airport, is a public airport located on State Route 830 between DuBoismarker in Clearfield Countymarker and Brookvillemarker in Jefferson Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, USAmarker. Owned and operated by the Clearfield-Jefferson Counties Regional Airport Authority, the airport covers and has one runway. It is mostly used for general aviation but is also served by one commercial airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

DuBois Regional Airport is a popular refueling stop for many transient aircraft due to its proximity to Interstate 80 and several main east-west air routes, as well as an on-field restaurant.

History

In the early 1950s, the City of DuBois created a Municipal Airport Authority which looked into means of expanding the existing DuBois City Airport, in the Oklahoma section, east of the city. They determined that site was unsuitable for further expansion, and joined with Jefferson County officials to procure the present site, 6 statute miles (10 km) northwest of DuBois. Construction was completed and the first flight was made on June 1, 1960 by Allegheny Airlines. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, radio navigational aids were added, including a non-directional beacon (DU), and finally a full Instrument Landing System (ILS) for runway 25 (IDUJ).

Brockway Glass Corporation, headquartered in nearby Brockway, Pennsylvaniamarker, constructed a corporate hangar on the apron to house their corporate aircraft (and later a commuter airline service), and Fixed Base Operator Beechwoods Flying Service constructed general aviation "T hangars", fuel pumps and maintenance hangars. The FAA opened a Flight Service Station in 1963 to provide weather observation and aviation advisory services to pilots in the region, which is noted for rapidly changing and severe weather. In the 1970s, the FAA also located a regional radio navigational maintenance facility on the field.

In 1988, Brockway Glass was taken over by Owens-Illinois, and its assets were liquidated, including the Crown Airways commuter airline. The Flight Service Station was closed in 1990 during FSS consolidation, and its functions were assumed by the Altoonamarker FSS.

Since 1991, the airport complex has continued to expand and renovate its facilities, grounds, and infrastructure. Since 2001 it has been designated a Foreign Trade Zone. State route PA-830 has been relocated to a new access road, and dedicated as the "Bud Scherer Memorial Highway" to honor the memory of longtime Airport Manager Francis "Bud" Scherer. It carries traffic from U.S. Interstate 80 and the borough of Falls Creek.

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Incidents and accidents

  • 9 April 2003 - Skyway Enterprises Shorts 330-200 aircraft (N805SW), on a flight from Pittsburghmarker was about to land at DuBois Regional Airport, when an engine surged, the pilot attempted to go round again to land and crashed left of the runway. The aircraft was substantially damaged but the two crew survived.


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