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Merced Municipal Airport , also known as MacReady Field, is a public airport located two miles (3 km) southwest of the central business district of Mercedmarker, a city in Merced Countymarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker. The airport is owned by the City of Merced. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also used by one commercial airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

On September 8, 2008, Great Lakes Airlines commenced service to LA/Ontario International Airportmarker, located approximately 35 miles (56 km) from downtown Los Angelesmarker in Ontario, Californiamarker. The flights also include a stop at Visalia Municipal Airportmarker in Visalia, Californiamarker. Previously, scheduled service was provided by Air Midwest with flights to McCarran International Airportmarker in Las Vegasmarker.

Bus connections to Yosemite National Parkmarker are available through the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS).

Facilities and aircraft

Merced Municipal Airport covers an area of 766 acres (310 ha) which contains one asphalt paved runway (12/30) measuring 5,903 x 150 ft (1,799 x 46 m).

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2008, the airport had 72,760 aircraft operations, an average of 199 per day: 93% general aviation, 3% air taxi, 3% scheduled commercial and <1% military.="" There="" are="" 86="" aircraft="" based="" at="" this="" airport:="" 93%="" single="" engine,="" 7%="" multi-engine="" and="" no="" jet="" aircraft.=""></1%>

Airline and destinations

Fly-In

Since June 1957, Merced Municipal Airport has hosted the annual Merced West Coast Antique Fly-In. Each year, the fly-in draws hundreds of pilots from across the Western United States to Merced to display their rare and antique aircraft. The fly-in also features an air show and an antique car show. In 2007, the 50th annual fly-in drew nearly 400 planes as well as several stunt pilots.

In 2008, for the first time in its history, the Merced West Coast Antique Fly-In was canceled due to lack of sponsors and volunteers.

See also



References

  1. CVBT - Central Valley’s newest airline ready to take off
  2. KMPH - New Airline Serves Merced
  3. Merced Sun-Star - Lack of sponsors grounds fly-in


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