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Arcata/Eureka Airport
Arcata-Eureka Airport digram.png
Airport type Public
Operator Humboldt County
Serves Arcata, California and Eureka, California
Location 67
Elevation AMSL 221 ft / 67 m
Coordinates 40°58′41″N 124°06′31″W / 40.97806°N 124.10861°W / 40.97806; -124.10861
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 4,499 1,371 Asphalt
14/32 6,000 1,829 Asphalt

Arcata/Eureka Airport (IATA: ACVICAO: KACVFAA LID: ACV), 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.[1] The airport is a Federally designated port of entry for civil aircraft arriving in the United States.[2]



The airport was originally constructed by the United States Navy during World War II for the purpose of testing defogging systems for aircraft.[3] In December 1947 a Southwest Airways DC-3 flying into the airport made the world's first blind landing on 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.[4] By the following year the airline had made 1,200 routine instrument landings at the often fog-shrouded airport.

For the year of 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 also shipped 457,000 pounds (207,291 kg) of cargo.[5]

Current utilization is now a mixture of general and commercial aviation with three commercial airlines providing scheduled service: Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines, United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines, and Horizon Air.[6]


The Arcata-Eureka Airport covers 745 acres (301 ha)[1] and has two runways:

  • Runway 1/19: 4,499 x 150 ft. (1,371 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt[7]
  • Runway 14/32: 6,000 x 150 ft. (1,829 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt[7]

Being located on the Pacific coast of California, the airport falls under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission and major changes to the airport such as rezoning or fencing in the airport require approval by the Commission.[8]

The approach flight path for runway 32 passes over Central Avenue, a highly travelled road in the area. The strobe lights that direct planes onto the runway were creating a visual hazard for drivers on Central Avenue as the strobe lights were creating a glare. The problem was especially noticeable during inclement weather when the strobes' intensity was increased and the roadways were reflective from water on the surface. The Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Aviation Research, Airport Technology Research and Development Branch responded to the hazard by installing baffles on the strobes that block the lights from shining on the road while still providing visual guidance for aircraft.[9]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Horizon Air Los Angeles, Redding
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Crescent City, Sacramento, San Francisco
Delta Connection operated by Skywest Airlines Salt Lake City [Seasonal; Resumes June 2010]

Ground transportation

Other local airports


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for ACV (Form 5010 PDF)
  2. ^ "Section 6. United States Customs Service Airports". September 4, 2000. Retrieved December 11, 2006.  
  3. ^ "Senate Joint Resolution No. 12" (PDF). California State Senate. 1997. Retrieved December 11, 2006.  
  4. ^ "Small-Town Big-Timer". Time magazine. October 18, 1948.,8816,799355,00.html. Retrieved August 14, 2009.  
  5. ^ "Arcata/Eureka (ACV) Airport Fact Sheet". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. 2006.,%20CA:%20Arcata/Eureka. Retrieved December 11, 2006.  
  6. ^ "Aviation / Airports". County of Humboldt. 2005. Retrieved July 7, 2008.  
  7. ^ a b "KACV Arcata Airport". 23 November 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2006.  
  8. ^ "California Coastal Commission March 2002 Meeting Agenda". California Coastal Commission. March 5, 2002. Retrieved December 11, 2006.  
  9. ^ Patterson, James W., Jr. (August 2005). "Design and Installation of Flasher Baffles at the Arcata/Eureka Airport" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration Office of Aviation Research. Retrieved December 11, 2006.  

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