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Perris Valley Airport
File:Perris Valley Airport diagram.png
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Private
Owner B & D Conatser
Operator B & D Conatser
Serves Riverside County, California
Location Perris, California
Elevation AMSL 1413 ft / 431 m
Coordinates 33°45′52.7″N 117°13′8.4″W / 33.764639°N 117.219°W / 33.764639; -117.219
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 5,100 1,554 Asphalt
Statistics (2004)
GA flights 34,200 [1]
Skydives 130,000 [2]
FAA data[1] Perris Valley Skydiving[2]

Perris Valley Airport (FAA LID: L65) is a privately owned and operated airport open to public use and located one mile (1.6 km) southeast of Perris serving Riverside County, California. The airport has one runway and is used for general aviation and extensive skydiving. [1] The airport operates from dawn to dusk daily year-round. A skydiving drop zone operates at the airport, and skydivers land about 50 feet from the runway.

The primary occupant is Perris Valley Skydiving. Skydiving operations run from early morning to dusk daily unless limited by weather or safety factors.[2] Perris Valley Skydiving (PVS) operates a fleet of five aircraft. The fleet consists of a Skyvan, a Super 300 Twin Otter, two Super Twin Otters, and a twin engine DC-9 jet.[3] The DC-9 is the only civilian jet FAA-certified for skydiving. Skydivers fly to jump altitude (13,000 feet) in about 20 minutes.[3] PVS provides skydiving opportunities to beginners and experts alike. Beginners can choose static line, tandem, or Accelerated Freefall skydiving.[2]

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Facilities

Perris Valley Airport has one runway:

  • Runway 15/33: 5,100 feet (1,600 m) x 50 feet (15 m). Surface: Asphalt. [1]

The airport does not have a control tower, runway lights, or approach lights. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) classifies the northern 1,900 feet (580 m) section of runway in poor condition. FAA inspectors determined the remaining 3,200 feet (980 m) section of runway is in good condition. The northern 1,000 feet (300 m) is closed indefinitely.[1] Aircraft maintance and repair services are available. The airport provides aviation fuel to the general public only on an emergency basis.[1] The airport is home to 125 ultralight aircraft and 16 conventional aircraft. Conventional aircraft include ten single engine planes, five twin engine planes, and one jet aircraft.[1]

Safety

Overall, the Perris Valley Airport has a good safety record. Like most airports, tragic events do occur. On April 22, 1992, a skydiving aircraft lost engine power during takeoff and crashed. The plane never climbed more than 50 feet above the runway. Sixteen people (2 pilots and 14 skydivers) died in the crash.[4] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) attributed engine failure to aviation fuel contaminated by improper fuel handling. The pilots' response to engine failure also contributed to the crash.

A similar crash occurred near Hinckley, Illinois in September 1992; that crash killed 12 skydivers.[4] According to the NTSB, the skydivers could have survived if they had worn seatbelts or appropriately designed restraints. As a result of these accidents, the NTSB recommended that the FAA and the US Parachute Association (USPA) require skydivers to use seatbelts during take-off and flight to jump altitude.[4] The FAA, USPA, and "drop zone" operators implemented that NTSB recommendation.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g AirportIQ 5010 data for Perris Valley Airport Retrieved: 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Perris Valley Skydiving Retrieved: 27 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b Perris Valley Skydiving: Facilities - Aircraft Retrieved: 27 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d NTSB Chairman's speech to Parachute Industry Association Retrieved: 27 May 2009.

External links

Coordinates: 33°45′52.7″N 117°13′8.4″W / 33.764639°N 117.219°W / 33.764639; -117.219

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