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Watsonville Municipal Airport
KWVI Watsonville Municipal Airport California.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator City of Watsonville
Location Watsonville, California
Elevation AMSL 163 ft / 49.7 m
Coordinates 36°56′09″N 121°47′23″W / 36.93583°N 121.78972°W / 36.93583; -121.78972Coordinates: 36°56′09″N 121°47′23″W / 36.93583°N 121.78972°W / 36.93583; -121.78972
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 4,501 1,372 Asphalt
8/26 3,999 1,219 Asphalt

Watsonville Municipal Airport (IATA: WVIICAO: KWVIFAA LID: 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.[1] The airport covers 330 acres (134 ha) and has two runways. The largest aircraft to ever land at Watsonville were P-141 and P-143, C-17 Globemaster IIIs 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.

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