Aberdeen Regional Airport
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|Aberdeen Regional Airport
Aberdeen Army Airfield
|2006 USGS Orthophoto|
|IATA: ABR – ICAO: KABR – FAA LID: ABR|
|Owner||City of Aberdeen|
|Serves||Aberdeen, South Dakota|
|Elevation AMSL||1,302 ft / 397 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Aberdeen Regional Airport (IATA: ABR, ICAO: KABR, FAA LID: ABR) is a city-owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (3.7 km) east of the central business district of Aberdeen, a city in Brown County, South Dakota, United States. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline.
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Aberdeen Regional Airport covers an area of 1,284 acres (520 ha) at an elevation of 1,302 feet (397 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 13/31 is 6,901 by 100 feet (2,103 x 30 m) with a concrete surface; 17/35 is 5,500 by 100 feet (1,676 x 30 m) with an asphalt surface.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2007, the airport had 52,421 aircraft operations, an average of 143 per day: 81% general aviation, 13% scheduled commercial, 6% air taxi and <1% military. At that time there were 50 aircraft based at this airport: 62% single-engine, 30% multi-engine, 6% jet and 2% helicopter.
- For services after hours call (605) 225-1384/8008.
- Prior Permission Required for unscheduled air carrier operations with more than 30 passenger seats call airport manager 605-626-7020. After hours call 605-626-7068.
- MIRL runway 17/35 & HIRL runway 13/31 preset on low intensity sunset - 00:00; to increase intensity & activate REIL runways 13; 17; 35 & MALSR runway 31 - CTAF.
- Gulls & geese on and in the vicinity of airport March thru December.
- Runway 13 & runway 17 approach ends are closely aligned. Verify correct runway and compass heading prior to departure.
- This airport has been surveyed by the National Geodetic Survey.
In 1923, Aberdeen hosted the first fly-in event in South Dakota. During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces as a contract glider training airfield owned by Anderson & Brennan Flying Service, beginning on 25 May 1942. The mission of the school was to train glider pilot students in proficiency in operation of gliders in various types of towed and soaring flight, both day and night, and in servicing of gliders in the field. They primarily used C-47 Skytrains and Waco CG-4 unpowered Gliders.
Originally named Aberdeen Municipal Airport, the name was changed to Saunders Field in 1946. President George W. Bush landed here in the early 2000s (decade) to speak at a rally at NSU.
- Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- Aberdeen Regional Airport at City of Aberdeen website
- PDF (146 KiB) at South Dakota DOT Airport Directory
- The WW II Glider Pilots
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ABR, effective May 30, 2013
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