Bellefontaine Regional Airport

Bellefontaine Regional Airport (ICAO: KEDJ, FAA LID: EDJ) is a publicly owned, public use airport located three miles west of Bellefontaine, in Logan County, Ohio. It is a general aviation airport operated by Midwest Corporate Air under the auspices of the City of Bellefontaine and is accessible from State Route 47.

Bellefontaine Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Bellefontaine
LocationBellefontaine, Ohio
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (-5)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (-4)
Elevation AMSL1,123 ft / 342 m
Coordinates40°22′20″N 083°49′08″W / 40.37222°N 83.81889°W / 40.37222; -83.81889
EDJ is located in Ohio
Location of airport in Ohio
EDJ is located in the United States
EDJ (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7/25 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2021)
Aircraft operations8,395
Based aircraft28

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Bellefontaine Regional Airport is EDJ to the FAA and has no IATA code.[2]

For the last several years, Bellefontaine Regional has hosted an annual "Airfest" in late summer.

History edit

The airport replaced an earlier airport, Bellefontaine Municipal Airport, which was previously four miles (6 km) northeast of the current airport (to the north of the city, near U.S. Route 68). According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the current Bellefontaine Regional was, at its opening in 2002, only the second new airport to open in Ohio in the last 30 years.[3]

In 2021, the airport received a $32,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to fund operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and funds to combat the spread of pathogens at the airport. The money was aimed to help the airport recover from the covid-19 pandemic.[4]

Facilities edit

The airport covers 300 acres (120 ha) and has one asphalt runway (7/25) 4,999 x 100 ft (1,524 x 30 m) long.[1]

The airport has fuel available. Planes can use tiedowns or hangars for parking.

In the year ending September 3, 2021 the airport had 8,395 aircraft operations, average 23 per day: 89% general aviation and 11% air taxi. For the same time period, 28 aircraft were based at the airport: 22 single-engine and 5 multi-engine airplanes as well as 1 jet.[1][5][6]

Accidents and incidents edit

  • On August 17, 2021, a Diamond DA42 Twin Star crashed after takeoff from the Bellefontaine Regional Airport when both of its engines lost power. The two pilots were able to stabilize the aircraft and brought it to a landing at the edge of airport property. Neither the flight instructor nor the student pilot onboard were injured. The aircraft was on its first flight since time-limited engine fuel feed pumps had been replaced on both engines; no maintenance check flight was completed after the replacements because none was required. After the accident, examination of the right engine revealed that the right engine fuel feed pump bolt was not seated and thus might have resulted in inadequate fuel pressure for proper engine operation. The cause of the left engine's power loss could not be determined. The probable cause of the accident was found to be the improper position of the right engine’s fuel feed pump bolt, which led to a total loss of power on the right engine, and the left engine's partial loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined based on the available evidence.[7][8]
  • On February 26, 2022, a Diamond DA42 Twin Star was substantially damaged on landing at the Bellefontaine Regional Airport. The aircraft's nose wheel collapsed during the landing sequence, causing the aircraft to veer off the runway and strike a taxiway light.[9]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for EDJ PDF, effective 2007-07-05
  2. ^ Great Circle Mapper: KEDJ - Bellefontaine, Ohio (Bellefontaine Regional Airport)
  3. ^ AOPA's Boyer takes part in Ohio airport grand opening Archived May 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Brown Announces $32,000 to Improve Safety at Bellefontaine Regional Airport | U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio". Retrieved 2023-07-10.
  5. ^ "AirNav: KEDJ - Bellefontaine Regional Airport". Retrieved 2023-07-10.
  6. ^ "EDJ - Bellefontaine Regional Airport | SkyVector". Retrieved 2023-07-10.
  7. ^ "Pilots land plane after twin engines lose power leaving Bellefontaine airport". ARFFWG | ARFF Working Group. 2021-08-18. Retrieved 2023-07-10.
  8. ^ "Accident Diamond DA42 Twin Star N215BN, 17 Aug 2021". Retrieved 2023-07-10.
  9. ^ "Diamond DA42 Twin Star, N198TS: Incident occurred February 26, 2022 at Bellefontaine Regional Airport (KEDJ), Logan County, Ohio". Kathryn's Report. Retrieved 2023-07-10.

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