DeLand Municipal Airport

DeLand Municipal Airport (ICAO: KDED, FAA LID: DED), also known as Sidney H. Taylor Field, is a city-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (5 km) northeast of the central business district of DeLand, a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States.[1]

DeLand Municipal Airport

Sidney H. Taylor Field
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of DeLand
ServesDeLand, Florida, U.S.
Elevation AMSL79 ft / 24 m
Coordinates29°04′01″N 081°17′02″W / 29.06694°N 81.28389°W / 29.06694; -81.28389Coordinates: 29°04′01″N 081°17′02″W / 29.06694°N 81.28389°W / 29.06694; -81.28389
DED is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida / United States
DED is located in the United States
DED (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 6,000 1,829 Asphalt
5/23 4,300 1,311 Asphalt
Statistics (2002)
Aircraft operations77,710
Based aircraft162

This airport is assigned a three-letter location identifier of DED by the Federal Aviation Administration, but it does not have an International Air Transport Association (IATA) airport code (the IATA assigned DED to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehra Dun, India).[1][2][3][4]


Military useEdit

The city first began developing the airport in the 1920s with the first asphalt runway laid around 1936. In 1942, the City of DeLand donated the facility to the U.S. Navy and it was renamed Naval Air Station DeLand on November 17, 1942.[5]

Governor Claude Kirk visited DeLand Airport in March 1967

Following extensive military construction, NAS DeLand's primary focus was advanced training for Navy flight crews in land-based PBO Ventura and PB4Y-2 Privateer patrol bombers, and carrier-based SBD Dauntless dive bombers. Several of the U.S. Navy's former and present day maritime patrol and reconnaissance (VP) squadrons operating the P-3 Orion trace their squadron lineage to being initially established at NAS DeLand during World War II.

In 1944, training in the carrier-based F6F Hellcat fighter was also added to NAS DeLand's mission.

Nine Mile Point on Lake George was also under NAS DeLand's control and was used as a practice bombing site with a Navy PBY Catalina seaplane stationed nearby in the event of an aircraft mishap on the lake. This Lake George site is still used today as part of the Navy's Pinecastle Electronic Warfare and Bombing Range managed by NAS Jacksonville.[5]

NAS DeLand was decommissioned following the end of World War II, its control tower closed, and control of the airfield returned to the City of DeLand. Numerous former military buildings remain standing as part of the airport's industrial park and the Naval Air Station DeLand Museum.

Current useEdit

Today, the airport serves as an uncontrolled general aviation reliever airport to commercial operations at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Orlando International Airport (MCO). In 2007, an analysis was completed for the possible establishment of an FAA Level 1 air traffic control tower at DED under the FAA's Contract Tower Program.

Facilities and aircraftEdit

DeLand Municipal Airport covers an area of 1,289 acres (522 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways: 12/30 measuring 6,000 x 100 ft (1,829 x 30 m) and 5/23: 4,300 x 75 ft (1,311 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending May 7, 2002, the airport had 77,710 aircraft operations, an average of 212 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% air taxi and <1% military. There are 162 aircraft based at this airport: 70% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 2% jet, 4% helicopter and 1% ultralight.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for DED (Form 5010 PDF), effective October 25, 2007
  2. ^ "Airline and Airport Code Search". International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "DeLand Municipal Airport (IATA: none, ICAO: KDED, FAA: DED)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Dehra Dun Airport (IATA: DED, ICAO: VIDN)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Florida in WWII – Historic Sites and Resources". Archived from the original on March 15, 2005. Retrieved December 8, 2008.

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