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Easterwood Airport

Easterwood Airport (IATA: CLL, ICAO: KCLL, FAA LID: CLL) Easterwood Field) is the regional airport for Texas A&M University, Bryan-College Station and Brazos County, Texas. Reached from Farm-To-Market Road 60 West (Raymond Stotzer Parkway), it is three miles southwest of College Station[2] and 0.25 miles (0.40 km) from Texas A&M University. There is no public transportation from Easterwood Airport to the surrounding cities; however, in the fall of 2019, a new university bus route was established to connect Easterwood Airport with the Engineering Quad and the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center[3]. The airport bus route is available only to those with a University ID or Brazos Transit District ID. Despite owning and managing the airport, there are no aviation courses at the university.

Easterwood Airport

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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorTexas A&M University
LocationCollege Station, Texas
Elevation AMSL321 ft / 97.8 m
Coordinates30°35′19″N 96°21′50″W / 30.58861°N 96.36389°W / 30.58861; -96.36389
Map
CLL is located in Texas
CLL
CLL
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 5,149 1,569 Concrete
10/28 5,159 1,572 Asphalt
16/34 7,000 2,134 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft operations53,557
Based aircraft43
Sources: airport web site[1] and FAA[2], Texas A&M Transportation Website

The William A. McKenzie Terminal at Easterwood Airport provides daily flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and seasonal service to Birmingham (AL). The terminal has free 2 hour visitor parking and drop off areas on the upper level and shuttle/taxi pick up areas on the lower level.

The ticket counters, TSA security checkpoint, and boarding areas are on the upper level of the terminal. Baggage claim and rental car agencies are on the lower level.

HistoryEdit

In 1938 the Board of Directors of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (as Texas A&M was known at the time) authorized the development of an airport at the existing site. The University applied to the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) for certification as a primary flight training school under provisions of the Civilian Pilot Training Program.

In May 1940 the airport opened, named for U.S. Navy Lieutenant Jesse L. Easterwood. Easterwood was a former A&M student who enlisted in the British Royal Naval Air Service in 1917. After being commissioned as Ensign, he was later promoted to Lieutenant in the Naval Air Service and was the second American to qualify as Naval Aviation Pilot. He served with the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 and had sixteen successful raids behind German lines. He served in three foreign countries and was killed in an airplane accident in the Canal Zone May 19, 1919. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously "for distinguished and heroic service as an aviator."

The facility in 1940 had one hangar and a turf landing strip and taxiway which were eventually paved through funding provided by the CAA, the Works Projects Administration (WPA), and Texas A&M. 1946 aerial view

In 1948 a large hangar was relocated to the airfield from a US Army flying field near Corsicana, Texas. The FAA established a Flight Service Station (FSS) at the Airport in 1951 and Pioneer Airlines began scheduled air service in that year. Many changes have occurred including moving the Flight Service Station to Montgomery County and United Express and American Eagle now provide scheduled air service.

The first control tower was erected at the Airport in 1952 and a commercial passenger terminal was constructed in 1957. Work began on an extension of Runway 16-34 to its present 7,001-foot (2,134 m) length in 1984. At the same time the parallel taxiway to Runway 16-34 was extended.

In 1988 work began on improvements to the Airport access road and construction of a new passenger terminal began. The new McKenzie Terminal opened in 1990 and plans were made to convert the old passenger terminal into a general aviation terminal. It was remodeled and re-opened for service in 1994 as a modern general aviation facility, housing line service and support personnel as well as flight operations.

FacilitiesEdit

 
Entrance of airport

The airport covers 700 acres (280 hectares) and has with two 5,150-foot (1,570 m) runways, one 7,000-foot (2,100 m) paved, all weather runway, an approach lighting system, an FAA control tower, FAA radio communication and an OmniRange-ILS Navigation Aid.[2]

In 2010 the airport had 51,465 aircraft operations, average 141 per day: 68% general aviation, 20% military, 11% air taxi and 1% airline. 44 aircraft were then based at this airport: 70% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, and 5% Jet.[2]

Taxi Cab/TransportationEdit

Texas A&M University have a shuttle bus route#7 that goes to Easterwood Airport. There are different options to get to the city from the airport. The rentals cars have offices inside the airport. But most passengers use the ride-hailing app. Some passengers prefer to use a taxi. There are only a few taxi companies registered with the City of College Station and the Easterwood Airport management. There is a designated space for taxis. Taxis can be found and are sometimes outside, waiting for the passengers. If not available, they can be contacted and usually an average estimated time for arrival for a taxi can be 15 to 30 minutes depending on the availability and how busy is the city. Their information can be found online on the Easterwood airport website or through the security desk. Some taxi companies for example AggieExpress Cab Taxi service is known for their best services in town also offers advance and online booking. Following is the information of locally registered taxi company of College Station and Bryan, Texas.

Name Phone Website
AggieExpress Cab Taxi Service (979) 777-8444 AggieExpressCab.com

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
United Express Houston–Intercontinental

StatisticsEdit

Busiest domestic routes from CLL
(January 2018 – December 2018)
[4]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 46,910 American Eagle
2 Houston, Texas 27,680 United Express

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Publisher: Pictorial Histories Pub, ISBN 1-57510-051-7
  1. ^ Easterwood Airport, official web site
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for CLL (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2016-02-04
  3. ^ "Bus Route 7 | Texas A&M Transportation Services". transport.tamu.edu. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2017.

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