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Homer Airport (IATA: HOM, ICAO: PAHO, FAA LID: HOM) is a state-owned public-use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) east of the central business district of Homer,[1] a town in the Kenai Peninsula Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.

Homer Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerState of Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region
ServesHomer, Alaska
Elevation AMSL84 ft / 26 m
Coordinates59°38′44″N 151°28′36″W / 59.64556°N 151.47667°W / 59.64556; -151.47667
Homer Airport is located in Alaska
Homer Airport
Homer Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 6,701 2,042 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations49,821
Based aircraft93


Facilities and aircraftEdit

Main terminal on FAA road

Homer Airport covers an area of 1,040 acres (420 ha) at an elevation of 84 feet (26 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 3/21 with a 6,701 x 150 ft (2,042 x 46 m) asphalt pavement,[1] and a facility for floatplanes on nearby Beluga Lake.

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2006, the airport had 49,821 aircraft operations, an average of 136 per day: 46% scheduled commercial, 32% air taxi, 22% general aviation and <1% military. At that time there were 93 aircraft based at this airport: 90% single-engine, 4% multi-engine, 3% helicopter and 2% ultralight.[1]

The FAA completed a new master plan for the airport in 2006 and expansion and safety improvements are ongoing.[2] The plan called for a new haul out area for floatplanes, a public-use helipad, a building for managing rescue and firefighting operations based at the airport, and other general improvements.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Ravn Alaska Anchorage[3]
Smokey Bay Air Nanwalek, Port Graham, Seldovia[4]
  • There are also numerous sightseeing and fly-in fishing and hunting operations.

Notable incidentsEdit

in November 1987 a Beechcraft 1900C operated by Ryan Air (a local operator) with 22 passengers and crew, crashed while arriving from Kodiak, killing 18 and injuring 4.[5]

In March 2006, agents from the US Marshal service, in conjunction with local police, attempted to apprehend a violent methamphetamine dealer, Jason Karlo Anderson, who had fled from charges in Minnesota. The suspect had rented a car at the Homer airport, and the rental agent assisted police in luring him back to the airport. Marshals were unaware that the entire Homer High School choir, over 100 students, would be departing for a trip at the same time as the setup. The suspect apparently panicked when he arrived and discovered so many people at the small airport, and a shootout ensued in the parking lot after marshals boxed in his car. Karlo was killed, but not before severely wounding his own infant son with a gunshot to the head.[6] The infant's mother, Cheryl Dietzmann, contested the finding that Anderson shot his own son and in February 2009 filed against the U.S. Marshals asking for $75 million in damages.[7] In July 2011 the Marshals settled with Dietzman for $3.5 million. An additional case against the individual Homer Police officers and the city of Homer[8] was concluded in March 2013, with a verdict that the officers did not in fact injure the children and may have actually saved their lives by shooting Anderson.[9]

A Cessna 206 crashed in Beluga Lake in Homer on landing, July 10, 2012. Former Alaska state Rep. Cheryll Heinze died as a result of the crash. Four others were wounded.[10]

In October 2013 a Beechcraft 1900C operated by Era Aviation, experienced a landing gear failure and slid to a stop on its belly. No injuries were reported.[5]


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