North Texas Regional Airport

North Texas Regional Airport / Perrin Field[2] (IATA: PNX, ICAO: KGYI, FAA LID: GYI) is a county-owned airport in Grayson County, Texas between Sherman and Denison.[1] Formerly Grayson County Airport, the airport was renamed in November 2007.[2] Several buildings are occupied by businesses, Grayson County government agencies, and Grayson County College.

North Texas Regional Airport

Perrin Field
North Texas Regional Airport - Texas.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGrayson County, Texas
ServesSherman / Denison
Elevation AMSL749 ft / 228 m
Coordinates33°42′51″N 096°40′25″W / 33.71417°N 96.67361°W / 33.71417; -96.67361Coordinates: 33°42′51″N 096°40′25″W / 33.71417°N 96.67361°W / 33.71417; -96.67361
KGYI is located in Texas
Location in Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 2,277 694 Asphalt
17L/35R 9,000 2,743 Asphalt
17R/35L 4,008 1,222 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations53,300
Based aircraft169
Source: FAA[1] and airport website[2]

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but this airport is GYI to the FAA and PNX to the IATA (which assigned GYI to Gisenyi Airport in Gisenyi, Rwanda).

The northern extension of State Highway 289 passes the airport on the west side.


The airport is on the site of Perrin Air Force Base, which was built in 1941 and closed in 1971.[3] Since the closure, a group of local citizens have held the memory of Perrin together, hosting nine Perrin Field reunions since the early 1980s. The Perrin AFB Research Foundation was established in 1998. Today, in addition to serving as a general aviation airport, several businesses, as well as a juvenile detention center/boot-camp and adult probation center are built upon former barracks and nearby areas. There is a small museum dedicated to the former Perrin Air Force Base at the airport and Grayson County College uses several buildings. The college also operates the former base golf course.

Front entrance sign at the North Texas Regional Airport

After seeing the fighters take off from here as a young man, aviation expert Chesley Sullenberger (best known as the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549) became interested in flying.[4][5]


The airport covers 1,410 acres (570 ha) at an elevation of 749 feet (228 m). It has two runways: 17L/35R is 9,000 by 150 feet (2,743 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete; 13/31 is 2,277 by 60 feet (694 x 18 m) asphalt.[1]

It had three runways, but one 8,000'(2,438m) runway is now a taxiway. The airport has a Category I instrument landing system (ILS) to Runway 17L. The former USAF control tower resumed operations in mid-2008.

In the year ending April 30, 2007 the airport had 53,300 aircraft operations, average 146 per day: 98% general aviation, 2% military and <1% air taxi. 169 aircraft were then based at the airport: 73% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, 11% jet, 4% helicopter and 1% ultralight.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GYI (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective July 2, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c North Texas Regional Airport, official site
  3. ^ North Texas Regional Airport: History
  4. ^ Rivera, Ray (January 16, 2009). "A Pilot Becomes a Hero Years in the Making". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Kaufmann, Carol (January 16, 2009). "Hudson River Hero". AARP Today. American Association of Retired Persons. Retrieved March 16, 2009.

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