Miami Executive Airport

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Miami Executive Airport, formerly known until 2014 as Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, (IATA: TMB, ICAO: KTMB, FAA LID: TMB) is a public airport in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida,[3] 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Downtown Miami.[2] It is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

Miami Executive Airport
Aerial view of Miami Executive Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerMiami-Dade County
OperatorMiami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD)
ServesMiami, Florida
LocationMiami-Dade County, Florida
Elevation AMSL10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates25°38′52″N 080°25′58″W / 25.64778°N 80.43278°W / 25.64778; -80.43278
TMB is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida / United States
TMB is located in the United States
TMB (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9L/27R 5,003 1,525 Asphalt
9R/27L 6,000 1,829 Asphalt
13/31 4,001 1,220 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations (year ending 5/3/2018)194,111
Based aircraft135[1]
Miami Executive Airport

The airport opened on November 18, 1967, replacing Tamiami Airport, next to the Tamiami Trail. Growth of the surrounding area and the nearby flight path to Miami International Airport had forced the move to the southwest, near the community of Kendall. Florida International University is now on the site of the old Tamiami Airport. Kendall-Tamiami airport is owned and operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. 450 aircraft are based there, mostly single-engine light aircraft.

The airport is a port of entry with U.S. Customs personnel on hand, although it is not certified for airline use. In recent years it has become popular as a corporate aviation terminal.

History edit

The airport opened in 1967, replacing an eponymous airfield to the north which closed due to its proximity to Miami International Airport.[4] When built, the airport also had a seaplane runway which is still visible on the north side of the airfield. The airport was renamed from Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport to Miami Executive Airport on October 7, 2014, by the Miami-Dade County Commission. All secondary airports in Miami-Dade County were rebranded to include the name "Miami".[5][6]

Facilities edit

The airport covers 1,380 acres (558 ha) and has three asphalt runways:[2]

  • 9L/27R: 5,003 x 150 ft (1,525 x 46 m)
  • 9R/27L: 6,000 x 150 ft (1,829 x 46 m)
  • 13/31: 4,001 x 150 ft (1,220 x 46 m)[1]

In the year ending 3 May 2018, the airport had 194,111 aircraft operations, average 531 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% air taxi and <1% military. 135 aircraft were based at the airport: 104 single-engine, 17 multi-engine, 6 helicopter, 5 jet, and 3 glider.[1]

Services edit

It is the main airbase of the Miami-Dade Police Aviation Unit and houses the Miami-Dade College's aviation programs. The Wings Over Miami aviation museum is also at the field.

The airport is home to Tamiami Composite Squadron[7] (SER-FL-355), a local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol[8] (United States Air Force Auxiliary), whose mission includes aerial and ground search and rescue.

Fire protection at the airport is provided by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department[9] Station 24.[10]

Runway 9R/27L extension edit

A request for $1-million was added to the 2007 Miami-Dade Federal Legislative Package to extend runway 9R/27L 550 feet to the east and 1,798 feet to the west to "...allow aircraft to increase their fuel and/or cargo load and ... allow for the accommodation of nearly 100 percent of midsize jet aircraft under wet runway conditions."[11]

Ohio University all-season test facility edit

Ohio University Avionics Engineering Center[12] operates a controversial avionics test facility on Runway 9L, the north runway at Miami Executive Airport. This facility was used in 2007–8 to certify the steep approach landing system on the Embraer ERJ-170 and ERJ-190 transport category jet airliners.[13] Embraer conducted this testing and software development[14] in order to meet stringent requirements and approval to land at London City Airport, an airport in central London, England. The test facility was under intense scrutiny due to numerous controversial test flights involving the challenging development and modifications to the fly-by-wire flight control systems in these advanced aircraft.[14]

Testing of experimental aircraft over congested areas such as Kendall is prohibited by the FAA.[15] Media coverage in the Miami Herald and Kendall Gazette about the safety issues led the Kendall Federation of Homeowners Associations to call for a meeting to discuss the problem.[citation needed]

Incidents and accidents edit

  • On November 29, 1978, a Convair CV-240 crashed when the trainee pilot lost control during a simulated engine failure at V2 speed during takeoff. The aircraft touched down left of the runway and wound up in a canal, catching fire. There was one fatality out of the two occupants on board.[16]
  • On February 11, 2015, a Beechcraft 1900C operated by Aeropanamericano, C.A., experienced an engine failure after takeoff from Miami Executive Airport and attempted to return but crashed, killing all four people on board.[17]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "AIRNAV". Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for TMB PDF, effective 2023-09-07
  3. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Miami-Dade County, FL" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 62 (PDF p. 63/154). Retrieved 2022-08-13. Kendall-Tamiami Executive Arprt
  4. ^ "Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: Florida - Southern Miami area".
  5. ^ "FYI Miami: December 18, 2014". 17 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport to change its name | The Miami Herald". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18.
  7. ^ Schack, Steve (2001) Tamiami Composite Squadron Archived 2005-12-01 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Home".
  9. ^ "Airport Fire Rescue Division". Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Miami-Dade County. Archived from the original on March 8, 2005. Retrieved August 30, 2006.
  10. ^ "Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Stations". Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Miami-Dade County. Archived from the original on September 6, 2006. Retrieved August 30, 2006.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2008-06-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Avionics Engineering Center | Ohio University".
  13. ^ Baro Diaz, Madeline (August 31, 2007). "Flight School Instructor Arrested". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. p. 3B. Shaffer, owner of the Silver Express flight school, was a proponent of a runway expansion proposal and apparently felt tests of an Embraer ERJ-170-100LR turbo-jet could threaten plans by causing negative sentinment in the community
  14. ^ a b "Ancile".
  15. ^ "Electronic Code of Federal Regulations". Archived from the original on 2012-04-14.
  16. ^ Accident description for LV-MMR at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on September 11, 2023.
  17. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 1900C YV1674 Miami Executive Airport, FL (TMB)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2021-02-07.

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