Bend Municipal Airport

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Bend Municipal Airport
IATA: noneICAO: KBDNFAA LID: BDN
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Bend
ServesBend, Oregon
Elevation AMSL3,460 ft / 1,055 m
Coordinates44°05′40″N 121°12′00″W / 44.09444°N 121.2°W / 44.09444; -121.2
Websitewww.BendAirport.org
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
16/345,2001,585Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations50,100
Based aircraft199
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
 
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Bend Municipal Airport
IATA: noneICAO: KBDNFAA LID: BDN
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Bend
ServesBend, Oregon
Elevation AMSL3,460 ft / 1,055 m
Coordinates44°05′40″N 121°12′00″W / 44.09444°N 121.2°W / 44.09444; -121.2
Websitewww.BendAirport.org
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
16/345,2001,585Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations50,100
Based aircraft199
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Bend Municipal Airport (ICAO: KBDNFAA LID: BDN) is a city-owned, public-use airport located 5 nautical miles (9 km; 6 mi) northeast of the central business district of Bend, a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States.[1] This airport is included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013, which categorizes it as a general aviation facility.[2] Bend serves as the home to Cessna Aircraft (formerly Columbia Aircraft) and Epic Aircraft.

Commercial air traffic to Central Oregon uses Roberts Field in Redmond, Oregon, about 20 miles north of Bend.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned BDN by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA[3] (which assigned BDN to Talhar Airport in Badin, Pakistan[4]).

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History

Located on approximately 415 acres (1.68 km2) five miles (8 km) northeast of the City of Bend, Oregon, the Bend Municipal Airport traces its history back to 1942. A group of patriotic Bend citizens banded together to deed a small piece of farmland to the City of Bend for the express purpose that a municipally owned and operated landing strip be established. The site was developed and used for pilot training through World War II. Following the war, the airstrip was maintained by the City of Bend for continued civil use, where it experienced slow growth throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

By the 1970s, it was clear that the Bend Municipal Airport was becoming a significant element of the transportation infrastructure for Central Oregon and, in 1979, development of a comprehensive Airport Master Plan was undertaken. This plan established much of the direction for development at the airport and forecast significant growth in activity at the Bend Airport. This early Master Plan, however, was completed while General Aviation was booming across the country. A downturn in the general economy affected General Aviation in the 1980s and through the early 1990s, and as a result, the forecast growth in demand at the airport did not materialize. That all changed by the late 1990s, however, and General Aviation began a significant resurgence that continues today, along with tremendously increased business and corporate aviation travel into and out of Bend. Today, the Bend Municipal Airport stands poised to serve as the General Aviation and Corporate Aviation gateway to Central Oregon. Continued development of Cessna Aircraft, Epic Aircraft, Leading Edge Aviation, Precise Flight, and other growing tenants on the Airport have made a thriving aviation business park of the Bend Airport. In total, more than eighteen aviation related businesses are located on the airport employing more than 1000 people, making the Bend Municipal Airport one of the largest concentrations of family-wage jobs in the metropolitan Bend area. Over the next several years, a significant number of improvements are planned, including an Airport Master Plan Update and development of a full east side parallel taxiway, as well as more than 40 acres (160,000 m2) of general aviation and corporate aviation facilities.[5]

Facilities and aircraft

Bend Municipal Airport covers an area of 415 acres (168 ha) at an elevation of 3,460 feet (1,055 m) above mean sea level.[1] It has one runway designated 16/34 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,200 by 75 feet (1,585 x 23 m)[1] and a corresponding full parallel taxiway.

The Bend Municipal Airport is identified as a Category 2, High Activity Business and General Aviation airport by the Oregon Department of Aviation. For the 12-month period ending June 24, 2008, the airport had 50,100 aircraft operations, an average of 137 per day: 98% general aviation, 2% air taxi, and <1% military.[1] At that time there were 199 aircraft based at this airport: 80% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 2% jet, 4% helicopter, 4% glider and 2% ultralight.[1]

Picture of Bend, OR airport
Bend, OR airport

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for BDN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 Feb 2010.
  2. ^ National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013: Appendix A: Part 4 (PDF, 1.61 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 15 Oct 2008.
  3. ^ "Bend Municipal Airport (IATA: none, ICAO: KBDN, FAA: BDN)". Great Circle Mapper. http://www.gcmap.com/airport/KBDN. Retrieved 7 Mar 2010. 
  4. ^ "Badin, Pakistan - Talhar Airport (IATA: BDN, ICAO: OPTH)". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/airport/airport.php?id=BDN. Retrieved 7 Mar 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bend Municipal Airport". City of Bend, Oregon. http://www.bendairport.org/. Retrieved 7 Mar 2010. 

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