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Cherry Capital Airport

Cherry Capital Airport
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Cherry Capital Airport terminal
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGrand Traverse & Leelanau Counties
ServesTraverse City, Michigan
Elevation AMSL624 ft / 190 m
Coordinates44°44?30?N 085°34?56?W / 44.74167°N 85.58222°W / 44.74167; -85.58222Coordinates: 44°44?30?N 085°34?56?W / 44.74167°N 85.58222°W / 44.74167; -85.58222
Websitewww.tvcairport.com
Map
TVC is located in Michigan
TVC
TVC
Location of airport in Michigan
TVC is located in the United States
TVC
TVC
TVC (the United States)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 7,015 2,138 Asphalt
18/36 5,378 1,639 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Total passengers429,364
Aircraft operations84,773

Cherry Capital Airport (IATA: TVC, ICAO: KTVC, FAA LID: TVC) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (2.3 mi; 3.7 km) southeast of the central business district of Traverse City, in Grand Traverse County, Michigan, United States. It is owned by Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.[2]

It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017-2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[3]

History

Cherry Capital Airport was opened in 1936 as Traverse City Airport, replacing Ransom Field.[4] The airport was moved onto the Coast Guard Air Station which had opened in 1946. The airport opened with 4 runways, all but one of which have been replaced. Remnants of the former runways exist to this day, with some being left abandoned and privately owned.

In the fall of 2004, Cherry Capital opened a new terminal on the south side of the east-west runway, demolishing the old one on the north side. This project also reconfiguring the runways, removing the third diagonal runway. Since then, Cherry Capital Airport has continued to grow with various carriers adding seasonal service and destinations.[5]

Cherry Capital Airport was the recipient of the 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06 Balchen/Post Awards for outstanding achievement in snow and ice control in the small commercial service airport category.[6][7][8] Soon,[when?] the airport will implement the first biometric access systems in the country.[5] The airport is the ninth to implement the advanced security measures suggested after the September 11, 2001, attacks.[5] This terminal is able to comply better with security regulations and supports a greater number of flights and passengers.

In 2013 and 2017, the airport extended the east-west runway of the airport to the east and west respectively to accommodate more flights to more locations, possibly to upgrade to an international airport for Air Canada Express flights.[9][10]

In October 2017, a Costco store opened next to the airport entrance, on a property leased to the warehouse chain for 60 years.[11]

Facilities and aircraft

The Airport has one concourse with six gates. Cherry Capital Airport covers an area of 1,026 acres (415 ha) at an elevation of 624 feet (190 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 10/28 is 6,901 by 150 feet (2,103 by 46 m) and 18/36 is 5,378 by 150 feet (1,639 by 46 m).[2]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 84,834 aircraft operations , an average of 232 per day: 73% general aviation, 11% scheduled commercial, 7% military, and 9% air taxi. At that time, there were 107 aircraft based at this airport: 80 single-engine, 17 multi-engine, 4 jet and 6 helicopter.[2]

In February 2009, Forbes magazine ranked Cherry Capital Airport second in their list of the top ten "rip-off" airports in the United States, citing an average cost per mile to travelers departing TVC of 41 cents.[12]

The airport has one fixed-based operator, AvFlight.

Ground transportation

The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) serves the airport terminal and links to downtown Traverse City as well as other locations in the surrounding area.[13]

Airlines and destinations

Top domestic destinations

FAA airport diagram
Top Destinations from TVC
(September 2019 - August 2020)
[14]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago, IL (ORD) 86,000 American, United
2 Detroit, MI (DTW) 58,000 Delta
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) 9,000 American
4 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL (PIE) 9,000 Allegiant
5 Orlando-Sanford, FL (SFB) 8,000 Allegiant
6 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP) 7,000 Delta
7 Punta Gorda, FL (PGD) 7,000 Allegiant
8 Phoenix/Mesa, AZ (AZA) 6,000 Allegiant
9 Denver, CO (DEN) 2,000 United
10 Charlotte, NC (CLT) 1,000 American

Accidents and incidents

  • Northwest Airlink Flight 4712 (operated by Pinnacle Airlines) was a Bombardier CRJ200 from Minneapolis-St. Paul "which overran the runway while landing at TVC during a snowstorm on April 12, 2007. The aircraft received substantial damage, but the 52 people on board were not injured. The Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was the pilots' decision to land at TVC without performing a landing distance assessment, which was required by company policy. This poor decision-making likely reflected the effects of fatigue produced by a long, demanding duty day, and, for the captain, the duties associated with check airman functions. Contributing to the accident were 1) the Federal Aviation Administration pilot flight and duty time regulations that permitted the pilots' long, demanding duty day and 2) the TVC operations supervisor's use of ambiguous and unspecific radio phraseology in providing runway braking information. Four safety recommendations were issued to the FAA addressing timely post accident drug testing, training on landing distance assessment performance, ground operations personnel communications, and criteria for runway closures in snow and ice conditions. The NTSB adopted the report on June 10, 2008."[15]

References

  1. ^ "Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand". Michigan Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for TVC PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. effective November 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 21, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Timeline". Traverse Area Historical Society. January 26, 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "New State-of-the-Art Terminal". Cherry Capital Airport. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  6. ^ Northeast Chapter (May 12, 2004). "2003-2004 Balchen/Post Awards". American Association of Airport Executives. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ Northeast Chapter (April 27, 2005). "2004-2005 Balchen/Post Awards". American Association of Airport Executives. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Northeast Chapter (April 26, 2006). "2005-2006 Balchen/Post Awards". American Association of Airport Executives. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Runway 28 Project". Cherry Capital Airport. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "TVC Continues Runway Improvements". Traverse City Business News. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Traverse City Costco Warehouse". Costco. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "America's Rip-Off Airports". Forbes. February 16, 2009.
  13. ^ "Village Loops: 10 - 16". Bay Area Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "City, MI: Cherry Capital&carrier=FACTS". Transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "2008 Annual Report to Congress" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 14, 2009.

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