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Palmdale Regional Airport
IATA: PMD - ICAO: KPMD
Summary
Airport type public
Operator Los Angeles World Airports and U.S. Air Force
Serves Palmdale, California
Elevation MSL 2,543 ft (775.1 m)
Coordinates 34° 37' 46" N

118° 5' 4" W Jump to: navigation, search ImageMetadata File history File links Palmdale_Airport_Terminal. ... An IATA airport code, known by the IATA as an IATA location identifier or, simply, a location identifier [1], is a three-letter alphabetic code designating many airports around the world. ... The ICAO airport code is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... Los Angeles World Airports or L.A.W.A. is the airport oversight and operations department for Los Angeles, California. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aviation branch of the United States armed forces. ... City nickname:Aerospace Capital of America County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 272. ... For considerations of sea level change, in particular rise associated with possible global warming, see sea level rise. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about longitude and latitude; see also UTM coordinate system Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a...

Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7/25 12,002 3,658 Paved
4/22 12,001 3,658 Paved
72°/252° 6,000 1,829 Paved

Palmdale Regional Airport (IATA: PMD, ICAO: KPMD), also United States Air-Force Plant 42, is an airport in the city of Palmdale in Los Angeles County, California, United States. An IATA airport code, known by the IATA as an IATA location identifier or, simply, a location identifier [1], is a three-letter alphabetic code designating many airports around the world. ... The ICAO airport code is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... U. S. Air Force Plant 42 is a federally-owned military aerospace facility in Palmdale, California where aerospace contractors share a common runway complex, and either lease building space from the Air Force, or own their own building outright. ... City nickname:Aerospace Capital of America County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 272. ... Map of California showing Los Angeles County. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


This airport is one of the largest in the world in area covering over 5,800 acres (23 km²). It serves predominantly as a manufacturing plant for aircraft used by the United States Military Forces. It is also planned for expanded commercial service.

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Commercial service

The airport currently has a small commercial air terminal owned and operated by the Los Angeles World Airports department of the city of Los Angeles. Originally acquired by LAWA in 1966 to be developed into "Palmdale Intercontinental Airport," surpassing the air traffic of LAX. LAWA has since over the decades not developed its Palmdale airport lands to the full potential it possesses. This was due to two main reasons: perceptions by the traveling public that Palmdale was too far away to suit their desires, and the inability for Los Angeles city government leaders to obtain the political will from the voting public to develop the airport. Only recently, since 2000, have steps been taken to actually work towards the construction of the larger terminal. The current terminal had been vacant since 1998 when United Express Airlines pulled out of the terminal. Convincing airlines of the marketability of the airport has thus far been difficult because of the airline industry's "hub and spoke" system which tends to shun new airports in an effort to improve airline profitability. Additionally, many San Fernando Valley L.A. residents erroneously believe Palmdale's airport is too far away for their tastes. In reality, considering automobile travel time on congested freeways and streets, as well as LAX passenger unloading/parking difficulties, Palmdale - with free airport parking to boot - offers the airline passenger a quicker ground transportation travel time from Sherman Oaks than the standard LAX airport car trip down the San Diego 405 freeway. These outdated airline industry/passenger perceptions on what Palmdale has to offer do not square with the present day Palmdale. Los Angeles World Airports or L.A.W.A. is the airport oversight and operations department for Los Angeles, California. ... The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish Los Ángeles , meaning the angels), also known as L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ... Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see LAX (disambiguation). ... San Fernando Valley The San Fernando Valley is an urbanized valley in southern California, lying mostly within the city limits of Los Angeles. ... Sherman Oaks is a district of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 LA 48. ...

Palmdale Regional Airport / USAF Plant 42 as seen from overhead.
Palmdale Regional Airport / USAF Plant 42 as seen from overhead.

There is a longstanding desire by the City of Palmdale to attract more commercial carriers to the existing terminal. Scenic Airlines resumed terminal service on December 29, 2004 with flights to North Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the desire of many Southern Californians to use this airport as an alternative to expanding LAX and Bob Hope Airport. Most of the communities surrounding those airports do not want the added traffic volume and noise to the area. Expansion of Palmdale Regional is also welcomed by a good number of Antelope Valley residents, and is seen by some Valley residents as the long awaited foundation for stabilizng the local economy. Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Palmdale_Airport. ... Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Palmdale_Airport. ... Scenic Airlines is an American airline which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... North Las Vegas is a city located in Clark County, Nevada. ... LAX may refer to Los Angeles International Airport LAX (TV series) Lacrosse (sport) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Jump to: navigation, search Bob Hope Airport (IATA: BUR, ICAO: KBUR), formerly known as the United Airport, Hollywood-Burbank Airport, and Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, is located in Burbank, California, United States and serves the Los Angeles, California area including Glendale, Pasadena, and the San Fernando Valley. ...


However, those associated with Plant 42 aerospace contractors are in many cases apprehensive about a large airport becoming established, though they tend to support a small to mid sized operation. These aerospace engineers, mechanics, firefighters, and other skilled tradespeople see the entry of a large airport as the deathnell of what they have long strived to maintain - a secure environment away from prying eyes in which to develop, manufacture and flight test advanced aerospace projects and "black" projects which they see as vital to the national defense of the United States. They point to what has happened at Burbank Airport (now renamed Bob Hope Airport) as a template for what could befall Plant 42 and its operational future. (There are presently no aerospace contractors manufacturing advanced or "black" projects working out of Bob Hope Airport.) U. S. Air Force Plant 42 is a federally-owned military aerospace facility in Palmdale, California where aerospace contractors share a common runway complex, and either lease building space from the Air Force, or own their own building outright. ... Bob Hope Airport, formerly known as the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, is located in Burbank, California, United States (including Hawaii). ...

FAA diagram of the airport
FAA diagram of the airport

Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Download high resolution version (806x1238, 74 KB) Summary FAA diagram of Palmdale Regional Airport Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Download high resolution version (806x1238, 74 KB) Summary FAA diagram of Palmdale Regional Airport Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...

Military usage and manufacturing

Please see Plant 42. U. S. Air Force Plant 42 is a federally-owned military aerospace facility in Palmdale, California where aerospace contractors share a common runway complex, and either lease building space from the Air Force, or own their own building outright. ...


Airline

Scenic Airlines is an American airline which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...

Trivia

The movie "The Terminal" was filmed at the Palmdale Regional Airport. The Terminal (2004) is a movie about a man trapped in an airport terminal when he is denied entry into the United States, but cannot return to his country of origin due to a revolution in his country. ...


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