Arcadia Municipal Airport
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|Arcadia Municipal Airport|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: X06|
|Airport type||Public use|
|Owner||City of Arcadia|
|Operator||City of Arcadia|
|Location||DeSoto County, Florida|
|Elevation AMSL||60 ft / 18 m|
Arcadia Municipal Airport (FAA LID: X06) is a public-use airport located 1 mile (1.6 km) southeast of the central business district of the city of Arcadia in DeSoto County, Florida, United States. The airport is publicly owned.
Arcadia is 51 miles East of Bradenton and 64 miles West of Okeechobee on SR 70 and 28 miles NE of Port Charlotte on US 17.
During WW1 Arcadia was known as “Aviation City” because of all the military aviation training going on at Carlstrom & Dorr Fields.
In 1934 the City of Arcadia bought 225 acres for delinquent taxes. A $10,000 federal grant was acquired to build a hangar and an airfield to be used as a “secondary field” to the Carlstrom Military Airfield located just south of Arcadia during the war. The original field had two turf runways approximately 2,500 feet in length.
A flight school was established on the field about 1946. Then from the mid 70’s through the mid 80’s Pat Hange and Harriet Hamilton operated Lennox Flight School where they trained many aircraft and glider pilots. Both Pat & Harriet are in the Soaring Hall of Fame.
The City of Arcadia and Air-Cadia entered into an agreement for Fixed Base Operations in April 1985. The balance of that contract was transferred to the new owners of Air-Cadia in 2001.
In 2009 the City of Arcadia established an Airport Advisory Committee made up of 7 members and in 2010 an airport director, Judi Jankosky, was brought on board. Ms. Jankosky and the advisory committee are working on ways to improve and expand the airport. FDOT grant funding has been obtained and many improvement projects are on schedule for 2012.[when?]