Cuyahoga County Airport

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Cuyahoga County Airport
Robert D. Shea Field
Diagram of airport layout
Airport diagram
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Cuyahoga County
Serves Cleveland, Ohio
Location Highland Heights
Richmond Heights
Willoughby Hills
Elevation AMSL 879 ft / 268 m
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CGF is located in Ohio
Location of airport in Ohio
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 5,102 1,555 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 67,662
Based aircraft 133

Cuyahoga County Airport (IATA: CGF[2]ICAO: KCGFFAA LID: CGF), also known as Robert D. Shea Field,[3] is a public use airport in northeastern Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States.[1] Owned and operated by Cuyahoga County since 1946,[3] it also serves Lake County and Geauga County. The airport is located 10 nautical miles (12 mi, 19 km) east of downtown Cleveland[1] and sits on the border of three cities: Highland Heights, Richmond Heights and Willoughby Hills.[3] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation reliever airport[4] for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.


Developed in 1928 by Curtiss Wright and operated until closed a privately owned airport in 1930. The Airport site remained inactive until nearly the end of World War II. In the spring of 1946, the voters of Cuyahoga County approved a general obligation bond issue for the acquisition of the airport in the amount of $510,000. They purchased the Curtiss Wright Field in December 1946.

  • In September 1949, the 271-acre Curtiss Wright Field, also known as the Richmond Road Airport, was opened for business. The County officially opened the Airport on May 30, 1950.
  • In the late 1950s, Cuyahoga County hired an engineering firm to develop a master plan for the future of the airport. The plan, created in 1956, called for two runways, hangar facilities and other service area developments for private and business aviation. Shortly thereafter, major expansion of the County Airport began. It included the construction of the first runway in 1959 and later its expansion in 1962. Further development included the acquisition and installation of instrument approach facilities, the construction of a concrete apron and a paved entry road.
  • In the 1960s, the airport's first two Fixed Based Operators moved in. The growth of air traffic prompted various Airport improvements, and an additional study of land use on and adjacent to the Airport. In 1970, The County purchased a mobile Air Traffic Control Tower and opened one of the only "non‑federal" Control Towers in the United States. The facility was taken over by the FAA on May 15, 1971.
  • By the 1980s development of the adjacent land into office space and an industrial park had begun. In 1984, an office building was constructed on the flight line and soon became known as the Destination Building. Expansion of the Airport Industrial Park and Curtis Wright Corporate Center II continued throughout the 1990s.
  • On October 31, 1991, Aviation Administrator Robert D. Shea, retired after 42 years of dedicated service. In tribute, Cuyahoga County changed the name of the Airport to Cuyahoga County Airport, Robert D. Shea Field.
  • In 2003 the Airport Division, now under the auspices of the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, was awarded an FAA grant to assist with a Master Plan Update and Runway Safety Area Study Project.[3]

Facilities and aircraft

Cuyahoga County Airport covers an area of 640 acres (259 ha) at an elevation of 879 feet (268 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 6/24 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,102 by 100 feet (1,555 x 30 m).[1]

The facilities includes 6 office buildings in the Industrial Park, an Administrative Safety and Service complex, 15 hangar facilities and 2 tie down areas to accommodate the 133 based aircraft, a flight school, US Customs, an FAA Air Traffic Control Tower, an 18 hole golf course and an employee base in excess of 2000.

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Planes at KCGF

For the 12-month period ending August 17, 2010, the airport had 67,662 aircraft operations, an average of 185 per day: 80% general aviation, 20% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 133 aircraft based at this airport: 44% single-engine, 42% jet, 12% multi-engine, and 2% helicopter.[1]


  • Air Z Flying Service
    • Charter Service
  • Aircraft Maintenance Inc.
    • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Cleveland Jet Center
    • Hangars, Terminal Lounge, Aircraft Cleaning/Maintenance.
  • Flight Options
  • T&G Flying Club
    • Flight School, Aircraft Rental


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 FAA Airport Master Record for CGF (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. "IATA Airport Code Search (CLE: Cleveland / Cuyahoga County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 19, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Cuyahoga County Airport: History". Cuyahoga County.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in |work= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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