Destin Executive Airport

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Destin Executive Airport
Coleman Kelly Field
Airport type Public
Owner Okaloosa County
Serves Destin, Florida
Focus city for Southern Airways Express
Elevation AMSL 22 ft / 7 m
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KDTS is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 63,000
Based aircraft 25

Destin Executive Airport[1] (IATA: DSI[2]ICAO: KDTSFAA LID: DTS), also known as Coleman Kelly Field,[3] is a public use airport owned by and located in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States.[1] The airport is one nautical mile (2 km) east of the central business district of Destin, Florida.[1] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[4]

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned DTS by the FAA[1] and DSI by the IATA.[2] The airport's ICAO identifier is KDTS.[5]

Due to its close proximity to Eglin Air Force Base and the high levels of military flight activity, all flights to or from Destin Executive Airport must adhere to "special air traffic rules" and obtain ATC clearance before entering the Eglin/Valparaiso terminal area.[6]

Facilities and aircraft

Destin Executive Airport covers an area of 395 acres (160 ha) at an elevation of 22 feet (7 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 14/32 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,001 by 100 ft (1,524 by 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending March 25, 2010, the airport had 63,000 aircraft operations, an average of 172 per day: 98.6% general aviation, 1% air taxi, and 0.5% military. At that time there were 25 aircraft based at this airport: 64% single-engine, 20% jet, and 16% multi-engine.[1]

Airlines and destinations

Airline offering scheduled passenger service to non-stop destinations:

Airlines Destinations
Southern Airways Express Atlanta-Peachtree, Jackson/Madison (MS), Memphis


The first fatal aircraft accident recorded at the Destin Executive Airport occurred on February 16, 1975, when a Cessna 210 with three people on board crashed shortly after a 0100 hrs. departure from the facility, the twin-engined propeller cabin monoplane coming down one quarter mile from the runway in an area platted for the future Kelly Estates subdivision. All three were killed, the airframe burning completely with bodies burnt beyond recognition. Officials said that the plane was flying under a 200-foot ceiling with poor visibility. No flight plan had been filed.[7] An investigator of the Federal Aviation Administration stated that there was no immediate evidence of mechanical failure.[8]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 FAA Airport Master Record for DTS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "IATA Airport Code Search (DSI: Destin)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved August 13, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Destin Executive Airport / Coleman Kelly Field". Official site. Okaloosa County Airports System. Retrieved August 13, 2013.<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>
  5. "Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport (IATA: DSI, ICAO: KDTS, FAA; DTS)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved August 13, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "ALC-47: Destin/Eglin AFB FL Part 93 Operations". FAA. Retrieved May 13, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Fort Walton Beach, Florida. "Plane Crashes at Destin After Takeoff; 3 Killed: First Fatal Crash at Destin–FWB Airport". Playground Daily News. February 17, 1975. Volume 30, Number 9, page 1A.
  8. Fort Walton Beach, Florida. "FAA Probes Fatal Destin Air Crash". Playground Daily News. February 18, 1975. Volume 30, Number 10, page 1.

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