Lake City Gateway Airport

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Lake City Gateway Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Lake City
Serves Lake City, Florida
Elevation AMSL 201 ft / 61 m
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LCQ is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 8,003 2,439 Asphalt
5/23 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 28,714
Based aircraft 33

Lake City Gateway Airport (IATA: LCQICAO: KLCQFAA LID: LCQ) is a city owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) east of the central business district of Lake City, in Columbia County, Florida, United States.[1] Formerly known as Lake City Municipal Airport,[2] it is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[3]


The airport was originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II to facilitate pilot training and named Naval Air Station Lake City. Commissioned in December 1942, NAS Lake City was located on the site of the Lake City Flying Club air field east of town. Established as one of several support facilities to NAS Jacksonville, NAS Lake City was used to train U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps pilots in land-based PV-1 Venturas and PV-2 Harpoons. Maximum complement at the air station reached 290 officers and 1,150 enlisted personnel. As many as 200 WAVES were stationed at NAS Lake City later in the war and served in air traffic control, meteorological services, administrative support, and aircraft maintenance. The airfield southeast of Lake Butler served as an outlying field (OLF) and Cedar Key, Alachua and Gainesville provided auxiliary fields. Regular military operations terminated in March 1946 and NAS Lake City was decommissioned as an active naval air station.[4]

The NAS Lake City property was deemed surplus and subsequently conveyed to the city of Lake City by the General Services Administration. Aero Corporation performed aircraft modification and rehabilitation during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, mostly U.S. military contracts. Aero Corporation was subsequently acquired by TIMCO, the current tenant.

Facilities and aircraft

Lake City Gateway Airport covers an area of 1,250 acres (506 ha) at an elevation of 201 feet (61 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 10/28 is 8,003 by 150 feet (2,439 x 46 m) and 5/23 is 4,000 by 75 feet (1,219 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending September 8, 2009, the airport had 28,714 aircraft operations, an average of 78 per day: 86% general aviation, 9% military, and 5% air taxi. At that time there were 33 aircraft based at this airport: 67% single-engine, 18% multi-engine, 9% jet, and 6% helicopter.[1]

Although the Navy departed Lake City over 60 years ago, its comparatively long main runway (8,003 feet), operational Non-Federal Air Traffic Control Tower, and minimal air traffic makes it a popular location for transient P-3C Orions from NAS Jacksonville and HC-130 Hercules and A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from Moody AFB to practice approaches and touch-and-go landings. The airport also has a Department of Defense into-plane refueling contract for Jet A fuel, otherwise known as "contract fuel," for military aircraft.

Besides typical general aviation use, the airport also hosts a major aviation industrial facility formerly known as Aero Corporation, since acquired by TIMCO Aviation Services. TIMCO modifies and repairs large aircraft, such as commercial Boeing 727 and Boeing 737 airliners and the military C-130 Hercules and P-3 Orion aircraft for US military and US civilian operators, as well as overseas military and civilian customers.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 FAA Airport Master Record for LCQ (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. "KLCQ – Lake City Municipal Airport – Lake City, Florida". FAA information effective 11 February 2010. AirNav. Archived from the original on April 7, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "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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