Riverside Municipal Airport

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Riverside Municipal Airport
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Airport type Public
Operator City of Riverside
Location Riverside, California
Elevation AMSL 819 ft / 250 m
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Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 5,401 1,646 Asphalt
16/34 2,850 869 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 60 18 Asphalt

Riverside Municipal Airport (Riverside Arlington Airport, decades ago) (IATA: RALICAO: KRALFAA LID: RAL), is four miles (6 km) southwest of downtown Riverside, the county seat of Riverside County, California.[1]

Scheduled flights to Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (Arizona) on Western Express Air ended when that airline ceased operations at the end of May 2007.[2]

Runway 9/27 was paved about 1956 and Bonanza Air Lines appeared soon after. Until 1969 it and successor Air West flew DC-3s and Fairchild F-27s to LAX, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and beyond. Golden West Airlines served Riverside during the 1970s with nonstop and direct de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters to LAX.

Riverside Municipal Airport has been home to Civil Air Patrol Squadron 5 since 2005.

"FedEx Express donated a Boeing 727-200F to California Baptist University for its new aviation science program. The aircraft will be on permanent display at the airport and will provide a working laboratory for aviation science students." The aircraft, N266FE (cn 21672/1538), is a Boeing 727-233/Adv(F). A video of its arrival on January 10, 2013 can be found here.[3]


The airport covers 525 acres (212 ha) and has two runways and one helipad:

  • 9/27: 5,401 x 100 ft. (1,646 x 30 m) Asphalt
  • 16/34: 2,850 x 48 ft. (869 x 15 m) Asphalt
  • H1: 60 x 60 ft. (18 x 18 m) Asphalt

The runway has ILS, GPS, and VOR approaches.

Should there be plans to expand, the Airport's Master Plan supports lengthening runway 9/27 to 6,153 feet (1,875 m). Runway 27 has a Visual Approach Slope Indicator.

The crosswind runway, RWY 16-34, is suited for smaller aircraft. Runway 34 has a Precision Approach Path Indicator.


  1. FAA Airport Master Record for RAL (Form 5010 PDF)
  2. Western Air Express (official site)
  3. "FedEx donates Boeing 727 to CBU Aviation Science program". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2013-02-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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