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Coordinates: 33°49′16″N 35°29′18″E / 33.82111°N 35.48833°E / 33.82111; 35.48833

Beirut Air Base
قاعدة بيروت الجوية
IATA: BEY – ICAO: OLBA
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Lebanese Armed Forces
Operator Lebanese Air Force
Location Beirut, Lebanon
Occupants Eight Squadron, Tenth Squadron, and Eleventh Squadron
Elevation AMSL 87 ft / 27 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3800 12467 Concrete
16/34 3395 11138 Concrete
Occupies part of the west end of the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport

Beirut Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة بيروت الجويةKaidat Bayrut al-jawiya) (IATA: BEY, ICAO: OLBA) is a military base owned by the Lebanese Armed Forces and operated by the Lebanese Air Force. It is located 9 km (5.6 mi) from the city center in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon.

Currently, the Lebanese Air Force occupies part of the west end of the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport and has been the base of most of the helicopter force for almost 50 years, which include the Hawker Hunters, Fouga Magisters and other aircraft during certain periods.

History

After the formation of the air force, the Beirut Air Base was established in 1950. During the early years, Rayak was the main air base; however, the air force wanted to establish another air base close to the capital and after studying most of the areas around Beirut, it was concluded that the new site for the Beirut International airport in Khalde was best fit.

Inventory

The military base is currently the home of the Tenth Squadron and Eleventh Squadron, which operate Bell UH-1H Hueys. In addition to the Eight Squadron which operates Aerospatiale SA.342 Gazelles.



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General Info
Country Lebanon
ICAO ID OLBA
Time UTC+2(+3DT)
Latitude 33.820931
33° 49' 15.35" N
Longitude 35.488389
035° 29' 18.20" E
Elevation 87 feet
27 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 004° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT
Alternate Name BEIRUT INTL
Near City Beirut
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
TWR 118.9
GND 121.9
ATIS 112.6
APP 119.3


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
03/21 12467 x 148 feet
3800 x 45 meters
CONCRETE. 060RBWT YES
16/34 11138 x 148 feet
3395 x 45 meters
CONCRETE. 060RBWT YES
17/35
CLOSED
10663 x 197 feet
3250 x 60 meters
ASPHALT 060RBWT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME KAD KHALDEH 073X 112.6 At Field -
NDB BOD BEIRUT - 351 4.9 NM 172.0


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet fuel avaiable but type is unknown.
Other Fluids OX, Indicates oxygen servicing when type of servicing is unknown


Remarks
CAUTION Afld heavily damaged by air attacks. Rwy 16/34: land Rwy 16 only; 6562 feet avblfor ldg. Check with local control if avbl for actual ldg area. Tkof Rwy 34 only TORA 6,890 feet. Twy in vicinity damaged, be certain of taxi inst prior to turns. Line up for tkof Rwy 34 abeam twy K. Rwy 03/21 open for normal ops. Westernramp avbl for parking. Acft ldg Rwy 16, 17 and 21 use rgt tfc pat due hi terrain E side of fld. TD Rwy 16 591' fr thld. Due hi terrain and obst on apch path, Rwy 35 will not be asgn at ngt exc when req by pilot and ceiling/vis is gtr than 1500' and 5 miles. Rwy 21 displ thld 1,088' due to obst on apch path. Rwy 35 displ thld 2789'.
FLUID OX
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)100LL req 24 hr PN fr Aeroclub of Lebanon. Fuel avbl rstd, acft should plan for extn holding and diversion prior to ldg.
RSTD Arpt open for humanitarian purposes only and spec perm commercial flt. Req start-up clnc fr GND 5 min prior to eng start. Rwy 34 will not be used for ldg.



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