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Santa Maria Airport



Coordinates: 36°58′17″N 025°10′14″W / 36.97139°N 25.17056°W / 36.97139; -25.17056

Santa Maria Airport
Aeroporto de Santa Maria
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IATA: SMA – ICAO: LPAZ
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Portugal.
Operator ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, SA
Serves Vila do Porto
Location Santa Maria Island, Azores
Elevation AMSL 308 ft / 94 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,048 10,000 Concrete
15/33 CLOSED 1,830 6,004 Asphalt
04/22 CLOSED 1,324 4,345 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF

Santa Maria Airport (IATA: SMA, ICAO: LPAZ) is an airport on Santa Maria Island, in the autonomous region of the Azores, Portugal, serving the the municipality of Vila do Porto, within the archipelago and to the continent. It has three runways, with the largest runway (at 3,048 m long) being the longest in the archipelago.

It was built in the context of the Second World War, by US troops in order to maintain supply lines to Europe, and inaugurated on July 26, 1945. A year later, on June 2, 1946, American forces transferred title/control to the Portuguese State. The forerunner of SATA Air Açores (Sociedade Açoriana de Transportes Aéreos) initiated services concurrently to São Miguel and Terceira from Santa Maria Airport on August 5, 1947, using a plane christened "Açor".

Transportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP) began lay-over flights to this airport on December 7, 1962, and eventually inaugurating trans-atlantic service between Santa Maria-New York (April 26, 1969) and Santa Maria-Montreal (May 8, 1971).

For a while, Air France's supersonic Concordes were routed to Santa Maria on refueling layovers between Paris and Caracas.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
SATA Air Açores Ponta Delgada
SATA International Lisbon

Incidents

A chartered Boeing 707-300, Independent Air Flight 1851 from Bergamo, Italy in 1989 crashed on approach to Santa Maria Airport, when it struck the Pico Alto mountain. The aircraft was destroyed with the loss of all passengers and crew. The accident was the result of bad communication and failure to follow standard procedures by crew and air traffic control.



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General Info
Country Portugal
ICAO ID LPAZ
Time UTC-1(0 DT)
Latitude 36.971390
36° 58' 17.00" N
Longitude -25.170639
025° 10' 14.30" W
Elevation 308 feet
94 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 010° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Island Group Azores I
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
TWR
Opr H24
118.1
RDO
Opr H24
127.9
132.075
(132.075 only for Oceanic Clnc req/del)
APP
Opr H24
119.0
CON
Opr H24
132.15
A/G
Opr H24
3016
8906
13306
6628
8825


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
04/22
CLOSED
4345 x 148 feet
1324 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - NO
15/33
CLOSED
CLOSED
6004 x 148 feet
1830 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - NO
18/36 10000 x 197 feet
3048 x 60 meters
CONCRETE. - YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME VSM SANTA MARIA 084X 113.7 At Field -
NDB SMA SANTA MARIA - 323 1.5 NM 171.1


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)


Remarks
CAUTION Bird haz.
FUEL Avbl 0800-2000Z++. OT O/R 1 hr PPR. (NC-100LL, A1)
LGT PAPI Rwy 18-36 GS 2.75 MEHT 29'.
OPR HOURS Opr 0630-2130Z++. Max 2 hr extn with 3 hr PN, exc emerg flts.
RSTD Rwy 15-33 and Rwy 04-22 are clsd.



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