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General Dewitt Spain Airport

Coordinates: 35°12′02.5″N 090°03′14.3″W / 35.200694°N 90.053972°W / 35.200694; -90.053972

General DeWitt Spain Airport
Satellite photo of M01
IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: M01
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Memphis - Shelby County Airport Authority
Serves Memphis, Tennessee
Location Memphis, Tennessee
Elevation AMSL 224 ft / 68.3 m
Website [1]
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 3,800 1,158 Asphalt
Statistics (1997)
Aircraft operations 39,055
Based aircraft 156
Sources: Tennessee Department of Transportation, airport website, & AirNav

General DeWitt Spain Airport (FAA LID: M01) is a civil, public airport located five miles (8 km) northwest of the central business district of Memphis, a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. It is owned and operated by the Memphis - Shelby County Airport Authority.


General DeWitt Spain Airport began as an idea in 1928 when the Memphis Chamber of Commerce Engineering Committee suggested turning Mud Island into Memphis’ Airport. They decided against that location for a main airport and moved Memphis International Airport to its current location in South Memphis. However, the idea apparently did not fade.

In 1959, Memphis Downtown Airport was put into service about where Mud Island Park is today to service the general aviation community. It had the slogan: “You’re strictly uptown when you land downtown.” A ferry boat took travelers from the Island to the cobblestones, and then it was just a short walk to the offices of Memphis’ city center. Private pilots who worked downtown and business travelers had the perfect arrangement. By 1961, 30 planes were landing per day, according to newspaper reports.

By the mid 1960’s Interstate 40 was scheduled to cross the Island. Airport owners fought the I-40 Bridge, but in August, 1970, the last plane departed the island airport. Quickly the airport authority purchased available land just to the north of the island so downtown commuters could once again have their landing strip back. The following May, Memphis Downtown Airport was replaced by General DeWitt Spain Airport, honoring local war hero General DeWitt Spain who died in 1969. It has been and still is an active general aviation airport.

Facilities and aircraft

Runway 17/35 is a 3,800 x 75 ft. (1,158 x 23 m) asphalt runway. Its weight limitation for a single wheel is 25,000 lbs. The pattern for runway 17 is a right hand pattern due to some 649 ft. (AMSL) towers to the northeast of the field.

General DeWitt Spain Airport is home to Downtown Aviation. Downtown Aviation is both a flight school that trains pilots from the private license level to the flight instructor license level and an aircraft rental service. They also have courses in learning aerobatics and flying tail-wheel airplanes. Downtown Aviation has a sizable fleet of Cessna aircraft. They also have two Piper Arrows, a Boeing Stearman, a Beechcraft Dutchess, and a Super Decathlon.

Downtown Aviation provides both fuel service and extensive maintenance service to all aircraft on airport property.

General DeWitt Spain Airport is home to Helicopters Inc, a Part 91 helicopter service. Helicopters Inc does aerial imaging, tours, pipeline/power line inspections, and video around the Mid-South. They operate one Enstrom F28A helicopter.

General DeWitt Spain Airport does not have a control tower, but pilots operating out of the airport can receive radar service from Memphis International Airport.

Airlines and destinations

No regular service operates to or from General DeWitt Spain Airport.

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Location & QuickFacts

FAA Information Effective:2008-09-25
Airport Identifier:M01
Airport Status:Operational
-90.053977/35.200693 (Estimated)
Elevation:224 ft / 68.28 m (Surveyed)
Land:137 acres
From nearest city:6 nautical miles NW of Memphis, TN
Location:Shelby County, TN
Magnetic Variation:00W (2005)

Owner & Manager

Ownership:Publicly owned
Owner:Memphis Shelby Co Arpt Auth
Address:Po Box 30168
Memphis, TN 38130
Phone number:901-922-8000
Manager:Walter Cathey
Address:2491 Winchester Rd Suite 113
Memphis, TN 38116
Phone number:901-358-0028

Airport Operations and Facilities

Airport Use:Open to public
Wind indicator:Yes
Segmented Circle:Yes
Control Tower:No
Lighting Schedule:DUSK-DAWN
Beacon Color:Clear-Green (lighted land airport)
Landing fee charge:No
Sectional chart:Memphis
Region:ASO - Southern
Boundary ARTCC:ZME - Memphis
Tie-in FSS:MKL - Jackson
FSS on Airport:No
FSS Toll Free:1-800-WX-BRIEF
NOTAMs Facility:MKL (NOTAM-d service avaliable)
Federal Agreements:NGY

Airport Communications


Airport Services

Fuel available:100LL
Airframe Repair:MAJOR
Power Plant Repair:MAJOR
Bottled Oxygen:NONE
Bulk Oxygen:HIGH

Runway Information

Runway 17/35

Dimension:3800 x 75 ft / 1158.2 x 22.9 m
Surface:ASPH, Good Condition
Weight Limit:Single wheel: 25000 lbs.
Edge Lights:Medium

Runway 17

Runway 35

Elevation:224.00 ft224.00 ft
Traffic Pattern:RightLeft
Markings:Basic, Fair ConditionBasic, Fair Condition
Crossing Height:31.00 ft40.00 ft
VASI:2-box on left side2-light PAPI on left side
Visual Glide Angle:4.00°4.00°
Runway End Identifier:YesYes
Centerline Lights:NoNo
Touchdown Lights:NoNo
Obstruction:59 ft trees, 1450.0 ft from runway, 126 ft right of centerline, 21:1 slope to clear88 ft tree, 1550.0 ft from runway, 425 ft right of centerline, 15:1 slope to clear

Radio Navigation Aids

ID Type Name Ch Freq Var Dist
SPQNDBSpain414.0004E0.1 nm
MIGNDBMillington232.0004E7.6 nm
MENDBElvis287.0001E8.4 nm
AWMNDBWest Memphis362.0001E9.5 nm
OLVNDBOlive Branch275.0001E18.6 nm
BPWNDBOsceola239.0002E29.6 nm
FYENDBSomerville255.0000E32.5 nm
COONDBCovington326.0002E32.7 nm
FCYNDBForrest City332.0001E38.7 nm
MXANDBManila282.0001E41.8 nm
IUINDBHicks350.0001E45.6 nm
HEENDBThompson-robbins251.0001E48.7 nm
BAVNDBHardeman404.0001E49.7 nm
GOJVORGosnell111.8001E45.4 nm
GQEVOR/DMEGilmore077X113.0004E22.6 nm
JBRVOR/DMEJonesboro023X108.6002E48.2 nm
UJMVOR/DMEMarvell033X109.6001E48.5 nm
MEMVORTACMemphis122X117.5001E11.7 nm
HLIVORTACHolly Springs071X112.4003E37.7 nm
MEMVOTMemphis Metropolitn111.009.8 nm


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Country United States
Latitude 35-12-02.494N
Longitude 090-03-14.317W
Elevation 224 feet

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