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Knoxville Downtown Island Airport



Knoxville Downtown Island Airport
Knoxville Downtown Island Home Airport
IATA: none – ICAO: KDKX – FAA LID: DKX
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Knoxville Metropolitan Airport Authority
Serves Knoxville, Tennessee
Elevation AMSL 833 ft / 254 m
Coordinates 35°57′50″N 083°52′25″W / 35.96389°N 83.87361°W / 35.96389; -83.87361
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 3,499 1,066 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 82,456
Based aircraft 111
Source: Federal Aviation Administration

Knoxville Downtown Island Airport or Knoxville Downtown Island Home Airport (ICAO: KDKX, FAA LID: DKX), often referred to as Island Home Airport, is a general aviation airport located approximately one-half mile east of downtown Knoxville, in Knox County, Tennessee, United States.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned DKX by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.

The airport has one 3,500-ft runway running east and west and on average has 312 aircraft operations per day. DKX operates as an uncontrolled field. Up until 2007, a tower existed at the field. The tower was in service during World War II but due to asbestos in the cab it was permanently quarantined and it is never to be used again. The airport authorities demolished the tower and may consider building a new one.

History

Downtown Island Airport has a rich history rooted in Knoxville aviation that dates back to the early 1930’s. The Island Airport was opened in 1930 by one of Knoxville’s earliest aviators, Tom Kesterson. The makeshift airport, located on Dickinson’s Island had a 4,000-foot runway and was intended to be the first home of commercial air service in Knoxville. Shortly after its introduction, airline service came to Knoxville in July 1934 when American began flying a mail route through Island Airport and on to Washington D.C. and New York. Two daily flights were also offered between Knoxville and Washington D.C. with up to eight passengers on each flight. At this time, Gus Gremiliam was the only employee at the airport.

Regular airline service to Knoxville did not occur until January 15, 1936, after many temporary setbacks and start-ups. This event was celebrated by City Manager, Knoxville officials, and residents of the area marking the beginning of many aviation endeavors in Knoxville’s future.


Aircraft and hangar at the Island Home Airport
Aircraft and hangar at the Island Home Airport

Airport ownership changed hands several times in the 1940’s. Ferris Thomas bought the hangar in the spring of 1941, when the airport was privately owned. Ownership changed again in 1942 when operations were sold to Elmer Wood. Again in 1943, H.F. Wattenbarger purchased the Island Airport property and wanted to use it primarily as a farm. During the 1930’s and 1940’s both farming and flying existed at Island Airport. In 1943, Wattenbarger began leasing the airport for the training of three hundred Army Air Cadets in a War Training Service program. When training was completed, Wattenbarger resumed full operation as a private airport and farm. During the late 1940’s, Robert Campbell, owner and operator of Campbell’s Aero Service at Island Airport, became the primary operator and FBO for almost 20 years.

Evelyn "Mama Bird" Bryant Johnson, Evelyn Johnson who in 2010 is 100 years old and the holder of the Guiness Book of Records "most hours logged by a woman pilot" started flying at Knoxville Island Home Airport. She says "She first flew in a barnstormers biplane in 1929, but got serious about flying after seeing a three inch square ad in the Sunday paper while waiting for church. It said “Learn to fly!” so the next Sunday “I took the train, rode a bus, walked a mile and rowed a boat across a river to get to Knoxville Island Home Airport for my first lesson on October 1, 1944 and after eight hours I soloed on November 8, 1944 in a J-3 (Piper Cub} aircraft." (from phone interview, March, 2010)

Facilities and aircraft

Knoxville Downtown Island Airport covers an area of 200 acres (81 ha) at an elevation of 833 feet (254 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 8/26 which measures 3,499 by 74 feet (1,066 x 23 m).

For the 12-month period ending December 22, 2008, the airport had 82,456 aircraft operations, an average of 225 per day: 99% general aviation, <1% air taxi and <1% military. At that time there were 137 aircraft based at this airport: 78% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 5% helicopter and 2% glider.



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Location & QuickFacts

FAA Information Effective:2008-09-25
Airport Identifier:DKX
Airport Status:Operational
Longitude/Latitude:083-52-25.1540W/35-57-49.8010N
-83.873654/35.963834 (Estimated)
Elevation:833 ft / 253.90 m (Estimated)
Land:200 acres
From nearest city:3 nautical miles E of Knoxville, TN
Location:Knox County, TN
Magnetic Variation:03W (1985)

Owner & Manager

Ownership:Publicly owned
Owner:Knoxville Metro Arpt Auth
Address:Po Box 15600
Knoxville, TN 37901
Phone number:865-970-2773
Manager:Craig H. Davis
Address:2701 Spence Place
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone number:865-577-4461

Airport Operations and Facilities

Airport Use:Open to public
Wind indicator:Yes
Segmented Circle:Yes
Control Tower:No
Lighting Schedule:DUSK-DAWN
MIRL RY 08/26, TWY LGTS AND REIL RYS 08 & 26 PRESET LOW INTST; TO INCR INTST - CTAF.
Beacon Color:Clear-Green (lighted land airport)
Landing fee charge:No
Sectional chart:Atlanta
Region:ASO - Southern
Boundary ARTCC:ZTL - Atlanta
Tie-in FSS:BNA - Nashville
FSS on Airport:No
FSS Toll Free:1-800-WX-BRIEF
NOTAMs Facility:BNA (NOTAM-d service avaliable)
Federal Agreements:NGY

Airport Communications

CTAF:126.600
Unicom:122.950 

Airport Services

Fuel available:100LLA1
100LL AVBL 24 HRS ON SELF-SVC.
Airframe Repair:MAJOR
Power Plant Repair:MAJOR
Bottled Oxygen:HIGH/LOW
Bulk Oxygen:HIGH/LOW

Runway Information

Runway 08/26

Dimension:3497 x 75 ft / 1065.9 x 22.9 m
Surface:ASPH, Good Condition
Weight Limit:Single wheel: 22000 lbs.
Edge Lights:Medium
 

Runway 08

Runway 26

Longitude:083-52-45.7620W083-52-04.6420W
Latitude:35-57-45.3430N35-57-54.1950N
Elevation:834.00 ft831.00 ft
Alignment:75127
ILS Type:LOCALIZER
Traffic Pattern:LeftLeft
Markings:Non-precision instrument, Good ConditionNon-precision instrument, Good Condition
Crossing Height:35.00 ft32.00 ft
VASI:2-box on left side2-box on left side
Visual Glide Angle:4.00°4.00°
Runway End Identifier:YesYes
Obstruction:84 ft trees, 1770.0 ft from runway, 18 ft right of centerline, 18:1 slope to clear92 ft trees, 3042.0 ft from runway, 54 ft right of centerline, 30:1 slope to clear

Radio Navigation Aids

ID Type Name Ch Freq Var Dist
JXTNDBJefferson346.0004W21.3 nm
JAUNDBJacksboro204.0003W26.5 nm
MNVNDBMadisonville361.0004W35.4 nm
BPONDBPiney Grove403.0005W45.3 nm
MMINDBMc Minn County242.0003W47.9 nm
DYQNDBDulaney263.0004W48.9 nm
VXVVORTACVolunteer111X116.4003W3.7 nm
SOTVORTACSnowbird025X108.8004W41.3 nm
TYSVOTKnoxville112.0010.8 nm

Remarks

  • GEESE ON & INVOF ARPT.
  • RQ ACFT DEPG RY 26 AVOID TURNS OVER NEIGHBORHOOD LCTD APRXLY 1 NM SW OF ARPT NOISE SENSITIVE AREA.

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General Info
Country United States
State TENNESSEE
FAA ID DKX
Latitude 35-57-49.801N
Longitude 083-52-25.154W
Elevation 833 feet
Near City KNOXVILLE


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