Watsonville Municipal Airport

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Watsonville Municipal Airport
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Airport typePublic
OperatorCity of Watsonville
LocationWatsonville, California
Elevation  AMSL 163 ft / 50 m
Coordinates 36°56′09″N121°47′23″W / 36.93583°N 121.78972°W / 36.93583; -121.78972 Coordinates: 36°56′09″N121°47′23″W / 36.93583°N 121.78972°W / 36.93583; -121.78972
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Watsonville Municipal Airport( IATA : WVI, ICAO : KWVI, FAA LID : WVI) is three miles (5 km) northwest of Watsonville, in Santa Cruz County, California. [1] The airport covers 330 acres (134 ha) and has two runways. The largest aircraft to ever land at Watsonville were 05-5141 and 05-5143, C-17 Globemaster IIIs from March ARB, CA.

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The airport's longest runway is 02-20, 4501' x 149'. The crosswind runway, 09-27, 3998' x 98', is used when winds favor it and when fog is moving across the field from Monterey Bay.

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The airport is uncontrolled, and the CTAF is 122.8 MHz, and the ASOS can be received on 132.275 MHz or by calling 831-724-8794.

Non-towered airport

A non-towered airport is an airport without a control tower, or air traffic control (ATC) unit. The vast majority of the world's airports are non-towered. In the United States there are close to 20,000 non-towered airports compared to approximately 500 airports with control towers. Airports with a control tower without 24/7 ATC service follow non-towered airport procedures when the tower is closed but the airport remains open, for example at night.


The Navy took over in July, 1943, purchased an additional 35 acres, built support buildings and the concrete ramp. On October 23, 1943, the airport was commissioned as Naval Air Auxiliary Station Watsonville (NAAS Watsonville) and served as a satellite to Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda. As the World War II ended, so did operations at NAAS Watsonville, on Nov. 1, 1945 it was closed and placed on caretaker status.

Instrument Approaches

The airport has three approaches, making it a popular instrument training area.

Instrument pilots have been advised that Watsonville is occasionally surrounded by non-IFR traffic that (illegally) climbs/descends to low stratus layer. ATC usually calls them out, but they can not always see them. There are frequent traffic calls to CTAF even when IMC prevails become important.

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  1. "Watsonville Municipal Airport". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved 2009-05-03.
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