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Methow Valley State Airport (WSDOT-Managed)

City: Winthrop
ID: S52


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Note: Learn more about the  2011/2012 Methow Valley State Airport Improvements Project

Forest firefighting is common at this airport during summer months. Please check NOTAM's, TFR's and watch for helicoptor activity. Contact the State Airport Manager for additional information at wolfp@wsdot.wa.gov or 360-618-2477.

Update August 19, 2014:

Caution: Methow Valley State Airport continues to support firefighting efforts in central Washington. The airport in now open to the public. Pilots are advised to use extreme caution due to extensive helicopter operations and area temporary flight restrictions in the effect. 

Description

Methow Valley (Intercity) is located five miles south of Winthrop, Washington in the beautiful Methow Valley. Originally constructed as a Forest Service installation, the airport has acquired an increasing importance as an airport covering the east side of the northernmost VFR routes through the Cascades. The airport also serves as an important access to the local recreational areas and the growing Methow Valley community. The area is famous for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and winter recreation opportunities.

Methow Valley has a 5,049 foot asphalt, lighted runway, and is stressed for 30,000 pound aircraft. The Forest Service still maintains a base on the field, and is very active from May to September during forest fire fighting season. Heavily loaded aircraft may be making straight out departures and long final approaches during fire season. Helicopter long line activity and support personnel are also common on the west side of the airport.  There are trees in both approaches, and people, vehicles, and animals may be on the runway.

Activity

The airport is open year-round, but extreme caution must be exercised during winter months when snow and ice is present. Snow removal machinery may be on the active runway. The airport has limited snow and ice removal services.

NOTE: Airport Beacon and Pilot Controlled Lighting are currently out of service and the runway lights are stuck on low intensity.

Please check for Airport NOTAM’s and for additional information contact the Airport Manager by email at wolfp@wsdot.wa.gov or by phone at 800-552-0666, or 360-651-6313.

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