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53U Ferndale Airfield
Bigfork, Montana, USA

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FAA INFORMATION EFFECTIVE 18 JULY 2019

Location

FAA Identifier: 53U
Lat/Long: 48-03-37.7000N / 114-00-04.2000W
48-03.628333N / 114-00.070000W
48.0604722 / -114.0011667
(estimated)
Elevation: 3072 ft. / 936 m (estimated)
Variation: 18E (1985)
From city: 3 miles NE of BIGFORK, MT
Time zone: UTC -6 (UTC -7 during Standard Time)
Zip code: 59911

Airport Operations

Airport use: Open to the public
Activation date: 06/1976
Control tower: no
ARTCC: SALT LAKE CITY CENTER
FSS: GREAT FALLS FLIGHT SERVICE STATION
NOTAMs facility: GTF (NOTAM-D service available)
Attendance: UNATNDD
Pattern altitude: DEP PROC STRAIGHT OUT THRU TPA OF 4072 FT MSL (1000 FT AGL).
Wind indicator: yes
Segmented circle: no

Airport Communications

CTAF: 122.9
WX ASOS at GPI (18 nm NW): 132.625 (406-756-8879)

Nearby radio navigation aids

VOR radial/distance  VOR name  Freq  Var
FCAr125/11.6KALISPELL VOR/DME113.2018E

 
NDB name  Hdg/Dist  Freq  Var  ID
SMITH LAKE084/18.751515ESAK ... .- -.-

Airport Services

Parking: tiedowns
Airframe service: MAJOR
Powerplant service: MAJOR
Bottled oxygen: NONE
Bulk oxygen: NONE

Runway Information

Runway 15/33

Dimensions: 3500 x 95 ft. / 1067 x 29 m
Surface: turf, in good condition
Runway edge markings: 15/33 NSTD MARKINGS - WHITE CONES MARK FULL RY LENGTH. RED TRAFFIC CONES MARK EACH RY THRESHOLD WITH 100 FOOT DISPLACED THRESHOLD
RUNWAY 15  RUNWAY 33
Latitude: 48-03.912042N48-03.344102N
Longitude: 114-00.140023W113-59.998557W
Elevation: 3046.0 ft.3072.0 ft.
Traffic pattern: leftleft
Runway heading: 153 magnetic, 171 true333 magnetic, 351 true
Markings: NSTD, in good conditionNSTD, in good condition
Obstructions: 86 ft. trees, 1083 ft. from runway, 203 ft. right of centerline, 12:1 slope to clear88 ft. trees, 258 ft. from runway, 75 ft. left of centerline, 3:1 slope to clear

Airport Ownership and Management from official FAA records

Ownership: Publicly-owned
Owner: FLATHEAD MUNI ARPT AUTH
4170 HIGHWAY 2-E
KALISPELL, MT 59901
Phone 406-257-5994
Manager: CINDI MARTIN
4170 HIGHWAY 2-E
KALISPELL, MT 59901
Phone 406-257-5994

Airport Operational Statistics

Aircraft operations: avg 96/week *
50% transient general aviation
50% local general aviation
* for 12-month period ending 14 May 2019

Additional Remarks

SNOW REMOVAL MAY BE DELAYED CALL FOR CONDITIONS 406-257-5994.
RY 15 +80 FT TREES 1647 FT FM EOR 0B; RY 33 +70 FT TREES 1743 FT FM EOR; RY 15 +15 FT ROAD 279 FT FM EOR 0B.
TREES IN TRANSITION SFC BOTH SIDES OF RY FULL LENGTH.
FREE BICYCLES FOR ARPT USE LCTD IN STORAGE SHED. TO ACCESS USE EMERG FREQ ON LOCK.
RY 33 +50 FT TREE ON CNTRLN 350 FT FM EOR AT 7:1.
FOR CD CTC SALT LAKE ARTCC AT 801-320-2568.

Instrument Procedures

There are no published instrument procedures at 53U.

Some nearby airports with instrument procedures:

KGPI - Glacier Park International Airport (18 nm NW)
8S1 - Polson Airport (23 nm S)
7S0 - Ronan Airport (30 nm S)
S59 - Libby Airport (61 nm W)
KMSO - Missoula International Airport (69 nm S)
 
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Sunrise and sunset
Times for 19-Jul-2019
 Local
(UTC-6)
 Zulu
(UTC)
Morning civil twilight05:1911:19
Sunrise05:5711:57
Sunset21:2703:27
Evening civil twilight22:0604:06

Current date and time
Zulu (UTC)  20-Jul-2019 00:31:09
Local (UTC-6)  19-Jul-2019 18:31:09
 
METAR
KGPI 
18nm NW 
192355Z 33008G22KT 300V360 10SM BKN100 19/02 A2995 RMK AO2 SLP144 T01890022 10222 20167 53010
TAF
KGPI 
18nm NW 
191858Z 1919/2018 24012G18KT P6SM VCTS BKN090CB FM192030 24015G18KT P6SM VCSH SCT100 FM200200 26008KT P6SM SCT100
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