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53U Ferndale Airfield
Bigfork, Montana, USA

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FAA INFORMATION EFFECTIVE 18 JUNE 2020

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: ROB RATKOWSKI
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 05-Jul-2020
 Local
(UTC-6)
 Zulu
(UTC)
Morning civil twilight05:0411:04
Sunrise05:4511:45
Sunset21:3703:37
Evening civil twilight22:1704:17

Current date and time
Zulu (UTC)  05-Jul-2020 23:37:28
Local (UTC-6)  05-Jul-2020 17:37:28
 
METAR
KGPI 
18nm NW 
052255Z 16009KT 10SM CLR 24/07 A3005 RMK AO2 SLP170 T02390067
K7S0 
30nm S 
052310Z AUTO 01004KT 10SM 24/05 A3006 RMK A01 Ronan
TAF
KGPI 
18nm NW 
051720Z 0518/0618 17008KT P6SM FEW150
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