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KMER Castle Airport
Atwater, California, USA

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FAA INFORMATION EFFECTIVE 09 NOVEMBER 2017

Location

FAA Identifier: MER
Lat/Long: 37-22-49.7000N / 120-34-05.5000W
37-22.828333N / 120-34.091667W
37.3804722 / -120.5681944
(estimated)
Elevation: 190.6 ft. / 58.1 m (surveyed)
Variation: 15E (2000)
From city: 3 miles NE of ATWATER, CA
Time zone: UTC -8 (UTC -7 during Daylight Saving Time)
Zip code: 95301

Airport Operations

Airport use: Open to the public
Activation date: 07/1942
Control tower: yes
ARTCC: OAKLAND CENTER
FSS: RANCHO MURIETA FLIGHT SERVICE STATION
NOTAMs facility: MER (NOTAM-D service available)
Attendance: 0900-1800
Pattern altitude: TPA 1000 FT AGL; TURBINE & LARGE ACFT 1500 FT AGL.
Wind indicator: lighted
Segmented circle: yes
Lights: WHEN ATCT CLSD ACTVT HIRL RY 13/31; ALSF1 RYS 13 & 31 FREQ 123.00; 3 CLICKS ON, 5 CLICKS INCREASE INTENSITY, 7 CLICKS OFF. PAPI RYS 13 & 31 OPER CONT.
Beacon: white-green (lighted land airport)
Operates sunset to sunrise.

Airport Communications

CTAF: 118.175
UNICOM: 122.95
ATIS: 124.475
WX AWOS-3: 124.475 (209-725-0104)
CASTLE GROUND: 133.575 [0700-2100]
CASTLE TOWER: 118.175 235.775 [0700-2100]
NORCAL APPROACH: 120.95
NORCAL DEPARTURE: 120.95
WX ASOS at MCE (6 nm SE): 132.175 (209-381-0926)

Nearby radio navigation aids

VOR radial/distance  VOR name  Freq  Var
HYPr305/12.6EL NIDO VOR/DME114.2015E
MODr112/23.7MODESTO VOR/DME114.6017E
ECAr116/39.5MANTECA VOR/DME116.0017E

Airport Services

Fuel available: 100LL JET-A
FOR FUEL FM 1800-0900 CALL (209) 725-1455.
Parking: hangars and tiedowns
Airframe service: MINOR
Powerplant service: MINOR

Runway Information

Runway 13/31

Dimensions: 11802 x 150 ft. / 3597 x 46 m
Surface: asphalt/concrete, in good condition
Weight bearing capacity: 
Single wheel: 155.0
Double wheel: 200.0
Double tandem: 415.0
Dual double tandem: 720.0
Runway edge lights: high intensity
Operational restrictions: 1,000 FT PAVED BLAST PAD BOTH ENDS OF RY.
RUNWAY 13  RUNWAY 31
Latitude: 37-23.585075N37-22.072930N
Longitude: 120-34.857497W120-33.325023W
Elevation: 190.6 ft.177.9 ft.
Traffic pattern: leftright
Runway heading: 126 magnetic, 141 true306 magnetic, 321 true
Markings: nonprecision, in good conditionprecision, in good condition
Visual slope indicator: 4-light PAPI on left (3.00 degrees glide path)4-light PAPI on left (3.00 degrees glide path)
Approach lights: ALSF1: standard 2,400 foot high intensity approach lighting system with centerline sequenced flashers (category I)ALSF1: standard 2,400 foot high intensity approach lighting system with centerline sequenced flashers (category I)
ALSF1 RY 13/31 SEQUENCED FLASHING LGTS OTS INDEFLY.
Runway end identifier lights: no
Touchdown point: yes, no lightsyes, no lights
Instrument approach: LOC/GS

Airport Ownership and Management from official FAA records

Ownership: Publicly-owned
Owner: MERCED COUNTY
2222 M STREET
MERCED, CA 95340
Phone 209-385-7686
COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Manager: SCOTT C. MALTA
1900 AIRDROME ENTRY
ATWATER, CA 95301-4180
Phone 209-385-7686
X4180

Airport Operational Statistics

Aircraft based on the field: 74
Single engine airplanes: 60
Multi engine airplanes: 10
Jet airplanes: 3
Helicopters: 1
    
Aircraft operations: avg 283/day *
53% local general aviation
46% transient general aviation
<1% military
<1% air taxi
* for 12-month period ending 21 December 2016

Additional Remarks

WHEN ATCT CLSD MAXIMUM OF 5 AIRCRAFT PERMITTED IN VFR TRAFFIC PATTERN AT ANY ONE TIME AND 2,000 FT CEILING AND 3 MILES VISIBILITY RECOMMENDED.
FOR CD WHEN ATCT IS CLSD CTC NORCAL APCH AT 916-361-0516.
TWY B CLSD TO ACFT GTR THAN 30000 LBS.
RY 13/31 180 DEGREE TURNS PROHIBITIED.
FOR AIRPORT INFO 209-385-7686.
RY 31 WILL BE THE DESIGNATED CALM WIND RY (WIND 5 KNOTS OR LESS).
OPPOSITE END OF RY NOT VISIBLE ON TKOF. WHEN ATCT CLSD OPPOSITE DIRECTION TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.
CIVILIAN AND MILITARY TRAINING MAY OCCASIONALLY CAUSE PATTERN CONGESTION.

Instrument Procedures

NOTE: All procedures below are presented as PDF files. If you need a reader for these files, you should download the free Adobe Reader.

NOT FOR NAVIGATION. Please procure official charts for flight.
FAA instrument procedures published for use between 9 November 2017 at 0901Z and 7 December 2017 at 0900Z.

 
IAPs - Instrument Approach Procedures
ILS OR LOC/DME RWY 31   download (238KB)
RNAV (GPS) RWY 13   download (252KB)
RNAV (GPS) RWY 31   download (240KB)
VOR/DME RWY 31   download (191KB)
NOTE: Special Alternate Minimums apply   download (29KB)
NOTE: Special Take-Off Minimums/Departure Procedures apply   download (128KB)

Other nearby airports with instrument procedures:

KMCE - Merced Regional Airport/Macready Field (6 nm SE)
KMOD - Modesto City-County Airport-Harry Sham Field (24 nm NW)
KLSN - Los Banos Municipal Airport (24 nm SW)
O27 - Oakdale Airport (25 nm NW)
KMPI - Mariposa-Yosemite Airport (26 nm E)
 
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Sunrise and sunset
Times for 24-Nov-2017
 Local
(UTC-8)
 Zulu
(UTC)
Morning civil twilight06:2414:24
Sunrise06:5214:52
Sunset16:4600:46
Evening civil twilight17:1401:14

Current date and time
Zulu (UTC)  24-Nov-2017 18:42:45
Local (UTC-8)  24-Nov-2017 10:42:45
 
METAR
KMER 241745Z 00000KT 10SM SKC 19/16 A3010
KMCE 
7nm SE 
241753Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM CLR 19/13 A3009 RMK AO2 SLP188 T01890133 10189 20111 51008
TAF
KMER 241720Z 2418/2518 VRB03KT 6SM HZ SCT200 FM250600 33003KT 4SM BR BKN150 TEMPO 2513/2517 1SM BR BKN003
KMCE 
7nm SE 
241720Z 2418/2518 32005KT 6SM HZ SCT200 FM250600 33003KT 4SM BR BKN150 TEMPO 2513/2517 1SM BR BKN003
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