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Airport

Inyo Kern Airport

Inyokern Airport (IYK) is a public use airport located one mile northwest of Inyokern, California. It is owned and operated by the Indian Wells Valley Airport District, and serves the northeastern communities of Kern County, California.

Geographically, the airport is situated in the high desert of Southern California, 100 miles east-northeast of the county seat in Bakersfield, 80 miles north-northeast of the Lancaster and Palmdale areas, and 120 miles north-northwest of San Bernardino. The airport covers 1,640 acres at an elevation of 2,457 feet, with three asphalt paved runways that can accommodate almost any class of civilian, commercial, or military aircraft.

Indian Wells Valley is a 33 mile north-south basin located in the northwestern most Mojave Desert, and east of the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Local communities include the cities of Inyokern, Ridgecrest, and Lake Isabella.

In 1943, a university professor and a Naval officer were flying over the Mojave Desert looking for a place to stage a joint rocket program during World War II. The duo looked down at Kern County "Airport No. 8," which which was established in 1935 to connect the remote Indian Wells Valley farming community to the outside world, and decided to look no further. Today, the extensive air and land ranges and laboratories now known as China Lake - home of some of the greatest technological minds in the nation, a powerful economic engine for the county, and a "national treasure" in arming and protecting our military are here because a forward-thinking pioneer decided to put a modest airstrip in an unassuming rural community.

Inyokern Airport continues to subtly shape the course of the culture and contributions of the Indian Wells Valley by providing a playground to intrepid aviators, hosting film crews for everything from commercials to major motion pictures, assisting in military and high-tech testing operations, and supporting some of the greatest milestones in manned and unmanned flight.


NOTAMS - Notices to Airmen

No closures


AWOS - Automated Weather Observing System

Visiting pilots check frequency at 122.80

Super AWOS information

Runways at Inyokern Airport

Runway 15/33:
Dimensions: 7100 x 75 ft. / 2164 x 23 m
Surface: asphalt, in good condition
Weight bearing capacity:
Single wheel: 24.0
Runway edge lights: medium intensity
RUNWAY 15 RUNWAY 33
Latitude: 35-40.023667N 35-38.889000N
Longitude: 117-50.057833W 117-49.707667W
Elevation: 2454.9 ft. 2428.8 ft.
Gradient: 0.4% 0.4%
Traffic pattern: left left
Runway heading: 152 magnetic, 166 true 332 magnetic, 346 true
Markings: basic, in good condition basic, in good condition
Visual slope indicator: 2-light PAPI on left (3.00 degrees glide path) 2-light PAPI on left (3.30 degrees glide path)
Runway end identifier lights: no no
Touchdown point: yes, no lights yes, no lights

Runway 2/20:
Dimensions: 6275 x 75 ft. / 1913 x 23 m
Surface: asphalt, in good condition
Weight bearing capacity:
Single wheel: 30.0
Double wheel: 50.0
Double tandem: 80.0
Runway edge lights: medium intensity
RUNWAY 2 RUNWAY 20
Latitude: 35-38.896000N 35-39.783667N
Longitude: 117-50.002167W 117-49.352000W
Elevation: 2441.6 ft. 2413.7 ft.
Gradient: 0.4% 0.4%
Traffic pattern: left right
Runway heading: 017 magnetic, 031 true 197 magnetic, 211 true
Displaced threshold: no 320 ft.
Markings: nonprecision, in good condition nonprecision, in good condition
Visual slope indicator: 2-light PAPI on left (3.30 degrees glide path) 4-box VASI on left (3.00 degrees glide path)
Runway end identifier lights: no no
Touchdown point: yes, no lights yes, no lights

Runway 10/28:
Dimensions: 4150 x 75 ft. / 1265 x 23 m
Surface: asphalt, in good condition
Weight bearing capacity:
Single wheel: 24.0
Runway edge lights: medium intensity
RUNWAY 10 RUNWAY 28
Latitude: 35-40.067000N 35-39.773500N
Longitude: 117-50.104667W 117-49.347000W
Elevation: 2456.7 ft. 2413.3 ft.
Gradient: 1.1% 1.0% UP
Traffic pattern: left left
Runway heading: 101 magnetic, 115 true 281 magnetic, 295 true
Displaced threshold: no 103 ft.
Markings: numbers only, in good condition numbers only, in good condition
Runway end identifier lights: no no
Touchdown point: yes, no lights yes, no lights


Emergency Services

Personnel and equipment available 24/7 Dedicated onsite: Crash truck Rosenbauer Panther 1,500 gallons of water 200 gallons of AFFF Foam 500 pound dry chemical agent system 1 manned position Headquartered out of 73: Oshkosh P-19 1,000 gallons water 130 Aquious Film Forming Foam 500 pound halon system Pierce Quantum Engine 750 gallons of water 30 gallons Class A Foam Pierce Water Tender 2,100 gallons of water 30 gallons Class A Foam Ford F-450 Patrol Truck 250 gallons of water 5 gallons Class A Foam Three personnel, all certified EMT and firefighter

 

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