General aviation services include hangar rental and aircraft tie-downs.
Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport (16S) is located two miles southwest of Myrtle Creek, just outside the city limits, on approximately 87.26 acres, owned and operated by the City of Myrtle Creek, Oregon. The airport is bordered by U.S. Interstate 5 (I-5) to the west and the South Umpqua River to the east. Surface access is provided via Weaver Road and Aviation Drive, which connect to I-5 at Exit 106. I-5 is the primary north-south transportation corridor in Western Oregon and provides connections to the Cascades and points east, the Oregon Coast, as well as serving many communities located in the valleys of Western Oregon.
The existing airport site was initially developed and maintained by the State of Oregon Department of Transportation - Aeronautics Division. Initial improvements completed in 1970 included construction of the paved runway with aircraft turnarounds at each end and the aircraft parking apron. The airport operated as Tri-City State Airport, under the management of the Aeronautics Division. Ownership of the airport was transferred from the State to the City of Myrtle Creek in 1989 and the airport was renamed Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport. The airfield was dedicated to Mr. Eustace French in recognition of his many years of service to the airport and community. A long-time area resident, airport commissioner, pilot and aircraft owner, Mr. French was instrumental in the operation and improvement of the airport following its transfer to the City.
Recent airport improvements include runway resurfacing (2” asphalt overlay), construction of a full-length parallel taxiway, apron expansion, a new hangar development area, installation of lighting and visual guidance indicators on Runway 03, and reconfiguration of the airport access road. Three privately owned hangars have been constructed at the airport since the last master plan was completed.
Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport is located along the banks of the South Umpqua River in a narrow valley. Airport elevation is recorded at 619 feet above mean sea level (MSL). Mountainous terrain is located in close proximity to the airport and the traffic pattern for both runway ends are located on the east (southeast) side of the runway.
Maximum elevation figures (MEF) depicted on the Klamath Falls Sectional Aeronautical Chart provides pilots with information on the highest known terrain elevation (above mean sea level - MSL) within defined quadrangles. The MEFs surrounding the airport are 4,600 feet (north); 5,600 feet (south, southwest); 5,600 feet (west); 3,600 feet (northwest); and 6,500 feet (east).
Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport has a single paved runway (Runway 03/21), which is oriented in a northeast-southwest direction. Runway 03/21 is 2,600 feet long and serves predominantly small single-engine aircraft associated with transient and locally-based activity. As noted earlier, the nearby mountainous terrain immediately west of the runway requires an east traffic pattern (left traffic on Runway 21, right traffic on Runway 3). The runway is served by a full-length parallel taxiway on its west side. All existing landside facilities (apron, aircraft fueling and hangars) are located on the west side of the runway.
AIRPORT DATA SUMMARY
|Airport Name/Designation||Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport (16S)|
|Airport Owner||City of Myrtle Creek, Oregon|
|Date Established||1970 (date of original runway paving)|
|Airport Category||National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) General Aviation
FAA Airport Reference Code (ARC): B-I (small) (as noted on the 1995 ALP)
Oregon Aviation System Designation: Category IV – Local General Aviation Airport
|Airport Acreage||87.26 acres|
|Airport Reference Point (Latitude / Longitude Coordinates)||N 42º 59’ 50.4” W 123º 18’ 55.2”|
|Airport Elevation||619 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL)|
|Airport Traffic Pattern Configuration/Altitude||Left Traffic (Rwy 21); Right Traffic (Rwy 03)
Approximately 1,600 feet above mean sea level (MSL)