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Humboldt County Airport (ACV)

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Thomas Mattson

Director of Public Works

Website

http://www.humboldtgov.org/1396/Aviation

Address

California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport

3561 Boeing Ave.
McKinleyville, CA 95519




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History of ACV


The California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport was built during WWII by the United States Navy. In early 1943, the Navy leased the airport property to build an auxiliary air station. Unfortunately, after the Navy opened the station, it discovered that Arcata had the third foggiest weather in the world. In December 1947, a Southwest Airways Douglas DC-3 flying into ACV made the world’s first blind landing by a scheduled commercial airliner using Ground-Controlled Approach (GCA) radar, Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO) oil-burning units adjacent to the runway. In later years, ACV had the first ILS system in California that was eventually certified down to zero/zero. The airport now accommodates commercial service with United Airlines and PenAir to accommodate a 3-county area including Humboldt, Del Norte and Mendocino counties.

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Careers at ACV


ACV is a department of the County of Humboldt. Employment opportunities for the airport can be found on the County's website. Click here to
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Thomas Mattson

Director of Public Works

Website

http://www.humboldtgov.org/1396/Aviation

Address

California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport

3561 Boeing Ave.
McKinleyville, CA 95519



The California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport was built during WWII by the United States Navy. In early 1943, the Navy leased the airport property to build an auxiliary air station. Unfortunately, after the Navy opened the station, it discovered that Arcata had the third foggiest weather in the world. In December 1947, a Southwest Airways Douglas DC-3 flying into ACV made the world’s first blind landing by a scheduled commercial airliner using Ground-Controlled Approach (GCA) radar, Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO) oil-burning units adjacent to the runway. In later years, ACV had the first ILS system in California that was eventually certified down to zero/zero. The airport now accommodates commercial service with United Airlines and PenAir to accommodate a 3-county area including Humboldt, Del Norte and Mendocino counties.

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ACV is a department of the County of Humboldt. Employment opportunities for the airport can be found on the County's website. Click here to