At this point, there are three aviation goals I’m working towards: 1.) Earn additional ratings and certificates: Instrument (accomplished June 13, 2020), Commercial (accomplished April 14th, 2021), and Certified Flight Instructor 2.) Land at every public airport on the Los Angeles Sectional chart 3.) Share aviation with as many people as I can.
Below is a map that shows my progress on meeting my goal to land at every public airport on the Los Angeles Sectional chart.
Red: Airports I plan to land at.
Green: Airports I have landed at.
Red Diamond: Unable to Land Due to Conditions Per Rental Agreement
50 out of 93 Airports on the Los Angeles Sectional Landed
55 out of 243 California Airports Landed
|Airport Name||City||FAA ID||Landed|
|Agua Caliente Springs Airport||Agua Caliente Springs||L54||X|
|Agua Dulce Airpark||Agua Dulce||L70|
|Alpine County Airport||Markleeville||M45|
|Alturas Municipal Airport||Alturas||AAT|
|Andy Mcbeth Airport||Klamath Glen||S51|
|Apple Valley Airport||Apple Valley||APV||X|
|Auburn Municipal Airport||Auburn||AUN|
|Bakersfield Municipal Airport||Bakersfield||L45|
|Banning Municipal Airport||Banning||BNG||X|
|Bermuda Dunes Executive Airport||Palm Springs||UDD||X|
|Big Bear City Airport||Big Bear City||L35|
|Blue Canyon Airport||Emigrant Gap||BLU|
|Bob Hope Airport||Burbank||BUR|
|Bob Maxwell Memorial Airfield Airport||Oceanside||OKB||X|
|Borrego Valley Airport||Borrego Springs||L08||X|
|Brackett Field Airport||La Verne||POC||X|
|Brawley Municipal Airport||Brawley||BWC||X|
|Brown Field||San Diego||SDM||X|
|Bryant Field Airport||Bridgeport||O57|
|Buchanan Field Airport||Concord||CCR|
|Butte Valley Airport||Dorris||A32|
|Calaveras Co./Maury Rasmussen Airport||San Andreas||CPU|
|Calexico International Airport||Calexico||CXL||X|
|California City Municipal Airport||California City||L71|
|California Pines Airport||Alturas||A24|
|Cameron Airpark Airport||Cameron Park||O61|
|Charles M. Schulz, Sonoma County Airport||Santa Rosa||STS|
|Chemehuevi Valley Airport||Acampo||49X|
|Chiriaco Summit Airport||Chiriaco Summit||L77||X|
|Cliff Hatfield Memorial Airport||Calipatria||CLR||X|
|Cloverdale Municipal Airport||Cloverdale||O60|
|Colusa County Airport||Colusa||O08|
|Corning Municipal Airport||Corning||0O4|
|Corona Municipal Airport||Corona||AJO||X|
|Delano Municipal Airport||Delano||DLO|
|Dunsmuir Muni-Mott Airport||Dunsmuir||1O6|
|Eastern Sierra Regional Airport||Bishop||BIH||X|
|Eckert Field Airport||Strathmore||1Q1|
|El Monte Airport||El Monte||EMT||X|
|Elk Hills-Buttonwillow Airport||Buttonwillow||L62|
|Fall River Mills Airport||Fall River Mills||O89|
|Fallbrook Community Airpark||Fallbrook||L18||X|
|Fort Bidwell Airport||Fort Bidwell||A28|
|Franklin Field Airport||Franklin||F72|
|Frazier Lake Airpark||Hollister||1C9|
|French Valley Airport||Murrieta/Temecula||F70||X|
|Fresno Chandler Executive Airport||Fresno||FCH|
|Fresno Yosemite International Airport||Fresno||FAT|
|Fullerton Municipal Airport||Fullerton||FUL||X|
|Furnace Creek Airport||Death Valley National Park||L06|
|General William J Fox Airport||Lancaster||WJF|
|Gillespie Field Airport||San Diego/El Cajon||SEE||X|
|Gnoss Field Airport||Novato||DVO|
|Gravelly Valley Airport||Upper Lake||1Q5|
|Haigh Field Airport||Orland||O37|
|Half Moon Bay Airport||Half Moon Bay||HAF|
|Hanford Municipal Airport||Hanford||HJO|
|Happy Camp Airport||Happy Camp||36S|
|Harris Ranch Airport||Coalinga||3O8|
|Hayward Executive Airport||Hayward||HWD|
|Healdsburg Municipal Airport||Healdsburg||HES|
|Hollister Municipal Airport||Hollister||CVH|
|Imperial County Airport||Imperial||IPL|
|Jack Mcnamara Field Airport||Crescent City||CEC|
|Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport||Hawthorne||HHR||X|
|Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport||Thermal||TRM||X|
|John Wayne Airport, Orange Co.||Santa Ana||SNA||X|
|Kern Valley Airport||Kernville||L05|
|Kingdon Airpark Airport||Lodi||O20|
|Lake Tahoe Airport||South Lake Tahoe||TVL|
|Lampson Field Airport||Lakeport||1O2|
|Lee Vining Airport||Lee Vining||O24||X|
|Lincoln Regional Airport / Karl Harder Field||Lincoln||LHM|
|Little River Airport||Little River||LLR|
|Livermore Municipal Airport||Livermore||LVK|
|Lodi Airpark Airport||Lodi||L53|
|Lone Pine Airport||Lone Pine||O26||X|
|Long Beach Airport Daugherty Field||Long Beach||LGB||X|
|Lonnie Pool Field-Weaverville||Weaverville||O54|
|Los Angeles International Airport||Los Angeles||LAX|
|Los Banos Municipal Airport||Los Banos||LSN|
|Lost Hills-Kern County Airport||Lost Hills||L84|
|Madera Municipal Airport||Madera||MAE|
|Mammoth Yosemite Airport||Mammoth Lakes||MMH||X|
|Marina Municipal Airport||Marina||OAR|
|Mariposa – Yosemite Airport||Mariposa||MPI|
|Mcclellan – Palomar Airport||Carlsbad||CRQ||X|
|Meadows Field Airport||Bakersfield||BFL|
|Mefford Field Airport||Tulare||TLR|
|Merced Regional Airport Macready Field||Merced||MCE|
|Mesa Del Rey Airport||King City||KIC|
|Metropolitan Oakland International Airport||Oakland||OAK|
|Modesto City – County Airport/Harry Sham Field||Modesto||MOD|
|Montague-Yreka, Rohrer Field||Montague||1O5|
|Monterey Peninsula Airport||Monterey||MRY|
|Montgomery Field||San Diego||MYF||X|
|Mountain Valley Airport||Tehachapi||L94|
|Murray Field Airport||Eureka||EKA|
|Napa County Airport||Napa||APC|
|Nevada County Airport||Grass Valley||GOO|
|New Coalinga Municipal Airport||Coalinga||C80|
|New Cuyama Airport||New Cuyama||L88|
|New Jerusalem Airport||Tracy||1Q4|
|Nut Tree Airport||Vacaville||VCB|
|Oakdale Municipal Airport||Oakdale||O27|
|Ocean Ridge Airport||Gualala||E55|
|Oceano County Airport||Oceano||L52|
|Ocotillo Airport||Ocotillo Wells||L90|
|Ontario International Airport||Ontario||ONT||X|
|Oroville Municipal Airport||Oroville||OVE||X|
|Palm Springs International Airport||Palm Springs||PSP||X|
|Palo Alto Airport||Palo Alto||PAO|
|Parrett Field Airport||Angwin||2O3|
|Paso Robles Municipal Airport||Paso Robles||PRB|
|Perris Valley Airport||Perris||L65||X|
|Petaluma Municipal Airport||Petaluma||O69|
|Pine Mountain Lake Airport||Groveland||E45|
|Porterville Municipal Airport||Porterville||PTV|
|Poso-Kern County Airport||Famoso||L73|
|Rancho Murieta Airport||Rancho Murieta||RIU|
|Red Bluff Municipal Airport||Red Bluff||RBL|
|Redding Municipal Airport||Redding||RDD|
|Redlands Municipal Airport||Redlands||REI||X|
|Reedley Municipal Airport||Reedley||O32|
|Reid Hillview Airport||San Jose||RHV|
|Rio Linda Airport||Rio Linda||L36|
|Rio Vista Municipal Airport||Rio Vista||O88|
|Riverside Municipal Airport||Riverside||RAL||X|
|Round Valley Airport||Covelo||O09|
|Roy Williams Airport||Joshua Tree||L80||X|
|Sacramento Executive Airport||Sacramento||SAC|
|Sacramento International Airport||Sacramento||SMF|
|Sacramento Mather Airport||Sacramento||MHR|
|Salinas Municipal Airport||Salinas||SNS|
|Salton Sea Airport||Salton City||SAS|
|Samoa Field Airport (Eureka Municipal Airport)||Eureka||O33|
|San Bernardino International Airport||San Bernardino||SBD||X|
|San Carlos Airport||San Carlos||SQL|
|San Diego International Airport||San Diego||SAN|
|San Francisco International Airport||San Francisco||SFO|
|San Jose International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta||San Jose||SJC|
|San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport||San Luis Obispo||SBP||X|
|Santa Barbara Municipal Airport||Santa Barbara||SBA|
|Santa Maria Public Airport||Santa Maria||SMX|
|Santa Monica Municipal Airport||Santa Monica||SMO||X|
|Santa Paula Airport||Santa Paula||SZP|
|Santa Ynez Airport||Santa Ynez||IZA|
|Scott Valley Airport – Bud Davis Field||Fort Jones||A30|
|Shafter Airport – Minter Field||Shafter||MIT|
|Shelter Cove Airport||Shelter Cove||0Q5|
|Sierra Sky Park Airport||Fresno||E79|
|Sierraville Dearwater Airport||Sierraville||O79|
|Siskiyou County Airport||Montague||SIY|
|Sonoma Skypark Airport||Sonoma||0Q9|
|Sonoma Valley Airport||Schellville/Sonoma||0Q3|
|South County Airport||San Martin||E16|
|Southard Field Airport||Bieber||O55|
|Southern California Logistics Airport||Victorville||VCV||X|
|Stockton Metropolitan Airport||Stockton||SCK|
|Stovepipe Wells Airport||Death Valley National Park||L09|
|Susanville Municipal Airport||Susanville||SVE|
|Sutter County Airport||Yuba City||O52|
|Tehachapi Municipal Airport||Tehachapi||TSP|
|Tracy Municipal Airport||Tracy||TCY|
|Trinity Center/James E. Swett Airport||Trinity Center||O86|
|Turlock Municipal Airport||Turlock||O15|
|Twentynine Palms Airport||Twentynine Palms||TNP||X|
|Ukiah Municipal Airport||Ukiah||UKI|
|Van Nuys Airport||Van Nuys||VNY|
|Visalia Municipal Airport||Visalia||VIS|
|Ward Field Airport||Gasquet||0O9|
|Watsonville Municipal Airport||Watsonville||WVI|
|Watts – Woodland Airport||Woodland||O41|
|Westover Field Amador County Airport||Jackson||JAQ|
|Whiteman Airport||Los Angeles||WHP|
|William R. Johnston (Mendota) Airport||Mendota||M90|
|Willits Municipal Airport||Willits||O28|
|Willows – Glenn County Airport||Willows||WLW|
|Yolo County-Davis Woodland Winters Airport||Davis/ Woodland/Winters||DWA|
|Yuba County Airport||Marysville||MYV|
|Yucca Valley Airport||Yucca Valley||L22||X|
|Zamperini Field Airport||Torrance||TOA||X|
I hope this doesn’t sound a bit too crazy but I’m a recent Aviation Science (A.S.) grad from Mt. SAC and you’re idea of landing at every public airport in California is fantastic!! If you ever need flight planning done for you so as to aleviate certain pressures associated with your goal I’d be willing to help.
Congragulations on your recent graduation. My flight planning at this stage of the game is relatively simple but thanks for the offer. Best of luck to your career in aviation.
Impressive goal, Phil. Good luck with the endeavor and thanks for sharing the pictures & updates!
EXCELLENT PHIL……I’M READY TO GO UP AGIAN ANYTIME 🙂 JONI
I love your pictures and wish you the best. I was fortunate enough to get a fair amount of flying time in California (Monterey area) and in Washington State while I was in the military, mostly in the Army and Navy Aero Clubs, and enjoyed every minute of it. Like you, I fly for the scenery and will never be a professional pilot. I now live on the East Coast and can say that there is no scenery that compares with the West Coast. Nevertheless, flying is still fun, and I now rent a C-162 which I very much enjoy. Great little airplane and tremendous visibility, but maybe a tad sensitive in the landing flair…most of my landings with it tend to be in the “uh oh, plop” category than smooth. A C-162 here outside of Washington D.C. rents for about $110 per hour. What’s the cost out there?
The Cessna 162 cost $125 per hour wet out here. Which is a really good price compared to the other nearby schools.
The Skycatcher is definitely light on the controls. It took me some time to really feel comfortable landing this aircraft as most of my time has been in a C-172. It really does want to stay in the air and is a fun aircraft to fly.
Thanks for the post.
Hi Phil, Great ambitions! Let me know when you schedule KIYK. Lunch is on me. My suggestion is 2O7, O26, and KIYK, in that order, in one day.
Thanks for the offer and suggestion. Im not sure when ill make it up that way but ill let you know. I think I might land at 2O7 and O26 the next time I’m up at Bishop and rent a 172 from up there and fly down the valley.
My offer for lunch at KIYK still stands, but I’ll be out of the country until the end of June.
when you fly into L52 Oceano aerodrome look for the large hanger “Pirate’s Lair” and I’ll have a soda for you. L52 is on your quest so I’ll be looking for you. Cap’n Pinetree.
Oceano has always caught my eye as a great place to fly in and possibly camp. Hopefully I can make it up there sooner than later. Thanks for the offer!
Good for you! I am doing the same sort of thing from the other end of California. It is a fantastic learning experience. The most I have done on one flight is seven airports, that was a huge challenge, but it taught me a lot about planning and preparing for the next landing. I know you are learning lots. Have a great time. There are some 250 California airports to fly to, so lots to do for a long time.
7 airports in one flight is impressive. I think the most I have landed in one flight was three or maybe four. The farther I move out the more airports I will need to land in one outing. Best of luck in accomplishing your goal!
Phil I am a seventeen year old from washington I have been flying since I was eleven. I soloed at sixteen and am now on the way to earning my private pilot certificate. I would like to say I love your goal and will follow you for the rest of your mission. If your ever in washington make sure to swing by s43 harvey field its a great little airport..
Don’t miss the airport in Trinity Center, California. It is a beautiful lakeside airport. Fly in barbecue on Aug. 31st. Airport has a couple of bikes so you can get around town, down to marina, restaurant, store, lodging, etc. There are residences partly within fenced airstrip and I think at least one of them does VRBO, awesome to stay on airstrp because you can tie down behind home and views of lake, Alps & aircraft are awesome. Great airport pics on this website, just scroll through gallery, http://www.291lakeviewdrive.com. Have fun lucky one!
Hey Phil…found your site this evening while Googling Young Eagles. We’ve a YE event here in Porterville this Saturday (18 October 2014). Porterville is your post 80 on your fly to CA airports. Haven’t been pilot in command since the year before my oldest was born…perhaps I’ll be able to do it again: http://web.archive.org/web/20091026202058/http://www.geocities.com/famreynoldspv/aviation.html
The Young Eagles event is a great program. It provides a great opportunity to introduce kids to aviation and all the possibilities it holds. Hope you make it back into the air soon!
Hi Phil, very nice site, I use your pictures from time to time when I go to an unknown airport! 🙂
Out of curiosity, you wrote “Red Diamond: Unable to Land Due to Conditions Per Rental Agreement” is that the rental agreement with the FBO or the insurance?
Thanks Brian, it is great to here that the site is of use. The insurance for the flight school makes it a requirement for all renters to keep the premium down.
Hmm ok… interesting. I would think they would restrict you out of Catalina (KAVX) before an airport like Santa Paula (KIZA) or L52…. Most places require a separate checkout for Catalina as far as I remember.
At the previous two flight schools I have rented from they require a Catalina checkout. It was during that time that I made the flight out there. I’m not sure about the current flight school.
You should do a review of every airport you land at! Mention how the runway is, the approach, the site seeing and also how the airport is itself. Busy? Looks like was built with a lot of money in the budget. Those types of stuff. Anyway you should visit here KSMO! It may close over the next few years and I hope it doesn’t because I plan to get my training there. Cheers!
Thank you for the feedback and suggestions. I will definitely think about incorporating those ideas. Thanks for visiting the site!
I’m impressed, too bad you are not able to add Meadowlark,Huntington Beach or the Temecula Airport they are both gone. My wife and I just bought a house under the downwind side of Hemet Airport. Love the sound of a plane overhead. Enjoy
Hi, I’ve been considering a similar mission. Perhaps you could provide more information on some highlights of certain airports such as what were the most enjoyable or most difficult. Great post!