The Watsonville Pilots
Association invites you to discover...
GATEWAY TO CALIFORNIA'S
Watsonville Airport (WVI)
is the only regional airport within Santa
Cruz County, serving a metropolitan area of nearly 300,000 people
(includes parts of San Benito and Monterey counties). For more than half a
century, this full-service, general aviation airport has provided the
area with public safety, commercial, recreational, educational,
charitable and emergency transportation benefits.
After the October 17, 1989 earthquake, the Airport was
used extensively for earthquake relief and post-earthquake emergency
business. More than 450 relief flights came to Watsonville and
approximately 500,000 pounds of food were airlifted in.
How it all started
In 1939, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (precursor of today's FAA) offered to build an airport for Watsonville on the condition that the city provide the land and agree to maintain it as an airport in perpetuity. In 1942, voters, by more than a 3-1 margin, approved a bond issue to buy the land, and construction began that year. During World War II, the Airport was leased to the War Department for $1, and the Navy purchased another 35 acres at the site to establish a Naval Air Auxiliary Station. In 1947, the Airport reverted to the city, which has run it ever since, making ongoing improvements and acquiring additional land to meet current and future needs.
Airport Basics at a Glance
Watsonville Airport has many and varied positive impacts on the communities
it serves, some of which can be quantified and some of which
cannot. For example, in a time of business, personal or medical
emergency, when every minute counts, an airport close at hand offers a
level of speed and convenience whose value can't properly be
measured. Some of the more
quantifiable benefits of the Airport include...
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As the years go by, with the
highway system becoming more congested, the demand for air services can
only increase. The Airport will become more valuable to the
communities it serves. Under the Airport Master Plan for
improvements to the facility, Watsonville Airport will be able to
continue serving the needs of this area as the demand increases.
Local aviation organizations:
P.O. Box 2074, Freedom, CA
60 Aviation Way,
Watsonville, CA 95076
of Women Pilots, Monterey Bay Chapter of the Ninety Nines
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