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Plaridel Airport

 

Plaridel Airport

Plaridel Airport
Paliparan ng Plaridel
Control tower of the Airport, parked planes and aviation schools
ICAO: RPUX
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Serves Plaridel, Bulacan
Location Barangay Lumang Bayan, Plaridel, Bulacan
Elevation AMSL 6 m / 19 ft
Coordinates
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 900 2,953 Asphalt

Plaridel Airport (ICAO: RPUX) is an airport serving the general area of Plaridel, located in the province of Bulacan in the Philippines. It is the only airport in Bulacan. It is classified as a community airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports. It is the only airport in the Mega Manila area solely dedicated to general aviation and one of the few airports in its designation that has taxiways that extend onto the ends of a runway.

The airport was opened in 1935 and was extensively used during World War II, when it was used as a ground for training fighter pilots.[1] Today, the airport is still used extensively as a training ground for all types of pilots, whether civil, commercial or military. Several aviation schools are found within the immediate vicinity of the airport. In addition, the airport is a popular landing site for amateur pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

The airport is remembered as a historical landmark, one of the few airports in the Philippines with such a designation.[1]

Aviation schools

Plaridel Airport is generally a general aviation airport which boasts of many aviation schools.

Incidents and accidents

  • Plaridel Airport was temporarily closed on July 9, 2007 following a crash involving two Cessna 150s that killed three persons: an instructor and a student from WCC Aviation School, and another student, Varsha Gopinanth, an Indian national and student at the Phoenix Aviation School. Both planes were headed for Ninoy Aquino International Airport when they collided over Purok Ilang-Ilang, Barangay Ligas, Malolos City at 12:55 p.m PST.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Argañoza, Dante C. (2003-08-27). "Scenic Plaridel gets into tourism map".  
  2. ^ Punongbayan, Michael (2007-07-10). "Plaridel Airport closed".  
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