Napa County Airport was built in 1942, to serve as a P38 fighter pilot training facility, in support of the war effort. Three years later, with WWII over, the facility was transferred to the county. A control tower was constructed in 1964. In 1971, Japan Airlines (JAL) began using Napa as a primary facility for training JAL pilots. That continued for thirty-nine years, and more than 2,500 JAL pilots were trained. However, JAL closed the training facility in 2010 as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan. Another training facility, IASCO, with a contract to train Air China pilots, abandoned their lease in 2012; they pulled their 25 students out and took their training to the Redding Airport.

This GA airport is home for 183 civilian aircraft, including 148 single-engine props, 22 multi-engine props, eleven jets, and two helicopters. FAA controllers staff a tower that is open 15-hours everyday. Operations at the airport peaked in 1994, at 231,000, but have declined dramatically since. In 2012, operations were down 81% from the peak, with 43,986 takeoffs and landings (thus, 120 operations per day, or five takeoffs per hour staffed by ATC).

KAPC Napa County Airport
(820 acres) Napa, CA

Four Nearby Instrument Airports:
[KDVO] 14 W ; [O69] 16 W ; [KCCR] 17 SE ;
[KSUU] 17 E ;
(ave. distance: 16 nm)

Total Based Aircraft: 185
(148 single-props, 22 multi-props, 2 gliders & ultralights)
(11 jets, 2 helicopters)
Operations & ATC:
(ave. 148 ops/day (41% local) )
13hr FAA towerFAA staffing as of 9/24/11: 12
FAA compiles ATADS data for this facility. Airport operations in 2012 were DOWN 64% vs. 2007 operations, and DOWN 81% from the peak year (1994).

FlightAware.com FlightStats.com

Airport Funding:
Four-year average AIP funding: $810,543 per year. Last AIP was Grant Sequence #30: $100,606 for “Improve Airport Miscellaneous Improvements [Rehabilitate airfield lighting vault]”
— Average AIP Subsidy is $15 per operation.



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  • 8-31-2013Airport brochure
  • 8-30-2013Aviation lobbyist: Budget woes can harm Napa airport
    …NATA’s President, Tom Hendricks, spoke at a town hall meeting sponsored by Napa Jet Center. He covered the sequester threat, the need to recruit young new pilots, IRS tax policies, and much more.
  • 8-22-2013Form 5010 (airport data)
  • 2-24-2012Flight school to leave Napa airport
    …IASCO had signed a lease in April 2011, taking over 30% of the training facility formerly used by JAL. Plans were to grow to 120 students within two years. They pulled out less than a year later taking their 25 students to train at the airport in Redding.