Willmar Municipal Airport

Willmar Municipal Airport

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Willmar Municipal Airport Details

Includes a 5,500'x 100' paved runway, 3,000 x 250' turf runway, precision and non-precision instrument approaches, and hangar space.  

Terminal Building Amenities:
30 person meeting room, passenger waiting lounge, public restrooms, phone/internet connection, concession/vending area, and free parking. For pilots, there is a flight planning area, pilot lounge, sleeping areas, and pilot shower/restroom. 
Aircraft Services: Aircraft Fuel (Jet A and 100LL), Aircraft Maintenance, Ramp Area/Tie Downs, and Rental Car Assistance.

On-site Maintenance & Operations: Daily Runway Inspections, Runway Light Repairs, NOTAMS, Traffic Patterns, Terminal Cleaning performed by Eric Rudningen, Airport Operations Supervisor, Eric's Aviation Inc. (320) 894-1872.

Airport Manager: Eric Rudningen | 320-214-9669 | Oasis Aero

Fixed Base Operator: Oasis Aero can be reached at (320) 214-9669 | oasisaero.com

Other Information: Please remember to check current NOTAM's before arriving at or departing from the Willmar Municipal Airport. All aircraft are required to monitor CTAF Frequency 122.8 when in the vicinity of the airfield. MnDOT Aeronautics has supplied a flier for important pilot information. Flight Information, Courtesy Cars, After-hours Service, or on-site needs should be directed to Eric at (320) 894-1872.


Willmar municipal AIRPORT HISTORY

Willmar Municipal Airport—John L. Rice Field is a public-use airport located 2-miles west of the central business district of Willmar. The airport field is named in honor of John L. Rice, who managed the airport from 1945 to 1980. Rice was assisted by his wife, Mary Jane, who as one of the first female pilots in Minnesota was also an important figure at the airport The original Willmar Municipal Airport was established in 1934 as a federal work relief project during the New Deal. 

With the industrial park growing up around it, there wasn’t room to build additional hangars. In addition, the site lacked adequate clear area at the approach end of the runways to install an instrument landing system. After conducting several studies, in 1995 a joint airport-planning group recommended replacing the original Willmar Airport by constructing a new facility. The current Willmar Municipal Airport opened in 2006 just two miles west of the old airfield. Airport facilities include 5,500' 100' paved runway, 3,000 x 250' turf runway, precision instrument approach, non-precision instrument approach, and aircraft storage areas. 
Willmar municipal airport location 

The Willmar Municipal Airport is located at 6600 Hwy. 40 SW, From the corner of County Road 5 and Trunk Highway 40, travel 2.4-miles west.