Saturday, September 26, 2009

San Luis Airport Car Rental

San Luis Airport Car RentalSan Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (IATA code SBP) also known as McChesney Field, is an airport located in San Luis Obispo, California. The airport is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by two commercial airlines.

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Here's a wee bit of information on the history of San Luis Obispo Airport, sourced from Wikipedia :

The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport began as one man's dream. Earl Thomson, along with his brothers-in-law, William "Chris" and David Hoover, talked county officials into leasing them the land. By April 1939 the airport opened with an 88-by-100 foot hangar and dirt runways.

In 1940, hard surface runways and lights were installed by the War Department. In 1940 and 1941, 183 private pilots and 20 advanced students were trained here though a federally sponsored Civilian Pilot Training Program for armed services fliers.

The federal government took over the airport though World War II, turning it back to the county in 1946. Southwest Airways inaugurated a passenger and airline service that year.

In 1947, county supervisors contracted for another hangar, ramp, and eventually an administration building. The supervisors named Chris Hoover full-time airport manager in 1953.

In 1987, the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport was dedicated as McChesney Field, in honor of Leroy E. McChesney for his leadership and dedication to aviation. Mr. McChesney resided in the county since 1920 and had been a pilot since 1949. He was a longtime member of the California Aviation Council, a member of the California Aeronautics Board, and other aviation organizations. Mr. McChesney was the Grand Marschal of the first Airport Day in 1984.

Airport facilities now include a terminal building, restaurant, numerous hangars and airplane related businesses. In 1988, a control tower was opened by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Airlines using San Luis Obispo Airport include:
  • United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines
  • US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines

Video: Boeing 737-400 lands at San Luis Obispo Airport

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