Carol Kinney

Flying High at Ramona Airport

Carol Kinney
Flying High at Ramona Airport

Whether you’re a serious aviation buff, or someone who just likes to watch the marvelous machines flying overhead, the Ramona Airport offers a viewing experience like no other. And visitors may be surprised to find how user-friendly the Ramona Airport truly is.

Originally built in 1943 by the U.S. Navy as an emergency landing field, Ramona Airport has grown to become the third busiest facility in the San Diego County system.

Covering a total of 378 acres, the airport is home to an air traffic control tower, three full-service fixed-base operators, an avionics center, an aircraft service center, nine aviation businesses, a full-time airport manager and a rotorcraft museum.

The airport is home to both the Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service Air Attack Base. The airport’s location in the heart of San Diego County and the easy-to-navigate airspace make it ideal as an aircraft firefighting center.

Tours of the facilities are available by appointment.

Tours of the air traffic control tower can also be arranged, giving one a bird’s-eye view of takeoffs and landings. Flying lessons may be obtained from businesses located at the airport.

Picnic tables are located on the grounds, and guests are welcome to bring lunch and spend an afternoon watching the planes fly by.

Tours of Classic Rotors, the rare and vintage rotorcraft museum, are available by calling 760-650-9257. Classic Rotors may be the world’s only helicopter museum with operational helicopters, and is represented at more than a dozen air shows each year. The museum can be found at Hangar G at the airport.

The Ramona Airport will host the Ramona Air Fair & Fly-In on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — more than 4,000 guests attend the annual event.

Ramona Airport is located at 2450 Montecito Rd. Call 760-788-3366.


Photos by Darrel Kinney