Columbia Airport

Airport Overview
Columbia Airport is located within walking distance of the historic town of Columbia in the Sierra Nevada foothills at an elevation of 2118 feet. The airport features a lighted 4,650-foot paved runway and a 2,600-foot irrigated turf runway both of which are well maintained by the airport staff. Tail wheel aircraft come from neighboring airports to experience the fun and challenge of landing on a real grass runway.

Check out the webcams for a view of the airport. UPDATE 08/06/2018

Webcams are currently out of service, we are working to resolve these issues.


AWOS (Automated Weather Observation System)
The AWOS at Columbia Airport uploads weather data to the National Weather Service every 5 minutes. Click here to see the current AWOS data.

Traffic Pattern

Columbia Airport’s traffic patterns are to the west of the airport to keep the aircraft from flying over Columbia State Park and Columbia Elementary School. The normal traffic patterns are right traffic for Runway 17, left traffic for Runway 29, and left traffic for Runway 35. Take-offs and landings are prohibited for Runway 11 due to visibility restrictions with Runway 17. There are residences all around Columbia Airport, so we encourage all pilots to reduce their power settings once they make it to a safe altitude after take-off.

Airport Businesses

Several aviation-related businesses are located at the Columbia Airport providing aviation fuels, aircraft maintenance, aircraft charter, and flight instruction:

Bald Eagle Aviation (209) 533-4616 provides fuel service via truck or a 24-hour fuel island. They sell both 100LL and Jet A, and they also operate the airport terminal and lobby.

Aircraft Maintenance

Jake's Air Repair (209) 651-0632 provides aircraft inspection, maintenance, and repair.

Courtney Aviation (209) 532-2345 provides aircraft inspection, maintenance, and repair, along with a mobile maintenance trailer and aircraft. Their facility is FAA Repair Station 7INR751B, their services include

Fixed Wing and Helicopter Charter Services

Courtney Aviation (209-532-2345) has several fixed-wing aircraft for charter ranging from a four-seat Cessna to a twin turboprop.

Inter Mountain Helicopters (209-533-4374) provides helicopter charters to those that require remote access or special aircraft services.

Flight Instruction

Springfield Flying Service (209-532-4103) provides flight instruction for private pilots through commercial ratings. They have several instructors and aircraft, as well as an IFR certified simulator.

Airport-Based Operations

Columbia Airport is the home of a CalFire Air Attack Base. They have two S2-T air tankers with a 1200-gallon retardant dropping capability. A Type 1 S70i Helicopter with a 1000-gallon tank for water dropping with an 11-person crew. 1 aviation fuel truck driver, 3 flight crew members, and a 7-person Helitack Crew. One Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is utilized for aerial supervision over wildland fires. 

PHI Air Medical provides air ambulance services out of Columbia Airport. Their main mission is to provide emergency medical response to those in need outside the Sonora area.