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Opa-locka Airport (OPF)

Opa-locka Airport General Facts

25°54'42"N 80°16'76"W

14201 N.W. 42 Avenue
Opa-locka, FL 33054
Tel: (305) 869-1660
Fax: (305) 869-1666

(7 mi. north of Miami International Airport, 12 mi. N.W. of city center, 3 mi. from Dolphin Stadium )

Bruce Drum, Assistant Aviation Director for Operations and General Aviation.

Chris McArthur, Airport Manager

Opa-locka Airport (OPF), the largest of Miami-Dade County's five General Aviation Airports has an operating staff of 7 and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. OPF handles a variety of private, pleasure and business flights and is a reliever for Miami International Airport. During 2004 this Airport recorded a total of 140,179 flight operations.

OPF enjoys having one of the longest general aviation runways in the country at 8,002 feet.  Runway 9L/27R can handle virtually all types of aircraft. Three instrument landing approaches permit operations in both VFR and IFR conditions. U.S. Customs at Opa-locka Airport operates on a daily schedule from 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

OPF supports the business aviation community, light cargo traffic to the Caribbean and large aircraft maintenance facilities.  Opa-locka Airport participates with other Miami-Dade general aviation airports in a security program and now has ID cards.

Airport Layout

  • Land 1,810 acres
  • Elevation 9 ft. above sea level

  • 9L-27R - 8,002 x 150 ft. Asphalt, grooved HIRL
  • 9L -ILS VASI (V4L) GA 3.0° TCH 52' MALSR
  • 27R -ILS VASI (V4L) GA 3.0° TCH 52'
  • 12/30 6,800 x 150 ft. Asphalt, grooved HIRL
  • 12 ILSThreshold disp. 800 ft. PAPI, GA 3.0°
  • 30 PAPI
  • 9R-27L 4,306 x 100 ft. Asphalt MIRL
  • 9R VASI (V4L) GA 3.0° TCH 26'
  • 27L PAPI
  • 18-36 4,394 x 100 ft. Asphalt MIRL
  • Air Traffic Control Tower
    Hours: 7:00am - 9:00pm, hours local time.
    Robert Moreland, Facility Manager.
    Controls surface to 2,000 ft. AGL
    Class B Airspace.

    The Airport offers the services of four FBOs, two of which cater mostly to jets and the heavier types of corporate aircraft, and one specializing in the smaller types of private aircraft. At multiple facilities, 100 octane, low-lead gasoline and Jet-A fuels are available, as well as self-service fueling. Major/minor airframe and power plant repair services, high and low pressure oxygen and replacement bottles can also be obtained.

    Traffic Patterns Altitudes
    VFR arriving traffic enter airport traffic area below 2,000'
    Heavy and Jet aircraft traffic pattern 1,500'
    Fixed wing aircraft 1,000'
    Helicopter traffic (cross field boundary at 500' or above) 500'

    Miami Automated International Flight Service Station (AIFSS)
    Located at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, the Miami Automated International Flight Service Station serves pilots from Lake Okeechobee south to the Equator. For information on their services, go to
    www.faa.gov/ats/afss/miaaifss. or call 305-233-2600.

    U.S. Customs (Landing Rights Airport)
    9:00 am - 10:00 pm, daily. One hour advance notification required, through ATC (Extended hours available upon advance request).

    Instrument Approaches
    NOTAM file MIA
    ILS 9L 110.5 (200-½)
    ILS 27R 111.35
    ILS 12 111.55

    Weather Data Services
    (305) 681-4063 LAWRS.
    NOTAM File OPF (305) 233-2600

    CTAF   120.7
    ATIS   125.9
    GND CON 121.9 336.4
    CLNC DEL 119.2
    OPF TWR 120.7 118.6 360.8
    MIA APP/DEP CON 128.6 255.6

    Historic Airport
    Opa-locka was founded by Glenn Curtiss in 1927.  Mr. Curtiss gave his Florida Aviation Camp to the US Navy shortly before his early death in 1930.  Opa-locka Airport was part of U.S. Navy Training Command during WW II and the hub of 6 Naval training bases. Amelia Earhart took off on her ill-fated around the World Flight attempt in 1937 from former "Miami Municipal Airport" located near the Airport's main entrance. Numerous historic aircraft and buildings still remain on site. U.S. Navy Dirigible "Akron" crashed in a thunderstorm on its 1933 return flight North after leaving Opa-locka.  In the Cold War era, Opa-locka Airport played a part in both military and civilian efforts, including the infamous “Black Flights” to Guatemala in the 1950s, the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis.   The Airport served as the Miami Naval Air Station and Miami Marine Corps Air Station during the Korean War.   In early 1962, the deed for the airport was signed and the transfer to the County and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department was completed.  In 1967 Opa-locka was the World's busiest airport with over 650,000 flight operations. To date, it still has a military presence with the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, which houses the “World’s Busiest Air/Sea Rescue Station.”

    Attended continuously. Birds in vicinity of airport. Dual traffic patterns for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft in use Runway 9R-27L. Noise sensitive airport. Flight training limited to aircraft 40,000 pounds maximum gross take off weight and below, and only between 7 am – 9 pm. Specific traffic patterns are published for helicopters and fixed wing traffic; compliance is mandatory. Helicopters avoid flying over parked or taxiing aircraft. Flight notification Service (ADCUS) available.

    Opa-Locka Airport Aerial Photo
    Airport Businesses

    For more information, E-mail cmcArthur@miami-airport.com

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