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John Wayne Airport (KSNA) - Jet Charter Services

Jets taking off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, don’t fool around.

Nope. As soon as wheels leave the ground, the nose of the jet points toward the sky and it’s in the clouds.

It’s as if the ghost of John Wayne himself is in the cockpit echoing dialog from “The Cowboys.

“Well, here’s my word,” he said in the movie. “Get the hell off my spread right now.”

While anything is possible in the land of movies, steep climbs are not done for theatrical reasons. They are done to abide by Orange County’s strict noise abatement rules.

Or, as a flight attendant on a commercial airliner recently joked to passengers after takeoff, “Shhh. We’re flying over rich people.”

John Wayne Airport

Aerial View of John Wayne Airport. Picture Source.

What is the airport code for John Wayne Airport?

The ICAO code for John Wayne Orange County Airport is KSNA and its IATA code is SNA. It is a global port of entry.

Airport Information for John Wayne Airport (KSNA, SNA)

AIRPORT INFORMATION
ICAOKSNA
IATASNA
LOCATIONSanta Ana, CA, United States
FACILITY TYPEAIRPORT
Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
01L/19R 5701 150 ASPH-G 55.96721
01R/19L 2887 75 ASPH-G 55.96721
19X 0 0 55.96721

Landing in the shortest runway of all major airports in the US.

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What’s the proper name for SNA?

Originally called Orange County Airport, it was renamed in 1979 to honor John Wayne, who lived in neighboring Newport Beach and had died that year.

While many people refer to John Wayne Airport as Santa Ana, thanks in part to its IATA code of SNA, it’s actually not in Santa Ana at all. In fact, it doesn’t even touch Santa Ana. The entrance to the airport is in Irvine. It is bordered by Newport Beach to the south and Costa Mesa to the west. The airport also borders a small unincorporated area along the Corona del Mar Freeway.

A 9-foot bronze statue of the Duke, commissioned after the renaming, greets arriving passengers in the Thomas F. Riley terminal.

Charter a private jet at SNA

More private and chartered business jets than commercial airliners use John Wayne Airport, located about six miles from Newport Beach and some of the richest neighborhoods in Southern California. A recent study found 15 of the 20 wealthiest large cities (population of more than 65,000) in the nation are in California and four of those are in Orange County: Newport Beach, Yorba Linda, Laguna Niguel and San Clemente. To accommodate these luxury jets, John Wayne Orange County Airport has several facilities specifically designed for general and corporate aviation. It is the home base for more than 450 general aviation aircraft.

John Wayne Airport is a great place to charter a private business jets to other airports in the Los Angeles area, including Fullerton Municipal Airport, which is 18 miles away in Orange County. Commercial airports nearby are Bob Hope (Burbank) Airport (55 miles), Long Beach Airport (21 miles), Los Angeles International Airport (40 miles) and Ontario International Airport (44 miles).

Hire a private jet to SNA

Rent a private business jet into John Wayne Airport to get to:

Disneyland – The magical kingdom in Anaheim to which Mickey and Minnie first opened their doors in 1955 is only 13 miles away from John Wayne Airport. (It’s 33 miles from Los Angeles International.) The original theme park is now divided into eight sub-parks: Adventureland; Main Street, U.S.A.; Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country and New Orleans Square.

The Resort at Pelican Hill – A world famous luxury resort that captures the essence of Italy in Southern California.

FBOs at SNA

John Wayne Airport’s General Aviation Master Plan, which was adopted in the early 1990s, limits the number of fixed base operators to two.

Atlantic Aviation and ACI Jet are the current operators.

ACI Jet, a regional FBO that serves four airports in the greater Los Angeles area, was chosen by the county in 2017 to replace Signature Flight Support. Its short-term lease expires at the end of 2018.

The FBOs sell fuel, service private and business jets and their passengers and also lease space to flight training, charter jet and aircraft maintenance businesses.

ACI Jet Orange County is the newest FBO at John Wayne Airport. There are plenty of reasons to hire a private jet into ACI’s general aviation terminal. Orange County is known for more than Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s also where you’ll find beautiful beaches, almost perfect weather and award-winning restaurants.

ACI Jet’s newly-renovated private FBO terminal allows passengers to go from parking to departure in just 15 minutes — in secure anonymity. And, JetSuiteX customers can valet their car and relax at ACI Jet’s FBO while waiting for their flight.

ACI Jet

ACI Jet FBO. Picture Source.

ACI Jet’s amenities include:

  • 24-hour fuel
  • Catering
  • Concierge services
  • Belt loader
  • Secured vehicle parking
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Hangar space
  • Oxygen and nitrogen service
  • Weather and flight planning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Crew Car
  • Conference room
  • Pilot lounge
  • Snooze room

Atlantic Aviation is the fixed base operator at more than 60 airports around the country, including Orange County. Atlantic SNA caters to business and vacation travelers across Southern California.

Atlantic Aviation FBO

Atlantic Aviation FBO. Picture Source.

Amenities include:

  • On-site concierge, valet and baggage services
  • Crew cars
  • Fueling
  • Deicing
  • Executive terminals for passengers and crew
  • Hotel arrangements
  • Gourmet catering
  • Quick turns
  • Hangar space (up to Gulfstream G450)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pilot’s lounge, snooze room and showers
  • 24-hour surveillance and security
  • DCA access gateway

Noise abatement at SNA

Even though the flight attendant joked to passengers on takeoff, “Shhh, you’re flying over rich people,” keeping down the noise is serious business at John Wayne Orange County Airport. And, private and chartered business jets have to abide by the same rules that commercial airliners do.

John Wayne Airport is one of the busiest and most noise sensitive airports in the United States.

It is surrounded by residential areas in the center of Orange County, the sixth largest county in the United States and the third largest in California with more than three million residents.

To control the noise level, the airport and the county have some of the most stringent rules in the country.

The General Aviation Noise Ordinance regulates the hours of operation and the maximum permitted noise levels associated of general aviation operations. Pilots are asked to get in and out of the airport in the quietest way that keeps them and their passengers safe. The airport knows that pilots are the key to their success in this area.

Because of the stringent noise rules, aircraft that cannot meet the noise limitations are not allowed at John Wayne Airport. Prohibited aircraft are not permitted to land, tie down, take off or be based at SNA, except in an emergency.

Did you know?

Here’s some Orange County trivia:

  • In 1935, Howard Hughes staged his world speed record-setting flight from Orange County, which was then called the Eddie Martin Airport. Eddie Martin operated a flying school on leased land that would eventually become John Wayne Airport.

  • You might know Anaheim as the location of Disneyland or the childhood home of Gwen Stefani or even the location of Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment on the “Big Bang Theory” but its origins are somewhat less widely known. Seems that in 1857, a group of German immigrants established the town they named by combining the name of the Santa Ana River with the German word for home (heim): Anaheim. They were there to grow grapes and make wine. In fact, for decades, Anaheim was the largest wine-producing region in California. The Germans even built Anaheim Pier (near present-day Seal Beach) so they could ship their wine to San Francisco. However, their dreams went bust when a grape blight killed nearly all the vines in the area in the late 1800s.

  • Speaking of John Wayne, you can take a cruise on his 136-foot yacht, Wild Goose, from Newport Beach. The ship he loved is now owned by Hornblower Cruises and Events, which charters it out. The yacht is among the 200 boats listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • A sex symbol of the 1950s, Mamie Van Doren has lived in Newport Beach since 1966.

  • In the 1954 movie, “The Long, Long Trailer,” the mobile home park in which Tacy and Nicky (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) parked their trailer was located in a mobile home park in South Laguna that is no longer there. Part of the film was made on Hollywood backlots but some of it was set on Treasure Island (Laguna Beach). By the way, Treasure Island got its name when the movie based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel was filmed there in 1934.

  • What car enthusiasts call the largest weekly and casual hot-rod gathering in the world has been held every Saturday in Huntington Beach since the 1980s.

  • Richard Milhous Nixon is the only U.S. President to have been born and buried in Orange County. He was born in Yorba Linda in 1913 in a small house his father built from a Sears catalog kit. He and his wife, Patricia, are buried at his library in Yorba Linda.

FBOs and Handlers at John Wayne Airport, KSNA, SNA

NAME ADDRESS PHONE WEBSITE
Atlantic Aviation Services  19711 CAMPUS DRIVE #100  (949) 851-5061   
Signature - Westside    (949) 263-5741   
Signature Flight Support  19301 CAMPUS DR, SUITE 100  (949) 263-5800   
Atlantic Aviation Services  19711 Campus Drive #100
Santa Ana, CA. 92707 
949-851-5061   
Aci Jet  19301 CAMPUS DRIVE

SANTA ANA, CA.92707-5227 
9492012550   

John Wayne Airport Empty Leg Flights - Updated Hourly

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METAR Weather Data at John Wayne Airport, KSNA, SNA

STATIONKSNA
OBSERVEDSun Nov 18, 20:53 UTC
NOWSun Nov 18, 21:33 UTC
AGE40 min ago
WINDvaries at 6 mph
VISIBILITY9 miles
CLOUDSpartly cloudy
TEMP72°F (22°C)
DEWPT52°F (11°C)
HUMIDITY50%
BAROMETER1016 hPa (30.01 in Hg)
METARKSNA 182053Z VRB05KT 9SM FEW180 FEW250 22/11 A3001 RMK AO2 SLP161 T02170111 56022

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