About the Airport
Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (FCH) is one of the oldest operational airports in California. Following World War I, FCH began informally as an unpaved airfield when the Chandler family had allowed pilots to operate on their property after their crops were harvested. In 1929, the property was dedicated as a public-use airfield on a one-hundred-acre site donated by the Chandler family. Today, FCH is located one-and-a-half miles from downtown Fresno and occupies approximately 200 acres. In support of local economic development, FCH is home to several businesses and supports training programs with Reedley College. The Airport works in conjunction with Fresno Yosemite International to serve the travel needs of local clients and the general aviation community.
Airport Vision and Mission
To guide the ongoing operation and management of the Airport, and to provide context for the preparation of the Master Plan Update, the following vision and mission have been identified for FCH:
Vision – The vision of Fresno Chandler Executive Airport is to be the general aviation airport of choice serving the economic hub of California’s Central Valley.
Mission – Provide an essential transportation link to the economic hub of California’s Central Valley while preserving its historic tradition, serving the community, and fostering innovation in aviation.’
About the Master Plan Update
The previous Master Plan Update occurred in 1999 – since that time there have been updates to the document, once in 2005 and again in 2009. This Master Plan Update will reflect the changes that have occurred in the aviation industry and the region as well as the economy since those times. The goals of this process are to ensure that aviation needs are met in a feasible and fiscally responsible manner and that ongoing development is in concert with the community and environment. To this end, the Master Plan Update will provide the City of Fresno and its stakeholders with a balanced, organized, and rational plan for developing airport facilities over the next 20 years.
Master Plan Update Process:
This Master Plan Update is being prepared in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It is a comprehensive study that takes an inventory of existing conditions, analyzes market trends, forecasts future activity levels, assesses facility requirements to accommodate those needs and makes the necessary recommendations. The results of the study are documented in a technical report and a set of Airport Layout Plan (ALP) drawings that depict the existing airport facilities and environs along with the proposed future improvements.
The planning process is depicted in the following flow-chart and includes input from stakeholders – who have an interest in the airport’s future – such as: airport users and tenants, community groups, local businesses, government agencies, and the general public. Several of the airport tenants and stakeholders are participating on a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) that will provide insight and review interim project findings at key points during the study.