Keystone Heights Airport

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Keystone Airpark

Keystone Heights Airport
Keystone Airpark FL 5 Feb 1999.jpg
USGS aerial photo, 1999
Airport typePublic
OwnerKeystone Airpark Authority
ServesKeystone Heights, Florida
LocationClay & Bradford Counties
Elevation AMSL196 ft / 60 m
Coordinates29°50′41″N 082°02′51″W / 29.84472°N 82.04750°W / 29.84472; -82.04750Coordinates: 29°50′41″N 082°02′51″W / 29.84472°N 82.04750°W / 29.84472; -82.04750
42J is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 5,046 1,538 Asphalt
11/29 4,899 1,493 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations32,400
Based aircraft55

Keystone Airpark[1][2] (FAA LID: 42J), also known as Keystone Heights Airport,[3] is a public use airport located 9 miles south of the City of Starke in Bradford County, Florida, United States.[1] The airport is situated in Bradford County[4] and Clay County

Owned by the Keystone Airpark Authority,[1] this airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[5]

The airport is adjacent to Camp Blanding, the Florida National Guard Reservation and "Fly through History" Military Museum and Memorial Park. This museum at Camp Blanding is dedicated to the World War II units that trained there during the early 1940s.


The airport was constructed in 1942 as Crystal Lake Airfield, and was commissioned in December 1942 as Keystone Army Airfield (AAF) by the United States Army Air Forces. It was used as part of the Air University's Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics (AAFSAT) tactical combat simulation school in Central and Northern Florida.

After the end of World War II, the facility was turned over to the City of Keystone Heights in 1947.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport covers an area of 2,476 acres (1,002 ha) at an elevation of 196 feet (60 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 is 5,046 by 100 feet (1,538 x 30 m) and 11/29 is 4,899 by 75 feet (1,493 x 23 m).[1]

Keystone employs one full-time clerk and one part-time maintenance worker. The airport is home to Express Air, a fixed wing flight training school, The Florida International Rally and Motorsport Park, RallyPro Performance Driving School, International Security Academy, Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum and Warbird Restoration Center and three FAA certified airframe and power plant mechanics. The businesses located on airport property employ approximately 80 people.

For the 12-month period ending September 8, 2009, the airport had 32,400 aircraft operations, an average of 88 per day: 95.7% general aviation, 2.8% military, and 1.5% air taxi. At that time there were 55 aircraft based at this airport: 85.5% single-engine, 5.5% helicopter, 3.6% multi-engine, 3.6% glider, and 1.8% ultralight.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for 42J (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Keystone Airpark" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation CFASPP. Retrieved August 3, 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Keystone Hts. Airport (42J)". Official site. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Map showing airport and Clay/Bradford county border". MapQuest. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012. External link in |work= (help)

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