- Dane County Regional Airport
Dane County Regional Airport
USGS image as of 16 May 2000 IATA: MSN – ICAO: KMSN – FAA LID: MSN Summary Airport type Public Owner Dane County Serves Madison, Wisconsin Location Madison, Wisconsin Elevation AMSL 887 ft / 270 m Coordinates Website Runways Direction Length Surface ft m 18/36 9,006 2,745 Concrete 3/21 7,200 2,195 Concrete 14/32 5,846 1,782 Concrete Statistics (2006) Aircraft operations 115,613 Based aircraft 257 Sources: airport web site and FAA
- For the United States Air Force use of this facility, see Truax Field Air National Guard Base
Dane County Regional Airport (IATA: MSN, ICAO: KMSN, FAA LID: MSN), formerly known as Truax Field, is a joint civil-military commercial airport located five nautical miles (9 km) northeast of the central business district of Madison, a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. It has three runways and in 2010 it served over 1.5 million passengers. MSN serves American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines, with Delta Air Lines being the largest carrier with the most direct flights. These airlines offer non-stop service to thirteen (13) major hubs throughout the country - with over 100 departures and arrivals daily, and to additional destinations such as Washington DC and New York City.
Truax Field was named in honor of Wisconsin-native Lieutenant Thomas L. Truax, killed, along with his wingman, Lt. Speckman, in a P-40 training accident during poor weather in San Anselmo, CA on November 2, 1941, just before war was declared.
Originally known as Madison Army Airfield, Truax Field was activated as an Army Air Forces airfield in June 1942 during World War II. During the war it was used by the Army Air Force Eastern Technical Training Center, a major school operating at Truax AAF for training radio operators and mechanics, and later expanded to training in radar operations, control tower operations and other communications fields for the Army Airways Communication Service. A special unit established in 1943 trained radio operators and mechanics on B-29 Superfortress communications equipment. The host unit on the airfield was the 334th (later 3508th) Army Air Force Base Unit. On September 17, 1945, the airfield's mission was changed to that of a separation center, and it was closed as an active AAF airfield on November 30, 1945.
Conveyed to local civilian authorities, the Madison Municipal Airport also became the home of the Wisconsin Air National Guard and its present day 115th Fighter Wing (115 FW), an Air National Guard fighter wing operationally-gained by the Air Combat Command (ACC) and which still operates from the base, flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
In 2006 the airport completed a $65 million expansion that doubled the size of the terminal, built in a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced prairie style. New features include more restaurant and retail area post-security, an art court, and both business and family lounges. As has been the case in the past decade the airport has once again been adding additional parking since 2007.
Facilities and aircraft
Dane County Regional Airport covers an area of 4,000 acres at an elevation of 887 feet (270 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with concrete surfaces: 3/21 is 7,200 by 150 feet (2,195 x 46 m); 14/32 is 5,846 by 150 feet (1,782 x 46 m); 18/36 is 9,006 by 150 feet (2,745 x 46 m).
More recent data shows the following operations annually for the last five years:
Airlines and destinations
Airlines Destinations American Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines Chicago-O'Hare American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth Continental Connection operated by CommutAir Cleveland Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Cleveland, Newark Delta Air Lines Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta, Detroit Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Delta Connection operated by Comair Detroit, New York-LaGuardia, Washington-National Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Detroit Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul Frontier Airlines Denver, Washington-National [begins January 5] Frontier Airlines operated by Republic Airlines Seasonal: Orlando [begins December 16] United Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver United Express operated by GoJet Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver United Express operated by Mesa Airlines Chicago-O'Hare United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver
Busiest Domestic Routes from Madison (August 2010 - July 2011)  Rank Airport Passengers Carriers 1 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 177,000 American, United 2 Detroit, Michigan 145,000 Delta 3 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 138,000 Delta 4 Denver, Colorado 84,000 Frontier, United 5 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 47,000 Frontier 6 Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas 39,000 American 7 Memphis, Tennessee 21,000 Delta 8 Cleveland, Ohio 20,000 Continental 9 New York (LaGuardia), New York 15,000 Delta 10 Washington (National), D.C. 15,000 Delta
- ^ Dane County Regional Airport, official web site
- ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for MSN ( PDF), effective 2009-08-27
- ^ Wisconsin Aviation, the airport's fixed base operator (FBO)
- ^ Air Traffic Activity System (ATADS). (2010). ATADS: Airport operations: Standard report. Retrieved from http://aspm.faa.gov/opsnet/sys/opsnet-server-x.asp
- ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=MSN&Airport_Name=Madison,%20WI:%20Truax%20Field&carrier=FACTS
- Dane County Regional Airport: 
- Wisconsin Airport Directory: Dane County Regional Airport (PDF)
- 115 Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard
- LiveATC.net: Class C airports - Listen live to Madison's Air Traffic Control
- (PDF), effective 20 October 2011
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MSN, effective 20 October 2011
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