IFATC At Home - Long Island, New York
Technically the airport is in Ronkonkoma, New York, but everyone thinks it’s in Islip because of the name
About Long Island
Long Island is a large island located in the southeast of New York state. Not counting the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, the island consists of 2 counties: Nassau and Suffolk. With a population of over 7.8 million people, Long Island contains nearly 40% of New York State’s entire population! In fact, if Long Island was a state, it wouldn’t be the smallest, and still be bigger than small states like Rhode Island. Long Island is known for many things, but one of my favorite are the wonderful beaches!
About MacArthur Airport (KISP)
Long Island MacArthur Airport was built in 1942, and was originally named Islip Airport. The name was changed to MacArthur Airport, being named after Douglas MacArthur, a General who served in the United States Army and Philippine Army from 1903 to 1964. While the airport is currently only served by 3 carriers, it has been served by numerous airlines over the years. Here are some fun facts about the airport:
-American Eagle, Frontier, and Southwest are currently the only airlines serving the airport. However, more airlines use to fly to KISP, including big names like Delta Express and United, and less well known airlines like Carnival Airlines.
-Spirit Airlines was originally planning to setup a hub at KISP. However, they moved all flights to LaGuardia airport after only a few months.
-Southwest Airlines has been serving the airport the longest, since 1999 and is also the largest carrier at the airport… However, American Eagle can also be counted as being there the longest, as US Airways Express has served the airport even longer!
Read more on MacArthur Airport:
I will try to be open beginning at 2020-06-21T18:00:00Z for at least 1 hour and try to be on as much as I can throughout the day.
Note that this is subject to change, along with how much I can control due to it being Father’s Day.
MacArthur Airport currently has 3 runways in use:
|06/24||7,006 X 150 ft.||Asphalt||YES (Both)|
|15R/33L||5,186 X 150 ft.||Asphalt||NO|
|15L/33R||3,175 X 75 ft.||Asphalt||NO|
Note regarding real world procedures/runway use:
-Runway 15R/33L can be used depending on wind conditions. However, due to its short length, larger aircraft should use runway 06/24 for departure. For example, I recommend that this runway is NOT used for departure by any aircraft larger than an A319 or 737-700 or if the aircraft is heavy in weight.
-Runway 15L/33R is a much smaller runway, only intended for small GA or light aircraft. However, this runway is rarely used in real life. If you are flying a smaller aircraft, you can use this runway if you’d like, but the other runways are always an option.
You can find the airport charts below:
For approach, STAR, and departure charts, check out the bottom of this page:
Since KISP is a small airport, below you can find all of the routes currently flown commercially out of the airport. Of course, you are free to fly any GA routes you would like to as well!
Destination: Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL)
Aircraft: Embraer ERJ-145
Flight Time: ~35 minutes
This route is a nice little jump down the East Coast! This flight is flown with an E145 in real life, so the closest equivalent in Infinite Flight would be the CRJ 200. These flights are operated by Piedmont Airlines in real life. All American Eagle flights depart and arrive at gate A1.
Destinations: Atlanta (KATL), Fort Lauderdale (KFLL), Fort Myers (KRSW), Miami (KMIA), Myrtle Beach (KMYR), Orlando (KMCO), Raleigh/Durham (KRDU), Tampa (KTPA), West Palm Beach (KPBI). Las Vegas (KLAS) is planned to start on March 18, 2021.
Aircraft: Airbus A320 and Airbus A321
Flight Time: Between 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours and 40 minutes
Frontier offers routes all along the East Coast, but mostly to Florida. They offer flights to the most amount of destinations out of KISP! While they mostly use the A320, they have flown A321s before during peak seasons, such as during the summer to Myrtle Beach. All Frontier flights leave from gates B19 and B23. Gates A2-A4 have been used as overflow by Frontier in the past.
Destinations: Baltimore (KBWI), Fort Lauderdale (KFLL), Orlando (KMCO), Tampa (KTPA), West Palm Beach (KPBI)
Aircraft: Boeing 737-700 and 737-800
Flight Time: Between 40 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes
Southwest Airlines offers flights to Baltimore and Florida from Long Island! All flights use either the 737-700 or 737-800. All Southwest flights leave from gates A2-A8. However, most of the time Southwest will only use gates A5-A8.
-As mentioned above, larger aircraft should NOT use runway 15R/33L for departures. Even if the wind is better for this runway, you will be allowed to land/takeoff on 06/24 if you choose.
-Size Restriction: No aircraft larger than a B757-200 or A321 will be accepted. This is due to runway length, taxiway size, and gate size. Any aircraft larger attempting to land will be told to divert.
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I hope to see you on Sunday on Long Island! Come check out this wonderful small airport away from the hustle and bustle of the big New York City airports!
Thank you, and stay safe and healthy!