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WJF
General Wm J Fox Airfield Airport
Official FAA Data Effective 2021-07-15 0901Z
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Location Information for KWJF
Coordinates: N34°44.46' / W118°13.12'
Located 04 miles NW of Lancaster, California on 1217 acres of land. View all Airports in California.
Surveyed Elevation is 2350 feet MSL.
Operations Data
Airport Use:Open to the public
Activation Date:November 1959
Status:Operational
Control Tower:Yes
Seg-Circle:Yes
Beacon:Clear-Green
(Lighted Land Airport)
Wind Indicator:Yes, Lighted
Lighting Schedule:SEE RMK
A.R.T.C.C.:LOS ANGELES
F.S.S.:RIVERSIDE
NOTAMs Facility:WJF (NOTAM-D available)
Sectional Chart:LOS ANGELES
AirspaceAnalysis:NO OBJECTION
Attendance:Continuous
Airport Communications
ATIS:126.3
ASOS: Tel. 661-949-2840
FOX TOWER:118.525 256.9
FOX GROUND:121.7 256.9
JOSHUA APPROACH:126.1 290.3
JOSHUA DEPARTURE:126.1 290.3
UNICOM:122.950
CTAF:118.525
ATIS at PMD (9.4 SE):118.275
ASOS at PMD (9.5 SE): 661-272-3798
ATIS at EDW (19.2 NE):269.9
Nearby Navigation Aids
IDNameFreqRadial / Range
VOT PMD PALMDALE 114.50 295°10.1
VOT LHS LAKE HUGHES 114.35 063°18.1
VOT EDW EDWARDS 116.40 227°28.0
VOT GMN GORMAN 116.10 080°32.0
IDNameFreqBearing / Range
VOT GWF GEN WILLIAM J FOX 282 147°0.2
VOT SB PETIS 397 133°58.9
VOT NID CHINA LAKE 348 024°62.3
Runway 06/24
Dimensions:7201 x 150 feet / 2195 x 46 meters
Surface:Asphalt / Rubberized Friction Seal Coated in Good Condition
Weight Limits:S-50, D-68, ST-117
Edge Lighting:Medium Intensity
Runway 06Runway 24
Coordinates:N34°44.28' / W118°13.80'N34°44.65' / W118°12.43'
Elevation: 2350.5 2334.8
Traffic Pattern: Left Right
Runway Heading: 72° True 252° True
Markings:Non-Precision Instrument in good condition.Non-Precision Instrument in fair condition.
Glide Slope IndicatorP4L (3.00° Glide Path Angle)P4L (3.00° Glide Path Angle)
REIL:YesYes
Services Available
Fuel:100LL (blue), Jet-A
Transient Storage:Tiedowns
Airframe Repair:MAJOR
Engine Repair:MAJOR
Bottled Oxygen:NONE
Bulk Oxygen:LOW
Other Services:AVIONICS,CHARTER SERVICE,PILOT INSTRUCTION,AIRCRAFT RENTAL,AIRCRAFT SALES
Ownership Information
Ownership:Publicly owned
Owner:CO OF LOS ANGELES
PO BOX 1460
ALHAMBRA, CA 91802-1460
(626) 300-4602
LA COUNTY CTC: RICHARD SMITH (626) 300-4600 X4615. AIRPORT MGT CONTRACTED TO - AMERICAN AIRPORTS CORP.
Manager:STEVE IRVING
4555 WEST AVE G
LANCASTER, CA 93536
661-940-1709
Operational Statistics
Single Engine Aircraft Based on Field:60 Statistics collected for 12 month period ending 2018-12-31
Multi-Engine Aircraft Based on Field:3 Annual Commercial Operations:none
Jet Aircraft Based on Field:none Annual Commuter Operations:none
Helicopters Based on Field:none Annual Air Taxi Operations:1661
Military Aircraft Based on Field:none Annual Military Operations:675
Gliders Based on Field:2 Annual GA Local Operations:40515
Ultralights Based on Field:none Annual GA Itinerant Operations:39000
Other Remarks
  • THIS AIRPORT HAS BEEN SURVEYED BY THE NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY.
  • <LGTD RDO TWRS 4 MI SE.
  • FOREST SVC FIRE FIGHTING STN ON ARPT MAY-DEC.
  • NUMEROUS BIRDS SE OF ARPT.
  • PAEW ADJACENT RAMP AREA BTN FUEL ISLAND AND TERMINAL BLDG.
  • ARPT LGTS ON CONTINUOUSLY, WHEN ATCT CLSD.
Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) Charts

Comments

Expect winds to favor runway 24.

 

In gusty / windy conditions, expect wind shear on short final for 24 as well as on right base over Apollo Park.

At the end of a 2 1/2 hour flight, I was suddenly weathered out of KBUR & KVNY.

KWJF Closed but last reporting winds 240 @30 gusting 45. Fuel OK but KMHV was worse.

So nowhere else to go. Set up for rwy 34. Decided to come in at 100 kts 20 deg flaps vs normal 80 & full flaps. Make steeper than normal approach as recommended. Gear down and 3 greens, fuel pump ON and confirm "GUMPS" again. Start reconsidering flap settqing so try full flaps but more turbulent back off one notch. Difficulty maintaining runway heading; not enough rudder to correct so final decision is to use the "big jet technique"... rwy heading then correct on touch-down.

To make matters worse the active runway was shortened due to construction. Try to touch down on the numbers @ 100 kts. Lined up on centerline and power to runway. Close throttle and "plant it". Resist any quick moves and smoothly correct to rwy heading and to get back near centerline straight. Full brakes and stop just before construction. Was on radio with Joshua Tree but no reception on ground but before landing I had asked controller to call me on my cell. Off active onto taxiway when phone rings

"Are you down OK." "Yes and thank you so much." "Great job ma'am.". "Not without your help it wouldn't have been." "You're very welcome but that's what we're here for."  

wow. "That's what we're here for... & thank God they are and thanks to them and also thanks to a really perfectionist and persistent CFII so am I.

Next day I checked with the Tower who said the winds were actually over 35 gusting to 50.

Moral of the story is I had been preparing for my IFR check ride requiring night landing with significant Crosswinds. So I had made probably 50 or more Crosswinds at night; some at Fox, Mojave and California City. I remember after a series of rather harrowing landings at California City on a moonless night saying to my instructor. "I'll just avoid these kinds of situations!" To which he answered "Sure you will but let's do another one ANYWAY!"

By then I was a bit fed up with my CFII... but no more. That experience of so many landings and the confidence and technique building plus the sticking to the technique and procedure is probably why am writing this from my desk vs not at all.

So just remember that training is so critical and as much as you might want to avoid certain conditions, there are those times when no matter how you plan you can't, and as a pilot, preparation is sometimes survival and you must rely on your training and a wee, wee bit of luck!

Kiss the ground, do your pre-fight and back up into the sky.

Swell & thankful Jill.

Great job!  Conditions can get challenging here.