Cle Elum Municipal Airport is located one mile east of the City of Cle Elum on a bench and is surrounded by forested mountains to the immediate north and across the valley to the south. The Cle Elum Airport is located at an elevation of 1,945 feet above sea level. The City has owned and operated the airport since 1959.
The Airport runway is in excellent condition following a reconstruction project completed in 2009. Runway 7-25 is at a length of 2,379’ and a width of 60’. There is one midfield connector taxiway that was reconstructed as well. The runway was shifted to the west to allow for a compliant Runway Safety Area (RSA) at each end of the runway. The runway is designed for aircraft in the category of B-1 (small) ARC which is aircraft less than 12,500 pounds and the design aircraft is a Beech King Air B100 with a maximum takeoff weight of 5,352 pounds. The runway has been raised 10” from its previous elevation and now includes 5” of crushed rock sub-base, 3” of crushed rock base with 2” of asphalt on top. The electrical system has been completely upgraded and includes all new wiring, runway edge lights, runway end threshold lights, REILS and PAPI’s. The rotating beacon and lighted wind sock remain and have not been distributed.
There is not a paved aircraft apron area at the Airport, however transient aircraft park in the grassy area west of the connector taxiway. Steel cables are provided for aircraft tie-down and there is no charge to use the tie-down area. There are five privately owned hangars at the airport which sit on leased City land, and currently there are no other hangars public or private for lease. There are currently no phone or fuel facilities located at the airport.
The City will continue to apply for funding from the FAA and WSDOT Aviation to fund future improvements at the airport as out Airport Layout Plan identifies. Such projects will include land acquisition for expansion of the runway to the west, perimeter fencing, helicopter pads, paved tie down apron, parallel taxiway construction, hangar construction, access road reconstruction and fuel storage to name a few.
Federal Aviation Administration
Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division