Airport in the Sky

Fly, Bike, Hike or Ride!

The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center of the Island, 10 miles from the city of Avalon. A unique and exciting destination accessible via Wildlands Express, bicycle, private aircraft or on foot, the airport is home to ACE Clearwater Airfield and is the start and finish of the Airport Loop Trail with access to the Trans-Catalina Trail.

Known for their Killer Cookies and Buffalo Burgers, the Airport in the Sky Restaurant is location on site and open daily for breakfast and lunch.

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Catalina Island Airport in the Sky aerial view

ACE Clearwater Airfield

The single 3,000-foot-long runway was originally constructed in 1941 by blasting and leveling two adjacent peaks, then using the resulting debris to fill in the gaps. In early 2019, the aging runway was repaired through a unique partnership between the Conservancy and the Department of Defense as part of an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) project. Now dubbed ACE Clearwater Airfield, the repaired runway provides a smoother, safer experience for all of those who fly in to Airport in the Sky.

To contact the Airport call: 310-510-0143

Aero Club & Turbo Club Membership

Airport in the Sky’s Aero Club members are pilots at any member level who purchase the additional $175 Piston/$325 Turbine annual landing fee. Aero Club combines general Conservancy membership benefits with unlimited annual landings at the Airport in the Sky and a free Killer Cookie! Aero Club/Turbo Club members receive invites to Conservancy events and hikes, and serve as stewards for the Island. To join Aero Club or Turbo Club, purchase a base membership and add on the unlimited landings option.

Catalina Island Airport in the Sky
Catalina Island Airport in the Sky

One-Time Landing Fees:
$38 Piston single
$44 Piston twin
$55 Turbine single
$110 Turbine twin

Overnight Fees:
$22 for a single engine overnight
$27 twin engine overnight

Operating Hours: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm