Airport Weather Observation Camera
Delta City has installed a weather observation camera for the benefit of pilots at the Delta Municipal Airport (DTA or KDTA). Please be patient, as we are currently experiencing difficulties with the link to the camera system.
Construction of the Delta City Municipal Airport began during the spring of 1942. Following completion on September 24, 1944, the hangar and airfield were dedicated, with then-Utah Governor Herbert B. Maw and then-Delta Mayor Golden H. Black as the key principal speakers. Harold R. Morris offered the dedicatory prayer. The footprint of our airport covers approximately 1,200 acres and is situated 3.6 miles northeast of Delta on U.S. Highway 6 from its junction with Delta's Main Street (U.S. Highway 50/6). At a cost of $337,000.00, its construction was a national defense project of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). Construction of the main hangar commenced on September 27, 1943 at a cost $16,000.00. The airport has hangar space available (currently all spaces rented), as well as ample land available to lease for private hangar construction. Utah Valley University, located in Orem, Utah, is one of the top pilot training schools within the state. Their campus is located approximately one-hundred (100) miles north of Delta and they use the Delta Municipal Airport facilities for landing and taking-off training. Other universities in the area also utilize our airport for their aircraft training programs too. Our airport has long been considered as one of the best in rural Utah. It was used extensively during World War II as an emergency landing field. When the Ogden and Salt Lake City airports were closed in by fog or storm, aircraft returned to the Delta Municipal Airport, where we have more open weather than any larger airport in Utah. During World War II, our airport saved the lives of many servicemen. On one occasion, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, a heavy American bomber aircraft, with a crew of twelve men aboard, was lost in a storm and contacted the Delta airport radio. They were over the mountains and about forty miles southeast of the airport, gasoline was nearly gone, and the crew was preparing to bail out. There were guided by radio and runway lights and safely landed the bomber at the Delta Municipal Airport. When they landed, they believed that they were at a an airfield in Arizona.
On September 25-26, 1949, thousands of people from all around came to "Airport Days," an aviation celebration. During 1949, the CAA built a new communications station to replace the previous unit that was destroyed by fire. The new station housed $20,000 worth of the latest communication equipment. In 1949, the State of Utah and the United States Federal Government spent $18,000 hard surfacing the area around the hangar and installing the sewer system. The airport has direct access to two state highways, U.S. Highway 6 and is centrally located in the state. The Delta City Municipal Airport Advisory Board was recently formed in order to provide input on airport issues and a recently updated automated fueling facility for the dispensation of 100 octane low-lead aviation gasoline as well as jet aviation turbine fuel. We also have a new airport maintenance building where a snow plow and snow blower are housed and stored on site solely for airport use. Approximately 1/2 mile south of our airport is the Sunset View Golf Course, a full 18-hole professional course for the enjoyment of many.
Runway & General Info
Delta City Municipal Airport, whose Federal Aviation Administration identifier is DTA, located at latitude/longitude 3-23-015882N/112-30-132322W, at an elevation of 4,759.4 feet above sea-level has a one-hundred-fifty (150') foot wide, five-thousand-five-hundred-two (5,502') foot length runway, known as 17/35, being a north-south lighted runway with an east-west taxi strip. To aid aviators, there is are Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI) and an Automated Weather Observation Station (AWOS) (can be dialed at 435.864.4241). A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) station is also present to monitor atmospheric conditions. Winters normally provide minimal snow, often making it possible for airplanes to land at Delta when unable to land at other area airports. Construction will begin this summer on a multi-million dollar ITT Exelis Surveillance and Broadcast System unmanned control tower to monitor all air traffic and broadcast that location to all aircraft in the area. Three-phase power is available as well as a T-1 telecommunications line, culinary water and natural gas either on site or adjacent to the airport property. There is a private industrial park, with most infrastructure in place, approximately two miles south of the airport.
A pilot's lounge is open all hours on the north side of the main hangar building, with clean restroom facilities, a soda vending machine, a land-line telephone and also free Wi-Fi service to our visiting aviators. We believe our airport serves the local area in a variety of ways, all enhancing the quality of life to our area residents. The airport can accommodate a variety of recreational aircraft and activities. There is also a moderate amount of corporate air traffic at the airport as well as provides for access to emergency medical, fire and search-and-rescue flight activities. Our airport is near to western Utah military installations and occasionally has military exercises conducted at our airport too.