The Lake Wales Municipal Airport is located approximately two miles southwest of the downtown business district of Lake Wales, Florida within an area having the highest elevation in the state --125 feet above mean sea level. The Airport was established in 1928, and over the past 70 years, expanded to its present size of 485 acres. During World War II, the Army Corps of Engineers utilized the Airport for the training of military pilots while making improvements which included the construction of the two present 4,000-foot runways. The Airport is owned by the City. An appointed Airport Authority serves in an advisory capacity to the City Commission.
The Airport's current Airport role and classification are listed in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport System (NPIAS) as a General Utility General Aviation Airport capable of accommodating virtually all General Aviation aircraft with maximum gross takeoff weights of 12,500 pounds or less with wingspans up to, but not including, 79 feet.
The Airport is located 1.5 miles southwest of the junction of State Road 60 and U.S. 27, and the Airport's service area includes the cities of Lake Wales, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, and Lake Hamilton. Typical operations conducted at the Airport are comprised of local and transient general aviation, localized recreational glider activity, and skydiving. Presently there are no air carrier, commuter or air taxi operations conducted at the Airport.
The Airport enjoys a high percentage of weather referred to as "Visual Meteorological Conditions" (VMC). The majority of General Aviation pilots flying in these conditions operate under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). The average number of days that the visibility and ceiling height fall below VMC is approximately 11 days per year. Duration of such weather conditions averages two hours and is most likely to occur in the period shortly after sunrise. The mean maximum daily temperature during the hottest month is 79.5 degrees.
The present General Aviation area on the airport encompasses approximately 15 acres and is located in the northeast quadrant between the approach ends of Runways 17 and 24. T-Hangars are located on the northeast portion of the Airport east of Runway 17.
The airside facilities at Lake Wales Municipal Airport include the following:
- Two 4,000 by 100-foot paved runways oriented to the northeast and southwest (06-24), and north northwest and south southeast (17-35).
- A full length parallel taxiway for Runway 6-24 labeled "A" and "D", with a short access system for Runway 17-35 labeled "C" and "B", located at mid-field for access to the General Aviation/FBO area.
- An 18,000 square yard unpaved base aircraft parking/tie-down area located on the north, south and west sides of the FBO building.
- Two grass tie-down parking areas to accomodate approximately 30 to 35 small General Aviation type aircraft on the northeast quadrant of the field bordering between Runway 06 and the parallel taxiway "A", and on the north quadrant of the field, east of Runway 17.
- Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs) located at the approach ends of Runways 06 and 24. [currently there is no runway lighting for Runway 06-24]
- Medium Intensity Taxiway Lights (MITLs).
- 24-inch rotating beacon providing airport identification from the air up to distances no greater than 4 nautical miles from the airport.
- Above-ground fuel farm with one 10,000 gallon Jet Fuel tank and one 10,000 gallon AVGAS tank providing 24-hours per day service.