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Palo Alto Airport Association
A Member Organization of the California Pilots Association
Serving the People and Businesses at KPAO

About the Palo Alto Airport Association

In Formation Toward KPAO 13
In Formation Toward KPAO 13

Who We Are

The Palo Alto Airport Association is a nonprofit membership organization composed of pilots, aircraft owners, airport based business owners, flight schools, and other friends of Palo Alto Airport.

What We Do

We strive to promote and preserve the safe and efficient operation of the Palo Alto Airport for all users. The Airport Association also acts as a watchdog group, making sure that money provided by the users is spent wisely. We interact frequently with the officials at Santa Clara County, and at the City of Palo Alto, who have responsibility for the airport.


Airport Day 2017

Once again the Palo Alto Airport Association will host Airport Day at the Palo Alto Airport, located adjacent the Baylands Park at the end of Embarcadero Road.  This open house offers the community a chance to see the inner workings of their airport and better understand and appreciate its value.  The best part is that it’s all free! Free parking, free admissions, free airplane rides for kids 8-17! Enjoy aircraft displays and tours of the airport tower.

The event will be held Sunday September 10, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Tours and exhibits focus on making this a fun, interesting and educational outing for the whole family.  Food vendors will be serving a range of foods and drinks to satiate the hunger pangs of visitors (although no alcohol is allowed - after all this is a working airport!).  Vendors will offer a range of exhibits and aircraft-oriented items for sale.  There will be fun diversions for the kids as well.

Airport Manager Andy Swanson
KPAO Airport Manager Andy Swanson

City of Palo Alto Resumes Airport Management

The City of Palo Alto is actively engaged in resuming operational responsibility for the airport after a gap of almost 50 years during which the City had leased the airport to the County of Santa Clara.

To that end the City has recently appointed a Manager for Palo Alto Airport. Andy Swanson is an experienced airport manager and is already heavily engaged in the complex process of the City assuming control from the County.

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