Located on 695 acres, MKC can accommodate up to 700 aircraft operations per day. Everything from single-engine propeller craft to sleek corporate jets are easily accommodated and welcome.
MKC offers aviators 24-hour operations, from airport staff to air traffic control to fixed-base operators. Offered are Category I Instrument Landing System, full aircraft maintenance, hangars, self-fuel avgas, air cargo facilities, aircraft sales, leasing and charters, flight training and car rentals.
Kansas City Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC)
Aviation Department Offices:
900 NW Richards Road
Kansas City, MO 64116
Airport Operations - 816-289-2718
Airport Security - 816-797-5268
Driving directions: The airport is immediately north of Downtown Kansas City and the Missouri River. Access the airport via MO 169/Broadway south or north on Broadway Ave.
Hours of Operation
0 miles NW of Kansas City
Coordinates: N39-07.39'; W094-35#56'
Magnetic Variation: 5E
Jet A • Signature Flight Support • Full Service Jet A •
Atlantic Aviation • Full Service Jet A•
Signature Flight Support • Full Service and 100LL •
General Aviation Terminal • Self Service
1550 MSL all aircraft
6,827’ x 150’
Surface: Concrete grooved
Runway Lights: HIRL
Approach Lights: REIL/MALSF Rwy 19 •
REIL/ RAIL Rwy 01 RWY 01 VASI - RWY 19 PAPI
5050’ x 100’
Surface: Asphalt grooved
Runway Lights: HIRL
Approach Lights: NONE REIL both ends
VASI: Both ends
Beacon 24 Hours
CLNC DEL: 121.9
FSS: 122.1R, 122.65
ILS - Cat I
ATIS: 120.75 816-329-2850
Downtown Airport was dedicated as "Kansas City Municipal Airport" by Charles Lindbergh on August 17, 1927. The airport flourished during the early days of commercial flight serving many airlines and as the headquarters for Trans World Airlines. By the 1960s, the Municipal Airport could no longer accommodate the larger commercial planes and increased jet and passenger traffic. Plans for a new airport, which became Kansas City International Airport (MCI), were developed and MCI opened in 1972. Since then, MKC has become a thriving general and business aviation facility. MKC's name was changed to Kansas City Downtown Airport in October 1977 and rededicated as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport on the airport's 75th anniversary in August 2002.
Airport Manager, Adam Freeman
Adam Freeman attended the University of Central Missouri where he received his commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating, a B.S. in Flight Operations Management, and an M.S. in Aviation Safety. Adam began his career as an Airport Operations Officer in Williston, ND, then worked as an Airport Operations Agent at the Kansas City International Airport, and was most recently the Airport Operations Manager at the Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, MO for the last 6 and a half years. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and is greatly involved with the Missouri Airport Managers Association and Missouri State Aviation Council.
As the Airport Manager Adam directs and leads a staff of highly experienced operations and maintenance personnel at the Downtown Airport. Adam establishes specific areas of responsibilities for producing operations and security training materials for airport employees, tenants, and construction personnel. On a daily basis the airport management team collaborates with other City of Kansas City divisions to meet with tenants, engineers, contractors, and other government agencies to discuss, plan, organize or resolve issues of mutual interest.
Assistant Airport Manager, Rod DeWinkler
Rod DeWinkler studied Business Administration while attending Wichita State University and was part of the University’s crew (rowing) team. After obtaining a B.S in Business Administration and Minoring in Marketing, Rod pursued his passion of flying and eventually earned single and multi-engine commercial pilot’s certificate with instrument rating and CL65 type rating. Rod worked for three different airlines in roles ranging from ramp, ticket counter, operations and as an Airport Station Manager while building the necessary flight hours to be hired by the airlines. Unfortunately, when Rod receive enough flight hours to be competitive, the bottom dropped out of the market and the airlines started furloughing pilots. Rod was first hired as an Operations Agent, then Airport Operations Manager, and now serves in his current position as the Assistant Airport Manager at MKC.
As the Assistant Airport Manager, Rod assists in performance of all facets of airport operations. Responsible for airport safety programs, insuring runways, taxiways, and airfield conditions permit safe operations of aircraft and motor vehicles. Coordinates activities with crash-rescue and formulates procedures for use in the event of aircraft accidents, fires, or other emergencies. Ensures overall airport compliance of FAA Part 139. Leads and coaches the Operations department while maintaining the Airport Certification Manual and Airport Emergency Plan.