One of CAFF's aircraft about to take off from what was formerly called runway 16, recently renamed to runway 17.

1 Airport Road , approximately 2 miles West of UC Davis Campus
68 ft. / 20.7 m
ICAO Identifier
Control Tower
Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF)
One asphalt paved runway designated 17/35 which measures 3,176 x 50 ft (968 x 15 m).
Automated Weather Reporting System (AWOS)
Frequency: 119.025, Telephone number: 530-754-6839
Number of Aircraft Based at Airport
Some Useful Links
Pilot information:
Management information:
Friends of the University Airport
FAA airport/facility directory page

The University Airport, located on the UC Davis Campus, opened in 1946 and was acquired by UC Davis in 1950. It is now under regulation of TAPS. It is the home of Cal Aggie Flying Farmers and Davis Air Repair. The Cal Aggie Flying Farmers are the primary FBO (Fixed Base Operator) on the airport and they offer rental of lightweight airplanes, and low cost flight instruction. Davis Air Repair and Utility Aircraft Corp. (; 530-756-1202) offers repair and maintenance of aircraft and aircraft sales.

The airport is a general aviation airport and, as such, it works as a place for the UC's research fields and agricultural endeavors as well as a convenient place for UC employee transportation. It also has a working AWOS weather station which can be heard by phoning 530-754-6839, or viewed online.

Because the earth's magnetic field is always moving, the runway directions at University Airport changed in April 2009. The new runways are Runway 17 and Runway 35

The sign doesn't lie! A Visiting Aircraft Another view of Runway 17 Cal Aggie Flying Farmers Fleet 182 (Retractable gear)

Open House

2013 Open House Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

2012 Open House happened Saturday, November 3rd.

2011 Open House happened Saturday, October 22nd.

2010 Open House happened Saturday, April 24th!

2009 Open House happened Saturday, April 25th.

2007 Open House happened Saturday, April 28

Fun Notes

At night, one can walk down Olive Tree Lane (off Russell) to a road that is just behind the runway. You can watch planes land over your head there - it's a thrill.


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2005-06-08 19:54:00   I've gone out to the north end of the runway on a limited number of occasions to watch the planes land and take off. One of the days I went there, it was slow, and I only saw two taking off. The other day I went, there was no air traffic. You can park by the bee center and walk right out onto a closed section of road between a field and the dirt end of the runway field. I actually took my camera out there to take pictures, and nothing happened. If they question me, I'll just show them my business card.... The above photos were taken by me.—AndrewLeonard

2005-09-27 19:43:20   I don't know if they still do this, but a few years back they used to take students in EAE 129 (Stability & Control) up in 4-seater Cessnas to let them see what pitch, yaw, and roll were. Students went in groups of three students went up at a time and whoever sat in front with the pilot usually got to try their hand at flying. —TracyPerkins

2006-02-19 22:41:48   I'd be surprised if anyone had objections to someone watching airplanes land or taking pictures. In fact, if you want a ride, you could probably just walk up to someone preflighting a plane and say, "Can I come along?" I fly out there about once a month and I'm always happy to have passengers come along for the ride. —ChrisMoore

2006-02-22 23:41:03   Dang! I'd love to go up with someone in need of a passenger. —TarZxf

2006-03-17 15:51:19   I fly out there and spend a lot of time messing around in one of the hangars at the south end of the airport. I think it's extremely cool that you guys are interested enough to come out and stand by the runway and watch people land. I'm sure nearly all of the pilots feel this way when they see people taking pics or whatever. I practically grew up at that airport and it would be a shame to see it gone, so the more people that come out to enjoy it, the better. The Cal Aggie Flying Farmers offers reasonably cheap demo rides if you want to go flying. —SteveDold

2006-08-31 14:53:31   So, as of now, I have plans to get my license there in the spring. Expensive? Yes. Always been a dream of mine? Hell yes! Good place to learn. I've put in about 20-30 hours at the controls of a taildragger this summer just because of the nature of my job. I hear the trainers aren't as fun, but hey, once I'm licensed you can rent/get qualified for much more interesting aircraft! —AndrewLeonard

2006-10-12 12:59:04   Posted pilot information link —GrumpyoldGeek

2006-11-25 15:12:16   The cops (UCD Police) have every right to "hassle" you at the airport because UCD owns the airport. Anybody can watch the airplanes without any hassling, or even wander around some and look at the ones parked on the tarmac, though post 9/11 you might get asked what you're doing. Want a ride in a small plane? Ask any pilot you see, or contact me.—RalphFinch

2006-11-27 01:14:08   at least once a month i ride my bike to the airport with my camera and some food and i just sit on next to the tarmac for hours taking pictures and watching planes take-off and land. I got to go up a an Alon aircoupe at the Young Eagles day. I hope there is another one of those! —AndersYoung

2008-12-18 09:50:46   I am looking to fly into Davis this weekend and looking for transporation to get around town. Can one rent a Bike at the airport? Any other recommendations? Will be there for only 3 hours, so want to avoid renting a car for a day if possible. —VijayR

  • Probably easiest to just call a taxi for a ride into town and then back. Assuming you're not disabled, you can walk most anywhere downtown in a few minutes. You might also find a kind soul at the airport who would give you a ride downtown —JimStewart

2008-12-18 12:52:50   Thanks Jim. That is a cool plane you have! —VijayR

2010-08-10 11:24:18   For the past 3 weeks there has been the same plane buzzing west Davis every morning at 7 am. Very unpleasant for those of us who like to open our windows at night. Besides being completely rude, I wonder what are the legalities involved here. It is an obvious case of noise pollution. Does anyone know who I can call? —JonFenske

  • If it was a cropduster, there's probably nothing that can be done. They work under a different set of rules than private pilots. All of the cropdusters around here are yellow airplanes with radial engines. I mention the engine because it has a unique sound and you won't mistake it for a Cessna once you hear the difference. If you still think it's a private pilot, you can call the Sacramento FAA FSDO and they will investigate. —JimStewart

2011-07-01 13:16:25   I saw a note from Jennifer Cook on my wiki site - I don't check it very often. Thanks for the note. No problem at all with noise since last Summer. I think there was just one very, very rude pilot who enjoyed buzzing neighborhoods and waking people up. I know our neighbors were mad about it too. What made it hard for us is it also woke up our young children. Anyway, it was a one-time (couple of weeks) problem, and all is well now. Thanks! —JonFenske

2013-04-10 09:11:17   Any word on a 2013 Open House? —JimStewart

2013-09-17 20:18:38   2013 OPEN HOUSE will be Saturday, October 19th from 10 AM to 2 PM food and soft drinks for sale on site —BillH

2013-10-16 17:42:11   When would be the best time to fly in? —JimStewart