Mineral Wells Airport

The Mineral Wells Airport Campus has been the site of multiple businesses over the several decades of its history. Since at least the 1980s, it has been, at least locally, called "The Autopilot Capital of the World," as a result of the on-site operations of three aircraft autopilot manufacturers.

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Mineral Wells Airport

Mineral Wells Airport

Mineral Wells Airport

Mineral Wells Airport is a public use airport located about 3 miles from the central business district of Mineral Wells, Texas, and 45 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It is easily accessible from Texas State Highway180 and Interstate 20.

The airport serves primarily general aviation aircraft, averaging about 27 operations each day in 2012, or a total of almost 10,000 for the year. It offers seventy hangars of three types for lease. The airport currently serves as the home of five manufacturers, including three aircraft autopilot manufacturers, and an aviation museum.

The airport is owned and operated by the City of Mineral Wells. Its east side lies in Parker County and the west side in Palo Pinto County. A vital component of the area's economy, it offers all the tools of big airports without the big prices and hassle. The 6000 ft. main runway supports operations by large aircraft, such as the Boeing 737, DC-9 and the Lockheed Hercules C130, as well as corporate jets and other general aviation and military aircraft.

The Mineral Wells Municipal Airport is full-service with a Fixed-Base Operator, conveniently located just outside the DFW Terminal Control area. Quick turns are routine. Our Avgas is competitively priced and we offer volume discounts for Jet A.

  • Communications: CATF/Unicom - 122.72
  • Facilities: Crew Lounge, Catering, and Restaurants and Motels nearby
  • Fuel: Avgas, Jet A
  • ILS Runway: 13/31 - 6,000 feet
  • Transportation: Crew Cars and Rental Cars

Mineral Wells Airport website

Mineral Wells Airport

Downing Heliport

Downing Heliport

The airport has been the site of multiple businesses over the several decades of its history. Since at least the 1980s, it has been, at least locally, called "The Autopilot Capital of the World," as a result of the on-site operations of three aircraft autopilot manufacturers.

In addition, for more than twenty years, during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, the airport hosted companies that developed some of the first Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The airport has recently begun a marketing effort designed to attract current UAS manufacturers and support organizations to the airport.

Downing Heliport

A significant portion of airport buildings, tarmac and raw land has been identified, for marketing purposes, as the Mineral Wells Aviation Business Center. The Center includes facilities and properties that would be ideal sites both UAS operations and other aviation-related manufacturing and support organizations.

Downing Aviation Business Center

The Mineral Wells Aviation Business Center was established to attract aviation-related businesses to facilities, tarmac areas and raw land that are available for lease on the Mineral Wells Airport. While the Center actively markets all of the available properties on the airport, the photo below illustrates the primary area identified as the Aviation Business Center.

The airport is ideally suited for aviation businesses:

  • Located just 23 nm west of the DFW Terminal Control Area – no congested, crowded airspace to hamper operations
  • Full-service FBO – discount fuel programs offer low prices
  • 6000 x 100 lighted main runway with ILS
  • VFR flight conditions more than 90% of the year
  • Runway can support Boeing 737, DC9, Lockheed Hercules C130 and other similarly-sized aircraft
  • Over 100 acres of prime airport property is available, plus already - existing hangars, tarmac areas, manufacturing facilities and office space

All of the tools of the big DFW Metroplex airports without the high prices and hassle!

The purpose of the Center is to develop the airport into the most effective aviation business facility west of the DFW Metroplex – the place to grow your business!

Downing Heliport

Other Lease Properties Available

Other properties available for lease include an 80 ft x 138 ft, two story manufacturing and office facility and a 42 ft x 180 ft manufacturing building, both with access to the Downing Hangar.

Lease property with access to Downing Hangar

Lease property with access to Downing Hangar

Lease property with access to Downing Hangar

Dempsey Heliport

Dempsey Heliport - Owned by Palo Pinto County

Dempsey AHP is approximately 12 miles west of Mineral Wells. It was constructed on 160 acres of land acquired by the government just to the east of the County Seat in Palo Pinto.

The heliport contained parking spaces for 476 helicopters together with a 65,000 square feet maintenance hanger, 39 briefing rooms, a fire station, a self-contained sewage disposal plant, administrative offices and a control tower.

After Fort Wolters was closed in the mid-70's the site was used by FEMA to store mobile homes for the government to use in instances of disaster recovery.

Palo Pinto County acquired the property in 1999. The purpose of the acquisition was to utilize the asset as an economic development tool for Palo Pinto County.

The Dempsey campus is currently being partially utilized by Palo Pinto County and a portion is under a short term lease.

This is a very unique property that can provide an exceptional value to the right user.

Dempsey Heliport Location

Hangar Facility ~94,800 square feet

South End ~360'x90' ~32,400 SF County uses ~60%
North End ~360'x90' ~32,400 SF Available Now
Shop & WH-1st Floor ~120'x170' ~20,400 SF Available Now
Shop & WH-2nd Floor ~120'x80' ~9,600 SF Available Now

Training Building ~50,000 square feet

 1st Floor ~300'x90' ~25,000 SF Available Now
 2nd Floor ~300'x90'  ~25,000 SF  Available Now

Total Square Footage of all Improvements: ~144,800 SF

Total Acreage is ~160 acres; the majority under asphalt or concrete.

A large portion of the hard surfaced area is available as well.

Dempsey Heliport