general-aviation

GENERAL AVIATION

At Gerald R. Ford International Airport, we serve commercial passenger, cargo, corporate, and private/general aviation needs

On-site Fixed Base Operators & Charter Carriers:

the Company Jet
Providing fractional jet ownership programs.
Local phone: 616-336-4811
Toll free: 866-336-4811

Signature Flight Support
Signature Flight Support is a full service FBO offering a wide variety of amenities and services, and handles fuel requirements at GFIA including commercial airlines.
Phone: 616-336-4711
Phone: 800-262-4953

Northern Jet Management
Northern Jet Management can respond to a variety of air travel needs including management of your existing aircraft and on-demand executive charter.
Toll free: 616-336-4800

Flight Schools & Aviation Education:

Kent Career/Technical Center
This Aeronautics Education Lab Program held at GFIA introduces high school students to the knowledge and skills required in the field of aviation maintenance technology and also explores the careers of pilots and avionics technicians.
Phone: 616-954-8008

West Michigan Aviation Academy
This public charter high school is located on the campus of the airport and offers students a rigorous academic foundation with an aviation slant. The curriculum at WMAA is designed for students who have a passion for aviation and/or an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Phone: 616-446-8886
Email: info@westmichiganaviation.org

Blue Sun Air
Blue Sun partners with Signature to offer one-on-one, personalized flight training.
Phone: 616-336-4711

Additional Resources:

BE A PILOT
Visit the website and request a certificate entitling you to an introductory flight lesson at a participating BE A PILOT Program flight school.
Phone: 616-336-4711

Miscellaneous:

Mayday Avionics
Specializing in weather radar and autopilot repair.
Phone: 616-957-4920
Toll free: 800-678-1237

GROUND HANDLING SERVICES

Passenger, Cargo, Charter, Corporate, and General Aviation Aircraft Services

Signature Flight Support

Aircraft Maintenance -
Signature is a certified FAA repair station with a dedicated airline maintenance coordinator on staff. Technicians are available seven days per week, 24 hours per day. All technicians are FAA certified and trained by major air carriers and component manufacturers.

Fuel Service -
Signature provides both into-plane and retail fuel services. All facilities and staff are fully ATA 103 and FAR 139 qualified. Signature maintains 115,000 gallons of dedicated jet fuel storage and a fleet of mobile refuelers.

Aircraft De-Ice -
Signature maintains de-ice trucks capable of de-icing any air carrier aircraft. Types I and IV fluids are available. 16,000 gallons of fluid storage are maintained on-site.

Ground Service Equipment Maintenance -
Scheduled and on-call GSE maintenance is available, with experienced mechanics on staff.

Other Services Available -
Cargo loading and unloading
Pushback, towing, and repositioning
Operate air starters and ground power units
Aircraft cabin cleaning
Toilet/water services

For more information about Signature Flight Support, contact:
Cheryl Bush
5500 44th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-336-4700


Swissport
Aircraft De-Ice -

Swissport offers de-ice service with both Type I and Type IV fluids. 10,000 gallons of raw fluid storage are maintained on-site. State-of-the-art equipment is capable of carrying 3,600 gallons of fluid mix.

Aircraft Cleaning -
From general aviation to charter to scheduled commercial carriers, personnel are available to clean aircraft cabins during flight operations or on a R.O.N.

Baggage Handling -
Swissport provides baggage loading and unloading for commercial and charter aircraft. Ground Service Equipment provided and maintained by Swissport technicians.

Cargo Handling - Cargo is prepared for passenger aircraft, including Customs entries and aircraft loading. Swissport also offers handling of mail, valuables, and dangerous goods.

Ground Service Equipment Maintenance -
Scheduled and on-call GSE maintenance is available, with experienced mechanics on staff.

Other Services Available -
Pushback, towing, and repositioning
Operate air starters and ground power units
Toilet/water services

For more information about Swissport, contact:
Matt Hanson
5500 44th Street SE, Bldg. 401
Grand Rapids, MI 49512-4093
616-956-0088


Global Aviation Services

Ground Service Equipment Maintenance -
Scheduled and on-call GSE maintenance is available, with experienced mechanics on staff.

For more information about Global Aviation Services, contact:
Mike Wouda
5500 44th Street SE, Bldg. 401
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-956-6229

PILOT INFORMATION

Airfield details and information

AIRFIELD INFORMATION
Latitude 42°52.835' N
Longitude 85°31.37' W
Elevation 794 ft.
Time Zone Eastern
UTC -5 (-4DT)
Runway 17/35
RWY 17 RWY 35
Length 8,501' 8,501'
Width 150' 150'
Surface Concrete/Grooved Concrete/Grooved
Runway Edge Lighting HIRL HIRL
Approach Lighting --- MALSR
Approach Lighting Aids VASI PAPI
Approaches NPI / RNAV GPS CAT 1 / RNAV GPS
Runway 8R/26L
RWY 8R RWY 26L
Length 10,000' 10,000'
Width 150' 150'
Surface Concrete/Grooved Concrete/Grooved
Runway Edge Lighting HIRL HIRL
Approach Lighting MALSR MALSR
Approach Lighting Aids --- PAPI
Approaches NPI / RNAV GPS CAT 1 / RNAV GPS
Runway 8L/26R
RWY 8L RWY 26R
Length 5,000 5,000
Width 100' 100'
Surface Asphalt/Grooved Asphalt/Grooved
Runway Edge Lighting MIRL MIRL
Approach Lighting --- ---
Approach Lighting Aids VASI / REIL VASI / REIL
Approaches NPI / RNAV GPS NPI / RNAV GPS
ATIS 127.1
GRR Ground 121.8
GRR Tower 135.65
GRR Approach/Departure 124.6 (North) 128.4 (South)
Clearance Delivery 119.3
Flight Service 800-992-7433
WX ASOS 616-956-3224
AIRPORT LAYOUT

Airport Runways and Roads

Air Traffic Control Tower

GFIA's Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities are operated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The ATCT is open seven days a week 5:30 am - midnight.

Airport Contacts

ASOS
(Automated Surface Observation Service)
616-956-3224

Airport Communications Center
616-233-6055

US Customs & Border Protection
616-942-5245

FAA Air Traffic Control
616-575-1902

Fixed Base Operations

Signature Flight Support
5500 44th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-336-4700

Mayday Avionics
5500 44th Street SE
Bldg. #403
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-957-4920