Bob Sikes Airport (KCEW) is named after US Congressman Bob Sikes and first opened to the public in 1963. KCEW is a self-sufficient public use general aviation airport located in Crestview, Florida.
At more than 8,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, the airport boasts the longest general aviation runway in the Florida Panhandle. The airport is home to many industries and some of the largest employers in Okaloosa County, and there is room to grow. There are 170 acres that can be developed on the airport and an additional 110 acres in the adjacent airpark. The County has already put in place stormwater and other requirements, has provided for sound mitigation and put in place a fast permitting process for future growth. In addition, the funds and plans have already been allocated for a new access road off of Highway 90 – the future Foy Shaw Boulevard.
Emerald Coast Aviation (ECA) has been the Fixed Base Operator for KCEW since winning the contract and taking over in January 2009. Since that time, ECA has invested more than two million dollars in improvements and equipment at Bob Sikes. These improvements are evident on visiting the airport:
- New 5,000 square foot terminal building fully equipped with a pilot’s lounge, kitchen and comfortable lobby and meeting areas,
- On-site modernly equipped 145 repair station with highly qualified maintenance staff
- Red Bird Simulator and 2003 Cessna 172 available for rent or in conjunction with our flight training school
- New above-ground fuel farm and well maintained fueling equipment
- Enhanced and expanded parking and ramp areas
Emerald Coast Aviation is a locally-owned family business. We love the General Aviation community and we take pride in our first-class facilities and our friendly, professional service.