History of San Martin Airport

1960 "Airport Study - General Aviation Requirements" by Friedland report recommended acquisition of property for a South County Airport near San Martin.

1964 

County Bond Measure C rejected by County voters.  Funding would have provided land acquisition and development for the South County Airport, and improvements at Reid-Hillview and Palo Alto Airports.

1966 

"General Aviation Plan" reviewed and updated county aviation needs.

Resolution No. 1045 urged the Board of Supervisors to budget money for land acquisition for the South County Airport.​

Letter from the Gilron Chamber of Commerce urged the Board of Supervisors to give "strong consideration to the construction of a South County Airport in the Gilroy area".

Morgan Hill resolution no. 548 "urging the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Clara to establish a South County Airport."

1967

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appropriated funds for South County Airport development.  Funding sources 

included the Capital Improvement Budget, the State Airport Assistance Fund, the Airport enterprise fund, and excess construction funds from the Palo Alto Airport.

County and FAA preliminary site investigations for a South County Airports.

Resolution from the City of Gilroy urging the County to continue with land acquisitions and development of the South County Airport, resolution #1085

1968 

Site formally adopted by County Board of Supervisors

Airports Branch, FAA, grants airspace approval.  Eastside traffic pattern required to avoid overflights of schools in the vicinity.

Proposal for location county road maintenance operations facilities at the airport.

1969 

County requests for a time extension on airspace determination.  Three year extension approved subject to same traffic pattern conditions.  Request stems from the fact no construction took place in the 2-year duration of the original airspace grant in 1968.

Application filed for a private airport (Hill County Airport) 2 miles north of San Martin, 9,000 feet north of South County Airport.  FAA denied airspace approval for Hill County Airport.

 Property acquisition for South County Airport began.  Murphy Road was relocated around the site.  The acquisition was with the assistance of the State Airport Assistance Funds Program.

 - Pete and Stella Alonzo (10 acres)

- Christina Hassur (10 acres)

- Izick and Mary Camarena (5.85 acres)

- Suzzane Coscarelli (11.75 acres)

- Gerald Fiore (5.85 acres)

- Victor Angel and Celia Rosa Marquez (2.60 acres)

- State of California (19.98 acres)

1970  

FAA and County agree on denial of permits for Hill County Airport

California Department of Aeronautics grants site approval for South County Airports

Land Acquisition

 - Peter B Dias (12.50 acres)

- Louis DiSalvo (6.39 acres)

- Geroge and Alice Garbini (5.00 acres)

- Hideo Kawamoto (10.00 acres)

- Frank and Helen Lepera (10.00 acres)

- Mary Lepera Mendonca (6.25 acres)

- Michael T O'Kane (9.60 acres)

1971 

Airport Land Use Commission formed

Land Acquisition

- Emilio Gagliardi, Edward & Dorothy Mosby, Irving & Janice Perlitch, Paula Reimer, Title Insurance and Trust Co. (12.50 acres)

- Joe Carbini (15,00 acres)

- Angelo and Adriana Robba (19.01 acres)

1972

Construction of County animal shelter on 1.4 acres of airport property was completed.

Construction of wind cone, segmented circle, and perimeter fencing

The original construction of runway and taxiway (2 layers chip seal on compacted native soil) by volunteer workers.

California Aeronautics Board granted Airport Permit

Dedication ceremonies, airport opened 9/8/1972

Resolution by Board of Supervisors declaring South County Airport of Santa Clara County as legal name.

Land Acquisition

- Ernestine Cassese (easement grant for air space)

- State of California (19.50 acres)

1973 

ALUC adopted land use plan for Santa Clara County airports.

County advertised for fixed base operation (FBO), and received two proposals

Board of Supervisors advised to accept FBO proposal from South Valley Aviation

Completion of Highway 101 in the vicinity of San Martin.

1974

Additional chip seal applied to paved surfaces

Archaeological Impact Evaluation - negative results

Environmental Impact Assessment Report Completed.  Required for reimbursement for land acquisition.  The report covered development to date.

Land Acquisition

- Ewin J Diessner (7.56 acres)

1975

Additional land acquisition to insure future land use compatibility.

1976

Runway and taxiway reflectors installed (later removed to discourage night operations)

Chip sealed apron north end of airport for 30 tie-downs

1977

FAA advised county of approval of airport layout plan

30 additional tie-downs added

Land Acquisition

- John Knudsen (24.84 acres)

- Henry Knudsen, Lays Marie Mellow, Kide and Verna M Rose (6.82 acres)

1978

Slurry sealing of runway and taxiway surfaces.

Environmenta. impact assessment report addressed the parallel runway and other development shown on the airport layout plan.

Land Acquisition (16.50 ft strip)

-  Arnold and Henriette Palhaupsessy

- Darrel and Patricia Rogers

- Joseph Sanchez

- Wallace and Marilyn Santos

1979

Unicom changed from 122.8 to 122.7

Trees located in approach path trimmed

Morgan Hill Rural Fire District proposed fire station be located at San Martin Airport

Land Acquisition

- Anargyros and Patricia Antonopoulos

- Angelo and Yvonne Lqgizos (3.05 acres)

- H.N. and Marge Mackinnon

- H.N. and Irma Teenlink

1980

Additional aviation easement obtained.

1984 - Ramp lighting Installed, AIP Project 3-06-0229-01

1997 - Taxiway lighting installed, AIP Project 3-06-0229-02

1997 - REILS installed - AIP Project 3-06-0229-02

2003 - AWOS installed - AIP Project 3-06-0229-05​

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