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Felker Army Airfield
3707'N 7636'W

In 1954, Felker Army Airfield was established and was home to over 120 aircraft and 700 aviators. Felker Army Airfield was the world's first military heliport.

In 1959, the 16th Weather Squadron was established at Fort Monroe, VA to provide weather support to area Army units. Support included over 1,000 weather briefings a month in support of aircraft operations at Felker Army Airfield. On 8 Jul 1960, Detachment (Det) 13, 16th Weather Squadron was established at Felker Army Airfield to provide weather support to Fort Eustis, as well as Fort Lee, Fort Pickett, and hurricane warnings to Fort Story. Consisting of 3 officers and 13 enlisted personnel, Det 13 was responsible for fulfilling all weather support requirements of the U.S. Army Transportation Center, Fort Eustis, and tenant organizations. On 28 Nov 1961, Det 13 transmitted the first long-line tele-type transmission on the National Military Teletype Network. On 28 Feb 1963, Felker Army Airfield received installation of fixed meteorological equipment.

The mission of the United States Army Aviation Logistics School (USAALS) is to provide trained aviation soldiers in response to the needs of the Army world wide. The USAALS develops and conducts a progressive program of resident and nonresident instruction, which encompasses maintenance training for all Army aircraft systems and subsystems, USAF H60 training, Spanish Training Division (STD), and Foreign Military Sales. The School headquarters and main administration offices are located in buildings 2717 and 2718 of the General William Bunker Training complex at Fort Eustis, Virginia. The School is comprised of more than 160 thousand square feet of classrooms, nearly 202 thousand square feet of hangar space, and 115 thousand square feet of laboratory facilities within the Bunker complex. The School also has facilities at Felker Army Airfield.

Aviation Applied Technology Directorate [AATD] aviation flight support facilities consists of a 75' x 200' hanger with two adjacent helicopter pads located at Felker Army Airfield on Fort Eustis a short ways from both the Main Office Complex and the Research Support Area Complex. With a staff of Government and contractor personnel, AATD provides aircraft maintenance and training for the Army's AH-64, AH-1, UH-60A/L, OH-58D, UH-1 helicopters as well as the C-12 fixed-wing aircraft. Hanger facilities include 28 V dc and 400Hz, 115 V ac electrical power, ground support equipment, tools, parts, shop stock and all facilities needed for Unit Level maintenance on these aircraft. The Aviation Flight Support, Flight Projects Office of the Prototype Integration Branch, Rapid Prototype Division provides flight test planning as well as coordinating Airworthiness Substantiation Documentation to support the Airworthiness Release Document for related flight test projects.

The Modular Helicopter Communications Measurement Facility (MHCMF) provides AATD personnel the ready ability to perform a wide range of communications measurements on a number of different helicopters. Based around a novel process of utilizing compressed air as a means to ``float'' the helicopter under test (HUT) over a smooth concrete surface abutting the Felker Army Airfield.

The Felker Army Airfield Tank Farm supports the aviation fueling activities for Felker Airfield. A 1992 Preliminary Assessment Screening was initiated to characterize soil and groundwater contamination. Based on the results, an interim remedial action was conducted in March 1994. Approximately 3,800 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated soil was removed. The fueling system and piping were replaced. A site characterization report has been submitted to VDEQ. Several non-petroleum contaminants were detected and comments have been provided. Additional groundwater sampling at the site is planned.




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