Chandler Executive

FRESNO CHANDLER EXECUTIVE AIRPORT

General Aviation for the Central Valley

Situated in California's San Joaquin Valley just 1½ miles west of downtown Fresno, Fresno Chandler Executive Airport was once the city's airline facility and only publicly owned airport. Airline service is now provided at the other city owned airport, Fresno Yosemite International Airport. However, Chandler continues to be an important general aviation airport serving the central San Joaquin Valley.

Contact

Fresno Chandler Executive Airport

Airport Code: FCH
510 West Kearney Blvd
Fresno, CA 93706
559-621-7677

Rates and Charges

Download the rates and charges document for Fresno Chandler Executive Airport.

A logo for Fresno Chandler Executive Airport. Black text which says FCH, with a plane swooping across the H.

Services

Services available at FCH include engine/airframe repair, avionics repair, helicopter instruction, charter services, and hangar rentals.

Fresno Flyers:

524 W. Kearney Blvd
Fresno, CA 93706
(559) 464-5324
FBO Services, Fuel Sales, Flight School, Aircraft Rentals
Fresno Flyers Email
Fresno Flyers Website

American Helicopters:

612 W. Kearney Blvd, Fresno, CA 93706
(559) 233-4411
Helicopter flight school, Helicopter Rentals, charter services
American Helicopter Website

Flight Line Cafe:

(559) 335-4186
510 West Kearney Blvd. Fresno, CA
Open Tues-Sat

D & D Aircraft Service:

918 West Chandler Avenue Fresno, CA 9370
(559) 268-8516

Pacific Coast Avionics

648 W Kearney Blvd, Fresno, CA 93706
(559) 251-4758
(559) 233-9547

Fresno Airparts

520 W Kearney Blvd, Fresno, CA 93706
(559) 237-4863

BCH Aviation Center

920 W. Chandler Ave
Fresno, California 93706
BCH Aviation Center Email
BCH Aviation Center Website

Frank X. Ruiz Avionics

970 W. Chandler
Fresno, CA 93706
888-999-6400
Frank X. Ruiz Avionics Email
Frank X. Ruiz Website

Background

Initial Use

Following World War I, there were no real facilities for aviation in the Fresno area. As a result, husband and wife Wilber F. Chandler and Edna Maria Goble allowed pilots to take off and land in their fields once the crops were harvested. Chandler Field was officially dedicated for public use as an air field in November 1929, on a one hundred-acre site donated by the Chandlers.

Notable Events

  • In 1923, local fliers organized the "World's Greatest Aerial Circus" to raise funds for a new aviation field. The event included races, parachute jumps and dual wing walking, and was held at "Chandler Field" in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day.
  • On March 23, 1930, Charles A. Lindberg and his wife landed briefly at the airport and were greeted by a crowd of 20,000.
  • In 1938, the runway was expanded 4,000 feet as part of a WPA project. However, in 1947, commercial airlines announced the new airfield was too small for the new commercial aircraft. Therefore, Fresno Air Terminal east of the city became the new municipal airport.