Airport News Release
Ralph Wenz Field Kicks Off Airport Master Plan Process
Pinedale, Wyoming – Ralph Wenz Field (PNA) announced the launch of its 2023 Airport Master Plan which will help guide the next 20 years of growth at the airport. The community is encouraged to attend the kick-off meeting which will take place Wednesday, November 2, 2022, from 5–7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Sublette County School District No. 1 Board Room at 665 North Tyler Avenue in Pinedale.
The planning process will examine the airport’s role within the community, airport assets and facilities, aviation activity forecasts, and future development as well as options for ongoing public engagement on airport matters. Community members are encouraged to attend the kick-off meeting to learn more about the airport master planning process, share feedback with the planning team, and sign up to receive ongoing project updates.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires airports to develop a 20-year airport master plan to ensure thoughtful and strategic planning of future facilities and airport infrastructure. The airport master plan will help guide the airport’s future with the goal of ensuring the airport continues to operate in a safe, efficient, and effective manner while also reflecting our community values.
Pinedale Airport Minimum Standards
Ralph Wenz Field, also known as the Pinedale Airport, is located approximately 6 miles southeast of Pinedale, Wyoming. It is a busy general aviation airport regularly used by larger business jet aircraft and smaller single and multi-engine aircraft. The Airport is owned by the Town of Pinedale and operated and managed by the five members of the Airport Board through recommendations to the Town.
The complete Pinedale Airport Minimum Standards document may be viewed here:
Ralph Wenz Field has over 20 based aircraft, 19 privately-owned hangars, and 2 hangars owned by the Town of Pinedale. The airport has a full service Fixed Base Operator, Top Flight Aviation (307-367-2290), providing aircraft fueling, maintenance, and hangar facilities to based and transient aircraft.
Services include the following:
Aquatic Center Membership
Assisted Self-Service 100LL
Comfortable Crew Lounge
Complimentary Coffee, Sodas, Ice and Bottled Water
Complimentary Wireless Internet
Flight Planning Computers
Full and Self-Service Jet-A
GPU – Ground Power Units
Passenger and Baggage Assistance
Transient and Based Hangar Rental
The Pinedale Airport, also known as Ralph Wenz Field, is located approximately 6 miles southeast of Pinedale, Wyoming. It is a busy general aviation airport regularly used by larger business jet aircraft and smaller single and multi-engine aircraft.
The airport was named in memory of Ralph Wenz, who was well known in the Pinedale area and was involved with testing cold weather equipment as a navigator in the Army Air Corps in Alaska. He died in an airplane crash in Alaska in 1947.
The airport started as a grass landing strip in the late 1940s. The first paved runway, constructed in the 1950s, was 60 by 4,400 feet. In 1968, the runway was lengthened to 6,600 feet with funds raised by local businessmen.
There were several land acquisition projects over the years to accommodate future airport expansion. In 1985, a new 100-by-7,100-foot runway was constructed south of the old runway, which was converted into a taxiway. In 2000, the old taxiway was removed and replaced with a new 35-by-7,100-foot taxiway. In the fall of 2007, construction of a new access roadway began to accommodate a 1,800-foot runway extension which was completed in August 2008, bringing the total runway length to 8,900 feet. This added length gives aircraft currently using the airport greater operational stage lengths, which means they will be able to put on more fuel to travel greater distances without stopping to refuel. This is especially important during the hotter summer months when the airport’s 7,085-foot elevation makes it more difficult for aircraft to take off with a full load of fuel and passengers.
The Airport Board is responsible for the operations and development of the Pinedale Airport.
The Airport Board meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:30 pm.