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General Aviation

Orange County’s aviation history is deeply rooted in general aviation (private, non-commercial) operations. Aviation pioneer Eddie Martin founded the airfield that ultimately became John Wayne Airport (JWA). From 1923 to 1939, the Airport operated as a privately-owned general aviation facility.

Today, JWA is the home base for approximately 500 private general aviation aircraft. These aircraft range from vintage biplanes and helicopters to sleek corporate jets. There are 345 County tiedown and hangar spaces for general aviation at JWA. Additional tiedown spaces are provided by fixed base operators (FBOs).

General aviation accounts for the majority of JWA’s total aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings). In 2018, there were 222,270 general aviation operations, which represent 70.2% of the Airport's total number of operations.

Two full-service FBOs, ACI Jet and Atlantic Aviation, provide aircraft fueling services, supplies, aircraft maintenance, flying lessons and other services. American Aircraft Maintenance, AOG Jet Support Inc., California Aero Marketing, Jay's Aircraft Maintenance, Martin Aviation, On-Call Jet Repair, SoCal Jet Services and Western Avionics perform aircraft maintenance. Hangar facilities are provided by ACI Jet Westside Hangars, Atlantic Aviation, Executive Hangars LLC and South Coast Associates.

A directory of services can be found at

For more information, contact Deanne Thompson at 949.252.5182 or

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue. The Airport serves more than 10 million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information can be found at Like us on, or follow us on Twitter @johnwayneair and Instagram @johnwayneair.

Last updated: 03/07/19