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Charles B. Wheeler Kansas City Downtown (MKC)

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) is located just north of downtown Kansas City.  It primarily serves the general and corporate aviation communities. In addition to numerous flight schools, locally based aircraft and a busy Medevac operation, Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport is the primary airport for itinerant aircraft in the Kansas City area. The airport consists of two runways 3/21 & 1/19. Numerous hangars and related facilities line the east and west sides of the airport. There are two FBO’s on the airport. One is located on the northwest corner and one on the southeast corner. The city of Kansas City Missouri provides fuel, tie-down and other related services to transient aircraft. View a printable document of the MKC information found on this Web page. 


Know Before You Go

  • Two RWYS - 3/21 and 1/19.
  • Hot Spot 1 – TWY G – Aircraft taxiing on TWY G require specific clearance to cross RWY 3/21. The TWY crosses RWY 3/21 at an oblique angle.
  • Hot Spot 2 – TWY D -  Aircraft taxiing south on TWY L for RWY 31 have mistakenly turned left at TWY L and taxied onto RWY 01/19 instead of continuing to the right for RWY 31.
  • Hot Spot 3 – Hold Short Instructions – Pilots are reminded that when taxing to RWY 01, they must have clearance to cross RWY 03/21.
  • Do not exit onto the crossing runway after landing even though it may appear to be a high speed turnoff.  A RWY is not to be used as a TWY unless given permission to do so by the TWR. 
  • Traffic may require expeditious clearing of the RWY and may not be in the direction of the pilot’s parking destination. Follow TWR instructions and clear the RWY as directed.

Below find various MKC-specific information and things to be aware of, as well as general information to inform your preflight planning. This will be reviewed quarterly and updated as needed. This information is to supplement the From the Flight Deck Videos that are produced by the FAA Runway Safety Group. Here you will also find information provided by the local air traffic controllers at the airport where you intend to fly. The information is subject to change. Not for navigation or legal* pre-flight action. Always refer to official pre-flight materials such as, but not limited to, NOTAMs, airport diagrams, VFR charts and airport construction notices for the latest airport-specific details.

MKC Tower Administrative Office
Business Phone 816-329-2880
Open 0800 to 1600 – Monday through Friday

General Links

Here are some links to current FAA information.

Some Advisory Circulars for Reference 

Last updated: Friday, August 25, 2023