David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport

David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, or DWH, is a public-use airport in the unincorporated Harris County, Texas, near the city of Tomball.

Airport history

The airport started as a hobby by one Charles Hooks, who built a runway for his personal use. He decided to turn it into a business and built a terminal. The airport opened in the 1960s as the Houston Northwest Airport. Shortly after opening, Hooks' 15-year-old son David, who was piloting a small aircraft, was killed in a crash, along with three others. In his honor, the airport name was changed to the David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport. The Hooks ran the airport until it was sold to the Gill family in 1989 upon Charles' retirement. In 2010, the airport became home to the B-17G Flying Fortress 'Texas Raiders', which used the airport as a base of operations for airshows for several years. It relocated in 2017 to Conroe North Houston Regional Airport.

Airport location

The airport is 23 miles northwest of Houston's central business district. 

Airport facts

  • DWH is the busiest general aviation airport in Texas and one of the busiest in the US. In the twelve-month period ending in August 2002, there were 223,585 aircraft operations, 98% of which were general aviation, 1% military, and 1% air taxi. 
  • Privately owned by Jag Gill, the airport is notable for being one of the only privately owned airports with an FAA control tower. 
  • The airport covers 480 acres. It has two runways, 17R/35L, which is 7,009 by 100 feet, and 17L/35R, which is 3,987 by 35 feet. There is also a runway for seaplanes, 17W/35W, which is 2,530 by 100 feet.. 
  • The airport includes several flight schools, including United Flight Systems, Texas Flight Schools, and American Flyers.

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