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The Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (MGY) is a general aviation airport comprised of 527 acres and is located approximately 12 miles south of the City of Dayton in Miami Township, Ohio. It is positioned east of I-75 at the Austin Blvd. exit 41. The Airport is owned and operated by the City of Dayton and serves as the reliever airport for Dayton International Airport.
Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and primarily serves corporate and personal aircraft users. The Airport has many T-hangars available for lease, tie-down space and land available for personal or corporate hangar development. For those requiring aircraft maintenance and other services, the Airport has two on-site fixed based operators.
The Airport is also home to Wright “B” Flyer, Inc., a non-profit organization that maintains a hangar museum honoring the accomplishments of the Wright Brothers and operates growing fleet of “lookalike” reproductions, including a historically accurate and beautifully crafted replica of the Wright Brothers’ Model B airplane, which visitors can arrange to fly in!
For additional information about the Airport, please contact the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport Manager at:
3848 Wright Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45377
10550 N Springboro Pike, Miamisburg, OH 45342
Originally named the “Montgomery County Airport,” the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport was constructed in the early 1950s by the industrialist, Charles F. Kettering, to support one of the nation’s first corporate flight departments. The Airport’s primary role was to serve as a private general aviation airport for southern Montgomery County, Ohio.
The City of Dayton leased Montgomery County Airport from the Kettering Foundation in 1970 with the objective of utilizing it as a general aviation reliever airport to off-load the ever increasing amount of general aviation traffic from the Dayton International Airport. At that time, the Airport facilities consisted of two runways, three 12-unit T-hangars, one large conventional hangar and an administration building. The City of Dayton leased the Airport from the Kettering Foundation until 1974, when the Airport was purchased by the City with the assistance of federal grants for $1,490,000. After the City’s acquisition of the Airport, it was renamed “Dayton General Airport South.” In 1977, the administration building was replaced by a new facility at a cost of $1,060,000.
In February 1990, an Erie, Pennsylvania business established Northcoast Executive Airlines. The airline initiated daily scheduled air carrier service from Dayton General Airport South to Detroit and Flint, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Cleveland, Ohio. Due to a national and regional economic recession, which affected business-related air travel from Dayton to the industrial region of the Great lakes, Northcoast Airlines ceased operations in January 1991.
To honor the Wilbur and Orville Wright and celebrate Dayton’s rich aviation history, Dayton General Airport South was renamed “Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport” on December 6, 1995. Today, Airport facilities include a runway equipped with a partial precision approach consisting of a localizer (LOC), approach lighting system (MALS), runway lighting (MIRL) and a visual approach lighting system (VASI), 68 T-hangars, 6 conventional hangars, 5,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility and 9,600 sq. ft administration building.
Businesses and Tenants
Fixed Based Operators (FBO’s)
Higher Ground Helicopters Inc.
Other Businesses and Tenants
Aero Jet Wash
Dayton Pilots’ Club
Wright “B” Flyer, Inc.
National Aviation Heritage Area
Distance from City Center:
10 nautical miles south
UTC-5 (-4 during Daylight Saving Time)
Traffic Pattern Altitude:
Open to the public
Weather Data Sources:
ASOS 118.375 or (937) 885-2171. HIWAS 114.5 DQN.
100LL, JET A
Hangars and tie-downs
5000′ x 100′
Runway 20 threshold displaced 590′
Q: Why is the city updating the Dayton Wright Brothers Airport (DWBA) Plan?
A: All public-use airports in Ohio, and the US, are required to have a current plan on-file with the FAA to represent both existing and future conditions, to maintain a safe-operating environment for the airport, and to serve as a guide for future grant funding requests.
For a full list of FAQs regarding the expansion of the DWBA Runway, see our DWBA FAQ flyer (PDF).