A touchstone in aviation, filming, and IWV history

In 1943, a university professor and a Naval officer were flying over the Mojave Desert looking for a place to stage a joint rocket program during World War II. The duo looked down at Kern County "Airport No. 8," which which was established in 1935 to connect the remote Indian Wells Valley farming community to the outside world, and decided to look no further. Today, the extensive air and land ranges and laboratories now known as China Lake - home of some of the greatest technological minds in the nation, a powerful economic engine for the county, and a "national treasure" in arming and protecting our military are here because a forward-thinking pioneer decided to put a modest airstrip in an unassuming rural community.

Inyokern Airport continues to subtly shape the course of the culture and contributions of the Indian Wells Valley by providing a playground to intrepid aviators, hosting film crews for everything from commercials to major motion pictures, assisting in military and high-tech testing operations, and supporting some of the greatest milestones in manned and unmanned flight.



Inyokern Airport (IYK) is a public use airport located one mile northwest of Inyokern, California. It is owned and operated by the Indian Wells Valley Airport District, and serves the northeastern communities of Kern County, California.

Geographically, the airport is situated in the high desert of Southern California, 100 miles east-northeast of the county seat in Bakersfield, 80 miles north-northeast of the Lancaster and Palmdale areas, and 120 miles north-northwest of San Bernardino. The airport covers 1,640 acres at an elevation of 2,457 feet, with three asphalt paved runways that can accommodate almost any class of civilian, commercial, or military aircraft.

    Indian Wells Valley is a 33 mile north-south basin located in the northwestern most Mojave Desert, and east of the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Local communities include the cities of Inyokern, Ridgecrest, and Lake Isabella.

    

Records set at IYK become official

World records set last year at Inyokern Airport by pioneer in electric flight Chip Yates were ratified last year by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, cementing IYK's place in aviation history as the site of eight of Yates' 11 world-record achievements for speed and altitude in an electric plane.


IYK budget reflects activity, growth

New fuel farm, restoration of commuter air service on track for this fiscal year

A 50-percent leap in revenue and a slate of projects that will continue infrastructure improvements at Inyokern Airport were depicted in the budget for fiscal year 2014-15 passed this week by the Indian Wells Valley Airport District Board of Directors.


Unmanned systems at Inyokern event

If you've ever wanted to learn more about the technology of Unmanned Aerial Systems, otherwise known as drones, Inyokern Airport has a deal for you. Amazing aerial demonstrations, static displays, kids' activities and entertainment will be in full force at Cal UAS Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


GPS-guided parachute tests at IYK

A GPS-guided parachute Mist Mobility Integrated Systems Tech-nology Inc. touted as the "leader in precision aerial delivery systems" spent the last two weeks at Inyokern Airport in a series of tests the company staged for one of its latest developments.


"Hangover 3" file production brings IYK upgrades and economic boost

After a film crew for the Warner Bros. 2013 offering of "Hangover 3" wrapped at Inyokern Airport last week - a rumor which was only unofficially confirmed at press time - IYK CEO Scott Seymour came forward to acknowledge the project, as well as its positive fiscal impact on the local airport and the region.


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