Ofu Airport is an 18-acre public airport operated by the Department of Port Administration (DPA) of the America Samoa Government (ASG) on property leased from local families. The airport is intended to serve the aviation needs of Ofu and Olosega Islands, two of the Manu’a Islands in American Samoa. It is a basic airport featuring a 2,000-foot long runway that is 60 feet wide. Turnaround pads at each runway end were recently rehabilitated and a segmented circle andAP_Ofu.png windsock were installed near the end of Runway 26. Basic airfield markings are present (runway designator, runway threshold bar, and centerline markings). There are no runway lights, meaning the airport is only suitable for day-time operations. Strong winds from the north can create unsafe operating conditions at the airport as the winds come around and over Tumu Mountain. 

 

Ofu Airport is a single-runway airport located on the southwest portion of Ofu Island, American Samoa. Runway 8-26 is approximately 2,000 feet long and 60 feet wide (as published in FAA Form 5010-1). Actual runway length requires field verification. Ofu is an uncontrolled airport used primarily for chartered flights between Ofu and Pago Pago International Airports. The airport was originally constructed in 1974.

 

In 1986 the runway was moved to its current location. Barriers exist that prevent vehicles from using the main coastal road (which runs parallel to the runway) during 10 minutes prior to take-off and after landing of an aircraft. The only visual or navigational aids are two windsocks, one near each runway end. These

windsocks have been reported to show different wind directions and speed simultaneously for the different runway ends. It is designated as a general aviation airport by National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) and had less than 500 operations in 2010.

LOCATION

FAA Identifier:                           Z08

Latitude/Longitude:                    14-11-03.6620S / 169-40-12.0850W
14-11.061033S / 169-40.201417W
-14.1843506 / -169.6700236
(estimated)

Elevation:                                 9 ft. / 2.7 m (surveyed)

Variation:                                  12E (1985)

From city:                                 1 mile SE of OFU VILLAGE, AS

Time Zone:                                UTC -11 (year round; does not observe DST)

 

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AIRPORT OPERATIONS

Airport use:                               Open to the public; TO LAND CTC AMGR PAGO PAGO INTL ARPT; CALL 684-699-9101

Activation date:                         01/1975

Sectional chart:                         GNC 20

Control tower:                            No

ARTCC:                                    HONOLULU CONTROL FACILITY CENTER

FSS:                                         HONOLULU FLIGHT SERVICE STATION

NOTAMs facility:                       HNL (NOTAM-D service available)

Attendance:                               DURING SKED FLTS ONLY

Wind indicator:                          YesZ08_Airport_View.png

Landing Fee:                             Yes

Segmented circle:                      Yes

Fire and Rescue:                       ARFF index A.

AIRPORT COMMUNICATIONS

CTAF:                                       122.9 

RUNWAY INFORMATION

RUNWAY 8/26

Dimensions:                              2000 x 60 ft. / 610 x 18 m

Surface:                                    Concrete/grooved, in good condition

Weight bearing capacity:            Single wheel:     12.5

Runway edge lights:                  Medium intensity

 

RUNWAY 12                                         RUNWAY 30

Latitude:                                   14-11.039433S                                       14-11.082633S

Longitude:                                 169-40.369383W                                    169-40.033467W

Elevation:                                  8.5 ft.                                                    8.8 ft.

Gradient:                                   0.2%                                                     0.2%

Traffic pattern:                           Left                                                       Left

Runway heading:                       086 magnetic, 098 true                           266 magnetic, 278 true

Markings:                                  Basic, in good condition                          Basic, in good condition

Runway end identifier lights:       No                                                        No

Obstructions:                            10 ft. tree, 200 ft. from runway,                30 ft. tree, 400 ft. from runway,

                                                100 ft. left of centerline. BRUSH             100 ft. right of centerline, 12:1

                                                & TREES RY 08/26 ALONG LNDG         slope to clear.

                                                AREA ENCROACH INTO IMAGI-

NARY SFC DEF BY FAR PART 77.

BOULDERS/ROCKS ADJACENT

TO RY 08 APCH. 

AIRPORT OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

Ownership:                    Publicly-owned

Owner:                          Government of American Samoa

                                    Department of Port Administration

P.O. Box 1539

                                    Pago Pago, AS 96799

Phone 684-633-4251 / 684-699-9101

Airport Manager:           Tavita S. Fuimaono

                                    ASG Dept. of Port Administration

                                    P.O. Box 1539

                                    Pago Pago, AS 96799

                                    Phone 684-699-9101 / 684-733-3154

MORE INFORMATION

Ofu Airport is located in Ofu Village and is owned by the American Samoa Government and is operated by the Department of Port Administration, Airport Management Division. The phone number 685-42530 is a direct line that rings in the tower instead of the airport switchboard.

 

Port Director:                Taimalelagi, Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele

                                    ASG Dept. of Port Administration

P.O. Box 1539

                                    Pago Pago, AS 96799

                                    Phone 684-733-3076 / 684-699-9101

Deputy Director:            Christopher J. King

ASG Dept. of Port Administration

P.O. Box 1539

                                    Pago Pago, AS 96799

                                    Phone 684-258-5464 / 684-699-9101

Airport Supervisor:         Taufa’ase’e Te’i

                                    ASG Dept. of Port Administration

P.O. Box 1539

                                    Pago Pago, AS 96799

                                    Phone 684-699-9101

MODE OF ACCESS

There are three basic modes of access to Ofu: air, sea, or a combination of air and sea. Air access options include fixed wing aircraft (landplane or seaplane) or helicopter. Sea options include continued the use of the MV Sili or acquisition of a dedicated passenger vessel. The final mode of access option is a combination of air and sea; passengers connect through Ta’u Island (flight to Fitiuta Airport, vehicle ride to Faleasao Wharf, and boat ride to Ofu Wharf). Ofu Airport is located on the Island of Ofu in American Samoa (a group of seven small islands), an unincorporated territory of the United States approximately 18 degrees south of the equator. Tutuila is the largest and most populated island of the group. The Manu’a Islands, Rose Atoll, Aunu’u, and Swains Island are also included within the territory. Ofu is one of the Manu’a Islands Group which also includes the islands of Ta’u and Olosega. The Manu’a Islands Group is located approximately 70 miles east of Tutuila.

 

American Samoa is a group of islands located in the central Pacific Ocean and is in the eastern portion of the Samoan archipelago. It is a self-governing, unincorporated territory of the United States and consists of five volcanic islands and two coral atolls. The Samoan archipelago is approximately 2,600 miles south-southwest of Hawaii and 4,600 miles west-southwest from Los Angeles, 1,800 miles east-northeast from New Zealand, and 2,700 miles northeast of Australia. American Samoa is located to the west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and approximately 300 miles south of Tokelau. To the west are the islands of the Wallis and Futuna group.

 

The total land area of the American Samoan group is 77 square miles. Ofu Island is approximately 3 square miles in area. Ofu and Olosega Islands are the remains of a volcanic doublet. The two islands were formed from shield volcanoes and are separated by a small strait, Asaga, approximately 500 feet wide. A single lane road connects the two islands. Ofu Airport is located about 1-mile south-southeast of Ofu Village, the most populous village on the Ofu and Olosega islands. Other villages on the islands include Olosega and Sili. Ofu can be characterized as a warm, tropical island surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean with temperatures moderated by southeast trade winds. It has humid days and nights and rainfall is abundant.

ENVIRONMENTAL INVENTORY

Ofu Airport is situated in an environmentally sensitive location. Depicts the environmental constraints which are summarized below:

 

Farmland

A portion of the Va’oto Marsh is used for growing taro. No prime or unique farmlands exist within the vicinity of the airport.

 

Va’oto Marsh

The Va’oto Marsh is situated north of the airport and encompasses approximately 3.9 acres. Va’oto Marsh is recognized by the Misa and Lei families of Ofu, the Ofu Village Council, and the American Samoa Government (ASG) as a natural resource that should be protected and preserved for future generations.

 

Archeological Sensitivity

There are three sites located north of the existing runway and one site east of the runway:

 

ü        Ancient To’aga settlement east of the runway;

ü       Semi-circle of volcanic rocks with coral pieces in the center north of the runway – possible grave marker;

ü       Raised terrace area with loosely piled rocks along the sides north of the runway;

ü       Buried ceramic site near the Va’oto Lodge.

 

National Park of American Samoa

The portion of the National Park on Ofu features more than one mile of undeveloped sand beach. This National Park focuses on preservation.

 

Va’oto Marine Park

This park is administered jointly by the American Samoa Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources. The park supports a diverse community of coral reefs of great biological, aesthetic, and scientific value.

 

Coral Reef

Ofu Island is encompassed by coral reef. Ofu’s coral reefs are home to more than 100 coral species including the rare blue coral.

 

Flood Zone

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Flood Insurance Rate Map identifies the near shore reef areas and Va’oto Marsh as being within the 100-year floodplain.

 

Coastal Zone Management Area

Ofu Island is subject to the territory’s Coastal Zone Management Plan.