1933 Bob and Cecil Reid
construct their first airport, Garden City Airport” between San Antonio and
1935 Grand Opening of Garden
1937 Garden City Airport was
purchased by the State for Highway 101 right of way.
1939 Bob and Cecil Reid begin
construction of their new airport, Reid’s Hillview Airport, at its current
1941 Due to WW2, all airports
within 150 miles of the Pacific were ordered to close and relocate all planes
at least 150 miles inland. The Reid’s
refused and after a meeting with authorities were allowed to keep the planes on
site as long as the propellers were removed.
It was also agreed that Reid’s Hillview airport would be allowed to open
24 hours after the war ended and remain open around the clock.
1945 At the end of the war, it
was decided that only commercial and military airports would be allowed to
reopen. The Reid’s met with the Major
General in San Francisco at which point Reid’s Hillview was allowed to reopen
becoming the first general aviation airport to open after the war.
1946 The runway was paved
1948 The County of Santa Clara
Planning Commission published a report entitled Master Plan of Airports -Santa Clara County, California recommending
development of a County Airports System and included Reid’s Hillview Airport as
an important part of the Airport System.
1949 Hangars for 45 aircraft
1949 300 aircraft tied down
1959 Resolution by San Jose
City Council provided for future growth of the Airport as an integral part of east
side community and encouraged County to purchase and operate the Airport,
allowing San Jose Municipal to be developed for commercial passenger service.
1960 H.K. Freidman Report titled
Airport Study General Aviation
Requirements is published recommending that the County continue its
interest in airport planning and takes steps to preserve and expand or replace
Reid’s Hillview Airport.
1961 Santa Clara County
purchased Reid’s Hillview Airport from Bob and Cecil Reid for $600,000. 65 acres of the airport is leased back to the
Reid’s to continue operating it.
1961 The airport name is
changed from Reid’s Hillview Airport to Reid-Hillview Airport.
1962 The County receives a
$363,285 grant from the Federal Government for land acquisition. Project
1963 The County purchase
additional land. ($260,000)
1963 The County receives a $384,878.00
grant from the Federal Government for land acquisition and to relocate
Cunningham Avenue. Project
1964 The County receives a
$346,570 grant from the Federal Government for land acquisition, hangar
construction, and general development of the airport site. Project
1964 Runway and apron paved,
1964 The County purchased
additional land. ($770,000)
1965 The leaseback to Bob and
Cecil Reid expires and the County takes over management of the Airports.
1965 Reconstruct 2,700 foot
runway, runway lights, and parallel taxiway
1965 First group of aircraft
hangars and shelters constructed
1965 2.39 acre FBO plot leased
to Agco for 50 years
1965 3.55 acre FBO plot leased
to John & Barbara Pyle for 50 years
1966 1.72 acre FBO plot leased
to Gee Bee for 50 years
1966 Construction of parking
ramp, roadways and commercial operators’ sites completed.
1966 Second unit of hangars
and shelters constructed.
1966 The County received a $70,703
grant from the Federal Government for apron construction and drainage system. Project
1966 The County purchased
additional property ($40,000)
1967 Air Traffic Control Tower
constructed by FAA. It was the first fully transistorized air traffic control
tower in the U.S.
1967 The County received a
$37,215.00 grant from the Federal Government for paving and electrical
1967 2.24 acre FBO plot leased
to Amelie Reid for 50 years
1968 2.24 acre FBO plot leased
to Hacienda Aviation for 50 years
1968 Airport received FAA
Certificate of Achievement for airport development
1968 Air Traffic Control Tower
1968 The County received a
$12,100.00 grant from the FAA to install new taxiway lighting system. Project
1968 Taxiway lighting and ramp
1968 Aircraft hangars and
1969 There are five major
FBO’s operating, approximately 400 based aircraft, annual operations
1969 The County received a $30,145.00
grant from the Federal Government to install apron lighting and paving. Project
1969 Aircraft parking ramp
1970 2.16 acre FBO plot leased
to AeroTrends for 50 years
1970 1.03 acre FBO plot leased
to Skyline Properties for 50 years
1970 West parallel runway
1970 Terminal construction
1970 SJC Council reaffirmed
1959 statement of intent to support Reid-Hillview Airport in its existing
1971 The County receives a
22,145.00 grant from the Federal Government for land acquisition. Project
1973 2.27 acre FBO plot leased
to Gee Bee Aero for 50 years
1974 Updated runway lighting
1974 John and Barbara Pyle FBO
plot split into two sections. 1.06 acres
was retained by the Pyle’s. 2.49 acres
was assigned to Progressive Aviation.
1984 County received a
$900,000 grant from the Federal Government for paving, road relocation,
drainage, lighting, fencing and markings.
1980 Amelia Reid and Velma
Million successfully urged the city of San Jose to construct Lake Cunningham
Park as a buffer area near the airport.
1982 Agco lease assigned to
1987 Skyline Maintenance lease
assigned to Skyline Aviation
1988 The County receives a
$539,863.00 grant from the Federal Government for repaving the runways,
taxiways and parking apron. Project
1989 After the Loma Prieta Earthquake,
Reid-Hillview is used as a major starting point to provide supplies to
Watsonville after all roads were cut off.
Over 100 tons of supplies were airlifted to Watsonville as a result of
1996 Board of Supervisors
votes 3-2 to keep the airport open.
1988 Skyline FBO assigned to
H.T. as Nice Air.
1991 Hacienda Aviation Center
lease assigned to Murfin Family Trust
1994 Skyline Aviation lease
assigned to Gregory Marconet.
1994 Murfin Family Trust
assigned to Marconet Properties
1998 The County receives a
$1,665,000.00 grant from the Federal Government for repaving the runways,
taxiways, and ramp, installing lighted airfield signage, construct drainage
improvements, and repair the airport perimeter road. Project
1998 The County receives a
$151,200.00 grant from the Federal Government to complete a Part 150 Noise Compatibility
Planning Study. Project
1999 Gregory Marconet lease
assigned to JWA Enterprises LLC (Trade Winds Aviation)
Part 150 Noise Compatibility Planning Study is completed.
2000 The County receives a
$280,000.00 grant from the Federal Government to complete a Master Plan
2000 John and Barbara Pyle
lease assigned to Frank and Doreen Jurado.
2000 Progressive Aviation
lease assigned to Hiroyasu Takai.
2001 The County receives a
$180,000 grant from the Federal Government to complete parking apron drainage
2002 The County receives a
$774,000.00 grant from the Federal Government for parking ramp drainage improvements,
parking apron rehabilitation, perimeter road rehabilitation, installation of
perimeter fencing around the FBO and terminal area, installation of Pilot
Controlled Lighting (PCL), Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) and
rehabilitation of the segmented circle and beacon tower electrical system. Project
2003 The County receives a
$554,500 grant from the Federal Government for additional fencing and
2005 The County receives a
$435,000 grant from the Federal Government for parking apron rehabilitation and
signage and markings. Project 3-06-0225-10.
2006 The Airport
Master Plan is completed.
2006 The County receives a
$1,200,000 grant from the Federal Government to install a noise monitoring
2007 The Comprehensive Land
Use Plan (CLUP)
for Reid-Hillview is adopted by the County.
2007 The County receives a
$551,300.00 grant from the Federal Government to install additional perimeter
fencing and gates. Project
2007 The County receives a
$475,000.00 grant from the Federal Government to insulate homes in the 65-69
DNL zone around the airport. Only __ homes elected to participate in the project
which included insulation in the home, new windows and doors and new HVAC
2008 Amelia Reid Aviation FBO
is transferred to Z. P. and renamed Aerodynamic Aviation.
2010 SJSU moves part of its
Aviation program to Reid-Hillview Airport.
2011 The County receives a $50,350.00
grant from the Federal Government to create plans and specifications for runway
and taxiway pavement rehabilitation and marking. Project
2011 FAA files
Part 16 complaint against Santa Clara County due to skydiving at San
Martin Airport. The FAA will not issue
any grants to Reid-Hillview, Palo Alto or San Martin Airports until the Part 16
complaint is resolved.
2016 The FAA
removes the Part 16 restrictions after the County agrees to allow
skydiving at San Martin airport.
2016 The CLUP
2016 All FBO leases were
amended to synchronize their expiration date to 12/31/2021 and add annual CPI rate
2017 The Roads and Airports
Department takes a $3,000,000 loan from the General Fund to pave and remark all
runways and taxiways at Reid-Hillview and San Martin Airport.
2017 The Board of Supervisors
directs county staff to complete an updated Business Plan to fund operations at
Reid-Hillview and San Martin Airports
2018 Paving and markings
of both runways and taxiways at Reid-Hillview is completed
2018 Staff presents the Business
Plan to the Board of Supervisors.
The plan is not accepted. Instead
staff was directed to complete
several tasks related to the potential closure of Reid-Hillview
under the shelters and the area between the hangars and taxiway Z is