Located in Sebastian, Florida, Sebastian Municipal Airport is a small general aviation airport located in the north coastal region of Indian River County. Similar to other facilities serving World War II, the approximate 1,025-acre airport was built by the United States Navy in 1943 (known then as Roseland Satellite Field) as a naval flight training station. The military paid approximately $1,300 for the property in 1943. The aviation facility was transferred by the War Assets Administration, as part of the Surplus Property Act of 1944, on January 29, 1959, to the City of Sebastian. Upon taking responsibility, a provision was written in reference to the Federal Surplus Property Act, that the airport would be used without unfair discrimination solely for aviation purposes. This provision provided that the property be given back to the United States in the event of noncompliance with any terms and conditions of the deed.
Since its acquisition in 1959, Sebastian Municipal Airport (now 620 acres) has been maintained and operated by the City of Sebastian. Since the transfer of ownership from the U.S. Government, Sebastian has undergone numerous facility changes and improvements. The noted championship Sebastian Municipal Golf Course was built in 1981 on a 155-acre plot of land occupying a large portion of the airport property. Local area flight-training greatly increased operations at the airport in the mid- to late- 1980s. Currently, a Fixed Based Operator (FBO) occupys the west side of the airfield, and frequent skydiving activity accounts for a large portion of operations at the airport.
The addition of a number of commercial and private general aviation hangars and related aprons were developed along the west quadrant of the field. No identifiable existing structures stand from the airport's military days. Over the years, there have been other changes made to the airport. Some of the more significant projects, going backward chronologically, have included:
Some of the most notable improvements, which have changed the look of the airfield, have occurred since the last Master Plan Update. For example, general aviation facilities have been constructed on the west side of the airport, consisting of several new T hangars and a miscellaneous inventory of skydive training facilities.
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