Who We Are

The mission of ASAP is to be the collective voice of people impacted by the Gillespie Field Airport.

We created ASAP to be a place where concerned neighbors could come together to advocate for the health and safety of our neighborhoods.

ASAP members:

  • Attend public meetings regarding Gillespie Field Airport Plans
  • Research ways in which our community is being impacted
  • Contact political representatives and public officials to advocate for safe airport policies, and
  • Contact neighbors and others about increasing awareneness

What We Stand For:

  • Safe and Liveable Communities
  • Good Air Quality
  • Tolerable Noise Conditions

Membership in ASAP

At this time, we do not charge dues for membership. However, there are benefits in joining ASAP!

All are welcome to participate in advocacy for our community. We meet regularly to discuss current events, policies that will impact our community, and what we can do to make our voices heard.

Check the "News & Events" Events Calendar for upcoming activities!

Remember, your voice only makes our voice stronger!

Gillespie Field Airport

Gillespie Field Airport Profile

Gillespie Field Airport Map

  • Part of the San Diego County Regional Airport System
  • Regional - General Aviation Relief Airport for San Diego International Airport
  • Regional - Business/Corporate Airport
    • Open 24/7
    • 3 Runways
  • Capacity - 355,000 Operations
  • Demand Forecast - 400,000 to 500,000 Operations

History: (excerpted from the San Diego County website)

  • 1942 - Commissioned as a Marine Corps parachutists facility and named for Marine Lieutenant Archibald H. Gillespie. Camp Gillespie served in that capacity until Marine parachute units were phased out in 1944.
  • 1946 – December, the County of San Diego leased Gillespie Field and converted it to a public airport.
  • 1952 – County granted ownership of the facility by the federal government.
  • 1971 – San Diego County Sheriff stationed ASTREA, the law enforcement aviation section, at the airport.
  • 1993 – San Diego Aerospace museum located its restoration operations and a special exhibit at the field.
  • 1997 - Mid-air collision with cockpit falling into the dining room of a neighborhood home.
  • 2006 - Large training schools move into Gillespie.
  • 2008 - Mid-air collision destroying roof of a neighborhood home.
  • 2012 - Plan for Expansion and Redevelopment is adopted.

Flight Patterns

Below, please find a map detailing the touch and go patterns of training flights, including the location of local public schools. Training flights use leaded fuel. Increased lead emissions can have serious consequences on the health of our families and children.

For more information, please review this study from North Carolina on avgas and lead blood levels in children.

Training School Flight Pattern

Gillespie LIVE

If you would like to view Gillespie Field Airport 24 hours a day, you may access a webcam here.