Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport
|Continent: North America||Country: United States||Region: California|
|Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport|
|Location||Santa Rosa, California, USA|
|Overview map||Google Maps|
STS is a small airport in the city of Santa Rosa, California. Horizon Air operates the Bombardier Q400 on behalf of Alaska Airlines and Allegiant Air operates twice weekly flights to Sonoma County aboard an MD-83. STS serves as the main airport for the northern Bay Area for short flights to larger airports along the west coast.
Official Spotting Locations
Other Spotting Locations
Rental Car Parking Lot
Adjacent to the STS terminal, there is a small parking lot used to store rental cars for the companies in the terminal. West of the parking lot a small grassy area can yield good shots. One problem is that part of the chain link fence is blocked with green plastic weaved between the holes. This makes the view smaller and only allows photos to the north of the grassy area. If they are taking off to the south, the Horizon Airlines departure will taxi right and takeoff, right past this area. General aviation traffic taking off to the south will lift off the runway before they pass you and can yield good shots. Past 4pm, the area is shaded and will result with dark shots. This is a good location during the day for taxi and takeoff shots for all STS traffic.
Another spotter disagrees with the above assessment of this spot. This spot was backlit for photographs in the summer by 10:30am, though it is good for photographs of the Cal Fire ramp.
Locations to Avoid
|Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air)||Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Portland International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, San Diego International Airport, John Wayne-Orange County Airport|
|Allegiant Air||McDonnell Douglas MD-83||McCarran International Airport, Phoenix Williams Gateway Airport|
Kaiser Air has a hangar on airport property. They charter Gulfstreams and Citations. Most of the traffic at STS consists of general aviation traffic.
Facilities and Transportation
The only restaurant at STS is the Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Sushi Bar. It is located inside the main terminal.
Rental cars are available from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Sixt inside the main terminal. The Airport Express stops at STS and provides transportation to and from Oakland International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.
Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
Every year the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) organizes the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show. The air show is held in the late summer (late August to early September) and attracts a large gathering. The attractions for this year's show can be found through the link above. The air show is a great place to get close to many planes (flying and stationary), take great pictures, and even climb aboard a few.