Following World War II, LCDR. B. C. Ferguson left active duty and began searching for a suitable site for an airport. He was operating several Stearmans off a grass strip south of Greenville, Mississippi, crop dusting cotton fields.
He lived in Navy Point and wanted a place to repair and maintain the Stearmans during the winter off-season. When he located the site on which the airport is now located, it belonged to a man who owned a dairy farm a few miles away. It was sandy scrub land, with very few trees, and reachable only by a dirt road.
The field started as a 1200 ft. grass strip, starting at the north edge of the present airport. As soon as the land was cleared, a small office building was built South of the present office facility. This was later enlarged into an open hangar, and later further enlarged into an enclosed maintenance hangar.
When Mr. Ferguson wasn’t crop dusting in Mississippi, he was giving flying lessons using a J-3 Cub he had purchased. At about that time, the Navy offered a large number of SNJ’s for sale at bargain prices, and a man from Texas bought 100 of them, flew from Bronson Field to Ferguson’s airport, and stored them around the periphery. The photo above shows these airplanes and the original airport. Soon thereafter, Mr. Ferguson purchased a Beech Staggerwing from the Navy, which he used to fly to New Orleans to join his Naval Reserve squadron for weekend flying duty. He retained the Staggerwing until sometime in the 1980’s.
In the 1950’s he added two rows of T-hangars, and extended the grass runway to its present 1600 ft.
In the early 1960’s Mr. Ferguson became a Cessna dealer and sometime later, he also became a dealer for Mooney.
At about the time Mr. Ferguson became a Cessna dealer, the flying business increased to the point he took in a business partner, Mrs. Evelyn Herlikofer, and formed Ferguson Flying Service, Inc. The grass strip was extended to 2600 ft. and several Cessnas were purchased both for instructional use and for sale.
In 1979, hurricane Frederick did extensive damage to the office building, and leveled one row of hangars. In 1981, an all new facility was built at the north end of the airport to house flight training, maintenance, parts, and pilot testing. At the same time, the runway was paved to 3200 X 40 ft., leaving a 150 ft. grass runway on the west side of the paved one. Additionally, there is a grass taxiway east of the airport, with access to the runway, where several EAA members have hangars built into or alongside their homes.
In 2004, Hurricane IVAN inflicted considerable damage to the airport, which lost all T-hangars and suffered extensive to the the field itself and other buildings. Since that time, 24 new, enclosed T-hangars with electric doors have been constructed
Ferguson airport is one of the few surviving privately owned, public use airports remaining in this area.
Mr. Ferguson passed away on 30 December 2002. The Ferguson family--son Don, his wife Dee and their daughter Jennifer--took over operation of the airport up until 2008 when it was sold to Westgate Airpark LLC, who now own and operate this little piece of aviation history. Ferguson Flying Service no longer exists; the current flight school is called Wrong Bros. Aviator Training School and Maintenance is handled by West Gate Aircraft Maintenance LLC.
FAA Identifier: 82J
Lat/Long: 30-23-53.7000N / 087-20-56.0000W 30-23.895000N / 087-20.933333W 30.3982500 /87.3488889
Elevation: 27 ft. / 8.2 m (surveyed)
Variation: 01E (1985)
From city: 7 miles SW of PENSACOLA, FL
Time zone: UTC -5 (UTC -6 during Standard Time)
Zip code: 32506
Airport use: Open to the public
Sectional chart: NEW ORLEANS
Control tower: no
ARTCC: JACKSONVILLE CENTER
FSS: GAINESVILLE FLIGHT SERVICE STATION
NOTAMs facility: GNV (NOTAM-D service available)
Attendance: MON-SAT 0800-1800, ALL SUN 1300-1800
AFTER HOURS CALL 850-450-3069.
Pattern altitude: 527 ft. MSL
Wind indicator: yes
Segmented circle: no
ACTVT LIRL RY 18/36 - CTAF.
WX ASOS at PNS (10 nm NE): PHONE 850-436-4799
WX AWOS-3 at JKA (18 nm W): 134.525 (251-968-7581)
Nearby radio navigation aids
VOR radial/distance VOR name Freq Var
NUNr188/(4.5) SAUFLEY VOR 108.80 01E
BFMr105/38.7 BROOKLEY VORTAC 112.80 04E
NDB name Hdg/Dist Freq Var ID
PICKENS 254/9.1 326 01E PKZ .--. -.- --..
SUMMERDALE 106/20.4 204 01E ESU . ... ..-
Fuel available: 100LL & JET A
FUEL AVBL 24/7
Parking: hangars and tie-downs
Airframe service: MAJOR
Powerplant service: MAJOR
Bottled oxygen: NONE
Bulk oxygen: NONE
Dimensions: 3200 x 140 ft. / 975 x 61 m
Surface: asphalt/turf, in good condition
RY 18/36 EASTERN 40 FT ASPH ENTIRE LENGTH AND WESTERN 160 FT TURF ENTIRE LENGTH.
Runway edge lights: Medium intensity LED, Standard Lighting
RUNWAY 18 RUNWAY 36
Latitude: 30-24.158167N 30-23.632000N
Longitude: 087-20.907667W 087-20.960167W
Traffic pattern: left left