Essex County Virginia

Tappahannock-Essex County Airport

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Welcome to Tappahannock-Essex County Airport (XSA)

A New Airport Serving Historic Tappahannock and Essex County, VA
Opened September 2007

 Lat: 37°51'34.59" N - Long: 76°53'38.83" W
 Runway 10-28:    REILs on both ends 
 4,300' x 75’ asphalt    Runway End Identifier Lights
 Approved for Planes up to 30,000 lbs.    Rotating Beacon
 Partial Parallel Taxiways    2-Box PAPI both ends
 AWOS III    GPS (NP) approaches both ends
 Medium Intensity Runway Lights    Tie-downs (based and transient)
 Taxiway Edge Reflectors    Terminal with WiFi/Parking

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Airport Contact Information
Manager: Jim Evans
Address: 1450 Aviation Rd., Tappahannock, VA 22560
Telephone: (804) 443-5885
Fax: (804) 443-6891
AWOS: Frequency 125.77, or (804) 445-8724
Governance: Board Schedule, Agenda, Minutes

   Airport Authority Members  
Barry Bates
 Barry Bates
   Mike Maurer John McDonald
   Airport Staff  
  Jim Evans  
   Jim Evans
Airport Manager
   Sara West


Airport Authority Budget Information

FY 2018 Approved Budget
FY 2018 Budget Line Item Definitions and Assumptions
Airport Capital Improvement Plan Document

KXSA Tappahannock-Essex Airport Messages 
Welcome to KXSA Airport Messages
Welcome to the KXSA Announcement Messaging System - from time to time important messages will be issued by airport management and will appear in this space.
Tappahannock-Essex County Airport Fly-In and Open House
Tappahannock-Essex County Airport Fly-In and Open House is only a month away; check for information on the fun and excitement coming up in September.
Craft or Food Vendor Application for the Tappahannock - Essex County (XSA) Airport Fly-in and Classic Car Show
Click the title above to download the application. Follow the instructions on the application to complete and submit it.


Why Visit Our Airport and Community?

Come for..... THE FUEL
Located on a major air intersection, but landings are always inexpensive and hassle-free, away from large metropolitan and industrial areas. No holding patterns on landing or long traffic delays on takeoff to waste your expensive fuel and time. No landing fees.

100LL fuel self-serve 24/7. Check for our very competitive prices.
Jet-A fuel self-serve during airport operating hours - summer* 9am to 7pm - winter 8am to 6am.
* Summer hours during Daylight Saving Time - March second Sunday through November first Sunday.

Hangars and Tie-downs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call today to secure your space, or put your name on the waiting list (804) 443-5885.

Terminal Building includes a spacious waiting area, pilot lounge, flight planning room, and pilot supplies.

Our very friendly airport personnel always are genuinely pleased to welcome you. Come on a weekend, and we may well have a hotdog waiting for you on the grill! Telephone the airport for further information: (804) 443-5885.

Airport Courtesy Van available upon request. Also available is inexpensive public transportation from the airport by Bay Transit, or a rental car at the airport from Enterprise. Call (804) 443-5885 to reserve the Airport Courtesy Van or to make other arrangements. We want you to relax and enjoy your visit to our airport and community! 


Come for..... THE FINE EATING
Just minutes from the airport is a wide assortment of eating establishments to suit every taste, mood, and budget: seafood, fast food, ethnic, American, and take-out!

You will find a wide variety of lodging within a few miles of the airport to suit every mood, from a romantic getaway in a beautiful historic B&B, to national chains with all amenities. Choose accommodations to suit your mood and budget.

Come for..... THE HISTORY
Our land is steeped in history. Please don’t leave without visiting our charming old town of Tappahannock, surrounding Essex County, and the storied Northern Neck!

Our airport is the off-ramp (6 minutes) to historic Tappahannock on the beautiful Rappahannock River: older than Richmond, Fredericksburg and Colonial Williamsburg. Captain John Smith first visited present Essex County in 1608. Begin your discovery with the Essex County Museum and Historical Society, with exhibits of our history from pre-historic, to Native American, to Colonial, to the Civil War, to the Steamboat Era, and into the modern day. Let us arrange a walking tour in the town to view handsome historic buildings dating from the early 1700s to the 19th century that mark our history and that of our nation. Or retrace the route of the old steamboats on a boat tour up the scenic Rappahannock River with a visit to a winery.

Click this link for a virtual walk through town:

Tappahannock also is the gateway to a unique peninsula of beautiful agricultural land and quaint small fishing villages, lying between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, known as The Northern Neck. This is the birthplace of three U.S. presidents, Washington, Madison, and Monroe, as well as Civil War general Robert E. Lee, and retains many vestiges of a colonial plantation life in “old Virginia.” Let us arrange one or more tours within easy reach of the airport to Wakefield (George Washington’s birthplace) and Stratford (birthplace of General Robert E. Lee, and ancestral home of the powerful Lee family).

In town, or in an easily reached nearby location:

RIVAH FEST. The town of Tappahannock is transformed during the third Saturday each June to celebrate RIVAH FEST. On this day, the quiet community gives way to a scene of frivolity and fun. Vendors display their wares of all sorts, ranging from fine arts to hand-made jewelry to pan flutes. There are games, some centered on aquatic activities, food vendors, and live music. Come join in this festivity for a very different Tappahannock.

GARDEN WEEK. Beautiful colonial homes in private ownership are open annually in April for Historic Garden Week . . . a unique glimpse into a lifestyle long departed from most of the country today.

MENOKIN – A UNIQUE LIVING HISTORY EXPERIMENT. Visit the nostalgic ruins of “Menokin,” c. 1769 home of Frances Lightfoot Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Experience an 18th century house in a unique manner—touch the original hand wrought nails; note how joists, girders and posts fit together to create the framing; and look behind the interior woodwork to see the construction techniques of the 18th century artisans. Enjoy the property's scenic beauty by hiking to Cat Point Creek on the property’s historic trails.

OYSTER FESTIVAL. The neighboring town of Urbanna has gained widespread recognition for its succulent oyster roast, held annually in the first week of November.

COACHING DAY AT STRATFORD. Every three years, in April or May, the birthplace of Confederate General Robert E. Lee has a very colorful and special day that includes an exhibition of antique coaches and well-groomed horses driven by members of The Coaching Club.

Come for..... THE RECREATION 
MOTORSPORTS. Located on U.S. 17 25 miles south of Tappahannock, Virginia Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track affiliate, is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. Late Model, Modified, Limited Stock, Sportsman and Sprint races are held Saturday nights throughout the racing season. See the following web sites for details:

GOLF. Play a round of golf at Hobbs Hole Golf Course, an 18 hole, Par 71 golf course located within the town limits. “This is a linx style course with big greens and high rough off the fairways. The greens are large and undulating, challenging all golfers.” (Excerpt from Hobbs Hole Golf Course web site.)

WATERSPORTS/BOATING. Every opportunity for motor boating, sailing, water skiing, or just about any other water-related activity you might imagine beckons on the beautiful and historic Rappahannock River, a mile wide at Tappahannock. There is easy access to the river from marinas in Tappahannock and Essex County, as well as public boat launching ramps.

FISHING. Tappahannock is uniquely located where its bridge to the Northern Neck divides salt water from fresh water fishing. Try your hand at landing rock fish (stripped bass), perch, spot, croaker (“hard head”), or large and small mouth bass.

Come for..... THE RELAXATION
Perhaps our best-kept secret, our community can offer you a world away from the stresses of work and every-day life in metropolitan communities. Begin with a meal in one of our fine restaurants—seafood, ethnic, or American. Then stroll around the quiet streets of the old town, speak with the friendly natives, observe the simple lifestyle of a people who know how to enjoy life beside “the Rivah,” and maybe just sit quietly and watch a broad band of moonlight dance on the river. Priceless! You owe this to yourself, your family and friends.

We hope you will fly in soon, and return often!



Helpful / Useful / Interesting Aviation Web Sites:
Tappahannock-Essex County Airport Fly-In Event Information   www.KXSAevents
Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots’ Association
Alliance for Aviation Across America
Experimental Aircraft Association
EAA Air Venture Oshkosh
Flight Training/Learn to Fly
Airport Fly-Ins/Breakfasts
War Birds
Air Cab
Flying Magazine
Your Local Airport Can Do Many Things for Your Community, Including but Not Limited To:
Angel Flight
 Local Web Sites of Interest:
Tappahannock: A Walk Through Town
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Town of Tappahannock
Essex County
Airport Authority:
Airport Authority Info     Airport Authority Meeting Agenda
    Airport Authority Meeting Minutes
    Airport Authority Meeting Schedule


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