Business View Magazine | April 2019

84 THE WARRENTON- PART OF T he Warrenton-Fauquier Airport is a county-owned, public-use airport located 14 miles southeast of the central business district of Warrenton, a town in Fauquier County, Virginia. “The Air- port started as a small grass strip in the early 1960s,” recounts Airport Director, Dave Darrah. “It became popular with local folks and grew beyond the grass strip into a paved runway. In the late ‘90s, the county purchased it from the owners and it became a county airport run by a committee. Then in 2012 they hired me and turned the Airport into a department within the county government.” Today, the 407-acre Airport, with one 5,000-ft. asphalt runway, serves as a reliever airport for Dulles and Washington International Airports. It is run as an enterprise fund that operates on a self-sustaining basis to support the needs of its tenant businesses and the aviation commu- nity. “While the county does not subsidize the