Visiting San Jose California


Visiting San Jose California

Michael Prather | - 03/02/2020
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Aviation, Featured, Planning and Operating

Visiting San Jose California: As the capital of Silicon Valley, you can expect a spirit of discovery and innovation in San Jose. However, the city’s history and culture is just as rich and offers a huge amount of choice to any visitor. In this blog we’ll look at what San Jose has to offer and what operators need to know about getting there.

As California’s first state capital, San Jose was central to the gold rush of the mid 19th century. Today, it’s the largest city in Northern California, nestled in the Santa Clara Valley on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay. San Jose is an affluent city with a dry summer climate and lots to offer visitors.

High technology 

Once the frontier for 300,000 gold seekers, today San Jose is the frontier of tech innovation and home to over 6,000 tech companies. So, why not see what all the fuss is about? Explore artifacts of the information age at the Computer History Museum or check out the Intel Museum where you can borwse Intel products and history. The Tech Interactive science and technology center showcases the most cutting-edge tech developments and invites visitors to get hands-on.

Natural beauty

If you’re a nature lover, it’s worth your while to make the journey to Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains. By road it’s about three and a half hour-drive (approximately 180 miles) but worth it to take in the magnificence of the colossal granite cliffs and Giant Sequoias.

Culture and museums 

The city caters to a range of curiosities. From the San Jose Museum of Art to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, there’s plenty of cultural inspiration to be enjoyed! Finally, for star gazers, a trip to the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton is a must.

Here’s the ops info for the gateway to San Jose from UAS Americas.

Norman Y Mineta San Jose International (San Jose International Airport) 

  • IATA code: KSJC
  • ICAO code: SJC
  • Coordinates: N37-21.8/W121-55.7
  • Elevation: 62 ft. 
  • Magnetic variation: 13E
  • Fuel types: Jet A1/Avgas
  • Time zone: UTC/GMT -7 hours 

San Jose International Airport is a gateway to Silicon Valley and a popular business aviation destination. It is also the venue for the upcoming NBAA Regional Forum. Here are the operational details for San Jose International Airport.

Operational Information

  • TSA WAIVER may be required for private and non-scheduled flights
  • Parking is available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • There are no significant NOTAMs or restrictions at the time of publishing
  • San Jose International is located 5 km northwest of San Jose city center


  • Multiple car rentals have bases at the airport terminals
  • Numerous taxi companies service pick-up points throughout the airport
  • Many types of public transport are available at the airport
  • There is a rail service around the San Jose area
  • Limousine services available through your local agent


Hotels close to the airport:

  • Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Jose Airport
  • Residence Inn by Marriott San Jose Airport
  • DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose Airport
  • Holiday Inn San Jose – Silicon Valley
  • Candlewood Suites Silicon Valley/San Jose Airport

For support with your flight operations to San Jose, contact UAS Americas