Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is a general aviation airport located within the city limits of Fort Lauderdale, in Broward County, Florida, United States. The airport was built in 1941 to train Naval Aviators during World War II, and named West Prospect Satellite Field. In 1947, the federal government deeded the airport to Fort Lauderdale for use as a public airport. The airport is one of the busiest General Aviation center in the United States. The airport is home to two rare Florida native species of animal, the gopher tortoise and the Florida burrowing owl.