Beverly Municipal Airport

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Beverly Municipal Airport
Beverly Airport - Control Tower.JPG
IATA: BVYICAO: KBVYFAA LID: BVY
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Beverly
Location Beverly, Massachusetts
Elevation AMSL 107 ft / 33 m
Coordinates 42°35.05′N 70°54.99′W / 42.58417°N 70.91650°W / 42.58417; -70.91650Coordinates: 42°35.05′N 70°54.99′W / 42.58417°N 70.91650°W / 42.58417; -70.91650
Website www.BeverlyAirport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 4,755 1,449 Asphalt
16/34 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 42,601
Based aircraft 113
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Beverly Municipal Airport (IATA: BVYICAO: KBVYFAA LID: BVY) is a public-use airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of Beverly, a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. This airport is owned by City of Beverly.[1]

It is designated by the FAA as a reliever airport, which means it is available to relieve Logan International Airport of small general aviation type aircraft during Logan's peak traffic times.

History[edit]

Beverly Municipal Airport was built in 1928 through the efforts of the Beverly Aero Club and the Beverly Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Navy operated the airport during World War II under a joint-use agreement as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Beverly. Ownership of the airport was transferred back to the City of Beverly in 1950.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Originally the Beverly Airport Cafe, renamed Something Different cafe located at the Beverly Airport.

Beverly Municipal Airport covers an area of 470 acres (190 ha) which contains two runways: 9/27 measuring 4,755 x 150 ft (1,449 x 46 m) and 16/34 5,001 x 100 ft (1,524 x 30 m).[1]

For 12-month period ending May 1, 2010, the airport had 67,890 aircraft operations, an average of 186 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% air taxi and <1% military. There are 112 aircraft based at this airport: 90 single engine, 18 multi-engine and 4 helicopters.[1]

MiG-15UTI on informal display.
Display Sign for the MiG-15UTI on display.

Civil Air Patrol Squadron MA-019, Beverly Composite Squadron, is headquartered at Beverly Municipal Airport in the old airport control tower.

Something Different Cafe is located on the east side of the airport. It is open Tuesday-Sunday 7:00-2:00 and features breakfast and lunch menus.

Notable events at Beverly Airport[edit]

On July 16, 1936, bandleader Orville Knapp, brother of actress Evalyn Knapp, died in a plane crash here after he misjudged a landing maneuver and stalled in mid-air.[2]

SCCA auto races were held at Beverly Airport in 1955 and 1956. The inaugural races were held on July 4, 1955.[3] Phil Hill was the 1955 overall champion.[4] The 1956 champion was Carroll Shelby.[5]

On May 9, 1989 Alfred James Hunter III, a postal worker who had shot and killed his ex-wife earlier that evening, stole an airplane (a Cessna 152 Trainer) at gunpoint from flight instructor. During the flight, which stretched from Danvers to Duxbury, Hunter fired his gun at the ground below, buzzed the South Postal Annex in Boston several times, and briefly touched down at Logan Airport before taking off again. He landed at Logan more than three hours later and was arrested after a minor struggle with police.[6][7]

A scene in the 2000 film The Perfect Storm, was shot at Beverly Airport.[8]

In May 2008, a scene for the movie The Proposal was filmed at Beverly Airport.[8]

On August 27, 2010 - Michael Costales, age 30, a flight instructor at Beverly Municipal Airport, was struck and killed by an aircraft moving propeller. Costales had taxied his aircraft out to the run-up area of the active runway, 34 at Beverly Municipal Airport. At about 12:30 PM, Costales got out of his Piper PA 28 Cherokee aircraft to assist another flight instructor and his student with fastening the canopy of their PiperSport aircraft. As Costales got out of his aircraft and walked toward the other aircraft, he was struck by his aircraft’s propeller. The student pilot in the PiperSport aircraft declared an emergency with the Control Tower who called 911 but Costales was killed instantly. The airport was then shut down for a couple of hours as investigators tried to figure out what caused this event.[9]

Bell UH-1 Iroquois on display as a memorial to the Vietnam War.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BVY (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
  2. ^ Solid! - Orville Knapp Biography
  3. ^ hmod cars scca race results
  4. ^ Phil Hill - Racing Record 1955
  5. ^ "SHELBY WINS AUTO RACE; Takes 91-Mile Trophy Test at Beverly, Mass., in Ferrari". The New York Times. July 8, 1956. 
  6. ^ "Man kills wife, steals plane". Associated Press. May 10, 1989. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Pilot Buzzes Boston Airport, Shooting Up the City". Associated Press. May 11, 1989. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Beverly goes Beverly Hills - Beverly, MA - Beverly Citizen
  9. ^ boston.com

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