|IATA: none – ICAO: KTZR – FAA LID: TZR|
|Operator||Columbus Regional Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||905 ft / 276 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Bolton Field (ICAO: KTZR, FAA LID: TZR) is a public airport located eight miles (13 km) southwest of the central business district of Columbus, a city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. It is a towered, class D, corporate and general aviation airport operated under the auspices of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. It was constructed to handle general aviation, such as personal aircraft and business aviation. It is one of 12 general aviation reliever airports in Ohio recognized in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS), and acts as a designated reliever airport for Port Columbus International Airport.
On October 24, 1970, Bolton Field opened, a day after Franklin County Common Pleas Court rejected a move by a nearby private airport to stop it. The airport is named after long-time Port Columbus International Airport Superintendent Francis A. “Jack” Bolton. He was honored posthumously when the city dedicated the airfield to his name, at its opening. The airport was constructed to handle personal and business aviation, freeing Port Columbus to focus on commercial traffic. In 1980, the operation of Port Columbus International Airport and Bolton Field Airport was transferred from the City of Columbus to the Columbus Airport Authority to provide a more focused attention to the business of aviation and, in 2003, the Columbus Airport Authority and the Rickenbacker Port Authority merged, to create the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which manages Port Columbus, Rickenbacker and Bolton Field airports.
Facilities and aircraft
Bolton Field covers an area of 1,500 acres (607 ha) which contains one asphalt paved runway (4/22) measuring 5,500 x 100 ft (1,676 x 30 m). The airport has fuel services available. Planes can use tiedowns or hangars for parking.
Capital City Jet provides flight instruction, Fixed Based Operations, as well as air charter services. Columbus State Community College has an Aviation Maintenance Training Program. Scioto Valley 99s and Central Ohio Balloon Club are aviation organizations located on the grounds. 
For the 12-month period ending June 21, 2011, the airport had 74,511 aircraft operations, an average of 204 per day: 57% local general aviation, 43% transient general aviation <1% air taxi and <1% military. There are 82 aircraft based at this airport: 90% single engine, 6% multi-engine, 2% jet aircraft and 1% helicopters.
Incidents and accidents
- On June 18, 1993, upon approach for landing on Grass Runway 22, a Glasflügel H-101 glider registered N101AZ, encountered a powered airplane, which had entered the landing pattern. The pilot extended his base leg to the approach to accommodate the aircraft. He then decided that it would be difficult to complete the landing on the planned runway, so he switched to a site he was unfamiliar with. During this landing, the glider impacted a ditch. The ultra-light aircraft suffered damage to its tail section.
- FAA Airport Master Record for TZR ( PDF), effective 2007-07-05
- Great Circle Mapper: KTZR - Columbus, Ohio (Bolton Field)
- "Columbus Regional Airport Authority-Our History". Columbus Regional Airport Authority.
- "Columbus Mileposts: Oct. 24, 1970 Bolton Field takes pressure off Port Columbus". The Columbus Dispatch.
- "Capital City Jet Center-FBO Services". Capital City Jet Center.
- "Columbus State Community College-Aviation Maintenance". Columbus State Community College.
- "Scioto Valley 99s". Scioto Valley 99s.
- "Central Ohio Balloon Club-About Us". Central Ohio Balloon Club.
- "Aircraft Incident/Accident Report Bolton Field Airport Columbus, Ohio 43228 Friday, June 18, 1993 2:00 PM EDT". National Transportation Security Board.
- Bolton Field (official site)
- Capital City Jet Center (fixed base operator)
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TZR, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: