Greater Binghamton Airport
|Greater Binghamton Airport
Edwin A. Link Field
|IATA: BGM – ICAO: KBGM – FAA LID: BGM|
|Serves||Binghamton, New York|
|Location||Maine, New York|
|Elevation AMSL||1,636 ft / 499 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Greater Binghamton Airport (IATA: BGM, ICAO: KBGM, FAA LID: BGM) is a county owned, public use airport located seven nautical miles (8 mi, 13 km) north of the central business district of Binghamton, a city in Broome County, New York, United States. This medium-sized regional airport is situated in Maine, New York and serves the Southern Tier of New York, primarily Broome and Tioga counties.
The airport was originally named Broome County Airport and that name remained through the 1970s. It was later renamed to honor the inventor of the aircraft instrument simulator, the Link Trainer, as Edwin A. Link Field-Broome County Airport, a name it kept until the 1990s when it was again renamed to the Binghamton Regional Airport. The name Greater Binghamton Airport was chosen in 2003 to match the area's new marketing campaign under a unified name. The field on which the airport lies is still named in Link's honor.
It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year). As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 108,325 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 98,090 enplanements in 2009, and 108,988 in 2010.
The Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) originally named Broome County Airport, has served the people of Binghamton, New York for six decades. The airport itself has been widely known and valued for its safe, clean, and efficient travel facilities that have developed into the regions primary economic stimulant. The development of BGM started in 1945, due to the overwhelming night operations being conducted at the Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, New York in support of World War II. The need for a second fully operational airport became a necessity to meet the region’s current and future air traffic demands. The new Broome County Airport became fully operational in 1951 with a 5,600 foot main Runway 16 and 34, oriented north northwest-south southeast and a 5,002 foot crosswind Runway 10 and 28, oriented east-west.
Even though the conflicts in Europe and the Pacific had come to a conclusion by the time the airport was officially opened, traffic within the region still continued to grow, thus Broome County airport became essential in meeting the region’s current and future air traffic demands. In order to accommodate the development of larger and more advanced aircraft, the main runway was extended another 700 feet in 1969. In the early 1980’s the field was renamed to Edwin A. Link Field-Broome County Airport in honor of Edwin A. Link a well-known inventor and aviation pioneer in the Binghamton area. Mr. Link was well known for the creation of the Link Trainer, which became the first trainer that taught pilots how to fly in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) using only the instrumentation inside the cockpit (“Facility Orientation Guide”, n.d.).
Ultimately, the airport was utilized as a hub for a small commuter airline named Brockway Air, which operated a fleet of Beechcraft 1900’s and Fokker F-27’s throughout the 1980’s. Brockway Air provided short haul flights to and from Broome County airport in order to provide connections with Syracuse, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, Albany, New York, Keen, New Hampshire, Worcester, Massachusetts, Burlington, Vermont, and Rutland, Vermont. Edwin A. Link Field-Broome County Airport began extending the north end of the main runway in 1988. The runway extension project was completed in October 1990, increasing the total usable length of runway 16 and 34 from 6,298 feet to 7,500 feet. In 1991 the airport was once again renamed to Binghamton Regional Airport as a marketing scheme in order to promote the airports growing regional market to the public.
In 2002, Runway 16 and 34 was shortened to 7,100 feet to allow the installation of an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS). The EMAS system is composed of an engineered material that will crush under the weight of an aircraft and will aid in stopping the aircraft in the event of a runway overrun.
In 2003, the airport was once again renamed to the Greater Binghamton Airport in order to match a brand new marketing campaign within the Binghamton area. The airport’s old linear terminal was unable to keep up with the growing amount of regional jet traffic, thus four new jet bridges were constructed and opened in July 2004 to accommodate the increase of regional and mainline jet traffic flowing in and out of the airport. BGM secured a 12.3 million dollar federal grant in September 2011 in order to replace the old EMAS system installed in 2002 and extend Runway 16 and 34 to 7,304 feet. The runway extension project was finally completed in November 2012 and also implemented a displaced threshold on Runway 34. Since the airports completion in 1951, BGM has continued to preserve corporate relations and satisfy the needs for its surrounding communities it currently serves.
Facilities and aircraft
Greater Binghamton/Edwin A. Link Field covers an area of 1,199 acres (485 ha) at an elevation of 1,636 feet (499 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 16/34 is 7,304 by 150 feet (2,226 x 46 m) and 10/28 is 5,001 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 21,542 aircraft operations, an average of 59 per day: 56% general aviation, 38% air taxi, 6% military, and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 34 aircraft based at this airport: 62% single-engine, 18% multi-engine, 12% helicopter, and 9% jet.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:
|Delta Connection operated by Endeavor Air||Detroit|
|United Express operated by CommutAir||Washington-Dulles|
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Philadelphia|
Rental car agencies
- The 7 Clinton bus serves the airport weekdays by request. Riders must call BC Transit 30 minutes before pickup to schedule airport service.
- Licensed taxis to all points in Broome County.
- In June 1952, a SNJ U.S. Navy trainer crashed 250 yards east of the airport. The pilot suffered minor injuries.
- On July 23, 1955, a TBM Avenger U.S. Naval Reserve aircraft crashed short of the runway. The pilot suffered minor injuries.
- On September 4, 1957, a U.S. Air Force C-124A Globemaster II (51-5173) en route from Larson AFB, Washington crashed while attempting a landing. The plane was delivering 20 tons of equipment for Link Aviation. The crew of 9 survived.
- On Wednesday, November 24, 2010, United Airlines Flight 7823, a United Express Saab 340 turboprop operated by Colgan Air made an emergency landing after the crew received a fire indication in the left hand engine while passing through 10,000 feet. The flight was bound for Washington Dulles International Airport. Upon landing in Binghamton, 16 minutes after takeoff, all 33 passengers evacuated via the over-wing emergency exits. None of the passengers required medical attention. Maintenance determined the cause of the fire indication was a faulty sensor. Passengers continued on to Washington after an approximately five hour delay.
- FAA Airport Master Record for BGM ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "Crash First Major Accident in 6-Year History of Airport". Binghamton Press (Binghamton). September 5, 1957. p. 22.
- "Crash Injures Endicott Pilot". Binghamton Press (Binghamton). July 24, 1955. p. 1.
- Handte, Jerry (September 5, 1957). "Co-Pilot Tells How Plane Crashed". Binghamton Press (Binghamton). p. 1.
- "Incident: Colgan SF34 at Binghamton on Nov 24th 2010, engine fire indication".
- Greater Binghamton Airport, official site
- Web archive for BGM Website
- Aerial image as of May 1994 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for BGM, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: