Monroe County Airport (Indiana)

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Monroe County Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Monroe County
Location Bloomington, Indiana
Elevation AMSL 846 ft / 258 m
Coordinates 39°08′46″N 086°37′00″W / 39.14611°N 86.61667°W / 39.14611; -86.61667
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
6/24 3,798 1,158 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 51,177
Based aircraft 101
FAA diagram of Monroe County Airport (BMG)

Monroe County Airport (IATA: BMGICAO: KBMGFAA LID: BMG) is a county-owned public-use airport located four nautical miles (7 km) southwest of the central business district of Bloomington, Indiana, United States.[1] Although commercial service has been available at different points in the airport's history, it has not been available since 1997 and will not be available for the foreseeable future.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Monroe County Airport covers an area of 1,035 acres (419 ha) at an elevation of 845 feet (258 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 17/35 is 6,500 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m) and 6/24 is 3,798 by 100 feet (1,158 x 30 m).[1]

As constructed, the original runway was 5,200 feet (1,585 m) but was later lengthened to 6,500 feet (1,981 m) permitting the operation of Boeing 727 aircraft. In 1995, the aircraft parking ramp was completely replaced allowing for the handling of larger planes. 13 hangars were added at this time as well. Fixed Base Operator (FBO) services and car rentals are available. There are two FBOs at the airport: Cook Aviation (owned by Cook Group) and BMG Aviation.

Commercial carriers offered scheduled service to and from Monroe County Airport until the late 1990s. Operations at Monroe County Airport received federal funding under the Essential Air Service program until 1997, when these subsidies were cut due to the airport's proximity to Indianapolis International Airport, 50 miles north. After the loss of these subsidies, it was no longer economically viable for commercial carriers to operate at Monroe County Airport.[2]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2012, the airport had an average of 61 aircraft operations per day: 94% general aviation, 4% air taxi, 3% military and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 104 aircraft based at this airport: 80 single-engine, 17 multi-engine, 4 jet, 2 helicopter, and 1 ultralight.[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 19 October 1985, Vickers Viscount N923RC of Ray Charles Enterprises was damaged beyond economic repair when it departed the runway on landing.[3]
  • On 21 April 2006, at about 23:45 a Cessna 206 N120HS was destroyed on impact while on an instrument approach to runway 35. The flight originated from the Purdue University Airport(LAF), near Lafayette, Indiana, about 2245. The pilot and four passengers all sustained fatal injures in the accident. All five people killed in the accident were Indiana University music students.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BMG (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ "Monroe County Creates Out-of-the Box Hangar Leases". Airport Improvement Magazine. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 

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