|IATA: ASH – ICAO: KASH – FAA LID: ASH|
|Owner||Nashua Airport Authority|
|Serves||Nashua, New Hampshire|
|Elevation AMSL||199 ft / 61 m|
|Sources: FAA and airport website|
Nashua Airport at Boire Field (IATA: ASH, ICAO: KASH, FAA LID: ASH) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Nashua, a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. Owned by the Nashua Airport Authority, this airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation reliever airport.
For years, Nashua Airport was one of the busiest airports in New England in terms of take-offs and landings due to its use for flight training by adjacent Daniel Webster College. However, the school has ended its pilot-training program, and traffic has fallen about 40 percent in the past few years.
The airport dates back to 1934, when the city of Nashua bought a small existing airport, which lacked a hangar and had a grass runway. Over the next several years Nashua, with federal help, paved the 2,000-foot (610 m) runway and put up some buildings. According to the history in the airport web site, the hangar was constructed from bricks reused from a Nashua factory that burned in 1930 in what was known here as the Crown Hill Fire.
In 1943 it was named Boire Field, after Ensign Paul Boire, who was Nashua's first casualty in World War II.
The Nashua Airport Authority was established to oversee the airport in 1961. The New England Aeronautical Institute was founded here in 1965. The NEAI's Daniel Webster Junior College division was founded in 1967. The two schools merged in 1978 to form the current Daniel Webster College.
The airport's control tower was built in 1972. The airport was one of the first to operate with a Non-Federal Control Tower in the early 1990s. This type of air traffic service, called a contract tower, is common today.
The airport has recently rebuilt and moved Runway 14-32 to the northeast 300 feet. It was also extended by 500 feet to 6,000 feet to accommodate corporate jets. The runway officially opened on August 31, 2012, a few days early. The original existing runway was removed. Many taxiways to the new runway were rebuilt during the construction and Taxiway A was also relocated to the northeast.
Facilities and aircraft
Boire Field covers an area of 400 acres (162 ha) at an elevation of 199 feet (61 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 14/32 with an asphalt surface measuring 6,000 by 100 feet (1,829 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 65,965 aircraft operations, an average of 180 per day: 99.7% general aviation, 0.3% air taxi, and <0.1% military. At that time there were 294 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 6% jet, 3% helicopter, and 1% glider.
There is space for 441 aircraft located on the field. Air Traffic Control is at the airport from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. It has no scheduled commercial service.
In addition to the professional pilot flight training offered at Daniel Webster College, the airport has private flight schools offering training and certification in fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters.
Also offered from the Nashua airport is on-demand air charter. One of these providers is Infinity Aviation which operates a number of Hawker mid-size jet aircraft.
There were two FBOs or fixed base operators that provide aircraft servicing, fueling and maintenance and flight planning resources: Infinity Aviation Services and GFW Aeroservices. During the week of March 28, 2011, the owner of GFW Aeroservices retired and GFW ceased operations. It was replaced by Nashua Jet Aviation.
The second-floor Midfield Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch from 7 AM to 2 PM, 7 days a week.
- FAA Airport Master Record for ASH ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective June 27, 2013.
- "Nashua Airport - Boire Field". Official site. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (ASH: Nashua / Boire Field)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Shalhoup, Dean. "Aviation in Nashua has long, rich history". Nashua Telegraph. November 25, 2012.
- Shalhoup, Dean. "Vagge made mark in Nashua". Nashua Telegraph. July 1, 2007.
- "New Hampshire aviation history". New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009.
- Brooks, David. "Longer Nashua Airport runway should be a lure to corporate-jet business". Nashua Telegraph. August 31, 2012.
- Nashua Airport - Boire Field, official site
- Infinity Aviation Services and Nashua Jet Aviation, the fixed base operators (FBOs)
- New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society
- Aerial image as of April 1998 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective June 26, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ASH, effective June 26, 2014
- Resources for this airport: