|IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: N51|
|Airport type||Public use|
|Owner||Solberg Aviation Company|
|Serves||Readington Township, New Jersey|
|Location||Hunterdon County, New Jersey|
|Elevation AMSL||195 ft / 59.4 m|
Founded in 1941 by Norwegian-born and -raised aviation pioneer Thor Solberg, Solberg Airport is a small general aviation airport located in central New Jersey. In 1985 Thor Solberg was inducted into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame. Solberg is also considered a major aviation pioneer in his native country Norway and Norway's oldest airport Jarlsberg is dedicated to his memory and today operates as a major general aviation airport and parachute center near the Norwegian ancient city of Tønsberg in southeastern Norway.
Facilities and aircraft
Solberg Airport is situated on 725 wide open acres in Readington, NJ, and contains two runways. The primary runway is 22/4 measuring 3,735 x 50 ft (1,138 x 15 m). 3,000 ft (914 m) of this runway is paved with asphalt, and 735 ft (224 m) is turf reserved as a displaced threshold. The second runway, 13/31, is turf measuring 3,442 x 200 ft (1,049 x 61 m).
For the 12-month period ending September 3, 2011, the airport had 21,486 aircraft operations, an average of 59 per day: 65% local general aviation and 35% transient general aviation. At that time there were 97 aircraft based at this airport: 82% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 6% jet aircraft, and 2% helicopters.
Solberg Airport is currently run by two generations of Thor Solberg's heirs. His children: Thor Solberg Jr., Lorraine Solberg and Suzy Solberg Nagle maintain day-to-day operations with the help of their four children.
The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007. In 2007, the event was the largest summertime hot air balloon festival in North America and it was run by Howard Freidman and Sally Mazzochi.
- FAA Airport Master Record for N51 ( PDF), effective 2014-09-18
- "Airport History". Solberg Airport Website. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
- "Jarlsberg flyplass" (in Norwegian). 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
- Seidel, Bobbi. "Up, up and away", Asbury Park Press, June 13, 2007. Accessed June 15, 2007. "The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, in association with PNC Bank, is offering the free balloon ride and a bottle of champagne as part of the festival's celebration of its 25th birthday."
- "Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning celebrates 25th year with three days of family entertainment". Independent Press. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2007-06-15.
Today, the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in association with PNC Bank is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, attracting upwards of 175,000 people over the three-day weekend.[dead link]