Bentonville Municipal Airport

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Bentonville Municipal Airport

Louise M. Thaden Field
Bentonville VBT.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Bentonville
ServesBentonville, Arkansas
Elevation AMSL1,296 ft / 395 m
Coordinates36°20′45″N 094°13′10″W / 36.34583°N 94.21944°W / 36.34583; -94.21944Coordinates: 36°20′45″N 094°13′10″W / 36.34583°N 94.21944°W / 36.34583; -94.21944
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 4,082 1,244 Asphalt
17/35 2,400 732 Turf
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations18,100
Based aircraft40

Bentonville Municipal Airport (ICAO: KVBT, FAA LID: VBT) is a city-owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (3.7 km) south of the central business district of Bentonville, a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States.[1] It is also known as Louise M. Thaden Field[1] or Louise Thaden Field, a name it was given in 1951 to honor Louise McPhetridge Thaden (1905–1979), an aviation pioneer from Bentonville.[2]

This airport is included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013, which categorizes it as a general aviation facility.[3] Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned VBT by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Bentonville Municipal Airport covers an area of 140 acres (57 ha) at an elevation of 1,296 feet (395 m) above mean sea level. It has one paved runway designated 18/36 with a surface measuring 4,426 by 65 feet (1,349 x 20 m)[1] and one turf runway measuring 2,400 by 75 feet (732 x 23 m) designated 17/35, available for use in day VFR conditions. [5]

For the 12-month period ending August 31, 2015, the airport had 32,300 aircraft operations, an average of 88 per day: 99.7% general aviation and 0.3% military. At that time there were 77 aircraft based at this airport: 87% single-engine, 7.8% multi-engine and 2.6% helicopter.[1]

In 2018 a major update of the airport was completed including a new flight center, public meeting rooms, a museum as well as a restaurant, "Louise" added to the northern border with Lake Bentonville.[6] [7]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for VBT (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Who Is Louise Thaden?". Summit Aviation. Retrieved 4 Mar 2010.
  3. ^ National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013: Appendix A: Part 1 (PDF, 1.33 MB) Archived August 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 15 Oct 2008.
  4. ^ "Bentonville Municipal Airport (IATA: none, ICAO: KVBT, FAA: VBT)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 4 Mar 2010.
  5. ^ "Info for Pilots, Turf Runway Operations -- Summit Aviation". Summit Aviation. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Bentonville flight center to include restaurant, exhibit space". Arkansas Online. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  7. ^ "Bentonville's Thaden Field to become 'destination airport' - Talk Business & Politics". Talk Business & Politics. 2018-08-14. Retrieved 2018-10-25.

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