Beverly Regional Airport
Beverly Regional Airport
|Owner||City of Beverly|
|Elevation AMSL||107 ft / 33 m|
Beverly Regional Airport (IATA: BVY, ICAO: KBVY, FAA LID: BVY) is a city-owned, public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Beverly, a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a reliever airport, which means it is available to relieve Logan International Airport of small general aviation type aircraft during Logan's peak traffic times.
Beverly Regional Airport was built in 1928 through the efforts of the Beverly Aero Club and the Beverly Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Navy operated the airport during World War II under a joint-use agreement as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Beverly. It existed as an auxiliary air facility of Naval Air Station Squantum.
It was commissioned on 15 May, 1943 and the airfield was upgraded with a new asphalt runway. The Navy built a control tower, a barracks, and other structures and consisted of four officers and sixty enlisted men. The field provided touch and go practice for students at Naval Air Station Squantum as well as Fleet Air Arm student pilots. Planes from Coast Guard Air Station Salem also used the facility for maritime patrol, as well as a detachment from VS-31, which flew anti-submarine patrols with Douglas SBD-5 aircraft.
It was decommissioned as a military facility on August 1, 1945. Ownership of the airport was transferred back to the City of Beverly in 1950.
Facilities and aircraft
Beverly Regional Airport covers an area of 470 acres (190 ha) at an elevation of 107 feet (33 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 9/27 is 4,755 by 100 feet (1,449 x 30 m) and 16/34 is 5,001 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending October 1, 2011, the airport had 66,900 aircraft operations, an average of 183 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time 103 aircraft were based at this airport: 84% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, 3% helicopter, and 2% jet.
Civil Air Patrol Squadron MA-019, Beverly Composite Squadron, is headquartered at Beverly Regional Airport in the old airport control tower.
Something Different Cafe is located on the east side of the airport. It is open Tuesday-Sunday 7:00-2:00 and features breakfast and lunch menus.
On May 9, 1989 Alfred James Hunter III, a postal worker who had shot and killed his ex-wife earlier that evening, stole an airplane (a Cessna 152 Trainer) at gunpoint from flight instructor. During the flight, which stretched from Danvers to Duxbury, Hunter fired his gun at the ground below, buzzed the South Postal Annex in Boston several times, and briefly touched down at Logan Airport before taking off again. He landed at Logan more than three hours later and was arrested after a minor struggle with police.
On August 27, 2010, Michael Costales, age 30, a flight instructor at Beverly Regional Airport, was struck and killed by an aircraft moving propeller. Costales had taxied his aircraft out to the run-up area of the active runway, 34 at Beverly Regional Airport. At about 12:30 PM, Costales got out of his Piper PA 28 Cherokee aircraft to assist another flight instructor and his student with fastening the canopy of their PiperSport aircraft. As Costales got out of his aircraft and walked toward the other aircraft, he was struck by his aircraft's propeller. The student pilot in the PiperSport aircraft declared an emergency with the Control Tower who called 911 but Costales was killed instantly. The airport was then shut down for a couple of hours as investigators tried to figure out what caused this event.
- FAA Airport Master Record for BVY ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012.
- "Massachusetts Naval Air Bases, Coast Guard Bases, Military & Auxiliary Air Fields 1923-1945". Massachusetts Aviation Historical Society. 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
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- "Man kills wife, steals plane". The Prescott Courier. Associated Press. May 10, 1989. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- "Pilot Buzzes Boston Airport, Shooting Up the City". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 11, 1989. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
- Gates, Bobby (May 14, 2008). "Beverly goes Beverly Hills". The Beverly Citizen. WickedLocal.com. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008.
- Finch, L. (August 27, 2010). "Weymouth man killed by propeller at Beverly airport". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Beverly Regional Airport.|
- Official website
- (PDF), effective February 28, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for BVY, effective February 28, 2019
- Resources for this airport:
- AC-U-KWIK information for KBVY