|Operator||Columbus Regional Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||905 ft / 276 m|
Bolton Field (ICAO: KTZR, FAA LID: TZR) is a public airport eight miles (13 km) southwest of Columbus, in Franklin County, Ohio. It is a towered airport operated under the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. It is one of 12 general aviation reliever airports in Ohio recognized in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) and is a reliever airport for John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
Bolton Field opened on October 24, 1970, a day after Franklin County Common Pleas Court rejected a move by a nearby private airport (located on Darby Dan Farm) to stop it. Major Harry Charles Davidson, a WWII veteran residing in Groveport, Ohio, was the first airport manager at Bolton Field. Major Harry Charles Davidson was appointed by Mayor of Columbus, Jack Sensenbrenner. The airport is named after long-time Port Columbus International Airport Superintendent Francis A. “Jack” Bolton, honored posthumously when the city dedicated the airfield to him at its opening. The airport was built to handle personal and business aviation, freeing Port Columbus for commercial traffic. In 1980 the operation of John Glenn International Airport (formerly Port Columbus International Airport) and Bolton Field Airport was transferred from the City of Columbus to the Columbus Airport Authority; in 2003 the Columbus Airport Authority and the Rickenbacker Port Authority merged to create the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which manages John Glenn Columbus International (CMH), Rickenbacker (LCK) and Bolton Field (TZR) airports.
Facilities and aircraft
Capital City Jet provides flight instruction, Fixed Based Operations, as well as air charter services. Columbus State Community College has an Aviation Maintenance Training Program. Scioto Valley 99s and Central Ohio Balloon Club are aviation organizations located on the grounds.
In the year ending June 21, 2011 the airport had 74,511 aircraft operations, average 204 per day: 57% local general aviation, 43% transient general aviation <1% air taxi and <1% military. 82 aircraft are based at this airport: 90% single engine, 6% multi-engine, 2% jet aircraft and 1% helicopters.
Incidents and accidents
- On June 18, 1993, upon approach for landing on Grass Runway 22, a Glasflügel H-101 glider registered N101AZ, encountered a powered airplane, which had entered the landing pattern. The pilot extended his base leg to the approach to accommodate the aircraft. He then decided that it would be difficult to complete the landing on the planned runway, so he switched to a site he was unfamiliar with. During this landing, the glider impacted a ditch. The ultra-light aircraft suffered damage to its tail section.
- FAA Airport Master Record for TZR ( PDF), effective 2007-07-05
- Great Circle Mapper: KTZR - Columbus, Ohio (Bolton Field)
- "Columbus Regional Airport Authority-Our History". Columbus Regional Airport Authority.
- "Columbus Mileposts: Oct. 24, 1970 Bolton Field takes pressure off Port Columbus". The Columbus Dispatch.
- "Capital City Jet Center-FBO Services". Capital City Jet Center.
- "Columbus State Community College-Aviation Maintenance". Columbus State Community College.
- "Scioto Valley 99s". Scioto Valley 99s.
- "Central Ohio Balloon Club-About Us". Central Ohio Balloon Club.
- "Aircraft Incident/Accident Report Bolton Field Airport Columbus, Ohio 43228 Friday, June 18, 1993 2:00 PM EDT". National Transportation Security Board. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013.
- Bolton Field (official site)
- Capital City Jet Center (fixed-base operator)
- (PDF), effective September 13, 2018
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TZR, effective September 13, 2018
- Resources for this airport: