Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Brookhaven Airport is assigned HWV by the FAA and WSH by the IATA. The airport's ICAO identifier is KHWV.
Brookhaven Airport was constructed during World War II to provide logistical support for U.S. Army Air Corps operations. Known as Mastic Flight Strip, title of the airport was transferred to New York State after the war. In 1961 the airport was acquired by the Town of Brookhaven. It was later renamed in honor of Dr. Frank Calabro, an important figure in the airport's development.
Brookhaven Airport covers an area of 795 acres (3.2 km²) which contains two runways:
Runway 6/24: 4,200 x 100 ft. (1,280 x 30 m), Surface: Asphalt
Runway 15/33: 4,224 x 150 ft. (1,287 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
For 12-month period ending March 25, 2005, the airport had 135,100 aircraft operations, an average of 370 per day: 99% general aviation (135,000) and <1% military (100). There are 217 aircraft based at this airport: 92% single engine (200), 5% multi engine (10) and 3% gliders (5).
Dowling College operates at Brookhaven Airport its School of Aviation which offers bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Systems Technology and Aviation Management and it participates in the FAA Air Traffic Control Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). Flight instruction leads to a variety of FAA Private, Commercial, and Instructor certificates, as well as Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings. Dowling maintains several Frasca flight simulators and a small fleet of its own airplanes.