Fitchburg Municipal Airport
Fitchburg Municipal Airport
|Owner||City of Fitchburg|
|Elevation AMSL||348 ft / 106 m|
Fitchburg Municipal Airport (ICAO: KFIT, FAA LID: FIT) is a public airport located 3 miles (5 km) southeast of the central business district of Fitchburg, a city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. This airport is owned by the City of Fitchburg. The airport also serves as a base for the Fitchburg Pilots Association/EAA chapter 1454. This group uses the airport to host events such as Young Eagles and flights in EAA's Ford Trimotor. The airport is currently undergoing an expansion of runway 14/32 to 5001 ft to become more accessible to both private and corporate jets. Expansion work is expected to complete within Q2 2020. Occasionally the airport serves as a home for rock festivals such as The Warped Tour and Locobazooka.
Facilities and aircraft
Fitchburg Municipal Airport covers an area of 376 acres (152 ha) which contains two paved runways: 2/20 measuring 3,504 x 75 ft (1,068 x 23 m) and 14/32 measuring 4,510 x 100 ft (1,375 x 30 m). The airport is actively working towards expanding runway 14/32 to a length of 5000 ft to allow larger jets to use the airport. The airport is also served by two FBOs Autumn Air services and Twin City Airmotive. The airport is home to FCA flight center which operates a fleet of various Cessna aircraft for flight training and Cirrus aircraft for rentals.
For 12-month period ending November 1, 2006, the airport had 168,025 aircraft operations, an average of 460 per day: 98% general aviation, 2% air taxi and <1% military. There are 146 aircraft based at this airport: 91% single engine, 3% multi-engine, 1% jet aircraft, 2% helicopters, 1% gliders and 1% ultralight.
Fitchburg Pilots Association
Fitchburg Pilots Association/EAA 1454 is an EAA chapter located at the airport. This group host many events a year such as Young Eagles events where local pilots give out free flights for children ages 8–17. During these events as many as 125 children have been given flights per event. The group has also hosted a tour stop for EAA's Ford Trimotor as a tour stop where people could walk through the aircraft, take pictures, and go for flights. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy the group flew supplies to New York and New Jersey to help the victims who were displaced by the storm. The group is planning on constructing a new hangar to host their monthly meetings and other events. They plan to build their hangar next to the parking lot to allow access to the public.
Airlines and destinations
Fitchburg Airport is currently not served by any scheduled airlines nor has it had any for more than 40 years since Northeast Airlines was bought by Delta Air Lines. However, many charter airlines, such as Netjets, frequently use this airport for operations. The airport is also the base for Bullock Charter which operates a fleet of two Learjets for charter operations and Skyline Flight which operates a fleet of Cirrus for local Air Taxi.
In the past these airlines served Fitchburg Airport:
MBTA commuter and Pan Am Railways freight rail
The airport's main terminal is relatively close to two stations along the MBTA's Fitchburg Line. The airport is roughly 1.6 miles from the North Leominster station, or 3.5 miles from the larger Fitchburg Commuter Rail station (and its associated Fitchburg Intermodal Transportation Center). Just to north of the airport is a rail yard owned by regional railroad company Pan Am Railways.
- FAA Airport Master Record for FIT ( PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-07. Retrieved 2013-09-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Haynes, Stephen Wesley. The Fitchburg Airports Early History.