Harford County Airport
|Harford County Airport|
|Owner||HARFORD CTY ARPT OWNERS GROUP INC|
|Operator||Harford Air Services|
|Serves||Churchville, Havre de Grace, Aberdeen|
|Elevation AMSL||409 (surveyed) ft / 124.7 m|
Harford County Airport (FAA LID: 0W3) is a public airport located in the unincorporated community of Churchville, in Harford County, Maryland, USA. Harford County Airport is a general aviation (GA) airport in northern Maryland that serves primarily recreational pilots. There are three runways at Harford, two grass/turf and one paved. The popular runway in the summer time is the grass runway 01/19. However, in November, the turf is closed as the grass generally remains wet and soggy over the winter months. The diagonal turf runway 14/32 is rarely used by powered pilots except during high crosswind conditions. The prevailing winds generally vary between favoring 28 and 19. The airport has a large sailplane/glider contingent and is home of the Atlantic Soaring Club. The airport serves some commercial activities, mainly sight seeing and flight training (through Harford Air Services) as well as biplane rides and hot air balloons (run by Light Flight Balloons www.fun-flying.com). In the Spring of 2012 a Skydiving company, Skydive Baltimore, moved their operations from Ridgley and started operations at the airport.
Harford Air Services
Harford Air is the sole FBO at Harford County Airport. They offer sight seeing, flight training, and aircraft rental. Their flight school provides training for the Private Pilots License, Instrument Rating, Commercial License, Flight Instructor, and Tailwheel training including ground school in the spring and fall. They have six aircraft available for rent three Cessna 172s including two 'S' models and one 'M' model, a Piper Arrow, a Bellanca Citabria, and a Cessna 162 Skycatcher.
Atlantic Soaring Club
Atlantic Soaring Club is a glider club based at the airport. They fly generally on the weekends and also provide aero-tow Gliding instruction.
Light Flight Balloons and Barnstormer Aero
Light Flight/Barnstormer Aero is a commercial ballooning company based at Harford Airport. They offer hot air balloon rides, instruction, and Bi-plane rides in their 1941 Stearman Open Cockpit Biplane. Their website is www.fun-flying.com
Skydive Baltimore came to Harford Airport in the spring of 2012. They offer tandem skydiving and own a Cessna C-208 Caravan and three Cessna 182 airplanes.
The airport is currently going through the process to obtain the necessary permits to enable a generalized expansion. This expansion is aimed at increasing the overall safety of the airport and to attract new business into the surrounding area. The airport expansion will consist of eliminating two of the three existing runways and extending the length of one of its runways to just over 3,000 ft. This will allow aircraft to arrive and depart on a safer longer runway, while simultaneously reducing noise for the surrounding community. This expansion will also promote increased business revenue for many of the shops and restaurants in Bel Air, Churchville, Aberdeen, and Edgewood, and will serve as convenient access to those visiting the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
On April 14, 2015, a judge ruled against a zoning appeal to stop the airport expansion. The new runway will be 3,000 feet (910 m) long by 75 feet (23 m) wide and be oriented in a north-south direction.
- "Harford approves new zoning rules to aid Churchville airport expansion". The Baltimore Sun. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
- "Judge upholds zoning approvals for Harford County Airport expansion". The Baltimore Sun. 2015-04-21. Retrieved 2017-08-11.