Minute Man Air Field
Minute Man Air Field
|Owner||Minute Man Airfield, Inc.|
|Location||302 Boxboro Road|
|Elevation AMSL||268 ft / 82 m|
Started as a 1,700 ft (520 m) grass landing strip known as Erikson Field in 1963 by local pilots, the airport was purchased by Paul McPherson in 1966. McPherson and his son, Don, paved and extended the 2,000 ft (610 m) runway, added a parallel taxiway and tie-downs for 50 planes, installed AVGAS pumps, and constructed the Operations Building. The former grass strip was re-opened as Minute Man Air Field on July 1, 1969. McPherson's wife and daughter later opened a small coffee shop on the field called "Peg's Place".
Over the decades, the airport has added aircraft maintenance and storage hangars, a runway extension, a second cross-wind runway, and aircraft parking aprons. In the early 1990s, 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land was added to the field's land holdings, instead of becoming a housing development. The open space is being farmed and serves as home to many species of wildlife. This acreage was sold and is the site of a proposed 55+ active adult neighborhood consisting of 60+ housing units.
Minute Man now has a 2,800 ft (850 m) paved, lighted and instrumented runway and a 1,600 ft (490 m) gravel-visual runway.
The airfield is home to more than 60 aircraft, including three helicopters stored in four hangars and on tie-downs along the taxi-ways and aprons. In addition to Nancy's Air Field Café, the airport is home to numerous other businesses.
The airport is still owned and operated by McPherson, and the operations are overseen by a board of Airport Commissioners. The board is made up of local business, government and aviation professionals who voluntarily serve as commissioners.
Facilities and aircraft
- Runway 3/21: 2,700 ft × 48 ft (823 m × 15 m), asphalt
- Runway 12/30: 1,600 ft × 70 ft (488 m × 21 m), turf/gravel
For the 12-month period ending 1 August 2009 the airport had 48,095 aircraft operations, an average of 132 per day: 99% general aviation, <1% air taxi and <1% military. There are 67 aircraft based at this airport: 60 single engine, one multi engine, three helicopters and three ultralights.
The runway was repaved (to meet FAA required standards for safety) in the summer of 2015. The work also included removing a small hill which was a danger to people in airplanes landing from the south.
Aptis Aviation is a part 61[clarification needed] flight school based on Minute Man Air Field. They are the only flight school at the airport, and have been in business since November 2014, taking over after Noble Airventures left the field. They operate five rental planes, three club planes, and one simulator. The school is staffed with two full-time instructors and a few part-time instructors. Their chief flight instructor, Devan Wiebe, earned the FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate in August 2015. In addition to offering private, instrument, and commercial instruction, Aptis Aviation can facilitate the training required to obtain the Tail Wheel and Complex aircraft endorsements. Two ground schools are run through the school, one geared towards private pilot students and one for instrument students. These classes run on request of the students, providing there is enough demand.
Aptis Access Club
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- Minuteman Airfield Don's Blog July 2015 NOTAM
- "Private Plane Rentals". Aptis Aviation. Archived from the original on 5 November 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
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