Monroe County Airport (Indiana)
Monroe County Airport
|Elevation AMSL||846 ft / 258 m|
Monroe County Airport covers 1,035 acres (419 ha) at an elevation of 845 feet (258 m). It has two asphalt runways: 17/35 is 6,500 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m) and 6/24 is 3,798 by 100 feet (1,158 x 30 m).
The runway was 5200 feet but was lengthened to 6500 feet, enough for Boeing 727s. In 1995 the aircraft parking ramp was completely replaced, allowing larger planes, and 13 hangars were added. Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) services and car rentals are available. There are two FBOs at the airport: Cook Aviation (owned by Cook Group) and BMG Aviation.
Due to the airline service the airport saw until 1997, the airport has seen several facilities for these operations. A terminal existed on the southern side of the airport until the year 2000, when it was demolished. From 1986 to 1997, a former administration building on the east side of the airport served as the terminal. Plans for a new, larger terminal with space for up to three airlines were included in the 1990 airport master plan, but these plans never came to fruition.
In 2012 the airport averaged 61 aircraft operations per day: 94% general aviation, 4% air taxi, 3% military and <1% airline. 104 aircraft were then based at this airport: 80 single-engine, 17 multi-engine, 4 jet, 2 helicopter, and 1 ultralight.
Several airlines have served the Monroe County Airport throughout it's history. Airline Service started in the 1950's with Turner Airlines, and Lake Central Airlines also served the airport during this decade. The merger between Lake Central and Allegheny Airlines in 1968 resulted in Allegheny serving the airport. After airline deregulation, flights received federal funding under the Essential Air Service program until 1997, when these subsidies were cut due to the airport's proximity to Indianapolis International Airport, 50 miles north. Most recently, Great Lakes Airlines operated flights under the United Express name. 
The Monroe County Airport, along with most of the western half of Monroe County, is located on top of Indiana Limestone. This results in a variety of karst phenomena, including the development of sinkholes in the area. To ensure smoother takeoffs and landings, in the fall of 2013 a major project was undertaken to plug sinkholes using geogrid material.
Accidents and incidents
- On 19 October 1985, Vickers Viscount N923RC of Ray Charles Enterprises was damaged beyond economic repair when it departed the runway on landing.
- On 21 April 2006, at about 23:45 a Cessna 206 N120HS was destroyed on impact while on an instrument approach to runway 35. The flight originated from the Purdue University Airport(LAF), near Lafayette, Indiana, about 22:45. The pilot and four passengers all sustained fatal injures in the accident. All five people killed in the accident were Indiana University music students. This flight below decision height is detailed in the ntsb.gov database.
- FAA Airport Master Record for BMG ( PDF), effective 2009-05-07.
- Scott, Kathy (2014-10-01). "Monroe County Airport repairs airfield sinkholes".
- "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
- Aerial photo from Indiana Department of Transportation
- (PDF), effective April 25, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for BMG, effective April 25, 2019
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