Harold W. Brown Memorial Airfield
|IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: 4G0|
|Owner||Estate of Helen M. Brown|
|Elevation AMSL||1,187 ft / 362 m|
Pittsburgh–Monroeville Airport (FAA LID: 4G0) is a public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.8 km) north of the central business district of Monroeville, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The airport is privately owned by estate of Helen M. Brown and is also known as the Harold W. Brown Memorial Field.
The airport no longer offers aviation fuel for sale, but 2,000 planes land and take off at the airport every year, according to Weible. Pilots pay $3 on the honor system to defray the expenses of mowing the grass and maintaining the runway for an overnight stay.
The airfield was used as a filming location in a pivotal scene in the 1978 horror film Dawn of the Dead.
Harold and Helen Bohinski Brown opened Pittsburgh–Monroeville Airport in 1948. Before it closed in the early 1970s, it was noted for its air shows that attracted hundreds of spectators and for handling the air mail for the Wilmerding Post Office.
Pittsburgh–Monroeville Airport currently houses sixteen privately owned planes in several hangars, down from 74 in 1970, and 112 between 1952 and 1958. Its manager for the past eighteen years,[when?] Raymond J. Weible erected a sign along Logans Ferry Road designating the field as Harold W. Brown Memorial Field. "Mrs. Brown is proud she and her late husband, a pilot himself, worked hard to make it a first-class facility in 1948 for small planes to land, flight instruction, and a place to hangar residents' planes."
The pilot-controlled lighting has a unique frequency of 122.95 and requires three clicks to turn on. There is no mention of this in FAA publications and this should not be relied upon.
The runway is not plowed nor actively maintained during winter but still operates.
Facilities and aircraft
Pittsburgh–Monroeville Airport covers an area of 63 acres (25 ha) at an elevation of 1,187 feet (362 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 5/23 with a 2,280 by 28 ft (695 x 9 m) asphalt surface. For the 12-month period ending June 12, 2007, the airport had 5,709 aircraft operations, an average of 15 per day: 99.8% general aviation and <0.2% military. At that time there were 17 aircraft based at this airport: 94% single-engine and 6% ultralight.
- FAA Airport Master Record for 4G0 ( PDF), effective 2008-07-31.
- Pittsburgh–Monroeville Airport at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
- Allegedly, per airport manager
- Chandler, Marilyn (1988). Hamlet to Highways: A History of Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Self-published. ISBN 0-9622766-9-3.
- Aerial image as of April 1993 from USGS The National Map
- Resources for this airport: