Robertson Field (Connecticut)

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Robertson Field
Robertson Airport
Robertson Field (Connecticut) - USGS 31 March 1991.jpg
USGS 1991 orthophoto of Robertson Field
Airport type Public
Owner Town of Plainville
Serves Plainville, Connecticut
Elevation AMSL 202 ft / 62 m
Coordinates 41°41′22″N 072°51′53″W / 41.68944°N 72.86472°W / 41.68944; -72.86472Coordinates: 41°41′22″N 072°51′53″W / 41.68944°N 72.86472°W / 41.68944; -72.86472
Website Robertson Field Website
4B8 is located in Connecticut
4B8 is located in the US
Location of airport in Connecticut/United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 3,665 1,117 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 30 9 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 21,105
Based aircraft 110

Robertson Field (FAA LID: 4B8), also known as Robertson Airport, is a public use airport in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States.[1] It is owned by the town of Plainville[1] and located two nautical miles (4 km) north of its central business district.[1] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a local reliever airport facility.[2]

It is primarily used for charter flights and flight training.[3]


Opened in 1911, Robertson Field is the oldest airport in Connecticut.[4] John H. Trumbull, a Plainville native and Connecticut's Governor from 1925 to 1931, is known to have used the airfield. He was dubbed "The Flying Governor".[5] In 1990 the Tomasso family completed renovation and expansion of the 3,600-foot (1,100 m) runway.[6]

The Town of Plainville had explored a purchase of the airport beginning in 1995. It was appraised by Tomasso at $6.5 million, double its tax assessment by the town. In July 2007, the town received a $116,850 federal grant to further study buying the airport.[7] The Town of Plainville purchased the airport from Tomasso Brothers, Inc. for a price of $7.7 million USD on December 30, 2009.[citation needed]

In December, 2012 the runway was repaved and the airport received several upgrades. One of them being the addition of different and updated Pilot-controlled lighting along with precision markings on the runway for an Instrument approach procedure the airport received in April 2015.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Robertson Field covers an area of 39 acres (16 ha) at an elevation of 202 feet (62 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 2/20 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,665 by 75 feet (1,117 x 23 m). It also has one helipad designated H1 with an asphalt surface measuring 30 by 30 feet (9 x 9 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2011, the airport had 21,105 aircraft operations, an average of 57 per day: 97% general aviation, 3% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 110 aircraft based at this airport: 94% single-engine and 6% multi-engine.[1]

The Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol 186th Composite Squadron (NER-CT-058) operates out of the airport.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for 4B8 (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Stansbury, Robin (May 1, 2007). "Connecticut's Smaller Airports Falling Victim to Development". The Hartford Courant. 
  4. ^ Byron, Ken (September 19, 2006). "Consultant To See If Airport Plan Will Fly". The Hartford Courant. 
  5. ^ "Died: John H. Trumbull". TIME Magazine. June 2, 1961. 
  6. ^ "Projects – Robertson Airport". TBI Construction Company, LLC. 
  7. ^ Byron, Ken (July 17, 2007). "U.S. Will Fund Airport Study; Robertson Purchase is 'Moving Forward'". The Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on July 2007. 
  8. ^ Civil Air Patrol 186th

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