Robertson Field (Connecticut)
|Owner||Town of Plainville|
|Elevation AMSL||202 ft / 62 m|
|Website||Robertson Field Website|
Robertson Field (FAA LID: 4B8), also known as Robertson Airport, is a public use airport in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. It is owned by the town of Plainville and located two nautical miles (4 km) north of its central business district. 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.
It is primarily used for charter flights and flight training.
Opened in 1911, Robertson Field is the oldest airport in Connecticut. 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". In 1990 the Tomasso family completed renovation and expansion of the 3,600-foot (1,100 m) runway.
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. The Town of Plainville purchased the airport from Tomasso Brothers, Inc. for a price of $7.7 million USD on December 30, 2009.
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
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).
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.
- FAA Airport Master Record for 4B8 ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- Stansbury, Robin (May 1, 2007). "Connecticut's Smaller Airports Falling Victim to Development". The Hartford Courant.
- Byron, Ken (September 19, 2006). "Consultant To See If Airport Plan Will Fly". The Hartford Courant.
- "Died: John H. Trumbull". TIME Magazine. June 2, 1961.
- "Projects – Robertson Airport". TBI Construction Company, LLC.
- 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.
- http://ct058.ctwg.cap.gov/ Civil Air Patrol 186th
- Town of Plainville: Aviation Commission
- Interstate Aviation, Inc., the fixed-base operator (FBO)
- Silver City Flying Club at Robertson Airport
- Aerial image as of March 1991 from USGS The National Map
- Resources for this airport:
- 186th Composite Squadron Website