Sterling Airport

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Sterling Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerMonadnock Realty Corp
ServesSterling, Massachusetts
Elevation AMSL459 ft / 140 m
Coordinates42°25′33″N 071°47′34″W / 42.42583°N 71.79278°W / 42.42583; -71.79278Coordinates: 42°25′33″N 071°47′34″W / 42.42583°N 71.79278°W / 42.42583; -71.79278
3B3 is located in Massachusetts
Location of airport in Massachusetts
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 3,086 941 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations49,260
Based aircraft78

Sterling Airport (FAA LID: 3B3) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) southwest of the central business district of Sterling, a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. It is privately owned by Monadnock Realty Corp.[1]

It is a fairly inexpensive place to rent airplanes, as the starting rate is $99/hour for a two-seater Cessna 150. The airport has many parking spaces, open-air and in hangars. The Sterling Airport closes its runways in early September for the Sterling Fair, during which time, all the aircraft tied down on the field must be flown elsewhere. Even the glider trailers are moved off-field. But after the fair, the airport opens for normal operations once again.

Sterling Airport is also the home of the Greater Boston Soaring Club.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Sterling Airport covers an area of 100 acres (40 ha) at an elevation of 459 feet (140 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 16/34 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,086 by 40 feet (941 x 12 m) and one helipad designated H1 which is 50 by 50 feet (15 x 15 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending June 1, 2010, the airport had 49,260 aircraft operations, an average of 134 per day: 99% general aviation, <1% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 78 aircraft based at this airport: 37% single-engine, 3% multi-engine, 56% glider, and 4% ultralight.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for 3B3 PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 25 August 2011.

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