How did the Town of Norwood acquire its own airport?
In 1942, to support the war effort, the federal government built Norwood Airport. The completed facility included two 4,000-ft. runways (no taxiways) on a 450-acre physical plant. In World War II, Norwood’s role was to provide the Naval Air Station Squantum with a facility where its pilots could practice take-offs and landings.
At the end of the war, along with a number of other “surplus” airports, Norwood was relinquished by the federal government, and in May 1946, through a Town Meeting vote, the airport came under the Town's ownership.
What kind of a facility is the Norwood Airport today?
On average, about 165 aircraft—single and multi-engine turboprops, pistons, jets and helicopters—base year-round here at Norwood.
The main runway, which is 4,007 feet long and 100 feet wide, has approach lighting and precision path indicator systems, as well as localizer and GPS instrument approaches.
The second runway, for daylight use only, is 3,995 feet long, 75 feet wide.
Of the state’s public use airports, Norwood remains one of the busiest. Our airport, on average, accommodates about 60,000 take-offs and landings each year. These often require coordination between air traffic controllers at Norwood and those at Logan.
An independent 2015 study, through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, determined that Norwood Airport today provides annual economic returns of more than $50 million.
Our airport remains one of the state’s most vital air transportation hubs.
How is the Norwood Airport operated today?
The two-man staff managing Norwood Airport include Airport Manager, Russ Maguire, and Assistant Manager, Mark Raymond. Both men have been with the municipal department since its inception in 1999.
The airport management team reports to a five-member, citizen/volunteer Airport Commission, under Chairman Mark Ryan and Vice-Chairman, Michael Sheehan.
The Airport Department receives its operating budget via an appropriation from Town Meeting. During the fiscal year, the airport draws revenue—through land leases to aviation and non-aviation businesses, aircraft tie-down leases, fuel flowage fees, jet fuel taxes, payments in lieu of taxes, as well as permit and badging fees. These revenues are then returned to the Town’s General Fund.
What community services does the Norwood Airport provide?
- Corporate, charter and personal transport; flight training; aircraft fueling and maintenance
- Medical evacuations, often coordinated through Norwood Fire; organ donor flights
- Law enforcement (State Police Air Wing); military and homeland security support
- Weather-reporting; aerial larvacide (Norfolk County Mosquito Control); pipeline patrol
- Electronic newsgathering (ABC, NBC and FOX); aerial photography and videography
- U.S. Department of Defense, research and development/service support
Did you also know . . .?
When you’re at the movies or watching television, chances are that the aerial views of New England were shot by helicopter crews from a company based right here at the Norwood Airport. Here's just some of that videography:
Witches of Eastwick Field of Dreams The Town
The Out of Towners Good Will Hunting Legally Blonde
Hocus Pocus A Civil Action Anger Management
Mystic River The Departed Gone Baby Gone
Providence Ally McBeal The Practice Crossing Jordon
Wings Judging Amy New York Civil War
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