FAQs

When is the airport open?

In accordance with Federal and State aeronautical rules, regulations, assurances and guidelines, the air field is available for public use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on a fair and non-discriminatory basis, to all types, kinds, and classes of aeronautical uses, with due regard to safety, climatic and flood conditions, except for operating restrictions as shown in our Flight Operations Advisory. As a matter of courtesy to our neighbors, if you intend to use the airport between the hours of 2300 and 0600 local time, please notify the airport manager at 978-897-3933.

How safe is the airport?
Minute Man Airfield has an excellent safety record. The safety of our neighbors and airport users is our number one priority. We have made numerous improvements to the airport facility in the interest of safety including tree removal, obstruction lighting, a PAPI approach lighting system, and numerous other enhancements. If you would like to learn more about the regulatory environment in which we operate, see the learning more section of this page.
Does Minute Man have an instrument approach?
There are three instrument approaches that serve Minute Man Air Field. You can find links to them here.
How much is fuel at Minute Man?

We have 100LL fuel available and Minute Man consistently has one of the lowest fuel prices in the area. Check out Don’s Blog for the latest price. If you open a fuel account with us and keep $500.00 on account, you can enjoy the lowest fuel prices. Please contact Don McPherson at 978-897-3933 for more information.

What are the FBO’s normal business hours?
The FBO is open 7 days per week from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. If you plan to visit us during non-business hours and will require services, please call us at 978-897-3933 to make arrangements.
What is the overnight parking fee?
Please see our schedule of fees.
Are the fees waived if I buy fuel?
We do waive our ramp fee with a fuel purchase. In addition our parking fee is reduced. Please see our schedule of fees.
Do you have rental cars right at the airport?
Rental cars are not available on the airport premises but one can be dropped off by either Avis or Enterprise. We would be happy to help you make arrangements for a rental car. Please call us at 978-897-3933.
Can I drive the rental car out to my aircraft to load/unload?
Absolutely. Just ask and we will give your vehicle access to the ramp. If you plan to be here when the office is closed, please call us at 978-897-3933 to make arrangements.
Is there a crew car available?
Yes. Please call us at 978-897-3933 to make a reservation.
Are there flight planning facilities available?
We have full flight planning facilities as well as free WIFI access during normal business operating hours.
Can I get a hangar for the night?
Yes. We have heated hangar space available for nightly or long term rent. See our schedule of fees for more information.
Is there a guest tie down? Does it have electricity for my heater?
Yes. We do have guest tie downs with electricity available. See our schedule of fees for more information.
How far is it to the train station? What’s the train schedule?
The closest train station is the South Acton Station of the MBTA. We will gladly provide a complimentary ride to and from the station during our normal business hours. You can access the train schedule here.
Where’s the closest hotel? Do they have special rates for pilots?
There is a Holiday Inn in Boxborough where we do get a reduced rate. Other options include the Amerscot House Inn and the Stowaway Inn. Please call us at 978-897-3933 and we would be happy to help you with reservations. We also provide a complimentary shuttle to and from the hotel during normal business hours.
How late can I arrive? How early can I depart?
The airport is open 24×7, 365 days per year. If you need to take off or land between 2300 and 0600 local time, we do ask that you notify the airport manager at 978-897-3933.
If I arrive after the office is closed, how will I know where to tie down?
If not windy – chock it at the pumps – if windy, tie on a pad marked with an orange traffic cones (they have ropes and are especially for transients).
Are there restrooms available after hours?
Restrooms available 24/7 in the brown brick office building. Enter through the glass doors on the Ramp side of the building.
If I need to depart when the office is closed how can I get in?
Please call us at 978-897-3933 to make arrangements for after hours access.
If I’m in a hurry when I arrive, can you fuel my aircraft? Can you have the receipt waiting for me when I return?
If in a hurry and or in your ‘fancy’ dress, we will fuel your aircraft for you and secure it.  We will provide a receipt if you return after hours.  If you arrive before and leave after the OPS Office is open, a phone call to 978-897-3933 will provide you with security codes for easy ramp access.
What’s the prevailing/no-wind runway?
In low traffic, no wind conditions, we suggest departing on runway 03 and landing on runway 21. This provides the greatest obstacle clearance. If there is traffic in the pattern and no wind, runway 21 is active.
Are there any special operational considerations I should be aware of?
We ask that all pilots operate in a safe, responsible manner and abide by our Noise Abatement Procedures. We are located near a residential area and ask that all pilots be considerate of our neighbors.
What’s the best way to get an ATC clearance for departure?
There is no RCO or ability to contact ATC via radio on the ground at 6B6. Therefore the best way to get a clearance is to call Clearance Delivery at 1-888-766-8267. You can also call Boston Tracon directly at 603-594-5551.
When is Nancy’s Airfield Cafe open? Can I get food to go?
Nancy’s hours can be found on the website. Nancy’s will gladly provide food to go for pilots on the go. You can even call ahead to place your order at 978-897-3934.

 

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