Bolton Field

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Coordinates: 39°54′04″N083°08′13″W / 39.90111°N 83.13694°W / 39.90111; -83.13694


Bolton Field
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Airport typePublic
Operator Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Serves Columbus, Ohio
Elevation  AMSL 905 ft / 276 m
Coordinates 39°54′04″N083°08′13″W / 39.90111°N 83.13694°W / 39.90111; -83.13694
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Bolton Field
Direction LengthSurface
4/225,5001,676 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations74,511
Based aircraft82

Bolton Field( ICAO : KTZR, FAA LID : TZR) is a public airport in Columbus, in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. [1] It is a towered airport operated under the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. It is one of 12 general aviation reliever airports in Ohio recognized in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) and is a reliever airport for John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but Bolton Field is TZR to the FAA and has no IATA code. [2] Bolton Field has been noted for being very annoying to local people [ citation needed ].


Bolton Field opened on October 24, 1970, a day after Franklin County Common Pleas Court rejected a move by a nearby private airport (located on Darby Dan Farm) to stop it. Major Harry Charles Davidson, a WWII veteran residing in Groveport, Ohio, was the first airport manager at Bolton Field. Major Harry Charles Davidson was appointed by Mayor of Columbus, Jack Sensenbrenner. The airport is named after long-time Port Columbus International Airport Superintendent Francis A. "Jack" Bolton, honored posthumously when the city dedicated the airfield to him at its opening. The airport was built to handle personal and business aviation, freeing Port Columbus for commercial traffic.

In 1980, the operation of John Glenn International Airport (formerly Port Columbus International Airport) and Bolton Field Airport was transferred from the City of Columbus to the Columbus Airport Authority; in 2003, the Columbus Airport Authority and the Rickenbacker Port Authority merged to create the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which manages John Glenn Columbus International (CMH), Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) and Bolton Field (TZR) airports. [3] [4]

Facilities and aircraft


Bolton Field covers 1,500 acres (607 ha) and has one asphalt runway (4/22), 5,500 ft × 100 ft (1,676 m × 30 m). [1] Fuel is available; planes can use tiedowns or hangars for parking.

Capital City Jet provides flight instruction, fixed-base operations, and air charter services. [5]

Columbus State Community College has an Aviation Maintenance Training Program on the field. [6]

Scioto Valley 99s and Central Ohio Balloon Club are aviation organizations located on the grounds. [7] [8]


In the year ending June 21, 2011, the airport had 74,511 aircraft operations, average 204 per day: 57% local general aviation, 43% transient general aviation <1% air taxi and <1% military. 82 aircraft are based at this airport: 90% single engine, 6% multi-engine, 2% jet and 1% helicopter. [1]

Incidents and accidents

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