Bowman Field Facts:
- Encompasses 426 acres of land, 213.2 of which are owned by Metro Louisville and leased to the LRAA, with a stipulation that the land be used for aviation purposes only. 212.8 acres are owned by LRAA.
- Zoned R-1 (single family residential), except for the Administration Building (zoned C-2)
- Designated as a general aviation, reliever airport, similar to the Clark Regional Airport in Jeffersonville.
- Runway 6-24 (east-west) is 4357 ft long w/ 3469 ft of Landing Distance Available on 6 and 3856 ft available on 24. Takeoff Run Available is 4046 ft on 6 and 3510 ft on 24. The “Design Critical Aircraft” is a Beech King Air 200 (twin turboprop), max. weight 12,500 lbs, and is proposed to be changed to a Cessna Citation II (corporate jet), max. weight 15,100 lbs.
- Runway 15-33 (north-south) is 3579 ft long w/ 3373 ft of Landing Distance Available on 15 and 3125 ft available on 33. The “Design Critical Aircraft” (existing, proposed) is a Beech Baron 58 (twin-engined piston plane), max. weight 5,500 lbs.
- Total traffic: 210,507 (1954), 194,723 (1988), 155, 915 (1997), 78,857 (2012), a reduction of ~60% from 1988 to 2012.
-1,480,497 (2015), -1,588,220 (2014), -1,300,505 (2013), -1,336,083 (2012), -1,069,359 (2011), -997,636 (2010), -1,031,688 (2009), -1,055,237 (2008), -1,171,134 (2007), -853,146 (2006), -748,157 (2005), -1,056,385 (2004).
- Types of aircraft (2013): in addition to piston-engine and turboprop and turbojet, one Boeing 737, F18 Hornet (military, supersonic jet), T-38 Talon (military, supersonic jet), Seahawk and Blackhawk military helicopters.
- Safety data: There have been 30 accidents associated with Bowman Field since 1982. Not one was caused by trees. The majority have been pilot error with a few associated with equipment malfunctions.
- The Bowman Field Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in October 1988 (over the objection of the LRAA) – comprised of the Administration Building, the Curtiss Flying Service Hangar, and the Army Air Corps Hangar (~ 15 acres).
Sources: www.flylouisville.com/lraa/: "Reports and Statistics," Audited Financial Statements; 1999 Airport Master Plan; 2012 Airport Layout Plan; FAA Traffic Flow Management System Counts (TFMSC) Database (https://aspm.faa.gov); www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/index.aspx (Aviation Accident Database); 1958 Louisville Comprehensive Plan.
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Bowman Field Financial Information
Updated Flight Statistics
Flight Statistics for 2006-2009
Updated NTSB Bowman Field Safety Data
NTSB Bowman Field Safety Data
Tree height has not been a factor ("probable cause") in any of the 29 Bowman Field incidents investigated by the NTSB since 1982 (oldest available data through NTSB database).