Laurence G Hanscom Fld Airport

Bedford, Massachusetts, United States

Noise Abatement Information - Last update 07/02/2019



Hanscom Field Awaits
Located off Route 128/95, Hanscom Field is a vital link to domestic and international destinations for individual pilots, commuter airlines and local employers. Businesses look for accessible air travel when deciding where to locate, and Hanscom provides easy access to corporate travel opportunities.

Airport Information for Pilots
Flying at Hanscom Field

Field Elevation: 133’ MSL 42-28.20N 71-17.34W
Tower: 118.5
Ground: 121.7
ATIS: 124.6
CLC DEL: 121.7
BOS APC/DEP: 124.4
UNICOM: 122.95
For airport information call (781) 869-8000.
or visit Airnav page: http://www.airnav.com/airport/KBED

  Mandatory Restrictions

Touch and Go operations are not permitted between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

Touch and Go operations are not permitted at any time for aircraft exceeding 12,500 lbs.


Avoid operations between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM, whenever possible. A fee applies to all operations during this period.



  Pattern Altitudes

  APU Use

APU/GPU unit use should be restricted to the minimum time required prior to start, consistent with aircraft pre-flight, heating/cooling, and navigational equipment requirements. APU/GPU operation is limited to a maximum of 30 minutes.

  Flight Training

Flight training is routinely conducted at the airport out of Executive Flyers Aviation and East Coast Aero Club.

If training please be aware of our noise abatement programs.


  Flight Track Monitoring

light tracks are monitored daily. Please be aware of our “Fly Friendly” and “Touch & Go” programs.


  Noise Ordinance

Working cooperatively with the local community, aviation groups and the Minute Man National Historical Park (MMNHP), Massport has developed a noise abatement program for business, commercial, flight school and private aircraft. Pilots are encouraged to adhere to safe and quiet flying techniques and to remain aware of noise issues at the airfield.

Known as “Fly Friendly,” the program is aimed at reducing noise levels in and around Hanscom Field by implementing the National Business Aircraft Association’s (NBAA) published noise abatement guidelines and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) noise reduction recommendations. Additionally, Massport developed recommended helicopter procedures and recently adopted touch and go procedures that help reduce noise over the MMNHP.

In order to further Hanscom’s goal of minimizing aircraft noise over surrounding residential areas and the MMNHP, Massport produces and distributes Jeppesen Manual Inserts, outlining voluntary noise abatement procedures for: 


Jet and Turboprop Aircraft;

Piston Fixed Wing Aircraft; and,
Touch and Go Procedures.

Other noise reduction efforts include regulations that prohibit 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. touch and go activity; prohibit touch and go activity by aircraft weighing over 12,500 pounds; and prohibit activity by Stage I Aircraft over 12,500 pounds. These rules also include a fee for 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. operations.

For additional information on Hanscom’s Noise Abatement program, please call (781) 869-8000.


  Noise Monitoring

There are six noise monitors located around the area. One off of each runway and two in the surrounding towns.

  Airport Contact Info

Name: Kassandra Marin, Airport Noise Abatement Coordinator
Phone: 781-869-8018
Noise Hotline: 781-869-8050
Email: kmarin@massport.com
Web Address: https://www.massport.com/hanscom-field/about-hanscom/noise-abatement/
Noise Complaint Address: https://www.massport.com/hanscom-field/about-hanscom/airport-activity-monitor/hanscom-noise-complaints/
200 Hanscom Dr
Bedford MA 01730

  NBAA Procedures



  AOPA Noise Awareness Steps

Following are some general guidelines and techniques to minimize the noise impact produced by aircraft operating near the ground.

1. If practical, avoid noise-sensitive areas such as residential areas, open-air assemblies (e.g. sporting events and concerts), and national park areas. Make every effort to fly at or above 2,000 feet over the surface of such areas when overflight cannot be avoided.

2. Consider using a reduced power setting if flight must be low because of cloud cover or overlying controlled airspace or when approaching the airport of destination. Propellers generate more noise than engines; flying with the lowest practical rpm setting will reduce the aircraft's noise level substantially.

3. Perform stalls, spins, and other practice maneuvers over uninhabited terrain.

4. Many airports have established specific noise abatement procedures. Familiarize yourself and comply with these procedures.

5. To contain aircraft noise within airport boundaries, avoid performing engine runups at the ends of runways near housing developments. Instead, select a location for engine runup closer to the center of the field.

6. On takeoff, gain altitude as quickly as possible without compromising safety. Begin takeoffs at the start of a runway, not at an intersection.

7. Retract the landing gear either as soon as a landing straight ahead on the runway can no longer be accomplished or as soon as the aircraft achieves a positive rate of climb. If practical, maintain best-angle-of-climb airspeed until reaching 50 feet or an altitude that provides clearance from terrain or obstacles. Then accelerate to best-rate-of-climb airspeed. If consistent with safety, make the first power reduction at 500 feet.

8. Fly a tight landing pattern to keep noise as close to the airport as possible. Practice descent to the runway at low power settings and with as few power changes as possible.

9. If a VASI or other visual approach guidance system is available, use it. These devices will indicate a safe glidepath and allow a smooth, quiet descent to the runway.

10. If possible, do not adjust the propeller control for flat pitch on the downwind leg; instead, wait until short final. This practice not only provides a quieter approach, but also reduces stress on the engine and propeller governor.

11. Avoid low-level, high-power approaches, which not only create high noise impacts, but also limit options in the event of engine failure.

12. Flying between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. should be avoided whenever possible. (Most aircraft noise complaints are registered by residents whose sleep has been disturbed by noisy, low-flying aircraft.)

Note: These recommendations are general in nature; some may not be advisable for every aircraft in every situation. No noise reduction procedure should be allowed to compromise safety.

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Preferential Runways (No Preference)

No preference

Preferential Instrument Procedures (None)


Reverse Thrust (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Intersection Takeoffs (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Engine Runup (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Community Groups/Info (None)


Stage II (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Stage III (No Restrictions)

No restrictions

Prior Permission (PPR) Operations (None)


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Airport Contact

Name: Kassandra Marin, Airport Noise Abatement Coordinator
Phone: 781-869-8018
Noise: 781-869-8050
200 Hanscom Dr
Bedford MA 01730

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Airport Data

Elevation: 132 ft
City: Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Sectional Chart: New York
Flight Service: Bridgeport FSS
Control Tower: Yes
Wind Indicator: Yes
Fuel: 100LLA