Fri, Jan 27, 2006
NY Field To Reopen Soon Under New Name
Tom Brelsford, a retired Connecticut State Environmental Police
Sergeant, wasn't fooling when he bought the old Newhart Airport
near Venice, NY last April 1st. Brelsford announced this week plans
are well underway to reopen the field this spring.
The small country airport in the Finger Lakes Region of New
York, was abandoned about twelve years ago. In November of 2004,
Mr. Brelsford, who lives in Connecticut, became aware that the
property was for sale by word of mouth. After visiting the old
airport property in December 2004, Brelsford saw an opportunity to
save the airfield.
The property had been divided into two pieces to be sold for
housing. After two other offers to buy one of the subdivided pieces
of the property failed to close, and weeks of negotiation to
purchase the property in its entirety, Brelsford was
With new ownership will also come a new name: "Owasco Airfield."
The airport will serve nearby town of Moravia, NY, which lies just
east of the field.
The airport has one 1860' x 50' turf runway, 11/29. There is
also a T-Hangar for five airplanes, and tie downs on the
The Master Airport Record for the field has been filed with the
Federal Aviation Administration, and an airport identifier is
expected to be assigned to the airfield in about two months. In
addition, the airport should be identified on the next edition of
the New York Sectional Chart.
Brelsford told Aero-News he hopes to attract both sport aviation
and general aviation pilots to the airfield, and he would also like
to have an aviation club utilize the airport.
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