Somerset Airport (SMQ)

Somerset Airport is a family owned and operated public use airport since 1946 located in scenic Bedminster, NJ. We offer a full range of aircraft services as well as flight school, an on-demand charter operation and maintenance facility.

Airport Services

Fuel Available:

  • 100LL: $4.64/gal
  • Jet A: $4.53/gal

Landing and Parking:

  • Landing Fee (Commercial/Gov’t Operators Only): $50.00 (under 12,500 lbs Max GW)*
  • Landing Fee (Commercial/Gov’t Operators Only): $75.00 (12,500-20,000 lbs Max GW)*
  • Landing Fee (Commercial/Gov’t Operators Only): $150.00 (above 20,000 lbs Max GW)
  • Parking Fee (3 hour or more/overnight/per night) (Commercial/Gov’t Operators Only): $75.00 (under 12,500 lbs Max GW)*
  • Parking Fee (3 hour or more/overnight/per night) (Commercial/Gov’t Operators Only): $150.00 (more than 12,500 lbs Max GW)

* Fee is waived with purchase of 75 gallons or more.

For after hours (before 8 am, after 5pm) office access fee and VIP security fee, call 908-722-2444

Flight School Rates:

  • Piper Cherokee: $97/hr
  • Cessna 172SP/Piper Archer: $145/hr
  • Piper Arrow: $165/hr
  • Headset Rental: $2.00/flight
  • Primary Instruction: $43/hr (up to Private Pilot License)
  • Ground Instruction: $43/hr
  • Advanced Instruction: $55/hr (after Private Pilot License)
  • Owner Aircraft Instruction: $60/hr

Parking:

  • Hangars and Tie downs – Somerset Airport has individual “T-hangars,” open bay hangars, and individual tie downs available for temporary and permanent basing of aircraft. For prices and availability call (908) 722-2444.

Aircraft Maintenance:

Major and Minor Airframe and Power Plant

Avionics Repair and Sales

Oxygen Service

TKS (de-icing fluid) Service

…available through our maintenance shop.

A Little Airport History

gwAt the end of World War II George Walker felt the time was right to build an airport in Bedminster, NJ. His search for the right piece of property led him to a farm owned by the Bedminster Township attorney John Beekman. George Walker and John Beekman began the laborious task of turning a 200 acre farm into an airport. One day when George was out clearing stumps a young man, just out of the service, came up and asked him what he was doing. George replied, “I’m building an airport.” The young man grabbed a shovel and said he would like to help. That is how Sam Freeman became a third partner.

samGeorge was able to have Gill Robb-Wilson, first head of the New Jersey Bureau of Aeronautics and founder of the Civil Air Patrol, layout three runways for him. Beekman helped George put up the first hangar, a large cinderblock structure. The second structure on the field was a barracks they bought at Newark Airport and hauled to the Bedminster site. The airport opened its doors to the public in 1946.

One of the airports earliest missions was training former military pilots for Pan American World Airways. When the military pilots were discharged, they did not have their civilian licenses. Somerset trained 235 pilots for Pan Am.

George Walker and Sam Freeman, along with Marie Walker (George’s wife), continued to run the airport together until Sam passed away. George bought out Beekman’s interest in the airport. The Walker family became sole owner and operator of Somerset Airport.

historyrunwayThe airport was renamed George Walker Field on May 19, 2001, a year after George’s death on January 7, 2000. George was well into his 90’s. Most of his years were spent living and breathing aviation. He introduced many people into the world of flying.

Today the airport remains family owned and operated. George’s family are all still active in the business. The airport has grown over the years. There are now 8 hangers and it serves as home base for over 150 aircraft. Somerset Airport continues to have a very active flight school and charter operation. Our maintenance facility, located on the field, provides airframe and powerplant repair service for nearly all piston aircraft. With each new project the airport continues to grow. Somerset Airport along with all past, present and future employees has made flight dreams come true and will continue to touch the lives of aviation enthusiasts for many years to come.

Location

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FAA Identifer: SMQ
Lat/Long: 40-37-33.5670N / 074-40-12.8760W
40-37.559450N / 074-40.214600W
40.6259908 / -74.6702433 (estimated)
Elevation: 105 ft. / 32.0 m (surveyed)
Variation: 12W (1985)
From City: 3 miles North of Somerville, NJ
Zip Code: 07921

Runway Information

Runway 12 / 30

Dimensions: 2733 x 65 ft. / 833 x 20 m
Surface: asphalt, in good condition
Runway Edge Lights: medium intensity

RUNWAY 12
Latitude: 40-37.614367N
Longitude: 074-40.514783W
Elevation: 83.0 ft.
Traffic Pattern: Left
Runway Heading: 121 Magnetic, 109 true
Displaced Threshold: No
Markings: Basic, in good condition
Obstructions: 55 ft. trees, 210 ft. from runway, 150 ft. right of centerline trees in transition surface at THR mainly at north side.

Dimensions: 2733 x 65 ft. / 833 x 20 m
Surface: Asphalt, in good condition
Runway Edge Lights: Medium intensity

RUNWAY 30
Latitude: 40-37.468100N
Longitude: 074-40.514783W
Elevation: 101.0 ft.
Traffic Pattern: Left
Runway Heading: 301 Magnetic, 289 true
Displaced Threshold: 600 ft.
Markings: Basic, in good condition
Obstructions: 62 ft. trees, 210 ft. from runway, 245 ft. right of centerline APCH ratio 20:1 to DSPLCD THLD. + 10ft private road 80-200 ft TM THLD 125 ft L.

Runway 8 / 26

Dimensions: 2200 x 100 ft. / 671 x 30 m
Surface: Turf, in fair condition
Runway Edge Lights: RWY 08/26 550 ft west end unsuitable for takeoff or landing due to uneven surface.

RUNWAY 8
Latitude: 40-37.539450N
Longitude: 074-40.359600W
Elevation: 101.0 ft.
Traffic Pattern: Left
Runway Heading: 081 Magnetic, 069 true
Obstructions: 51 ft. tree, 200 ft. from runway, 50 ft. left of centerline, 3:1 slope to clear

Dimensions: 2200 x 100 ft. / 671 x 30 m
Surface: Turf, in fair condition
Runway Edge Lights: RWY 08/26 550 ft west end unsuitable for takeoff or landing due to uneven surface

RUNWAY 26
Latitude: 40-37.670783N
Longitude: 074-39.916417W
Elevation: 101.0 ft.
Traffic Pattern: Left
Runway Heading: 261 Magnetic, 249 true
Obstructions: 45 ft. tree, 10 ft. from runway, 140 ft. right of centerline

Runway 17 / 35

Dimensions: 1900 x 200 ft. / 579 x 61 m
Surface: Turf, in fair condition

RUNWAY 17
Latitude: 40-37.681117N
Longitude: 074-40.317933W
Elevation: 100.0 ft.
Traffic Pattern: Left
Obstructions: 65 ft. trees, 20 ft. from runway, 120 ft. right of centerline

Dimensions: 1900 x 200 ft. / 579 x 61 m
Surface: Turf, in fair condition

RUNWAY 35
Latitude: 40-37.389467N
Longitude: 074-40.226250W
Elevation: 105.0 ft.
Traffic Pattern: Left
Obstructions: 22 ft. trees, 10 ft. from runway, 90 ft. left of centerline

Additional Information

  • Departures RWY 30 Turn Right 10 Deg Followed By A Wide Left Turn – Avoid Residential Area
  • Glider Ops
  • Glider Traffic Uses RWY 08/26; RWY 26 Right Hand Traffic For Gliders
  • RWY 12/30 TWY Hold Markings Non-Standard Placement North Side of Runway
  • RWY 12 Arrivals & Departures May Not Be Able To See Each Other
  • Elevation: 105 Ft / 32.0 m (surveyed)
  • Variation: 12W (1985)

Airport Operations

Airport Use: Open to the public

Sectional Chart: New York

Control Tower: No

ARTCC: New York Centers

FSS: Millville Flight Service Station

NOTAM’s Facility: SMQ (NOTAM-D service available)

Attendance: Business Hours during daylight savings are:
– Monday through Friday: 8am -7pm- Saturday: 8am – 5pm- Sunday: 8am – 5pm- Closed Christmas, New Year’s & Easter

Pattern Altitude: 1100 ft. MSL

Wind Indicator: Lighted

Segmented Circle: No

Lights: Dusk-Dawn

Beacon: White-Green (lighted land airport)

Airport Communications

CTAF/UNICOM:

  • 123.0

WX ASOS:

  • 120.60 (908) 722-2139

New York Approach:

  • 132.80
  • 128.55

New York Departure:

  • 132.80
  • 128.55
  • For IFR Clearance Delivery Contact: New York APCH (800) 645-3206

Nearby Radio Navigation Aids

VOR Radial/Distance VOR Name Freq Var




SBJr062/4.2 SOLBERG VOR/DME 112.90 10W
BWZr157/12.4 BROADWAY VOR/DME 114.20 11W
STWr169/24.0 STILLWATER VOR/DME 109.60 11W
ARDr036/24.8 YARDLEY VOR/DME 108.20 10W
RBVr353/26.6 ROBBINSVILLE VORTAC 113.80 10W
SAXr204/27.2 SPARTA VORTAC 115.70 11W
COLr320/30.0 COLTS NECK VOR/DME 115.40 11W
TEBr255/30.7 TETERBORO VOR/DME 108.40 11W
CKZr075/31.5 PENNRIDGE VOR/DME 108.85 12W
CRIr282/35.3 CANARSIE VOR/DME 112.30 11W
PNEr035/(36.1) NORTH PHILADELPHIA VOR 112.00 10W
FJCr110/36.2 ALLENTOWN VORTAC 117.50 10W
GXUr006/37.1 MCGUIRE VORTAC 110.60 11W
LGAr267/37.7 LA GUARDIA VOR/DME 113.10 12W

 

 

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Chatham 249/12.9 254 11W CAT -.- .- –
Doylestown 060/27.0 237 10W DYL -.. -.– .-..
Paterson 243/30.4 347 12W PNJ .–. -. .—
Quakertown 079/31.0 208 12W UKT ..- -.- –
Willow Grove 052/34/0 388 12W NXX -. -..- -..-
Bridge 288/36/0 414 12W OGY — –. -.–
Lakehurst 349/38.1 396 13W NEL -. . .-..