The Martha’s Vineyard Airport sits on 688-acres, near the center of this 20-mile long island, in southeast Massachusetts. The airport was originally sited and constructed during WWII, as a training base for pilots assigned to aircraft carriers and Pacific islands. After the war, the property was leased out for use as a public airport until, in 1959, it was formally declared surplus and transferred to the county.
The control tower is federally-funded but staffed with contract air traffic controllers. They provide ATC service 16-hours/day during the sunny half of the year, and 10-hours/day during the darker half of the year. In 2012, there were 42,008 operations, which averages out to 115 operations per day, or four takeoffs/ATC-hr.
A Draft Environmental Impact Statement, from early 2004, projected that MVY annual operations would be 84K operations in 2005, 93K operations in 2020, and 115K operations in 2020. FAA ATADS data show that, at least for recent decades, peak traffic occurred in 2000, with 66K operations. Operations remain substantially below the estimates made in 2004, and in fact operations continue to decline.
…The airport manager is agreeable to a month-to-month lease that would approve a proposal by an Oaks Bluff police officer to establish a motocross track on land in the business park. The airport land use subcommittee seeks written comments from the public.