Years ago before deregulation in the airline industry, planes from Northeast and other lines catered to and service little towns like Houlton Maine.
The government helped support the airline to these smaller off the beaten path areas. But from a practical standpoint, you do not have 757, air buses or L 1011's full of passengers coming into Houlton Maine eight times a day.
That is why it is a great place to live, not tons of people. All that traffic. On the ground, in the sky.
The folks, ones we have are friendly, caring and helpful! During World War Two the airport in Houlton Maine was very much a part of the war effort.
(See earlier blog post http://activerain.com/blogsview/67360/Houlton-Maine-farmer-helps ) about area farmers hauling war planes with chains into New Brunswick Canada.
Rolling them, tail dragging them across the border.
To help in the War II effort from Houlton International Airport as the front end of the supply.
Even if there are not hourly runs of planes in and out like some airports schedule day and night.
You can bring your private plane, corporate jet in easily to Houlton International Airport.
You can charter flights too.
Get shuttled, York's of Houlton, the Ford, Toyota, other flavors of cars rents them. Not just sells them.
We have local Houlton taxi service.
To pick you up to get you to a number of clean, neat motels, rooms, places to stay in Houlton Maine.
Great options for food, meals, restaurants, places to eat in Houlton Maine too.
So when someone asks me if you can fly into Houlton Maine, I don't automatically think no. Or ponder, see, think just large commerical jets lifting off, touching down.
I think sure..because lots of folks have planes and their own license.
With a little planning smaller private charters can work around the schedule easily to fly into Houlton Maine.
No place as easy, like it to clear customs, immigration either. Houlton Maine.
Smack dab on the Canadian International boundary means the border is here where you land, take off.
Details on the airport in Houlton Maine from the FAA below...known as KHUL.
If you were a pilot, you would want to know about radio homing frequencies, runway length, weather and many other details.
Before you give the prop a big yank. Warm up the jet turbines. Fire up the engine(s). Remove the wheel chocks, unhook the tie downs. Buckling in, radio hot, flaps up, gaining speed rolling. After the slow turn taxing to line it up. For the leaving the ground lift off in the Piper Cub, corporate private jet. That points in new directions, on new flapping your silver or whatever colored wing adventures.
HIA is on the US / Canadian border.
FAA INFORMATION EFFECTIVE 10 APRIL 2008
FAA Identifier: HUL
Lat/Long: 46-07-23.1000N / 067-47-31.4000W
46-07.385000N / 067-47.523333W
46.1230833 / -67.7920556
Elevation: 489 ft. / 149.0 m (surveyed)
Variation: 20W (1985)
From city: 2 miles E of HOULTON, ME
Time zone: UTC -4 (UTC -5 during Standard Time)
Zip code: 04730
Airport use: Open to the public
Activation date: 04/1940
Sectional chart: HALIFAX
Control tower: no
ARTCC: BOSTON CENTER
FSS: BANGOR FLIGHT SERVICE STATION
NOTAMs facility: HUL (NOTAM-D service available)
Attendance: MON-FRI 0700-1700, ALL SAT-SUN UNATNDD
Wind indicator: lighted
Segmented circle: yes
ACTVT MIRL RY 05/23 & REIL RYS 05 & 23 - CTAF.
Beacon: white-green (lighted land airport)
International operations: international airport of entry
WX ASOS: 132.025 (207-532-1584)
APCH/DEP SERVICE PROVIDED BY BOSTON ARTCC ON FREQ 120.25/346.4 (HOULTON RCAG).
CLNC DLVY THRU FLIGHT SERVICES 1-800-WX-BRIEF.
Nearby radio navigation aids
VOR radial/distance VOR name Freq Var
Fuel available: 100LL JET-A
FOR FUEL AFTER HRS CALL 207-532-9079, 207-532-9461 OR 207-538-2997 (CELL).
Parking: hangars and tiedowns
Airframe service: MAJOR
Powerplant service: MAJOR
Bottled oxygen: NONE
Bulk oxygen: NONE
Dimensions: 5001 x 150 ft. / 1524 x 46 m
Surface: asphalt, in fair condition
Weight bearing capacity: Single wheel: 30.0
Double wheel: 57.0
Runway edge lights: medium intensity
Runway edge markings: MARKINGS FADED.
RUNWAY 5 RUNWAY 23
Elevation: 481.1 ft.488.8 ft.
Traffic pattern: leftleft
Runway heading: 051 magnetic, 031 true231 magnetic, 211 true
Markings: nonprecision, in fair conditionnonprecision, in fair condition
Visual slope indicator: 4-box VASI on left (3.00 degrees glide path)2-light PAPI on left (2.50 degrees glide path)
Runway end identifier lights: yesyes
Touchdown point: yes, no lightsyes, no lights
RISING GND TO +1 FT FROM 0-200 FT FM END OF RY.57 ft. pole, 2023 ft. from runway, 121 ft. right of centerline, 31:1 slope to clear
10 FOOT TREES AND BRUSH, 125 FEET FROM THRESHOLD, 130 LEFT.
Airport Ownership and Management from official FAA records
Owner: TOWN OF HOULTON
21 WATER STREET
HOULTON, ME 04730
Manager: DOUG HAZLETT
21 WATER ST.
HOULTON, ME 04730
Airport Operational Statistics
Aircraft based on the field: 34
Single engine airplanes: 26
Multi engine airplanes: 2
Aircraft operations: avg 35/day *
55% local general aviation
39% transient general aviation
* for 12-month period ending 19 August 2006
Single engine, multi prop or private jet engine airplanes, Houlton International can accomodate your bird.
Hope this information on Houlton International Airport in this border town with Canada is helpful.