Pilot Operations

Pertinent Airport Operations Information

Merritt Field (4PN7) is a private airport. Visitors may fly in to attend the museum but not overnight without permission. We require to know the timing of a visit. Most of the airplanes in daily operation have no electrical systems and hence no radios. The airport also lies under an approved aerobatic box. You must approach the airport with caution and look for old planes. They always have priority.

We are asking for help from all of our visiting pilots. Please do not over fly the town of Eagles Mere or the Eagles Mere Lake at less then 3000 feet MSL. Also, please avoid continuous circling of the town. Be kind to our neighbors.

The following information is provided for background only and pilots are responsible for their own independent verification and judgement. Airport, runway, and obstacle conditions are subject to change. Merritt Field and Merritt Capital Corporation make no representaions as to the accuracy or correctness of any observations which follow (except for the private nature of the airfield and the requirement for landing permission).

Merritt Field (4PN7) is a private airport and permission is required to land at the facility. The field is at 2,000 feet altitude and is about 2.5 miles east of the town of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania 17731 on State Road 42. It is under common control with the old Eagles Mere Airport, which is located about 4 miles to the west. The old Eagles Mere Airport (40PN) is a grass field, 100 feet X 2200 feet, and is private and closed to traffic.

Permission to fly into Merritt Field is only granted when a pilot and all passengers sign a comprehensive "waiver of liability" and provide insurance coverage to Merritt Capital Corporation, owner of the airfield. No services are provided and no fuel is available. The field has dual parallel runways oriented 6/24 with the 24R (right runway) being blacktop; 50 feet X 3400 feet in length and the 24L (left runway) 180 feet X 3500 feet of grass. The runway slopes 80 down from the 6 end to the 24 end. The preferable primary landing pattern is left base to 24 in most wind conditions. There are typically three windsocks, two on the 24L side and one on the 24R side with a wind dihedron on the 24R side about 3/4's of the runway length down the runway. There is a standard commercial night tower beacon and 122.9 is informally used for Unicom and night lighting control. Night landing is prohibited.

Access to 24R is provided by a single blacktop taxiway. Turnaround circles of 75 feet width are provided at each end of the runway. Entrance and exit from 24L is about midway down the field on the left.

Parking is provided on the grass verge next to the hanger clusters. Generally, except for heavy twins, the blacktop surface in front of the hangers is not used for parking as planes are constantly being moved from the hangers.

About 3/4 of a mile off the 24 end of the runways is a large communications tower (approximately 230 feet AGL). This is not directly in the runway path but it is lighted at night and should be both observed and avoided. For this reason, a left base to runway 6 is preferable.

Because the airfield is located in a rural, mountainous section of the state, the winds can be mischievous and caution should be observed for inconsistent winds end-to-end or strong cross winds. Also, the runway is often inhabited by deer, porcupines, bear, and other animals. Good practice suggests that pilots make a full low pass down the runway before attempting to land to discourage animals and to check the wind conditions. The landing decision is pilot responsibility and conditioned by good judgment. No specific guidance can be offered by the airport or staff. Typically, runway 6 is landed using a "short field approach" to maximize braking.

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