In the Beginning:
In the early 1900’s, a 900’ X 200’ field bound on 3 sides by utility lines was originally the home of a trotting park and part of the Fallon farm. After a group of local business and aviation enthusiasts realized the locations potential it was designated as the city airport in 1928. A total of 9 aircraft other than those based on the field landed at Meriden Airport in its first year of operation.
One of the first documented photos at the original airport location was on August 14, 1919 when an aircraft advertising the 1847 Rogers Bros Silverware Company and L. Bamberger & Co (now current day Macy’s Department Store) flew the first shipment of 125 pounds by air from any place in Connecticut.
The Growing Years:
In 1952 Meriden Airport was considered the best sod field in the state according to the CT Department of Aeronautics. The active runways at the time were North-South 3500’, Northeast-Southwest 2800’, and East-West 1300.’
Land was purchased from Wallingford at the south end of the field to expand the airport to 130 acres. More land was later purchased at the north end for a total of 157 acres. The grass strip was transformed to modern day standards and a 3100’ X 75’ asphalt runway was built that stretches North and South. Meriden Markham Airport has continually received City, State, and Federal funding for airport improvements.
Municipally owned and run by the City of Meriden, the airport provides an administrative terminal building open 7 days a week, a maintenance hangar, 2 shared Quonset hangars, 1 private hangar, 6 tee-hangars and 72 tie-down spots . Self-service Avgas 100LL fuel is available 24 /7.
Where we're going:
Meriden Airport is no longer the best kept secret in CT. Pilots from surrounding areas fly into Meriden to take advantage of our low fuel rates. Centrally located, it’s convenient for businesses to use the airport for charter excursions. With GPS and VOR instrument approaches, both fixed wing and rotorcraft flight schools routinely use the airport for flight training. The Civil Air Patrol is active with cadet flight training and search & rescue training with the Silver City Squadron based at the airport. A full service maintenance facility and flight school are now operational on the field. In response to the demand for more hangars, the city has recently built 4 new box hangars in 2016 and has approved funding to further hangar expansion with 16 new hangars to begin construction in 2016-2017. We welcome pilots and friends to visit MMK and fly over to our annual Fly-In and Public Safety Exposition on October.
(Wilma Petro - Airport Director / Purchasing Officer): Our fearless leader. Wilma has been the Airport Director since December 2011. She has been in charge of procurement for the city of Meriden since 1995. Since taking over Airport Operations she has overseen the renovation of the terminal building and construction of a new snow removal garage. Wilma will be overseeing current projects which include a new roof on the maintenance hangar, a new hangar project, and the renovation of the north hangar.
(Constance Castillo - Airport Manager): Constance joined Meriden Airport in March 2014. She brings a wealth of FAA experience to the airport holding her Certified Flight Instructor, Commercial and Instrument Rated Pilot’s License and having been involved in General Aviation her entire life. She is a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol and is qualified as a Transport Pilot, Mission Observer and Airborne Photographer for Search and Rescue. She is the past Vice-Chair and an active member of the CT Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, Inc. International Organization of Women Pilots. Constance grew up flying out of MMK with her parents who were both pilots and owned a Cessna170 based at MMK for over 50 years.
(Cathy Battista - City Counselor): Cathy Battista is a lifelong resident of Meriden. She is a City Councilor, Deputy Majority Leader, Chair of Public Works and Parks and is a member of the Finance Committee. She is employed by the Meriden Board of Education as the Director of the Meriden Family Resource Centers, is the President of the CT Family Resource Center Alliance and sits on the CT Early Childhood Cabinet.
(Donna Shea - Front Desk) Donna has been a public school educator for the past 33 years at the high school level as a teacher, counselor, and administrator (Guidance Director). She lives in Lebanon, CT with her husband Rick and they have a 28 year old son Liam, who lives in Stamford, CT. Donna attained her Private Pilot certificate two years ago in order to plan for a fun retirement and so that she could fly to her family cabin in the Moosehead Lake region of Maine. As a new pilot, she is passionate about all things involving aviation. She is especially interested in inspiring young people to consider the many career opportunities available in the aviation industry. She is a member of the Ninety Nines (International Organization of Women pilots) as well as a member of the local chapter of EAA at Meriden Markham airport. In both organizations, Donna involves herself with all of the events that involve children and young adults in order to inspire them with the passion that she has toward aviation.
(Fillmore "Fil" Olson-Front Desk): Fil joined the MMK staff in July of 2015 as a part time employee working weekends. He is a retired Army UH-1H Helicopter Pilot with 5-1/2 years of military service. He has spent the last 27 years in retail as a sales associate, lead receiver, department manager and assistant store manager. He also runs his own successful D.J. business. Fil has been married to his wife Cindy since August of 2013. He has two adult children (from a previous marriage), two adult stepchildren and three grandchildren. Fil's favorite pastimes include: Golf & Music