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Custer Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Monroe
Operator Cleveland ARTCC
Location 2800 North Custer Road
Monroe, Michigan 48162
Elevation AMSL 616 ft / 188 m
Coordinates 41°55′59″N 83°26′10″W / 41.933°N 83.436°W / 41.933; -83.436 (Custer Airport)Coordinates: 41°55′59″N 83°26′10″W / 41.933°N 83.436°W / 41.933; -83.436 (Custer Airport)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3L/21R 4,997 1,523 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 11,389
Based aircraft 45
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Custer Airport (ICAO: KTTFFAA LID: TTF), sometimes referred to as Monroe Custer Airport, is a city-owned public airport located in the city of Monroe in Monroe County, Michigan. The airport opened in November 1946[1] and was named for George Armstrong Custer, who spent much of his early life in Monroe.

Custer Airport is owned by the city of Monroe and is financially supported through public tax dollars. It is located on North Custer Road (formerly designated as M-130) about two miles (3.2 km) northwest of Monroe's downtown area. The airport property itself — occupying 158 acres (63 ha) — is an exclave of the city limits and is separated by a one-quarter mile (0.4 km) wide undeveloped residential area belonging to Frenchtown Charter Township. Since the city owns the airport, the area it occupies was incorporated into the city limits. Munson Park, the largest public recreation park in Monroe, occupies the land immediately east of the airport.[2] The River Raisin is just south of the airport, and farmland surrounds the airport to the west and north.


The airport has one 4997 × 100 feet (1523 x 30 m) asphalt runway with high intensity lighting. The airport has no regularly scheduled flights or arrivals. As a general aviation airport, it is mainly used by private pilots for personal and business use, as well as for chartered turboprops and light jets. Custer Airport is able to accommodate a large variety of small aircraft, including light single engine airplanes, twin engine aircraft, and business jets such as the Cessna Citation and Learjet. The airport has personal hangars that house approximately 45 small airplanes. There is also a large hangar that houses several corporate aircraft as well as the Monroe Aviation School of Flight and Monroe Aviation Aircraft Maintenance.[3] In addition, the Monroe County Police Department hangars its law enforcement helicopter there. There is also a 24-hour filling station on the premises. In 2007, there was an average of 65 flights per day for a yearly total of 11,389.[1]

The airport operates continuously and is staffed from 8–5 with after-hours services available through prior arrangement. Custer Airport has no control tower, and instrument traffic is handled by the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZOB) in coordination with the Detroit Approach and Departure Control.[4] The nearest neighboring airports that can accommodate flights from Custer Airport are Lenawee County Airport to the west, Toledo Suburban Airport to the southwest, and Grosse Ile Municipal Airport to the north. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Toledo Express Airport are within close proximity but are too large to accommodate the smaller aircraft that depart from Custer Airport.

Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, local concerns were raised that Custer Airport could be shut down by government intervention because of the airport's close proximity to a nuclear power plant. Custer Airport is located approximately 9½ miles (15.3 km) from the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station in nearby Frenchtown Charter Township. It was suggested that airports within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant be shut down until tighter security policies and government mandates could be enacted by both the airports and nuclear power plants.[5] Custer Airport was not affected, because security was deemed more than adequate.


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for TTF (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ Monroe County Convention and Tourism Bureau (2005). "Recreation parks in Monroe". Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ Monroe Aviation. "Monroe Aviation School of Flight". Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ (07 May 2009). "FAA Information: Custer Airport (KTTF)". Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  5. ^ Stroller, Gary (10 June 2003). "Nuclear plants near airports may be at risk". USA Today. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 

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