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Laurence G. Hanscom Field (BED)

Laurence G. Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, Massachusetts is located 15 miles northwest of the Boston Logan airport, between the towns of Concord and Lexington. It is a medium sized airport serving primarily the Corporate, Business, and General aviation communities. The airport configuration consists of two intersecting runways 5/23 & 11/29. Three FBO's line the south and west sides of the airport providing aviation services to transient as well as based aircraft. View a printable document of the BED information found on this Web page.


Know Before You Go

  • The RWY layout has led to some unique issues involving proper RWY identification.   
  • Aircraft on a wide right downwind or wide right base to RWY 29 will attempt to land on RWY 23 because it comes into sight first.
  • Similarly aircraft on a right base for RWY 11 will line up on RWY 05 because it comes into sight first.
  • Positive identification of the landing RWY needs to be a part of every pilot’s landing checklist.
  • Hot Spot 1 is hazardous due to its complexity. The intersections of TWY S, J, F, G, and E combined with a large ramp area creates an area for confusion and misidentification.

Below find various BED-specific information and things to be aware of, as well as general information to inform your preflight planning. This will be reviewed quarterly and updated as needed. This information is to supplement the From the Flight Deck Videos that are produced by the FAA Runway Safety Group. Here you will also find information provided by the local air traffic controllers at the airport where you intend to fly. The information is subject to change. Not for navigation or legal* pre-flight action. Always refer to official pre-flight materials such as, but not limited to, NOTAMs, airport diagrams, VFR charts and airport construction notices for the latest airport-specific details.

BED Tower Administrative Office
Business Phone 781-372-5500
Office Hours: 0800 to 1600 (M-F)

General Links

Here are some links to current FAA information.

Some Advisory Circulars for Reference 

Last updated: Friday, August 25, 2023