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Dane County Regional Airport-Truax Field (MSN)

Dane County Regional Airport-Truax Field (MSN), is a large multi-use airport located on the north side of the city of Madison, Wisconsin. The airport serves air carriers, military, cargo, business, and general aviation. The pilot experience level goes from the basic new student all the way to seasoned air carrier or military pilot. The airport configuration consists of three intersecting runways and a complex system of taxiways. View a printable Pilot Handbook of the MSN information found on this Web page. 


Know Before You Go

  • MSN consists of 3 intersecting RWYs with intersections at two spots on each RWY.
  • Businesses located on the east, west and south side of the airport.
  • Due to the surrounding topography, aircraft arriving from the northeast and northwest have misidentified RWY 18 and RWY 21. 
  • Transiting the airport from RWY 18/36 to the east side facilities requires at least two runway crossings.  This is especially true on TWY C.
  • HS 2 – numerous aircraft have missed the RWY Hold Short Line on TWY C.
  • You need a specific clearance to cross any RWY, active or not.
  • HS 1 – is a complex and possibly confusing intersection of 2 RWYs and a TWY.  

Below find various MSN-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.

MSN Tower Administrative Office
Business Phone 608-244-5691
0700L to 1530L M-F 

Last updated: Monday, February 5, 2024