GAI is owned and operated by the Montgomery County Revenue Authority (MCRA). The MCRA, created in 1957, is a public corporation established to construct, improve, equip, furnish, maintain, acquire, operate, and finance projects devoted wholly or partially for public good, use, or general welfare. The MCRA is a self-sustaining entity that does not receive funds from the county. A six-member Board of Directors governs the MCRA.
All aeronautical activities including fueling, aircraft storage, aircraft maintenance, flight training, and related services are provided by a fixed base operator (FBO). For a full listing of services and contact information, please click on Airpark Services. As owner and federal grant sponsor, the MCRA secures State and Federal funding for the Airpark and is responsible for the runways, taxiways, navaids, and other common areas. Federal and State grants are funded by taxes on aeronautical activities.
The Airpark opened in 1959. Located just 17 miles from the heart of the Nation’s Capital, the Montgomery County Airpark (GAI) is ideally located for the business or personal air traveler to visit Downtown Washington D.C. or Montgomery County, Maryland. A ten-minute cab ride gets you to the Shady Grove Metro Station and your subway ride to downtown Washington takes about 45 minutes. A short 20-minute drive from GAI will place you in downtown Bethesda or Rockville, both in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, which is one of America’s most affluent counties.
Our 4,200 foot runway, which has three instrument approaches, makes us the closest “jetport” to the Nation’s Capital. We have a full service FBO. Our popular on-site restaurant, the Café Sophie, serves breakfast and late lunches. Its outside deck is conducive to up-close viewing of aircraft operations. We also offer airport tours for schools, churches, and other organizations on a scheduled basis.