Hopedale History
    March 15, 2011
    No. 176
    Hopedale Airport

    Hopedale in March   

    Hopedale High Class of 1969, 10-year reunion   

    School field day – probably late 60s – YouTube video   

    Clouds over Hopedale - Both Sides Now   

    Hopedale wastewater treatment plant   

    1975 junior division Little League champs – The Police   

    Now and Then – Cumberland Farms  

    Mendon Menu   

    There’s been a lot of interest in my recent additions of Hopedale videos from the sixties through the
    eighties on YouTube. Thanks to Kathi Wright’s posting on Facebook, the one of Chet Sanborn showing
    kids at Memorial School how to tap maples went from just a few hits to over 400 in about a week.  
    Here's a link to my YouTube menu.

    Here’s a request I received from Tracy Sweeney last week: I'm hoping you might be able to help me
    out.   I'm looking for people from these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Montana, Mississippi,
    Oregon, New Jersey, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming to send a state post
    card to my 10 yr. old neighbor, Jen.  Figured you have a lot of friends and might know someone willing
    to send a postcard to her, for a school contest. Whoever gets the most cards, wins some sort of prize.
    Thanks Dan!     If you can help, email me and I’ll send you Jen’s address.


                                          Hopedale Airport – An Asset to Area

                                                                               By Linda Tosches

    While controversy of a major nature is raging over the proposed jetport in Hopkinton, with a coincidental
    showing of the movie “Airport” at local area theaters dealing with this same major problem, Hopedale’s
    airport has had some expansion pains of its own, but on a minor scale.

    What is advantageous about a small airport such as the one in Hopedale? Robert E. Mozer, Jr., of
    Medfield, assistant manager stated that, “People learning to fly get a more thorough knowledge of
    landing techniques because the runway is smaller (3200 ft. long, 100 ft. wide) and there is not much
    open space surrounding it.” Runway lights spaced 200 feet apart facilitate night flying, and two
    telephone towers, west and north of the field are used as landmarks.

    Most of the thirty-two planes based at Hopedale are single engine, two passenger models, such as the
    Cessna 150 and Piper Cherokee, but there are also four twin-engine models. A single engine plane
    costs approximately $15,000 to buy and $10 per hour for fuel, Mozer said. The largest plane ever to land
    at the Hopedale Airport was a twin engine DC-3, which carries thirty to thirty-two passengers. There are
    two hangars, one for maintenance and one for storage, which can hold four aircraft.

    Mozer, whose father is president of Hopedale Airways, Inc., said that the only expansion he favored
    would be more office space and storage hangars. The request for more office and hangar space was
    turned down last year due to objections by the abutters. “Although we don’t want to turn it into a jetport,”
    Mozer said, some expansion is necessary. Small airports today have a tendency to go out of business.”

    The airport, which has been in existence since 1954, was formerly owned by Draper Corp., and is now
    the property of North American Rockwell, Inc. Two separate but cooperative businesses are involved in
    the operation of the airport. Hopedale Airways Inc., bought by the Mozers in April from Dr. Norman
    Nathanson of Framingham, maintains the flight school. Ranging in age from sixteen to forty-five, the
    thirty-four students receive instruction from Al Winnier of Franklin who serves as chief flight instructor
    and general manager of the flight school. Winnier was an instructor for three years at Hanscom Air
    Force Base before coming to Hopedale three weeks ago. He is assisted by two part-time instructors,
    William Mancini of Hopedale and Richard Gulla of Foxboro.

    As president of Air Travel Services, Bert Marona is in charge of mechanical repairs and overhauling of
    the planes, as well as renting hangar and field space (approx. $200 per month) which he leases from
    North American Rockwell. Before he became involved in the mechanical aspect of the airport, Marona
    was a flight instructor, and has been with the Hopedale Airport for the past twelve years.

    In addition to the flight school, maintenance and rental services, the Hopedale Airport also provides 15-
    minute sightseeing flights around the Milford-Mendon area. The short trips are provided on work days or
    weekends, whenever pilots are available. Cost is $3 per person, with a maximum of three in each plane.

    “We usually limit the flights to fifteen minutes because some people get airsick if it’s their first time up in
    a light plane. But air sickness really depends on weather conditions. The roughest air is usually at
    noontime,” Mozer remarked as he intercepted a radio message from ground control.

    One member of a jovial group of student pilots was overheard giving a middle aged counterpart some
    sage advice before his first solo flight. “Remember Joe, there are old pilots and there are bold pilots,
    but there are no old, bold pilots.”

    Looking toward the future, perhaps with a bit of expansion, the Hopedale Airport will be better equipped
    to serve the needs of pilots, old and-or bold. Milford Daily News, August 2, 1970.

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