Pilot Shelter

The Pilot Shelter is now available for aviation related uses.

Pilot Shelter

Website:The Pilot Shelter is featured in this article in AOPA Online.
Our airport is different. Yes, in so many ways it is different. First of all there is hardly anyone among us that has not had a compliment paid to our facility by someone looking in from the outside. So, whether you were in the middle seat with folks on either side telling you about how good it feels to fly into Bozeman, or on the way out sitting next to a couple with a dog eared copy of the recent issue of Homes/Lands magazine, the comments overheard are usually somewhat predictable.

All feel like they are “coming home” when they step into our terminal. They are not quite sure whether it is the lodge like feel, the bear at the bottom of the steps, or the Dolan geese overhead. Whatever it is, they know they are where they want to be, and it feels different than other places air travel has taken them.

For those of us who travel within the General Aviation system, we too recognize that we are on an airfield that is different. We see a well maintained facility that is plowed in the winter. It has no grass growing up through the non existent cracks in pavement; pavement that is equivalent to 50 miles of 2 lane highway. And, with a few clicks on the microphone button some 300 taxi & runway lights come to life with rarely so much as a single burned out bulb. Rolling out on our turf runway is a welcome change to landing on the asphalt, whether you are a veteran, or a student practicing soft and short field techniques. Yes, it is different.

Recently, the local business community, local pilots, the Montana Pilots Association, Montana Aeronautics Division, The Gallatin Airport Authority, and the Recreational Aviation Foundation, came together to build a pilot shelter on the field. With 100% donated funds and labor our airport once again took a leadership position in doing something just a little different.

This pilot shelter will be a great gathering place for the local aviation community, as well as those that transition through the area and are looking for a place to have an enjoyable stop for lunch, or possibly pitch a tent for the night.

This pilot shelter project demonstrated the kind of “get it done” spirit that this airport has. With none other quite like it, this facility took a different kind of attitude than that displayed by many other airports and their users. It is a facility that we can all be proud of.

This project required the cooperation and participation of many, and special thanks go out to them, and all that assisted physically, as well as financially. However, like other community projects there are always a few folks that truly pull it all together. In this case this project would not have happened had the airport staff and management not been so helpful. Along with the airport, Jon Hudson, Geoff Heath, Dennis Mecklenburg, Dennis Guentzel and Phil Egbert were there at every step of the way to make this project work. These folks took whatever job that came along, rolled up their sleeves and did all that was asked and so much more. So, when you see them be sure to say a big THANKS.

We should all be proud of the finished project and we hope that you will use it, and enjoy it, because it truly is one more reason why this airport is different.


The purpose of this policy is to set forth the conditions under which the public pilot shelter located at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport may be used. The shelter was constructed with a combination of public funds and private donations. Upon completion by mostly volunteer labor, the shelter was turned over to the Gallatin Airport Authority, which is now responsible for the maintenance and operation of the facility. Persons using the pilot shelter do so at their own risk. The Gallatin Airport Authority will not be responsible for the use of the facility or for any aircraft parked or tied down in the vicinity of the pilot shelter.

The pilot shelter is for the explicit use of the flying public and shall only be used for aviation related functions. Those functions include:

a. Overnight camping for itinerant pilots and their passengers arriving by and accompanied by an aircraft. Such use shall not exceed seven consecutive days.

b. Meetings and other organized functions of pilot or aviation related organizations such as the Montana Pilot’s Association, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Ninety-Nines, Montana Antique Aircraft Association, Daedalians, Quiet Birdmen, Civil Air Patrol, Gallatin Airport Authority, Montana Aeronautics Board, etc.

c. Occasional use by local pilots and their passengers and aircraft owners while they are servicing, loading or unloading an aircraft based or parked elsewhere at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

d. The pilot shelter shall not be used for functions such as weddings, company picnics, family picnics or reunions even if an aircraft is involved or the principle organizer or other member of the group is a pilot or aircraft owner. No campers or motor homes may be parked overnight at the pilot shelter.

Persons or groups using the pilot shelter shall be responsible for cleaning up the facility and removing their garbage when they are finished. Users are asked to advise airport maintenance of any part of the facility requiring repair. They may be contacted at: 406-388-6632 ext. 174.

Persons using the pilot shelter shall make certain that the pedestrian gate located adjacent to the facility is closed and locked at all times when not in use and shall report any malfunction of the gate to airport maintenance.

Adopted by the Gallatin Airport Authority Board on August 9, 2007

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Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) is owned and operated by the Gallatin Airport Authority. Established in 1972, the function of the Gallatin Airport Authority is to plan for, provide, operate and safely maintain an aviation facility adequate to the needs of the flying public in the Yellowstone region and to keep it self-sustaining.

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