East Coast Aero Club

Laurence G Hanscom Field Airport (KBED)
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone: 781-274-6322

Club Facilities

  • Restrooms
  • Primary Flight Instruction
  • Online Flight Scheduler
  • Simulator


In 1985, we set out to achieve one major goal: to offer a flight training solution that ensured the greatest level of safety while providing students with the highest degree of cost effectiveness. We started from humble roots, operating only one airplane and utilizing a scheduling system which consisted of a sign-up sheet in a mailbox. We recognized that in order to reach our goal, we could never spare on maintenance expenses, but frugality in other areas would ensure our ability to offer the lowest prices possible until we could grow our business and enjoy the economies of scale that very few flight schools survive to recognize.

This model took discipline, but after experiencing decades of growth and prosperity in the industry, it is clear that it was worth our while. Today we are one of the largest and most respected flight schools in the northeast, with three locations and over thirty five aircraft; including an expanding fleet of helicopters. We operate our own maintenance department with over seven full-time airframe and powerplant mechanics. We also employ over forty flight instructors and office staff.

Despite our prominent position in the industry, we are constantly striving to improve. In 2011, we spent over $150,000 in new aircraft acquisitions, engine replacements and avionics upgrades. We also work to ensure that we provide our students with the experience they need to stay on the cutting edge of the aviation industry. This is evidenced by our acquisition of many technologically advanced aircraft: a 2008 Diamond DA40 XLS with Garmin G1000, a 2008 Cessna Skylane with Garmin G1000, a 2005 and 2006 Cessna Skyhawk with G1000 and a pair of 2003 Cirrus SR22 with Avidyne Entegra. We also have a pair of 2005-6 Cirrus SR20 aircraft.

Type of Flying Available

  • IFR
  • Complex
  • High Performance
  • Glass Panel
  • Multi
  • Tailwheel
  • Rotorcraft
  • VFR
  • Cross Country
  • Local

Member Comments

AOPA member comments are offered unedited and do not necessarily reflect the views of AOPA.

ESHAZEN - 10/05/2016
I base my Archer II at Bedford. I have used the maintenance shop at ECAC for the last 2 years, starting with my pre-purchase inspection. I've been completely satisfied. They aren't the cheapest shop in the area, but they are responsive, honest and very knowledgeable about the Cherokee family. Adam helped me through a challenging pre-purchase, helped me negotiate a significant price reduction based on a list of issues found. We then prioritized and repaired the urgent ones, and took care of the remainder of the list in the first annual.
ECAC have been very responsive, and have sent someone out to my tiedown to take care of urgent issues when needed. They helped me through a difficult troubleshooting session with an overheating problem, and eventually tracked down and repaired the problem.

I would recommend ECAC for maintenance without hesitation.

One small issue which is worth pointing out is that access to the shop on the ground is through the still-active Hansom Air Force Base and requires a sponsor and a visitor pass. Those based at the airfield can get a card allowing access but the procedure is a bit involved.


Club Details

  • Organization Type: Profit
  • Average Membership Size: 300
  • Average number of Aircraft: 33
  • Memberships Currently Available: Yes

Club Contacts

  • Mark Holzwarth (President)
  • Brad Trent (Customer Service)
  • James Merrifield (Customer Service)

Flying Club Photos