November 15, 2007
By AOPA ePublishing staff
AOPA Eastern Regional Representative Erin Wright and Cincinnati Airport Manager Fred Anderton
Cincinnati-Blue Ash Airport is on the cusp of turning over a new leaf.
For five years the southwestern Ohio airport faced threats without any protection—federal grants that provided certain assurances the airport remain open and operating had lapsed. Thanks to AOPA’s intervention and a very active AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer, city officials in Cincinnati and Blue Ash have teamed up to protect the airport and build a park and other community facilities, including an aviation museum, nearby.
As part of the agreement between the cities, Blue Ash purchased land for the park from Cincinnati, and Cincinnati, which owns the airport, agreed to continue to operate and improve the airport.
In a meeting this week with AOPA Eastern Regional Representative Erin Wright and AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn, Cincinnati Airport Manager Fred Anderton said he was preparing a final airport master plan and project list. He expects to complete it by December and then apply for federal Airport Improvement Program grants in January.
“Federal grants are the key,” Dunn said. “Once they use an AIP grant, the airport cannot be closed and access cannot be restricted for 20 years. This is the best protection any airport can get.”
Meanwhile, Blue Ash City Manager David Waltz said the city has committed $2 million in matching funds for the airport’s development. This will help Cincinnati cover the local portion that must be paid for projects that use federal funding.
“Both cities are championing the airport,” said Dunn. “This is one success story that we truly hope will be modeled throughout the country.”
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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