September 18, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Two years after the Cincinnati and Blue Ash mayors brokered a deal to save Cincinnati-Blue Ash Airport in southwestern Ohio, work is progressing to reconfigure the airport and build a park nearby.
AOPA Vice President of Local Airport Advocacy Bill Dunn met with officials from both cities to receive an update on the status of the project and ensure the two-phase project maintains momentum. The city of Cincinnati applied for a $9.4 million Airport Improvement Program grant from the FAA in March and provided the engineering design for the plans. The grant is still pending while the city prepares more information to send to the FAA.
“The city of Cincinnati told us that it is committed to seeing this project through,” said Dunn. “AOPA is working with the FAA to expedite the funding for the airport.”
Phase one of the project would encompass relocating all existing tenants and businesses to the south end of the airport so that a park, civic center, and other business facilities can be built in their place. That part of the project must be completed by Aug. 30, 2010, although the city has the option for two one-year extensions. Phase two, which would be completed based on airport demand, would increase capacity to accommodate 60 more aircraft in tiedowns and hangars.
“This is the perfect example of how cities can work together to save an airport and make it a centerpiece in the community,” Dunn said. “Once the airport improvements are complete and the park is built, it should attract pilots and nonpilots alike. AOPA will continue to make sure this project stays on schedule and is completed.”
A touch of history, affordable flying, unique sightseeing, a good meal, and a community of pilots: Isn’t that what general aviation is all about?
Getting the job done on the local and national levels requires long-term planning, a hands-on approach, and keeping the effort moving, said Sean Collins, AOPA’s Eastern regional manager.
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