Saturday, February 27, 1999

Airport projects in Greater Cincinnati




        A brief summary of projects planned or in the works at Greater Cincinnati's six general aviation airports:

        • Lunken Airport: The primary reliever for the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, Lunken is the home for the aircraft of such major corporations as Procter & Gamble, American Financial Group and Federated Department Stores.

        Lunken could handle 40 percent more air traffic, said Dan Dickten, airport manager.

        To draw more corporate business, Lunken wants to expand its facilities for corporate aircraft and has accelerated its marketing effort.

        The airport is trying to obtain funding to build 110 T-hangars — T-shaped shelters for small airplanes owned by individuals. The airport has 62 T-hangars and 150 aircraft owners waiting for hangar space.

        City officials also are exploring the possibility of attracting a regional commuter airline, such as Chicago Express or MidWest Express.

        Mr. Dickten emphasized that those airlines would fly 19- to 30-seat turbo-prop aircraft — not noisy jets — into Lunken.

        “We want to establish a new market,” he said.

        • Hamilton-Fairfield Airport: Last year, $10 million in improvements was completed. The airport lengthened and widened its runway, built a new taxiway, replaced and relocated fuel tanks, tore down the deteriorating terminal and moved utilities that were too close to the runway.

        Private interests built five T-hangars, and Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc. of Groesbeck built a corporate hangar.

        “Last year, we had the biggest expansion in our history,” Mr. Hammon said.

        This year, the airport plans to build a corporate taxiway as well as three taxiways for the new T-hangars, and hopes eventually to construct a permanent terminal building.

        • Warren County Airport: Since Brian Carr and his three partners bought this airport three years ago, they have embarked upon an ambitious plan to improve the facility.

        After spending $1.5 million to upgrade the airport last year, they plan this year to build a $1.5 million terminal that will include a corporate hangar. The facility will house the Warren County Career Center's aerospace academy for high school students.

        At a cost of $300,000, the partnership will renovate an old farmhouse on the property this year and lease it to a restaurant.

        More hangars are being built to satisfy the demand for space by individual aircraft owners and pilots, said Mr. Carr, airport manager.

        The partnership will close a deal on May 1 to buy 138 acres adjacent to the airport this spring from former astronaut Neil Armstrong.

        • Middletown Municipal Airport: Since it began operating this Middletown-owned airport in 1986, Miami Valley Aviation has increased the number of hangars from one to nine.

        Midway between Cincinnati and Dayton, the airport is in a convenient location for businesses in the Kettering/Centerville area south of Dayton and in northern Butler County and western Warren County, said Terence Hogan, airport manager.

        “Assuming the city will lease us more property, we'll put up more T-hangars and corporate hangars,” he said.

        • Clermont County Airport: In 10 years, this county-owned airport, west of Batavia, has doubled the number of aircraft based there to 79.

        This summer, Eastern Cincinnati Aviation, the airport's manager, will build 22 hangars and improve its taxiway.

        “One of our goals is to get more corporate business,” said Bill Anderson, spokesman for Eastern Cincinnati Aviation.

        • Blue Ash Airport: Unlike the other five local general aviation airports, this Cincinnati-owned suburban airport might become smaller because it's on prime development land.

        One proposal under consideration calls for the city to sell about 130 acres of the 230-acre airport for development. A new taxiway would be built parallel to the runway, replacing the current taxiway configuration that airport officials say is inefficient.

- Airport projects in Greater Cincinnati
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