October 3, 2005
Blue Ash Airport - An Endangered Airport?
On a regular basis I visit the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association website to see what's new in the world of General Aviation. One of AOPAs charges is to protect the interests of general aviation pilots, in doing so they tirelessly work to protect small airports from being closed. Almost weekly there is an article outlining how AOPA is working to save an airport.
I was saddened to see that AOPA now has to step in to help ensure the future of the airport I earned my Private Pilots License at, Blue Ash Airport. Blue Ash Airport is a ideal general aviation airport located in the suburb of Cincinnati, it would be a shame to see it closed.
Blue Ash Airport is currently owned by the City of Cincinnati and due to a budget crisis Cincinnati is thinking of selling the property. Although the city of Blue Ash is interested in buying the property and keeping the airport open there is significant concerns that the City of Cincinnati could get more money selling the property to a third party that would close the airport in order to develop the land.
According to Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports, "AOPA is working with the local pilots and businesses as well as the City of Blue Ash to ensure that ISZ continues to be the healthy general aviation public-use facility that it is today with about 40,000 operations a year." You can learn more about on the AOPA website.
Seeing AOPA stepping up to defend issues close to my heart makes me glad I am a member. I will be watching this issue and will offer any assistance I can offer to keep this airport open.