ChazPilot From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 89 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
I know this won't be of interest to the majority of readers, but I'm sure any GA pilots out there with an affinity for their local field / FBO can relate
For most of my life I lived 15 minutes away from ISZ and took my first training flight at 13 1/2 years in a C152 through Schmidt Aviation (since changed hands), and solo'd on my 16th bday. My mother still has the (shaky) camcorder video of me flying my T&Gs around RW 24 - right hand pattern due to golf course and houses south of the field - while my instructor lounges in a lawn chair off the side of the runway waiting for me to pick him up on full stop. This was in the last 90's when CVG was still Class C airspace and not the unnecessary (IMHO) Class B it is today. On any given day, if you wanted to get some CT experience you turned south and were pretty much lined up for a long final on LUKs 21R. Likewise, a heading of 150 degrees would get you to Clermont Co. pretty quick, which is usually what I did on a Saturday so I could grab a free hot dog at Sporty's!
The closure is hardly a surprise, although there was hope for the last few years that a partial land sell off and consolodation of ISZ would save it. But as it is with the times, the city couldn't justify the $100m price tag and have decided that LUK alone with suffice for GA needs. In it's prime, ISZ had around 35k take offs + landings, and until very recently even hosted Blue Ash Airport Days every year in early summer which drew good crowds. Shut down is scheduled around June 8, a sad day Cincinnati GA and those of us familiar with ISZ
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3187 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2042 times:
I went by it in January looking for the A-7 gate guard nearby at the National Guard place. It looked like a really small airport but I did see a couple planes flying in and out in the couple minutes I was there. Aren't they restoring a B-17 in one of the hangars?
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23953 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1980 times:
It seems like the problem is the fact that the City owns both ISZ and LUK, right? Cincinnati ought to be large enough to sustain 2 GA airports. Look at Nashville, for instance, with JWN, MQY and MBT in a similarly-sized metro area.
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geezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1804 times:
Chaz Pilot.........you are referring to Blue Ash Airport are you not ? I was totally unaware of its "ISZ" identifier ( even though I lived about 4 miles north of it, on McCauley Rd. for over 50 yrs; You had me worried there at first; I thought you were gonna say that Lunken Airport was closing. But I fully agree, Blue Ash is bad enough.
There have been all manner of war birds restored, and constantly "tinkered with" at Blue Ash; one of the prettiest F4U Corsairs ever to visit Osh Kosh every year, "lived at Blue Ash." The place is rich in history.
About the time Igor Bensen was running around risking his life trying to convince the "newbie wannabees" that his gyro copter was "perfectly safe" to fly, and could be built in 2 hrs by a seriously challenged "no skills wannabee", Igor used to show up at Blue ash frequently; watching Igor fly the thing really made it look like a piece of cake; hell, it WAS a piece of cake for him; Igor was a hell of a skilled gyro pilot; I have no idea if he even flew fixed wing stuff. the problem being, a very significant number of his "just completed my gyro copter" wannabees proceeded to break their necks with amazing frequency..........no doubt because they were "unsure" of which way the wind was blowing; I"m not sure how Igor ended up; my best guess would be with yet another broken neck. Surely some here will know.
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