NZ6 wrote:On one hand, I think it's fair to suspect Ardmore could end up like like Whenuapai or worse, Hobsonville. The later is now notihng but high density urban housing with the only signs of it's aviation heritage being a few street names.
Yes, it's possible Ardmore could close, but there's nothing at all to suggest this will happen, and I doubt it will happen if Ardmore continues to operate as it does - a busy GA field. I'm a bit bemused, though, by your comment about Hobsonville. It has actually retained some of the key aviation infrastructure and repurposed it - not least the big flying boat hangar near the ferry wharf and several other significant heritage buildings. Most recently Hobsonville was the home to a handful of helicopters and the SAS, and hasn't been a proper airfield for decades. And as a housing area it's arguably the very best that we've seen to date anywhere in Auckland - both for design and sustainability. It was never, ever going to stay an airfield long term - it served very little purpose.