“We want the (airport operator) to be more customer focused so we can attract more transient users who want traditional core airport services.”said Matt Eisenbraun, assistant economic development director.
“Small- and medium-sized airports are taking over the (operator) duties. We’d like to fold our … operations with our new education program with Cincinnati State and Butler Tech so someone could get a degree in airport management.”
The city will spend $15,000 for the cleaning and recertification of the fuel tanks and fueling system as it takes over operations and sets up the self-serve fueling. The city prefers a self-serve model because it saves the costs of an attendant and allows pilots to refuel whenever they would like.
The new self-serve system will cost $75,000 and another $50,000 for engineering and installation.
The city will likely set up temporary quarters to run its operations beginning Jan. 1 at an estimated cost of $9,000 from Jan. 1 through June 30. Those costs include utility, telephone, web, and security installation costs.
Eisenbraun said the date and status of transferring the office space that was included as part of the operator services contract has not been finalized. He said the ability to facilitate the standard operation and sell fuel via traditional methods is the most vital operation on an airport.
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Fast facts about Middletown Regional Airport/Hook Field
The general aviation airport features the longest uncontrolled asphalt runway in Ohio at 6,100 feet. It is the longest runway in Butler and Warren counties and is one of the longest in southwest Ohio.
The airport’s main runway can accommodate jet aircraft as large as a Boeing 757.
There is also a 3,040 foot turf runway at the airport.
The airport also offers private, commercial and helicopter pilot training.
It is the home of Start Skydiving and Team Fastrax.
Approximately 110 aircraft are based at Middletown Regional Airport which logs more than 40,000 aircraft operations annually and sells 400,000 gallons of aviation fuel each year. The airport is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The airport contains 13 city-owned buildings that consists of 66 T-Hangar units, two 50 foot by 50 foot aircraft hangar units, an 8,000 square-foot Terminal Building, a 24,000 square-foot maintenance hangar, and 39,000 square feet of corporate/community hangar space. The city also owns and operates a 40,000 gallon above ground aviation fuel storage facility