The airport, due to its size and runway capacities, serves as a “regional reliever” for planes that typically use Dayton International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, he said.
Middletown’s airport also can handle planes that are too large for the Butler County Airport and Dayton Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Twp., he said.
The airport is trying to attract “major players” in the aviation industry and representatives from NetJets and Wheels Up have flown into the airport and provided feedback to officials, Eisenbraun said.
The Airport Master Plan calls for a Maintenance Repair Overhaul facility to be built by an aviation company and that facility would attract service providers, additional workforce and income tax for the city, according to Eisenbraun.
The city also is working with Butler Tech to provide workforce development programs that could bring aviation certification opportunities for local students.
On Monday, a public information session will be held to discuss the Airport Master Plan, a continuous and strategic process required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish a framework for the efficient development of airports that is consistent with local, state and national standards and goals.
The foundation of a master plan is the 20-year aviation activity forecast specifically for the airport and approved by the FAA, Eisenbraun said.
The city will gather public comment, assemble the Airport Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan, submit them to the FAA for review and approval, receive FAA comments, and publish the accepted plans.
HOW TO GO
WHAT: Public information session on the Airport Master Plan
WHEN: 4-6 p.m. Monday prior to Airport Commission meeting
WHERE: Council Chambers, lower level of the Middletown City Building