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Wilmington Air Park poised for redevelopmentA $3.7 million construction project for a new complex at a Clinton County air park is being proposed as part of a multi-phase initiative to redevelop the area for present and future use.
Richard Thompson Retires from the Clinton County Port Authority Board; John Settlemyre, Brian Smith AppointedThe September 14, 2017, meeting of the Clinton County Port Authority Board of Directors saw the end of an era, with the retirement of Richard Thompson from the Board. Thompson was appointed to the Port Authority Board in 2004, when the Port Authority was formed by the Clinton County Board of Commissioners.
Wilmington Air Park Certified Part 139 by FAAWILMINGTON, OH – MAY 12, 2017 – The Wilmington Air Park has once again earned its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 Certification, recognizing that the airport facilities, staffing, operations and infrastructure are on par with other large airports around the country.
The University of Akron and Airborne Project on Pathway to FAA CertificationThe Wilmington Air Park is proud to be the home of a partnership to add value and safety to the aviation industry through applied technology. Air Park tenant Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, along with the University of Akron, welcomed several guests for the ribbon cutting on its new Supersonic Particle Deposition Booth. The process employs a supersonic jet of an expanded gas containing metal particles to bond with a solid surface on impact. It is part of a pilot program funded by the State of Ohio and including partners NCERCAMP (University of Akron), SAFE Engineering, US Technology Corporation and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services.
WILMINGTON AIR PARK WELCOMES NEW TENANT - Schuerger Law Offices to operate Call CenterWILMINGTON, OH – FEBRUARY 22, 2017 – The Wilmington Air Park recently added another new tenant, bringing a new employer and new job opportunities to the community. The Law Offices of Robert A. Schuerger Co., LPA has leased 4,400 square feet of office space in the Air Park’s Administration Building. The space will house both legal services and a call center operation for the law firm. The lease term is approximately five years, with a five-year renewal option.
Wilmington Air Park Now Certified at Cat IIIWilmington, Ohio – October 4, 2016 – The most recent runway in the United States to be Certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as Category III is located at the Wilmington Air Park. The Clinton County Port Authority and LGSTX Services, Inc. received word from the FAA that the Instrument Landing System (ILS) on Runway 22R has been officially certified at Category III/E/3.
Clinton County Receives Brownfields GrantWilmington, Ohio – May 20, 2016 – The Clinton County Port Authority and the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission received word this week that the Port Authority has received a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).
FAA Authorization Propels UC's UAV Work Skyward
The high-flying endeavors in unmanned aerial vehicle testing and research at the University of Cincinnati just got a new lift from the Federal Aviation Administration. This week the FAA granted UC's Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering certificates of authorization (COA) to test five types of UAVs, or drones, in Wilmington Air Park, less than an hour's drive from campus. Permission to also fly with the West Virginia Division of Forestry is still pending.
Site Selection Names Wilmington Ohio in Top Ten U.S. MicropolitansSite Selection Magazine recently announced the awards given to this years top Metropolitans and Micropolitans in the U.S. In the magazines ranking of Top Micropolitans cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people Wilmington, Ohio was named number on the Micropolitan list.
Over 80 years of History at Wilmington Air Park- Air Cargo & UAV Testing
The Wilmington Air Park is rich in history. In 1929, a group of local aeroplane enthusiasts initiated flying activities on a field in Clinton County, Ohio. A year later the first hangar was built. Throughout the 30’s and 40’s the airport would take on many roles. American Airlines used the airport for flights to Columbus and Cincinnati. Throughout World War II, The Army Air Corps would take control of the field, naming it Clinton County Air Field, and conduct research, training and development. During the Korean War the base was used as an Air Reserve Center.
In 1960 the base was transferred to the Strategic Air Command which was responsible for maintaining a peacetime force strong enough to discourage enemy aggression. In 1972, the base was decommissioned by the Air Force and the Wilmington economic development community established the Community Improvement Corporation which took over the base, renaming it the Wilmington Industrial Air Park.
The Park took off in the 70’s with new tenants moving into the Wilmington Industrial Air Park. Early tenants included National Airways, Kurz-Kasch and Midwest Air Charter. The establishment of educational organizations, including Southern State College and the Laurel Oaks branch of the Great Oaks Vocational School, provided a trained workforce for employers.
In 1980, Airborne Freight Corporation acquired Midwest Air Charter and established Airborne Express. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s Airborne Express would become a dominate player in the air cargo market. The airport would become the only privately owned and operated airport with a CAT II Landing System. Packing and sorting facilities, aircraft maintenance hangars, fire stations, fuel facilities as well as expanded runways and roads would be added to the Air Park to accommodate growth. With various purchases of land from both governmental and private entities the park would increase in size to 2,000 acres.
In 2003, German cargo giant DHL purchased the sales and ground network of Airborne Express. As a result, the aircraft portion of Airborne Express would become ABX Air and enter into contracts with DHL to continue providing air services.
In May 2008, DHL announced that to stem significant losses in the US Market, it would initiate a new business strategy. Throughout the next year, DHL exited the domestic package delivery market in the US and moved its international business to the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport. Over 8.000 local jobs were lost as a result of DHL's decision to exit the express package delivery business in the US.
In 2010, DHL donated the Air Park to the Clinton County Port Authority for economic redevelopment in the region. The donation represents one of the largest public donations of private land in the State of Ohio’s history.
The park is renamed Wilmington Air Park in 2012 and the Clinton County Port Authority begins marketing the property to targeted industries. Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) continues to operate its ABX Air and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services business. Other tenants include Cargill and Global Flight Source to name a few.