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Local Airports are a Dying Breed, and It is a Tragedy

Small local airports are one of the fun things about aviation.  With all of the advances in technology, they are the place where aviation’s roots can still be found.  It is where stories are shared amongst people who simply love aviation.

While it can be hard to put into words the value of such an airport, Krista Ramsey of wrote a wonderful piece about the Blue Ash Airport near Cincinnati that is scheduled to close in June.

I don’t know the dynamics of that specific situation, but it is a tragedy to me that we are losing these sites.  There is really no way to quantify their value to a  community.  If you base it strictly on dollars and cents then keeping the airport really doesn’t make much sense, but if you consider overall value then there is no way small airports like this should close.

Aviation has lost its romantic luster in modern days, and it is a real pity.  We need these little airports that bring aviation into everyday life for so many people.  They provide experiences that could never be had at JFK, LAX, or O’Hare.

Please share your experiences at small airports so that we can keep these amazing sites alive, if not in reality, at least in our hearts and minds.

April 3, 2012 I Written By

I'm Dave and I am a proud Avgeek. It goes way beyond liking airplanes. It is a passion that cannot be subdued.

Airport Operations Is a Lot More Than Just Getting People On and Off Planes

In order to fulfill my insatiable desire to learn more about aviation I read numerous blogs, articles, and press releases everyday.  You can find a list of some of my favorites on the right side of this page.  If you have any other recommendations I would be happy to add them to my list.

One of my favorite reads is The Airline Reporter.  David Parker Brown is the author and he provides a nice diverse offering of articles, pictures, videos, and interviews.  He recently did an interview with Brandi Bell, an Airport Superintendent of Operations at LAX.

The article provides a really great look at airport operations, and their complex nature.  It is one of those things that gets completely overlooked by most people.  We all see TSA, and the gate attendants, flight attendants, and pilots for the airlines, but that barely scratched the surface of the people involved in keeping air travel safe, effective and efficient.

I took a personal interest in the story because Brandi is doing exactly what I want to do someday.  She started out in the Air Force and has made the transition to civilian airport operations.  For those of you that may not realize how much airport operations entail I would definitely take a look at the interview.

Reading this interview also got me thinking about the future of aviation in the sense of the people who will be running it in the future.  I know a handful of very bright, young people in aviation and I couldn’t help but wonder what their thoughts are on the current state, and future, of aviation.

In the coming weeks I will be posting interviews that I conduct with them.  I would love to get your feedback on what they have to say.  Also, if you are another one of those bright, young people in aviation that will be leading us into the future please leave a comment, or send me an email and I will add your thoughts to those that I have already collected.

April 2, 2012 I Written By

I'm Dave and I am a proud Avgeek. It goes way beyond liking airplanes. It is a passion that cannot be subdued.