MOV Valley Regional Airport an Economic Engine

By: Kirk Greenfield Email
By: Kirk Greenfield Email

A man who's been at the helm of the Charleston, WV airport shared his wisdom with the folks at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Thursday evening.

He says they've got lots of opportunity to grow along with the community.

Ed Hill, Chairman of the Yeager Airport Authority outlined how the Charleston Airport has turned around from threats of closure, to expansion and success.

Hill believes executives looking to expand or relocate are impressed by modern terminal facility and general aviation facilities.

He suggests that a modern face lift can help the airport in the general aviation area and help the community grow together with the airport.

Hill also recommends placing a county commissioner on the Airport Board so there is a shared close economic bond.

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  • by Flying4Fun Location: Out of state on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
    Until Parkersburg finds an FBO to deliver a business model to the mid Ohio valley this airport likely will never become profitable. That said the right business could possibly market fuel services and other profitable aviation means, if the right businesses were approached. Again this would need swift and strict measures to attract the businesses by Parkersburg. With only 4 corporate aircraft hangared at PKB and on average 15 airplanes a day that may also be a hard sell. But a jet maintenance facility could a means to have aircraft in for service as well generate jobs and airplanes to utilize the FBO....
  • by judd Location: little hocking ohio on Feb 24, 2012 at 01:13 PM
    This airport has struggled from the start because the powers to be only think commerical. Go out and take bids for a good FBO (fixed base operator) and turn all airport operations over to them including fuel sales. You might find the airport making money for a change.
  • by Funny...... on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM
    How we're hearing this from an airport manager from another town's airport. I remember 30 years ago when jets landed there, not oversized cropdusters. Major corporations aren't even going to consider that airport as long as the cropdusters are their only choice for travel. And it will take more than 1 major corporation to make that happen, but with the business/economic/eco-whacky climate the way it is, that won't happen in the near future. I for one can not see the value in wasting millions of dollars on an airport no one uses!!.....aside from keeping 10 people in a job because they can't work elsewhere, that is!!
  • by fred Location: parkersburg on Feb 24, 2012 at 09:18 AM
    What a JOKE!!!! How many times will they waist tax payers money to try and improve something that has not worked in the past. It"s time to give up on the airport that has been dead for years!! May be a good place for a car show!!
  • by We've been...... on Feb 24, 2012 at 08:30 AM
    Told this for years now, and what has it gotten us??
  • by Abby Location: Belpe on Feb 24, 2012 at 06:01 AM
    All the airport needs are convenient flights, PIT and CMH, and passengers to fill the planes.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 at 01:14 PM in reply to Abby
      You've missed the point of the man's presentation. He says the general aviation industry is what needs atention. Not the consumer flights. He says the number and destinations of flights will always fluctuate. That's not the market he says we should go after.
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        by judd on Feb 24, 2012 at 03:33 PM in reply to
        You are correct. I had 7 aircraft at this field at one time, and I was treated like dirt. I got better service at te gas station. Many corporate aircraft flew in but spent nothing. The idea is to have them fly to here and buy fuel, have their meeting here at the airport and maybe have a radio fixed or a bulb replaced while they are here. Not at this airport.
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      by Pete on Feb 25, 2012 at 12:26 AM in reply to Abby
      Why would someone want to fly to one of the two closest airports, when you can fly to Cleveland and on to even more destinations than CMH and PIT. SMH
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