Ohio Airports Focus Study provides insight to benefits of airport
Clermont County Airport, located in Batavia Township, is a general aviation airport and part of Ohio’s system of 104 airports that not only provide the state with a safe and efficient mode of transportation, but also serves as an important stimulus for economic growth and development. In addition to economic impacts, the system of airports provides numerous benefits that enhance the quality of life, health, safety, and welfare of Ohioans.
- GENERAL AVIATION SAVES LIVES THROUGH EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION
- GENERAL AVIATION OFFERS SPEED & FLEXIBILITY
- GENERAL AVIATION PROTECTS OUR ENVIRONMENT
- GENERAL AVIATION MAKES YOUR DRIVING SAFER, SMOOTHER
- GENERAL AVIATION AIDS AGRICULTURE
- GENERAL AVIATION FACILITATES LAW ENFORCEMENT
By providing aviation-related services, Ohio’s airport system supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and produces billions of dollars in economic activity. The state’s largest employers, and many smaller businesses, rely on aviation to rapidly transport personnel, equipment, and supplies. More than 120,000 jobs can be tied to the airports of Ohio. These employees receive $4.2 billion in payroll and benefits and generate $13.3 billion in economic activity.
Clermont County Airport is home to Sporty’s. In its 57 years of operation, Sporty’s has grown from a one-man operation launched by Hal Shevers to the world’s largest pilot shop and an iconic general aviation brand. Sporty’s operations extend to avionics installation and repair, charter service, a residential airport community, new aircraft sales, aircraft management and flight training from the acclaimed Sporty’s Academy, including for the University of Cincinnati’s professional pilot program. Hundreds of pilot certifications are conferred at the Clermont County Airport annually with customers coming from throughout the US and abroad.
Other businesses on the airport provide aircraft maintenance and restoration service. AIR MOD is a full service aircraft renovation company at Clermont County Airport offering a wide range of services including innovative aircraft interiors, custom instrument panels, auxiliary fuel systems, and other modifications. The Tri-State Warbirds Museum is based at the airport and features numerous airworthy World War II era bombers and fighters, including a B-25 Mitchell bomber and an award-winning P-51D Mustang, Cincinnati Miss.
The most frequent general aviation operations at Clermont County include aircraft charters, air cargo operations, corporate flights, emergency medical services, powerline/pipeline operations, flight training, and recreational flights. The airport also maintains programs to enhance community outreach, including events such as a Bluegrass Concert on Labor Day, Rotary Club meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings, Fly Ins, aviation club and association meetings, and even weddings and receptions.
The airport supports a Civil Air Patrol squadron, a local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, an Aviation Explorers unit, Boy Scout activities and Youth Aviation Adventure. Every Saturday, Sporty’s offers free hot dogs to pilots and their guests.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Ohio Airports Focus Study, Clermont County Airport has a total economic impact of:
- 263 jobs
- $7.4 million in payroll
- $27.4 million in economic output