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Request for Expansion of Hangar Space at Ross County Airport

Pickaway County resident and hobby-pilot-in-training Tony Moody.

Ross County — A hobby-pilot-in-training asked the Ross County Commissioners to consider making more space available at the Ross County Airport.

Pickaway County resident Tony Moody say he bought a small plane and is taking flight courses, but could find hangar space for it only in Vinton County – in a building with a gravel floor, with clutter that he had to clean out. And when he needed his annual plane inspection, he had to schedule it in March in New Philadelphia.

Brad Cosenza, who is County Administrator for the Commissioners, added to the commissioners’ pride of the county airport. They said that it is one of the best in Southern Ohio, even better than Ohio University’s near Athens. Moody didn’t disagree, saying that Ross County’s was one of his favorites.

The commissioners said that there is room for more buildings, but no money for that right now. They said that during the COVID restrictions, local large industries flew in freight since truck drivers were scarce, sometimes using 737’s. And even though the FAA has restrictions on using hangar space for something other than planes, that has not always been followed, and all the hangars are full.

In addition, the mechanic at Ross County quit recently. The manager of the Ross County airport is working on selling to a new manager because of health issues, so the commissioners said policies may change with new ownership. The county owns the airport, but Jim Parks and his company manages it for the commissioners.

Moody also encouraged high school graduates to look into becoming pilots or entering aviation to fill the industry’s needs.

Hear Tony Moody as well as Brad Cosenza on the airport in the below video interviews.

Landing at the Ross County Airport in a Ford Tri-Motor, overlooking the hangars, September 2022.
The Ross County Airport, 2022
The Ross County Commissioners make a periodic visit to the Ross County Airport, with a tour by airport manager Jim Parks on July 25th, 2022.
The Ross County Airport main hangar.
Inside the Ross County Airport main hangar.
A map of the Ross County Airport, southwest of State Route 104.
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Raised in Ross County, Bearcat class of '87 at Paint Valley. Wrote a column on history and historic preservation for the Chillicothe Gazette right out of high school, then a bachelors in Journalism in the OU class of '91. After starting my one-man company "Intrepid Heritage Services" in Columbus in 1997 to offer historical research, tours, and talks, I retuned to Ross County in 2003. Have been working as a radio programmer and reporter at Clear Channel / iHeart Media Southern Ohio. Started working with the Scioto Post June 27th, 2023.