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« on: December 21, 2010, 01:34:45 PM »

I live in Wilmington, Ohio and I was curious to know if Wilmington Airpark has ever been considered for an ECTA tarck? This airport is an old B-52 field with the longest ruway at 10,700 feet. The airport has not been active since Airborne/DHL moved out 2 years ago. I would be willing to do local research if anyone was serious about proposing this idea to the city who now owns the field.

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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010, 02:14:39 PM »

That would save me 5 hours each way.
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010, 02:56:00 PM »

Here's the easy way to do the basic research on whether racers (or anybody) could use it for other than an airport runway:  Look at a photo of it (or find an overhead image from one of the satellites).  If there are big "X" markings at the ends of the strip -- then it is officially closed to air traffic and therefore perhaps eligible to some sweet-talking son of a gun that wants to use it for racing.

That's all there is to "basic research", I'm pretty sure.  Go to it!
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2010, 04:24:29 PM »

Wilmington Industrial Airpark (ILN) is, for sure, WAY less busy than when Airborne/DHL operated their freight logistics center there. However, it's still a public use airport that is owned by Clinton County.
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2010, 06:24:10 PM »

Here's the easy way to do the basic research on whether racers (or anybody) could use it for other than an airport runway:  Look at a photo of it (or find an overhead image from one of the satellites).  If there are big "X" markings at the ends of the strip -- then it is officially closed to air traffic and therefore perhaps eligible to some sweet-talking son of a gun that wants to use it for racing.

That's all there is to "basic research", I'm pretty sure.  Go to it!

It actually can get a little bit more complicated than that. I know that the Oscoda airport in Michigan can be rented out to race teams as for high speed testing.  In KMTO in Illinois allows their ramp to used for autocrossing and appeared to be offering use of one of their taxiways for dragstrip use. I was on the far side of field flying gliders, so I didn't get close enough to look at what they were doing up close, but there are options out there if you can pay the fees.
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2010, 10:59:19 PM »

Wow!  Talking about timing ... I was considering driving up and taking a look at the air field soon.  I'm about 2.5 hours away.  I noticed some discussions about the air field and the fact that last month control had been given to the Clinton County Port Authority.  IIRC, they were given control to seek economic development for the land.  I believe it could serve as the "mid-west" track.

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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2010, 07:59:36 PM »

Ransom T,

Let me know if you come up after the first of the year, I will be out of town until then. I can probably find and make an appointment with someone responsible for the field activities and or development that could show us around and listen to this crazy idea?. I don't know who that is but I bet I can find out and give them a call.
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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 09:03:07 PM »

I am near South Lebanon and time permitting can lend a hand! PM me - let's triple team them!
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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010, 10:27:20 PM »

What about the weekend of Jan. 8-9 as the first choice?   Monday, the 10th, I might be able to do if the folks need a business day to show us their goods.  smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2010, 08:51:45 AM »

If that has a good over run on one end that should work fine.  This sound like a great idea and I will bet you can get some good support from the locals. 
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2010, 10:11:11 AM »

What about the weekend of Jan. 8-9 as the first choice?   Monday, the 10th, I might be able to do if the folks need a business day to show us their goods.  smiley

Dates work for me, RansomT!!  cheers

As you may or may not know Wilmington is economically depressed after the DHL pullout!  cry

Maybe we put together a short presentation of the other successful venues?

Or just a walk-about to see if there is any real interest huh
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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2010, 11:45:21 AM »

You might try contacting the folks that organize the Loring and Maxton events for guidance, as they are held at similar venues.

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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2010, 02:03:47 PM »

I believe that this just needs to be a fact finding mission.  Check out the air field and maybe talk with someone to get their impression if it is feasible from their end.  If everything checks out, then return to make a "pitch".  Before making a pitch then we need to tAlk with Joe or who ever could help out on recommendations.
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« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2010, 02:39:17 PM »

Hey I live in cols .oh. i'm  just about one third on car,  but that would be great for me nice and close. If I can help let me know. jmcentire1@yahoo.com.
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« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2010, 09:05:09 AM »

The dates work for me, I will find someone to contact that can give us a look around. I think that it is important to present ourselves as being part of an existing organization with the ability and history of putting on this type of event. A good formal presentation will be important at some point in the process. Don't get me wrong I don't mean that we will go as though we are representing ECTA I am not even a member yet.
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