Wheeling-Ohio County Airport Is Likely To Host More Events
WHEELING — The recent Sept. 11 commemoration event at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport was well-attended and well-received, and it’s likely more events will happen there in the future, according to Commissioner Zach Abraham.
“It went really well,” Abraham said. “From my observations and all the comments we received, it went well. It was a great community event. It was great to honor the first responders and the military, and we got to do a little celebration of the airport.”
The airport is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
What didn’t happen as part of planned 9/11 festivities were planned field trips by local school children in the days prior to the event. These had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Abraham said.
He added the County Airport Advisory Committee will look at rescheduling these field trips, and maybe some other events for the airport.
“We’ll regroup and see what we can do,” Abraham said. “We may have one or two events per year, and wrap in some field trips for students. That way they can learn more about avionics. We want to make sure it all fits in.”
The county is seeking a flight school for the airport, and Abraham believes that could bring more activity to the airport in the future — as well as opportunities for educational field trips.
The advisory committee is also floating the idea of a hot air balloon festival, or maybe a vintage car or plane show.
“We’re going to look at other avenues to explore to bring the community to the airport,” Abraham said.
One of the most popular activities during the 9/11 events were airplane rides at the airport.
“They were booked solid, and took off every 10 to 15 minutes,” Abraham said. “I think we’ll do this on a more regular basis.”
The Ohio County Astronomy Club also set up telescopes in the evening, giving visitors the opportunity to observe the moons of Jupiter that were visible.