(Franklin County, Ind.) - Southeast Indiana may soon have its own public airport located in Franklin County.
Last year, Hill-Rom announced the closure of the company’s private airport just north of Batesville on Enochsburg Road. Now, the Franklin County Observer email newsletter is reporting that a group called Batesville Aviation Services bought the airport from Hill-Rom last December and is transforming it from a private facility to a public one.
Ken Nobbe with Batesville Aviation Services and the former Director of Aviation for Hill-Rom detailed the project to the Franklin County Commissioners on Monday. He said improvements will be made to the airport before it opens to the public.
The airport's 6,000-foot runway will be widened to 90 feet to comply with FAA requirements. Airplane hangars could be available for rental later this year, Nobbe said.
The airport could eventually employ up to 26 people with the addition of an airplane repair business and a rental car company.
Nobbe asked county commissioners to vacate a roughly half-mile foot portion of Three Mile Road which runs near the runway. No decision or hearing has been held on that request which would affect three neighboring property owners.
Reached by phone Thursday, Nobbe said he is not ready to discuss any further details on the airport project. He did say that the airport has not yet opened and Batesville Aviation Services is currently working with the Indiana Department of Transportation on certain permissions.
There is actually one other public airport in Franklin County, but it's a seaplane base at Brookville Lake. The nearest public paved runways to our area are in Indiana are Madison, Greensburg, and Connersville.