2023 in review

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Steve Kinsey with the Columbus police department helicopter
Dual-career Certified Flight Instructor Steve Kinsey keeps Columbus safe from the air

Enjoy highlights from our top news stories of 2023. These are this year’s most-clicked headlines, from a world’s first to student successes.

  1. Ohio State chosen as research home for Starlab’s George Washington Carver Science Park Terrestrial Lab
    Buckeyes are ready to take research out of this world at the first-ever space research science park, the topic of our most-read news story two years in a row. It was announced in 2022 that the George Washington Carver Science Park will be built by Voyager Space on university-owned property adjacent to The Ohio State University Airport.
  2. Buckeye Jesse Brown realizes airborne dreams
    Honored by the U.S. Navy as the first Black naval aviator, Jesse Brown was once a student on the Ohio State campus. The Korean War hero’s determination and dramatic death in combat features in a recent major motion picture. Back in 2021 The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion wrote this story about his experiences.
  3. Lady Buckeyes soar to second place finish in Air Race Classic
    Two Buckeye aviators competed in the 46th annual Air Race Classic, which is recognized as the epicenter of women’s air racing. The Lady Buckeyes earned second-place in their class after the three-day, cross-country journey.
  4. Dual-career Certified Flight Instructor Steve Kinsey keeps Columbus safe from the air
    Overcoming obstacles to achieve his aspirations of flight, Certified Flight Instructor Steve Kinsey now uses his experiences to encourage others to set their sights high and never give up. He also serves the community from the air as a police helicopter pilot.
  5. Opportunity takes flight for Airport Director Adam Wolf
    Change was in the air in 2023 at the airport. After three successful years on the job, Director Adam Wolf departed to join Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. Following that, Director Karl Von Hagel onboarded in September.

It has been a pleasure to serve the central Ohio region in 2023. Keep up-to-date on all Ohio State airport news by signing up for our quarterly newsletter and following us on Facebook, Instagram, X and LinkedIn.

Contact: Holly Henley, communications specialist, henley.53@osu.edu

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