[Talk-us] fun with tagging: it's a raceway and an airstrip

Minh Nguyen minh at nguyen.cincinnati.oh.us
Wed Jan 28 07:04:48 UTC 2015

On 2015-01-15 20:36, Paul Johnson wrote:
> Given that aeronautical features and road vehicle features have
> different namespace, tag it as runway and raceway?   This is a
> surprisingly common arrangement in the ground truth and plays a
> prominent role in the original, US, AU (and very probably, all)
> versions of Top Gear.

The Transportation Research Center is an automotive proving ground in 
Central Ohio, used by the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, Honda, and others. [1] It's currently tagged as a 
landuse=industrial area [2] with lots of highway=raceways traversing it. 
There's also an aeroway=aerodrome POI imported from GNIS. [3] TRC does 
have an FAA code [4], but I can't find any indication that it's actually 
used as an airfield.

TRC would make for a great emergency landing site -- could that be why 
it's in the FAA's database as an operational private airport? I could 
give it some ad-hoc tag like aeroway:emergency=aerodrome, but in that 
case any sufficiently straight stretch of an Interstate might qualify.

I just think it would be misleading for TRC to come up in Nominatim 
searches for airports. Then again, such a search would turn up so many 
cornfields doubling as private airstrips (with improbable names like 
"Nulltown Wingnuts" and "Hallelujah") that maybe it wouldn't matter. :-)

[1] http://www.trcpg.com/
[2] http://osm.org/way/266434455
[3] http://osm.org/node/368965761

minh at nguyen.cincinnati.oh.us

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