Saturday, December 20, 2014

Paulding airport board OKs permit for May air show

The Paulding Airport Authority has cleared the way for the Salute America 2015 air show in May at Silver Comet Field.

The authority Wednesday approved a special event permit for the show, set for May 9 and 10. It will be the third show the Dallas airport has hosted but the first organized by a nonprofit rather than the airport authority. 

Airport Director Blake Swafford said the nonprofit, Salute America Air Show Inc., is “a private entity that has taken over the complete operation of the air show.” The airport authority organized it in 2012 and 2013.

Jim Hester, representing the organizers, said he attended the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas recently and the Paulding show is “very well-respected among the air show community.”

“It stands to be a magnificent show,” he said.

In other action at the meeting, Swafford told authority members the consulting firm Michael Baker Group has begun work on an environmental assessment required before proposed commercial passenger service can begin. However, it will take months to complete, he said.

“It’s going to be a while before we see anything out of that effort,” Swafford said. 

“They obviously have to do a lot of crunching of numbers, a lot of research, a lot of technical writing … before they provide the product.”

The consulting firm will be working with a variety of agencies, ranging from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Army Corps of Engineers to the Federal Aviation Administration, as it works on the assessment, Swafford said.

The assessment was required as part of a legal settlement between the FAA and a group of county residents.

The group challenged an earlier assessment done before a deal to bring commercial air service to the facility was made public. 

The ensuing settlement prompted the FAA to order a halt to construction of extensions of the runway and taxiway and a new county fire station that also will serve the airport.

In other reports, Paulding Jet Center manager Joe Sarber said his company, which provides fuel to users of the facility, recorded 131 takeoffs and 129 landings by aircraft in November. 

He also said owners of a BeechJet 400 and a Piper Navajo Chieftain plane were considering moving their aircraft to Silver Comet Field. Both are multi-seat commuter craft.

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