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FAA brings Paulding airport commercialization effort to end


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A years-long effort to commercialize a second airport in metro Atlanta came to a halt this week as the Federal Aviation Administration closed its file on the Paulding County airport’s application.

The move comes more than four years after Paulding County and its airport authority announced an ambitious plan to attract airline service. But it was followed by legal challenges by residents, opposition by Delta Air Lines and the city of Atlanta, and political upheaval within the county.

The FAA said it was terminating its consideration of a draft environmental assessment for projects to support commercial airline service and closing its file on the Paulding County airport’s application for an air carrier operating certificate.

“The agency took these actions at this time because the airport did not respond to a request for revisions” to the draft environmental assessment, the FAA said in a statement.

Paulding airport director Terry Tibbitts said he just received the letter Thursday and is “still evaluating it.”

Peter Steenland, an attorney for residents who opposed the commercialization, called the FAA’s move “a big victory for open government, transparency, and the environment.”

“We are pleased that the Paulding Airport will remain a top-flite general aviation facility,” he said in a written statement.

However, it’s yet to be seen what happens next. A long-term lease between the Paulding County Airport Authority and Silver Comet Terminal Partners, the company seeking to attract airline service to Paulding, specifies that the airport authority must “use its best efforts” to get commercial certification.

The FAA says in the letter to Tibbitts that if the Paulding airport wishes to pursue the commercial certification, it should submit a new application with all required documentation, to be followed by an environmental review “based on the circumstances in effect at the time.”

https://www.ajc.com/business/faa-brings-paulding-airport-commercialization-effort-end/NzpsqdxWUjekJWwJ3d6hUP/

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The Good Ol' Boys got smacked down (for now). I'm glad the can could be kicked down the road for a while longer until I can retire and get out of here. Make no mistake, the Good ol' Boys will keep trying, it might take them 10 more years, but they will keep trying.

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well the Taxpayers of Paulding county thank all the current commissioners for the waste of our taxpayers money for the last 3 years,remember this money is not free for you to blow on lawsuits against yourselves ,please stop the BS and start working as a 5 member team ,not 4,thank you


remember to vote ,need a change here in Paulding

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well the Taxpayers of Paulding county thank all the current commissioners for the waste of our taxpayers money for the last 3 years,remember this money is not free for you to blow on lawsuits against yourselves ,please stop the BS and start working as a 5 member team ,not 4,thank you

remember to vote ,need a change here in Paulding

Yes we need a change, we need the god boys to give it up and quit spending taxpayer money for stuff the

people don't want, like a airport,a movie studio, and making jobs for their friends.

 

PLEASE GO VOTE FOR TONY AND TODD!

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Im keeping my eyes on the pissing match that is growing between the state and Atlanta. Lets watch the upcoming news. There is a new state committee studying the State taking over Hartsfield Jackson and studying the need for a 2nd Hub Airport. Delta has already lined up with Atlanta. Assuming Delta was funding the Anti 139 Opposition, Its looking to me like we might have been played.

 

This could end up being a classic case of Be Careful What You Pray For, You Might Get It. Our local opposition might just have stopped a little Commercial Airport on a little over 700 acres, while Atlanta owns almost 10,000 acres next door. Imagine the Commercial and Cargo opportunities on almost 10,000 acres. Having a small General Aviation Airport next door, wont hurt a mega monster airport next door at all.

 

Then theres the Transit Bill that passed with 86 & 89% approval on the last day of the legislative session. Might it help expedite rapid rail between 2 airports?

 

Edited to add; Check out Salt Lake City Airport. Its as simple as a connector road.

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