Commercializing the Paulding NorthWest Atlanta Airport

Commercializing the Paulding NorthWest Atlanta Airport

The Paulding NorthWest Atlanta airport vs. Silver comet field vs. the Paulding county residences.

Disagreement has been a part of life since the beginning of mankind. As far back as you can go in time you will find many types of disputes in an array of topics. People will form an opinion and/or ideas that won’t always attract 100% support among all parties involved.  This is something that we can all see in our current administration and their introduction of the new “Affordable Care Act” aka “Obama Care”. There are certainly a ton of different views points that have surfaced over this matter.

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One such dispute (not quit on the same scale) has begun in my home town with the introduction of transitioning our local airport, the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport to the Silver Comet Field. The proposal will transform the airport from a general aviation airport to a commercial airport offering commercial flights to some major designated tourist towns.

This proposal, however, has sparked major debate from both supporters and non-supporters in the area. Some of the local residence have started the Face book page “Stop Paulding County Airport Expansion” and the web page and Likewise, pro-airport petitioners have started a Face book page in support at “Support Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport”.  1385638_461889487253459_1984920441_n

Personally I can see both pros and cons of this intended venture. Supporters claim that it will bring jobs and will also help to stimulate local economy while non-supporters claim a decrease in home value and a rise in taxes. Because I am close friends with some parties from both sides I am not going to share my personal feelings. I will say, however, that I see holes in the claims of both sides.

If you live or have lived close to a commercial airport I would like to know your thoughts and experiences of that time. Did you see job grow? Did the property value drop or increase? What other changes did you recognize that could be associated with the commercial airport?

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Tommy Eldridge

Private Pilot Inisder


The Paulding North West Atlanta airport Salute America 2012 air show

Salute America 2012 air show

Salute America 2012 air show

Air shows offer specifically unique, world-class, family entertainment, at affordable prices! From the earliest barnstormers of the 1920s and 1930s to today’s highly professional aerobatic experts, air show pilots have demonstrated that the public’s interest in aviation entertainment is not a fad. Year-in and year-out for more than 100 years, air shows have been among North America’s largest spectator events.

Salute America 2012 is presented by the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ). This airport of the future is the first jet-capable airport to be built in Georgia in over thirty years. Its design was created to provide a foundation for the growth in aviation and industry in Paulding County.

We are so excited to have this high flying act coming to our air show Salute America.  Team Aeroshellhas been performing all over North America for over twenty years.  They have won professional awards in all the major air shows and are widely recognized as one of the best performing groups in the entire industry.

The Rower air show is one of the most exciting Stearman air shows on the circuit today.  Gary Rower displays the power and beauty of this vintage aircraft.  Spectators have described it as “ballet in the air”.  Gary, a former USAF F-16 pilot trainer, has accumulated over 18,000 hours of flying time all over the world in a vast variety of planes.  His love for flying and talent for aerobatics is unmistakeable in his remarkable performance.

Visit the official Salute America 2012 air show web page at


Flight Control Problems

The following is a post by Bob Martens of the “Pilot Workshop tip of the week”.

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Subscriber Question:

“What should you do if you encounter any kind of flight control problem in-flight (aileron, rudder, etc.)?”       Mike R.

“Any flight control issues are VERY serious. Don’t hesitate to declare an emergency with ATC. They can help you a lot!

Ideally, they are discovered on the ground, which leads me to my first key point. Preflight all flight controls as if your life depends upon it! Move all the flight controls through their complete travel looking for binding or other issues. Visually ensure that all are fully secured at their hinge point. Look for evidence of any rubbing or binding on adjacent surfaces. When you perform your flight control check before take off, make sure you take them through their full range of travel and visually check proper response.

If you experience flight control difficulties inflight, you will need to accomplish a controllability check. Hopefully you are at an altitude that gives you some safe margins to operate! If able, climb to a safer altitude. You will need to determine just how much capability you have. As a minimum, you need enough capability to safely put the aircraft on the ground. While ensuring safe margin over stall, slow the aircraft to see how it performs at landing speeds. You might have to carry more airspeed than normal for landing. Not a problem, hopefully you can find a longer runway if necessary. If turning is a problem, you’ll need to set up for a straight in approach and landing. Find out what you have working for you and what you have lost. Once you know this, you can safely formulate a plan for getting the aircraft on the ground.

Find the longest runway in the area, choose an aim point safely down the runway, and control your descent and speed within the parameters you have determined that work.”

Taking an extra few minutes to do a detailed inspection during your preflight can save your life. What may seem to be a small inconsiderate issue that you may choose to over look could cause catastrophic results.  5000′ is not the place to realize you have a problem.

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Tommy Eldridge


The Do’s and Don’ts of Maneuvering Flight

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education
The Do’s and Don’ts of Maneuvering Flight

Notice Number: NOTC2999

Nearly one-third of all fatal accidents occur during maneuvering flight, in part because maneuvering at low altitude limits the amount of time a pilot has to recover. Maneuvering flight is basically any type of flying performed close to the ground — even the traffic pattern is considered maneuvering!

Do’s and Don’ts that can help keep you safe.


• Do remember that the majority of fatal stall/spin accidents occur at low altitudes, because the closer you are to the ground the less time you will have for a successful recovery.
• Do practice stalls or approaches to stalls at a safe altitude. If you’re rusty take a CFI with you.
• Do fly at a safe altitude so that you won’t be surprised by obstacles that may require abrupt maneuvers to avoid.
• Do remember that turns and sudden climbs increase the wing loading which will increase the stall speed, sometimes dramatically.

• Don’t explore the flight envelope close to the ground.
• Don’t exceed 30 degrees of bank in the traffic pattern.
• Don’t buzz or otherwise show off with an aircraft. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, but your pilot certificate too. The FAA gets lots of complaints that include cell phone pictures and videos.
• Don’t attempt maneuvers for which you have not been trained. Get an Instructor on board the first time!
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Residents call on county to drop Gwinnett airport plans

By Patrick Fox

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The nays had it Tuesday night as residents told Gwinnett County officials to ditch plans that could lead to commercial flights at Briscoe Field.

Chris Elvis, of Lawrenceville, holds a sign to boycott the possible expansion of Gwinnett Countyís Briscoe Field before the Public Hearing outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.

Hyosub Shin, Chris Elvis, of Lawrenceville, holds a sign to boycott the possible expansion of Gwinnett Countyís Briscoe Field before the Public Hearing outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.

Susan Murrah, of Lawrenceville, holds a sign to boycott the possible expansion of Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field during the Public Hearing at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.

Hyosub Shin, Susan Murrah, of Lawrenceville, holds a sign to boycott the possible expansion of Gwinnett County’s Briscoe Field during the Public Hearing at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.

Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairman Charles Bannister speaks to audience who mostly opposite the possible expansion.

Hyosub Shin, Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairman Charles Bannister speaks to audience who mostly opposite the possible expansion.

Bill Bostock, of Lawrenceville, speaks while hundreds opponents of a possible expansion of Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field

Hyosub Shin, Bill Bostock, of Lawrenceville, speaks while hundreds opponents of a possible expansion of Gwinnett County’s Briscoe Field

About 400 people stayed late at the county courthouse in Lawrenceville to tell county commissioners they do not want operations at the airport expanded. Most of those who spoke were from Lawrenceville, but others from Dacula, Buford and other parts of the county were represented. All spoke against commercialization of the airport.

“You’re not given us the comfort that you’re looking out for our best interest,” said Ray Rodden of Buford. He accused the commission of having “a deficit of credibility.”

Commission Chairman Charles Bannister assured the crowd, amid repeated interruptions, that the county was only in the early stages of the process, and that no decisions would be made without extensive public input.

But many were unconvinced.

“We don’t think it’s preliminary work and we want it stopped,” said Terry Sosebee of Dacula.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved Gwinnett County‘s preliminary application in May to sell or lease Briscoe Field to a private firm. The move could lead to commercial passenger service at an airport currently limited to small private planes and corporate jets.

Briscoe Field, the state’s fifth busiest airport, sits on 500 acres northeast of Lawrenceville. Its lone 6,021-foot runway accommodates small aircraft, the largest of which seats up to 19 people.

Three private firms have expressed interest in taking the airport off the county’s hands. One firm, Propeller Investments, has proposed building a new terminal with 10 gates and expanding the runway to allow as many as 20 commercial flights a day to Briscoe Field. The planes would be as large as Boeing 737s, which can accommodate 140 passengers.

Many hurdles remain, and county officials said they have not decided to privatize the airport. They said they plan to select a private partner by the end of this year, then study the impact of any specific plan on surrounding neighborhoods and the entire county.

Supporters of the idea, including the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, have said a small-scale commercial airport would provide a convenient alternative to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to residents along the northern arc of metro Atlanta. It would also produce thousands of jobs in travel-related industries and help qualify Ga. 316 for transportation improvements, they argue.


Private plane makes emergency beach landing.

ST. JOE BEACH — A four-seat private plane bound for Panama City was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday morning along the wide sands of St. Joe Beach.

>>See a gallery of photos of the plane on the beach.

Randy Crapsey, of Port St. Joe, was co-piloting on his first training flight in 12 years when he and his instructor, Ronald Jarmon, were forced to make an emergency landing due to engine problems.

The single-engine Cessna was traveling from the Apalachicola Airport, where it was rented for Crapsey’s lesson, to the Northwest Beaches International Airport in Bay County, when the plane began experiencing difficulties before the Bay County line.

The plane was cruising at 1,500 feet and had just finished aligning their course with air traffic controllers at Tyndall Air Force Base when something went wrong, Jarmon said.

“All of a sudden the propellers stopped straight up and down,” he said.

More than nine years as a pilot and a degree in aeronautical science told Jarmon the engine had seized and he radioed Tyndall they would be forced to make an emergency landing.

The pilots had two options — land the plane on U.S. 98 or on the beach. After a hasty debate they decided on the beach because of the dangers posed by electrical wires and traffic if trying to land of the roadway, Jarmon and Crapsey said.

“We saw people out on the beach, but it wasn’t crowded so we just went through procedure, kept the nose up and slowed the plane down,” Crapsey said.

Crapsey began the plane’s decent and moved closer to the beach before handing the controls off to Jarmon. With experience on his side, Jarmon navigated the plane to a safe landing on the beach.

“We were a glider,” he said. “When you’re landing on the beach and the sand is real soft, what you don’t want to do is have the nose touch down.”

The plane made contact with the sand, and according to Crapsey rolled about 70 feet before coming to a complete stop about a quarter-mile from the Bay County line.

“It happened so fast I really didn’t have time to get nervous,” Crapsey said. “I was a little bit shaky and just put my shoulder harness around to make sure I was strapped in.”

Linda and Keith Kerper, a couple vacationing from Georgia, were sitting on the beach only yards from the site of the emergency landing and didn’t know anything had happened until it was over. They said they did not hear the plane land — the plane’s engine was no longer working — and it was only when they looked up that they noticed just how close the plane had come.

“I was sitting here reading my book, and I looked up and they were just getting out of the plane,” Linda Kerper said. “Keith was lying there asleep and I just said, ‘Keith, get up; there’s an airplane.’ He thought I was pulling his chain.”

The pilot and co-pilot walked away from the site with no injuries.

“I feel pretty fortunate we are walking away from this and we didn’t hurt anybody else,” Crapsey said.

Emergency landings and engine problems are a rarity for small planes when they are properly maintained and safety precautions are taken, Jarmon said. He said he doesn’t know what caused the engine malfunction on this occasion, but said all of the plane’s external parts were checked prior to take off and the plane had received a clean bill of health.

“It’s pretty rare for something to go wrong,” he said.

Skill and experience were an asset, but Jarmon said he could not have landed the plane safely by himself.

“I always want to give thanks to God because everything is up to him,” he said. “… Thanks to Tyndall and Mexico Beach Police and Port St. Joe and the (Gulf County) Sheriff’s Office. They did a great job trying to assist us.”

The Walton Sun

Melissa Dean / Florida Freedom Newspapers 

News Herald staff writer Felicia Kitzmiller contributed to this report.


Cessna Strike Averted

September 19, 2010

Cessna Strike Averted 

By Russ Niles, Editor-in-Chief



Production workers at Cessna Aircraft rejected the notion of a strike but they also told the company they don’t much like the contract they’ll work under for the next seven years. Members of the Machinists Union voted 58 percent to reject the deal but only 49 percent to strike in voting Saturday. The union had recommended a strike but a two-thirds majority was required. The main issue was job security. Cessna has guaranteed final assembly of existing Citation models at the Wichita plant for the life of the contract. “We understand the times we’re in today,” Machinists District 70 directing business representative Steve Rooney told The Wichita Eagle. “A paycheck is a hard thing to give up.” CEO Jack Pelton was disappointed at the rejection of the contract but pleased the strike vote didn’t fly.

“We are satisfied to begin this next week with a new contract in place so we can move forward with our efforts to reshape Cessna to be more competitive in a global market and a tough economy,” Pelton said in the statement. “We presented the members a contract that was more than fair, given our business environment. And while we are disappointed they rejected the offer, we appreciate the membership’s willingness to continue to put the customer first, knowing that will lead to success for all.”