Saturday, May 11, 2013
Federal Aviation Administration chief makes an announcement on funding.
Saturday, May 11
The control tower at Gwinnett County-owned Briscoe Field will remain open at least through September, according to a Federal Aviation Administration announcement Friday (May 10). FAA Director Ray LaHood said in a statement: ...the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the FAA to transfer sufficient funds to end employee furloughs and keep the 149 low activity contract towers originally slated for closure in June open for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. The federal government's fiscal year ends Sept. 30. Briscoe Field's control tower, which is maintained by the FAA, had been among 149 towers nationally that were slated to be closed under federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Brisce Field is a general …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
As pilots and business owners feared the worst should the tower at Briscoe Field be shut down, lawmakers worked feverishly to minimize the effects of the sequester on local airfields.
The U.S. House has passed a plan that could potentially keep the tower at Briscoe Field and other private airfields open. The FAA announced in March it would eliminate funding for the towers as part of the agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration. In early April, the closure date was scheduled for June 15. Now, that date may be even further in the future, if at all. According to News-Press.com, the Senate agreed unanimously late Thursday (April 25) to "allow the Federal Aviation Administration to shift $253 million from other accounts so it can end furloughs and keep towers open at smaller airports nationwide." For local pilots and business owners at the field, that’s very good news. “If we lost even one jet …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The FAA announced the date the Gwinnett County airport tower will close due to budget cuts.
Sunday, May 5, is expected to be the last day of operations for the control tower at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. Earlier in the month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the Gwinnett County airport tower will be one of the 149 to close starting April 7. On Wednesday, the FAA released a list of closure dates for the airports. The towers at Kennesaw's McCollum Field and the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany are also set to close May 5. Athens-Ben Epps Airport's tower will cease operations on April 21. The closures are in an attempt to cut $637 million dollars from the FAA's budget. Patch previously reported that even with the tower at Briscoe Field closing, the airport could remain open and operating. Briscoe …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The tower is one of 149 regional air traffic control towers to close starting next month due to federal budget cuts.
Saturday, March 23
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday (March 22) it will close 149 regional air traffic control towers starting in April. Gwinnett County Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville is on that list. The closures are a result of federal budget cuts due to sequestration. The FAA was forced to cut $637 million dollars from its $48 billion budget, according to CNN.com. The FAA plans to begin shutting down control towers nationwide on April 7. It should take four weeks close all of the towers. Briscoe Field is a general aviation airport. Control towers at regional airports in Albany, Athens, Macon and Cobb County are also slated to close. DeKalb Peachtree Airport was spared. After being notified of the control tower's impending closure, Joe…
Sunday, July 22, 2012
As promised during its June meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners took the steps to take plans to privatize Briscoe Field off the table.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
On June 5, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted to reject plans to privatize Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. They also moved to withdraw the preliminary application to the Federal Aviation Administration pursuant to the FAA’s Airport Privatization Pilot Program. Gwinnett County announced Friday (Juy 20) it received a letter from the FAA dated July 5 confirming that Briscoe Field has been removed from privatization program. These actions officially end the possibility of privatization and commercialization of Briscoe Field. What do you think about the airport privatization option now officially being withdrawn. Do you think the decision was the right one for the county? Or do you think Gwinnett missed a golden opportunity?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Propeller Investments' bid to take over operation of Briscoe Field fails.
After years of controversy, the privatization debate may finally be closed. Tuesday afternoon, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to reject a proposal from Propeller Airports to privatize Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County began the process of potentially privatizing county-owned Briscoe Field by issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) in December of 2011. Do you think the Gwinnett BOC made the right decision? Tell us in the comments below. Propeller Investments, a company that had previously expressed an interest in bringing commercial flights to the airport, was the only company to file a proposal before the Feb. 8, 2012 deadline. The Propeller proposal was reviewed, evaluated and scored in …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Brett Smith said expansion of Briscoe Field could be good for residents in Lawrenceville and Dacula.
In a press conference Monday, CEO of Propeller Airports Brett Smith urged the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners to delay the vote on Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. Smith wants commissioners to wait to fill the vacancy in District 1 after Shirley Lasseter resigned last week after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges. The vote is scheduled Tuesday, June 5. "People in Dacula and Lawrenceville have more to gain from this than anybody," said Smith. Watch the video to see what Smith said about how commercializing the airport can benefit residents living near the airport. In a press release Monday, anti-expansion group Citizens for a Better Gwinnett called Smith's press conference "an admission that they know they're going to lose." Patch is…
Group spokesperson Jim Regan calls the Propeller Airports press conference an admission that they know they're going to lose.
Monday, June 4, 2012
A local citizens’ group is calling for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners (BOC) to proceed with a vote on the privatization of Briscoe Field. The vote is expected to come during the commission’s 2 p.m. business session on Tuesday, June 5. The Gwinnett County Department of Transportation has recommended the BOC reject the proposal submitted by Propeller Airports to privatize Briscoe Field. Propeller Airports CEO Brett Smith has asked for the BOC to delay the vote until a new District 1 commissioner is seated. Former District 1 representative Shirley Lasseter resigned last week after pleading guilty to charges she accepted bribes in return for her support for a proposed real estate development. During the course of the investigation …
Brett Smith calls for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to postpone any important votes until a new District 1 representative is seated.
While some may be pleased to see the airport privatization issue on the June 5 Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners agenda, Propeller Airports CEO Brett Smith is not. Smith plans to hold a press conference Monday afternoon "to address Tuesday’s Gwinnett County Commission agenda issue on his company’s proposal to expand the Briscoe Field in order to accommodate commercial passenger flights." In a released statement, Smith said, “Since the District 1 Commission seat is now vacant, no important issues should be voted on by the Commission until a new District 1 Commission representative is seated. It would be incredibly unfair to have a vote on a major issue affecting the whole county if that district is not represented." District 1 …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
After months of controversy, future of Briscoe Field may finally be settled at June 5 Gwinnett Commission meeting.
A long-awaited decision on whether to expand and privatize Briscoe Field may come Tuesday, June 5. The agenda for the 10 a.m. work session of the Gwinnett County Commission lists an “approval to reject RP039-11, A Public-Private Partnership for the Lease, Operation and Improvement of Gwinnett County Airport Briscoe Field” under new business. The actual vote would most likely take place during the 2 p.m. business session. Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville is currently a general aviation airport. Gwinnett County began the process of potentially privatizing county-owned Briscoe Field by issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) in December of 2011. Propeller Investments, a company that had previously expressed an interest in bringing commercial …