Thursday, March 28, 2013
The FAA announced the date the Gwinnett County airport tower will close due to budget cuts.
Sunday, May 5th will be the last day of operations for the control tower at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Ga. Earlier in the month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the Gwinnett County airport tower will be one of the 149 to close starting April 7th. 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 on May 5th. Athens-Ben Epps Airport's tower will cease operations on April 21st. 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.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The tower in Lawrenceville, Ga. is one of 149 regional airport control towers to close starting next month due to budget cuts.
On Friday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it will close 149 regional airport control towers starting in April. Lawrenceville's Briscoe Field is on that list. The closures are a result of budget cuts. The FAA was forced to cut nearly $600 million dollars from its $48 billion budget according to CNN.com. The FAA plans to begin shutting down control towers nationwide on April 7th. It should take four weeks close all of the towers. Patch previously reported that even if the tower at Briscoe Field were to close, the airport could remain open and operating. Control towers at regional airports in Albany, Athens, Macon and Cobb County are also slated to close. DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta's tower was spared. Click …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The control tower at the airport in Lawrenceville, Ga. is among those on an FAA closure list.
Should the massive U.S. sequester budget cuts become reality, Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville could be affected. The control tower at the Gwinnett County-owned facility is among more than 100 federal air traffic control operations that could be affected by the looming cuts, according to a Gwinnett spokesperson. The control tower at Briscoe Field is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration. And FAA Director Ray LaHood informed Gwinnett Authorities Friday that the tower could be closed, county spokesperson Joe Sorenson said Monday. However, Briscoe Field would remain open and operating even if the tower were closed, Sorenson said. And revenue derived from the airport likely would remain unchanged. Sorenson noted that the county derives…
Friday, August 10, 2012
Atlanta based ImagineAir expects to have 10 to 15 flights arrive and depart the Lawrenceville airport within the next five years.
Friday, August 10, 2012
While the Board of Commissioners voted down plans to privatize Briscoe Field, a local airline says they are planning to bring commercial flights to the Lawrenceville airport. Atlanta based ImagineAir plans to bring 10 to 15 commercial flights in and out of Briscoe a day within the next five years. “We are working hard to make Lawrenceville a hub for the aviation industry," said ImagineAir's CEO Ben Hamilton in a release. "We believe our growth will prove the viability of Gwinnett Airport for further commercialization.” ImagineAir expects to have as many as five departures and arrivals a day as early as next month. Currently, their fleet consists of small Cirrus SR22's, however the company is looking at adding jets. ImagineAir describes …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners essentially killed all plans to privatize the Lawrenceville, Ga. airport at their first meeting since the resignation of Shirley Lasseter.
Years of heated debate from both sides came to an end with one word-- "Aye." On Tuesday afternoon, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to reject plans to privatize Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. The crowd of mostly expansion opponents wearing red shirts broke out in cheers and applause after the vote was cast. "The effects of this airport expansion would not only be bore by the people of Lawrenceville, but also the folks in District 3 in Dacula would certainly be affected," said District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau as he explained his vote. Beaudreau said he would now like to look at some of the Citizen’s Task Force on how to more effectively and efficiently use the airport. “Right now, we have an asset that I …
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…
Brett Smith calls for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to postpone any important votes until a new District 1 representative is seated. Smith will hold a press conference in Lawrenceville, Ga. later today.
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 Lawrenceville's Briscoe Field may finally be settled.
A long-awaited decision on whether to 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. 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 flights to the airport, was the only company to file a proposal before the Feb. 8, 2012…
Friday, May 18, 2012
Debate continues on the pros and cons of privatizing Briscoe Field.
Kinton Aviation Consulting, a leading consulting firm to the aviation industry, released a report that should assist the Gwinnett County Citizens Committee in determining how to move Briscoe Airport forward. The report identified key factors that point to success, should the redevelopment and subsequent addition of passenger service be permitted at the County airport, including gate constraints at Hartsfield International, potential ease of use and navigation of a smaller facility, convenience and increased competition in the Atlanta market providing travelers with more options, according to a press release by Angela Reba, spokeswoman for Propeller Airports. Propeller Airports was the only entity to respond to the county's Request For …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The following is a letter submitted to the Editor by a Lawrenceville Patch reader.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Dear Editor: I had decided to wait until the accusations subsided before sending you this letter; however it seems that a few people have decided to inflame this issue with unsubstantiated accusations for a long time to come. Therefore, I am led to write this letter now. Anyone who attended the Airport Privatization Review Committee meetings would know that we could not have come to consensus on the issue of commercialization. There were attempts on the part of the pro-expansion members to derail our task more than once, starting with the blindside resolution to dissolve this committee back in December of 2011. The pro-expansion members knew of the plan well in advance, and those of us who are against commercialization had no idea …