Saturday, May 11, 2013
FAA 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. Citing economic and safety …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The airport in Gwinnett joins the Spokane Airport in Washington State in asking a judge to review the FAA's decision to stop funding the airport traffic control towers.
Gwinnett County is not giving up the fight to keep the airport traffic control tower at Briscoe Field fully funded. The airport in Lawrenceville joined a lawsuit filed by the Spokane Airport in Spokane, Wash. On April 24th, Gwinnett County filed a motion to intervene in the case of Spokane Airport Board, Petitioner v. Michael P. Huerta Administrator and Federal Aviation Administration, Respondents, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case No. 13-71172. They are requesting a judge review the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to stop funding to federal contract towers. “Gwinnett County is seeking to join in this action as our interests are aligned with those of Spokane and other similarly situated airports with …
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.
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 …
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, February 9, 2012
The group previously has sought to provide commercial flights. No details of the proposal are known at this time.
There's only one choice for Gwinnett County Commissioners to make if Briscoe Field is to be privatized: Propeller Airports Briscoe Field, Inc. That group was the only firm to respond to the county's Request For Proposals by Wednesday's deadline. The RFP was issued in December after much discussion by commissioners and public discourse that still continues. No details of the proposal are available; it is being evaluated, according to county spokesperson Joe Sorenson. There also is no known timetable for making a decision. However, before the RFP process began, Propeller had indicated it wanted to begin commercial passenger flights at the county-owned airport. Briscoe Field is located in Lawrenceville and is currently a general aviation …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Deadline is in February for interested parties to respond.
One thing Gwinnett County didn't get for Christmas: a proposal for privatizing Briscoe Field. As of Monday, Dec. 26, no one had submitted a proposal in response to the county's Request For Proposals that was issued earlier this month, according to the county website. The link to the RFP had gotten 161 hits as of Monday. The county issued the RFP on Dec. 8, allowing 60 days for interested parties to respond. It specifies interest from parties interested in the "lease, partnership and improvement" of the county-owned airport in Lawrenceville, which currently is operated by the county Transportation Department. It also opens the door for short- and long-term proposals that could include commercial passenger service. And language in the RFP …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
County says proposals must be submitted by Feb. 8, 2012.
Updated 4:54 p.m., Dec. 8, 2011 Gwinnett County on Thursday formally began the process of potentially privatizing county-owned Briscoe Field by issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP). And the invitation opens a window for commercial passenger service. In a posting on the county website, county officials said bids from parties interesting in operating the Lawrenceville airport must submit proposals by Feb. 8, 2012, at 2:50 p.m. Also, a related news conference has been scheduled for Jan. 5, 2012, at county headquarters in Lawrenceville. What do you think of the airport privatization RFP? According to the RFP, companies responding to the RFP "may specifically propose the introduction of scheduled passenger service, and/or how the Respondent …
Monday, September 19, 2011
Question and answer session with airport consultants scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will meet with airport consultants Infrastructure Management Group Inc. (IMG) on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to discuss the results of a study commissioned by Gwinnett County regarding the future of Briscoe Field. In a report released last month (see pdf), IMG made several recommendations to the county: The IMG report also noted several other critical issues including: The question and answer session will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners conference room, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. The meeting is open to the public.