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02-01-1995 Regular Meeting - PEACHTREE CITY AIRPORT AUTHORITY MINUTES OF MEETING February 1, 1995 The regular meeting of the Peachtree City Airport Authority was held in the City Hall Council Chambers on February 1, 1995, at 7 p.m. Those present were: Chairman David M. Good; Members Vivian R. Brigham, Michael E. Amos, and Robert B. Patterson; Airport Manager James H. Savage; Authority Attorneys Douglas B. Warner and Kim Flynt; and Recording Secretary Shirley R. Comer. Member Daniel E. Carr was absent. I. ANNOUNCEMENTS Chairman Good announced the annual City Council Retreat which will be held the weekend of March 10. The entire Authority has been invited to attend at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday March 11, to update current plans and projects. The meeting is will be held at the recently completed "Gathering place" adjacent to the Recreation Center at McIntosh Amphitheater. ,..., II. ADDITIONAL AGENDA ITEMS None. III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES A motion to approve the minutes of the January 4, 1995, Authority meeting as presented was made by Mr. Patterson and seconded by Mr. Amos. The motion passed unanimously. IV. REPORTS Airport Manager: Mr. Savage briefed the Authority on the following issues: 1 . Mr. Savage met with FAA representatives Debby Dennis and Mike Dehan on January 5, to discuss a location for a temporary air traffic control tower to be installed during the 1996 Olympic Games. The tower will be a self-contained unit located on a flat-bed trailer that will only require 220 VAC power and telephone service. The best location appears to be near the airport electrical vault adjacent to taxiway B. This location will be further evaluated at a later time, but appears to offer good visibility of the entire airport also. r-" 1 r- f' 2. , ,...., j,,' ,...., u.s. Congressman Mac Collins has responded to the Authority's recent request for help in getting the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) commissioned. This weather reporting system has been operating in a test mode for nearly two years and cannot be used by commercial operators until fully commissioned. Mr. Collins has recently written a second letter to the FAA Administrator regarding this delay. He is awaiting a response. A lack of spare parts to assure maintenance reliability is the latest reason given by the National Weather Service for the failure to commission this and many other ASOS systems. 3. Mr. Savage recently responded to the FAA regarding the proposed development of a Global Positioning System (GPS) instrument approach to Clayton-Tara Field in Henry County, Georgia. He indicated that the Authority would not be opposed to such a development provided that approaches to Peachtree City-Falcon Field and Clayton-Tara could be conducted simultaneously. Mr. Good requested that Mr. Savage follow up on the original letter to insure that the FAA understands that the Authority is also concerned about possible traffic conflicts during a "missed approach" at Tara and how that would affect instrument approach capability at Falcon Field. The FAA has indicated that they do not believe that an instrument approach to Runway 24 at Tara will affect Falcon approaches, but will verify and report. Air Traffic Control officials at Atlanta Hartsfield have opposed the development of an approach to Runway 06 at Tara because of this type of conflict. 4. The Authority is currently running an ad in the Atlanta Journal/Constitution continuing to seek tenants for the new T-hangar. As of this date, the Authority has received 11 deposits for the new unit and one for a secondary space created in the old unit. Three spaces in the new unit are still available and two in the old. 5. On January 18, Mr. Savage met with Mark Counts of Wilbur Smith and Associates, and Ed Radigan and Ray Fletcher of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GaDOT) to discuss the Authority's five year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The GaDOT is compiling CIP data on all Georgia airports to present to the Georgia Legislature, in an effort to seek State matching funds for this development. The first year such funds would be available would be FY 1997. 2 ,....., 6. ('""'. ~ On January 21, an aircraft owned by Jack Berry and Associates had its main landing gear collapse during landing at the airport. Damage to the aircraft and airport was minimal and there were no injuries. Member Patterson was at the airport during the Saturday incident and reported that Stevens Aviation personnel were unsure of what actions to take to cope with the situation. He suggested that some form of emergency checklist be developed to provide the necessary guidance. Mr. Savage indicated that an Emergency Operations Manual was nearly completed and would be available for airport operators soon. This manual will outline the steps to take in various emergency and abnormal situations, as well as a telephone notification list. 7. On two separate occasions, Mr. Savage and Jack Joiner of the State DOT have discussed the availability of state funding for a portion of the taxiway and apron to be built near the new T-hangar. The state has a 50/50 funding program for projects of this nature and does have funds currently available. Wilbur Smith and Associates has prepared cost estimates for their portion of this project and is ready to proceed with the necessary design and project supervision upon direction to do so. The savings to the Authority should be in the $20,000 range. 8. Matt Harper of Virgin Airships contacted Mr. Savage to discuss locating an airship at the airport during the 1996 Olympic games. Mr. Savage asked for comments and direction from the Authority on what parking and tie- down fees should be established for the Olympic time period. Virgin's airships are approximately one/half the size of the Goodyear blimps and most likely can be accommodated on the southeast end of the airport without disrupting other traffic. Mr. Harper will be in town soon to survey locations. 9. Mr Savage gave the Authority a brief overview of the recent FAA Airport Managers Conference held at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport. FAA Administrator David Hinson gave a speech on the first day outlining the many changes and challenges facing the FAA with the recent political change in the U.S. Congress. One of several topics discussed by Mr. Hinson was the program that President Clinton favors that would separate the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system from the FAA by creating a U.S. Government owned corporation to run ATC by itself. This program will be presented to Congress on February 6, with the FY 1996 budget package. 3 r-" Mr. Hinson concluded his comments by saying that "at this stage of the game, all items pertaining to how the FAA will be run and what programs will funded are on the table, including the Airport Improvement Program." He suggested that airport sponsors watch very carefully how Congress deals with this issue and further advised local leaders to provide Congress with their opinions and ideas on how the FAA should be structured and financed. After some discussion by the Authority it was agreed to add this item to the agenda for the March 1, meeting so the Authority can establish an official position to be communicated to the Georgia delegation in Congress. V. OLD AGENDA ITEMS None ",......, VI. NEW AGENDA ITEMS 95-02-01 Hear report from lain Glendinning, General Manager of stevens Aviation. Mr. Glendinning presented a viewgraph outline of stevens Aviation Atlanta (Peachtree City) operation for 1994 and its projections for 1995. Highlights included expected revenues for 1995 to increase by nearly 40% to over $16 million dollars, with employee head count to increase from the current 160 people to nearly 240 by year's end. Bookings for aircraft maintenance, painting and interior work will put the current stevens facilities at or very near full capacity, forcing multiple shifts to complete work on time. There were no actions needed or taken by the Authority on this item. ".-.. i 4 r-' ! 95-02-02 Consider issuance of "Request For Proposals" for accounting services. Mr. Savage presented a letter from Blaine Price of Price Computer Consultants, in which Mr. Price states that due to his recent employment by Voxcom Webb Printing he will no longer be able to act as the Authority's accountant. Mr. Savage requested authority to issue the attached Request For Proposals (RFP) for accounting services. A motion was made by Mr. Amos and seconded by Ms Brigham that the Airport Manager be authorized to issue the RFP as presented. The motion passed unanimously. 95-02-03 Consider placing an ad in the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce publication "Images". -- After discussion, which included concerns over budget constraints and the fact that the publication is not produced in Fayette County, which seems to fly in the face of the "Shop Fayette First" philosophy, the Authority elected to take no action on this item. VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION There were no Executive Session items for discussion. At 8:30 p.m. a motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Patterson and seconded by Ms. Brigham. The motion passed unanimously. ~~ Attested by: David M. Good, Chairman ~ 5