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05-03-1995 Regular Meeting ~ PEACHTREE CITY AIRPORT AUTHORITY MINUTES OF MEETING MAY 3, 1995 The regular meeting of the Peachtree City Airport Authority was held in the City Hall Council Chambers on May, 5 1995, at 7 p.m. Those present were: Chairman David M. Good; Members Vivian R. Brigham, Robert B. Patterson, Daniel E. Carr; Airport Manager James H. Savage; Authority Attorney Douglas B. Warner; and Recording Secretary Shirley R. Comer. Member Michael E. Amos was absent. I. ANNOUNCEMENTS None. II. ADDITIONAL AGENDA ITEMS None. III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES A motion was made by Ms. Brigham to approve the minutes of the April 5, 1995, Authority meeting as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. Patterson. The motion passed unanimously. IV. REPORTS Airport Manager: Mr. Savage briefed the Authority on the following issues: 1. Mr. Savage and Ms. Brigham have recently attended two meetings of the Mayor's newly appointed committee for airport development (Airport Master Planning, Design and Development Committee). Mr. Savage has also attended two meetings of a sub-committee for industrial and commercial survey development. r The goals of the larger committee are not yet completely defined, but efforts so far have been to prepare survey forms for the residents of Peachtree City and for potential industrial and commercial airport users located within the southwest quadrant of Greater Atlanta. 1 _.~ .~'-'---'--'--"--~'--"--"''''----'''-'-'---'---- -.. --'-~"--~----~-""~----"--"---'--------"'--''-'-~--'--~--"-~...._-'--...''':-_.-'-._; """' Once these surveys have been conducted, the committee is hopeful that the information collected will provide valuable guidance for future promotion and development of Peachtree City-Falcon Field Airport. The AMPDDC meets again May 22, at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall. 2. Airport Maintenance Technician Bob Gray recently built a display holder for NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System forms and reports. The ASRS is a program designed to allow pilots, mechanics and others in the aviation industry to report safety problems that they have encountered, with limited immunity from prosecution by the FAA for any inadvertent violation of Federal Aviation Regulations. Reports are filed anonymously. Stevens Aviation has placed the holder in the pilot briefing room where it is readily available to pilots operating at the airport. The sign attached to the holder identifies the NASA program and indicates that the forms and reports are provided by the Authority. 3. On April 11 , Mr. Savage, Chairman Good and Steve Smith of Wilbur Smith and Associates met with representatives of the Atlanta Airports District Office of the FAA. The purpose of the meeting was to describe the Authority's plans for development of the Aviation Center and to request FAA funding for the adjacent aircraft parking apron. Howard Robinson, then Acting Chief of the ADO, was very supportive of the project and indicated that they would put the project at the top of their list of projects to be funded out of Airport Improvement Program discretionary funds, once they have such funds. The FAA's share would be 90%, the Georgia Department of Transportation would provide 5%, and the Authority would provide the remaining 5%. Apparently all such federal funds are now being controlled out of the FAA's Washington office and none have been released thus far this year. Mr. Savage contacted Congressman Mac Collins' office to see if he could help and the Congressman was also very supportive of the project and has written the FAA Administrator seeking the necessary funds. In the interim, Mr. Savage has been working with Georgia DOT on an alternate funding program that would require the Authority to pay 50% of the cost to build the necessary apron, with the State providing the other half. 2 r-. r- ~;;' ,-, ;. I;; "... ..-.---. ------_._-._-'~---"'_.._----_._--_.,,'------_.,-_._.---~---._..__.._-------_.__._,-_._--------~---_._--_.-'.,.-'--'-'- 4. Mr. Savage reports that the newly acquired computer system, that replaced the Authority's original system, is up and running and was used to prepare Draft Three of the Emergency Operations Manual that is on today's agenda. The speed and capabilities of the new system are significantly greater than the old and it appears that the ultimate goal of networking Mr. Savage's computer with Ms. Comer's will be a great step forward. 5. Mr. Savage reported that long time airport tenant and friend Jack Berry had suffered a heart attack and by-pass surgery in early April. His wife Myra reports that he is recovering nicely and should be back at work soon. We wish him well. 6. On April 14, an FAA Cessna Citation, N26, blew its right main landing gear tire while doing touch-and-go landings while training three FAA Inspectors. The damaged aircraft closed the runway for nearly four hours while mechanics from Stevens Aviation devised a way to move the aircraft from the runway without doing any further damage to the aircraft or the runway itself. After adapting a dolly used for other purposes, the aircraft was moved to the northwest run-up pad and the FAA flew a second aircraft, a Lear 35, N2, into the airport from Washington with parts and their own mechanics. After temporary repairs were made, both aircraft departed that night (Good Friday) with the Citation's landing gear left in the down position. Other than a long line of rubber marks, there was no damage to the runway. The City's public works department provided a tractor and operator with a high pressure blower to remove the hundreds of small particles of rubber left in the wake of the aircraft. Mr. Savage thanked the City for this help. 7. On April 17, Jonathan Harman and Scouts from Troop 76 finished the new sidewalk into Airport Picnic Park. This was Mr. Harman's Eagle Scout project and was completed without cost to the Authority. The project provides an all weather path from the parking lot, across the drainage ditch in front of the park to the picnic table area. Mr. Savage invited Mr. Harman and the Scouts involved in the project to join the Authority at the June 7, picnic for a formal thank you and photo opportunity. 3 ,..... ~ -...----....:.~......:;......__"__~~,~_~...;...,....:..c..:_.._..;L_'c._.,___~~._,~,.;."'-,.-"--"~..~."''''-,-':.;;;c..;.;c.. ,,,..c.,'...,.,........,...._..,.,.....,'...,,.......,.." ,'.,_." --.-..----'-----.--..----.----..... 8. On April 19, Mr. Gray discovered vandalism to the number three ODALS tower, located adjacent to the access road to the sewer treatment plant on the south end of the airport. For reasons know only to such people, someone removed several small cross-braces from the tower structure and in doing so damaged the control box located at the base of the tower. Mr. Gray has repaired the damage at a cost of approximately $100 and erected a warning sign that indicates that damage to air navigation equipment is a federal offense and should it result in loss of life may be punishable by death. A report was filed with the Peachtree City Police Department, but no indication of who might be responsible has been given. 9. Mr. Savage met with Mr. Mats Backlin and Mr. Chuck Mayfield, pilots for Virgin Airships (the Blockbuster Video blimp is one their airships) to discuss locating a blimp at the airport during the Olympic Games. Three sites on the field were identified as possible locations, however the gentlemen are also looking at other airports in the Atlanta area and will decide on a location soon. Mr. Savage will check with the FAA to determine if any instrument navigational problems might result with the blimp being moored near the runway. 10. On Sunday April 30, and again on May 1, the airport experienced one or more lightning strikes near the runway and taxiway lighting systems, resulting in failure of more than 60 lamps. Many of the lamps that failed were original bulbs from 1990 and were near their expected lifetime limits. The resulting surge or spike in the electrical system is most likely the cause of the bulb failure. All lights have been repaired except for one sign that apparently sustained damage to a circuit board, which is not in stock. It may be necessary to modify the sign to put it back in service. Bulb replacement cost is approximately $250. V. OLD AGENDA ITEMS 95-03-02 - Review draft of Emergency Operations Manual for airport. After a review of draft three of the Emergency Operations Manual by the Authority, with two minor changes proposed by Chairman Good and Mr. Patterson, Mr. Patterson moved to adopt the manual as amended. Mr. Carr seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. 4 -- VI. NEW AGENDA ITEMS 95-05-01 Consider proposal from Georgia DOT for runway crack sealing program. Mr. Savage described the minor cracks that are forming along the "lane joints" on the runway and his investigation into ways to prevent the cracks from becoming larger. He has at different times met with a contractor who recently sealed cracks in the runway at the Griffin airport; Colin Halterman Director of Public Works for Peachtree City and Bill McCavey of the Georgia Department of Transportation to review the problem. Several ideas were discussed, but Mr. Savage recommended the one proposed by the Georgia DOT. The Georgia DOT has developed a program that provides 75% of the funding necessary to perform the crack sealing. The cracks are first routed out to provide a groove with a good bonding surface and then a pliable compound is used to fill the crack with all sealant remaining inside the groove. "...., The Georgia DOT's estimate for doing the 35,000 linear feet of sealing needed is $16,000, with the Authority's share being approximately $4,000. A motion was made by Mr. Patterson and seconded by Ms. Brigham that the Authority contract with the Georgia DOT to perform the crack sealing program as described. The motion passed unanimously. VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION There being no items for discussion in Executive Session, Chairman Good moved to adjourn at 7:35 p.m. Ms. Brigham seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. ~ " ~.... Attested by: /7 ~. G-o-/J David M. Good, Chairman 5