As pilots and business owners feared the worst, lawmakers worked to minimize the effects of budget cuts on local airfields.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 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 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 because of the …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Gwinnett County airport tower is closing 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. Check …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Safe landing without incident after landing gear jams on single passenger plane.
Briscoe Field was the site of an emergency plane landing on Friday evening, Oct. 12, 2012. According to 11 Alive News, a King Air 300 plane, carrying only a pilot, was able to land safely at the airport in Lawrenceville after the landing gear jammed. Reports indicate that the pilot was able to safely, manually lower the gear, however he was unaware if this maneuver worked because the "gear down" light did not activate. Keep up with breaking news with Loganville-Grayson Patch Newsletter and on Facebook.
Friday, July 20, 2012
As promised during their June meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners took the steps to take plans to privatize Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Ga. off the table.
On June 5th, 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 they received a letter from the FAA dated July 5th confirming that Briscoe Field has been removed from privatization program. These actions officially end the possibility of privatization and commercialization of Briscoe Field.
Wednesday, June 6, 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 …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners voted down plan for privatization of Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville.
The Board of Commissioners rejected a plan to privatize Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville Tuesday at about 2:45 p.m. The vote was unanimous. Patch will have more on this developing story.
Brett Smith is urging the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners to wait until Lasseter's seat is filled.
CEO of Propeller Airports Brett Smith is asking for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to wait to vote on the fate of Briscoe Field. The commissioners are expected to reject a plan to commercialize Briscoe Tuesday afternoon. Smith said the commission should delay the vote until the District 1 seat is filled. The seat was left vacant when Shirley Lasseter resigned after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges. "The four remaining commissioners should not proceed with a vote when voices of more than 200,000 citizens, from an entire district, are not going to be represented," said Smith. Smith claims the BOC blocked him from making his proposal public. The CEO said the commercialization could actually be good for the community…
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 Propeller Airports’ press conference an “admission that they know they're going to lose.”
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 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 leading …