AIRPORT MANAGER PAULDING COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY
Oversees the daily operation of the County airport which includes the maintenance of the airfield, negotiations and communications with tenants, and compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration and State Division of Aviation regulations.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Inspects the airfield daily and arranges for repair and maintenance work to be completed.
- Manages and coordinates special events taking place at the airport.
- Monitors lease agreements with tenants and meets with them to solve problems, handle special requests, and resolve conflicts.
- Acts as the contact for the media and the public on issues related to the airport and aviation. This includes conducting tours and leading seminars.
- Develops and implements a master plan for airport projects, investigating funding sources, writing and reviewing RFP's and supervising consultants.
- Recommends policies and procedures for the effective operation of the airport. Insures that all Federal and State requirements are considered in this process.
- Secures, justifies, and monitors use of budgetary monies and capital.
- Responds to emergency situations at the airport on a 24 hour basis including accidents and instrument and equipment malfunctions.
- Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with Airport Authority policies, procedures and applicable laws including: training in job skills; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- Plans, organizes, and evaluates daily operations of the unit to include scheduling, specifying policies and procedures, equipment and manpower; plans short-term activities and special projects; develops and implements work objectives for unit.
- Confers with Airport Authority to keep them informed on key issues and progress toward objectives and to gain their support and approval; makes recommendations to the Airport Authority for needed airport improvements.
- Coordinates Airport Authority meetings, including preparing agendas, minutes and closed session items.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in Aviation, Engineering, Business or Public Administration, or a related field; and, four to six years of progressively responsible related experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Principles and practices of aviation.
- Principles and practices of contract negotiation.
- Record keeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.
- Basic budgetary principles and practices.
- Administration of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision.
- Computer applications related to the work.
- Applicable state, federal and local laws, rules and regulations.
- Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.
- Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
- Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
- Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction.
- Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols.
- Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
- Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff.
- Selecting and motivating staff and providing for their training and professional development.
- Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
Mental and Physical Abilities:
- Ability to speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
- Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions with abstract and/or concrete variables.
- While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear.
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Statement from Calvin Thompson
Over the last few weeks, there have been a lot of statements made in public and online regarding a 2004 video where I discussed the future of commercial and general aviation services at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. Many of these statements have no truth to them, and some have actually been very hurtful to me and my family. I want to take a moment to set the record straight on not only this video, but the entire process regarding the development of Silver Comet Field.
The video is from a 2004 Paulding Chamber of Commerce event where I spoke about the future of the airport. At that meeting, I said that commercial airlines were not part of the plans for this airport. At the time, general aviation, which includes activities such as private flights and pilot training, was a booming business. I and my fellow Airport Authority members felt that the airport would be more successful pursuing this strategy.
But times have certainly changed, and the recession has impacted the aviation industry in significant ways.
A 2012 report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Federal Aviation Administration showed a 20% decrease in general aviation jobs and a 21% decrease in general aviation’s total economic impact between 2008 and 2009. There was also a significant decreasing trend in the active pilot population, along with steady decreases in general aviation hours and towered operations.
The recession was taking its toll on the general aviation industry and, in turn, our plans for the future of the airport. Needless to say, the Airport Authority, tasked with ensuring that this $50 million asset is utilized to best meet the growing needs of our community, did what any responsible business would do and started to look into other avenues for the future sustainment and growth of the facility.
The decision to seek a partner to develop the airport, to include the standard MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) and possible commercial services, was not made lightly or in secret. The facts are that substantial economic development opportunities like this don’t come along often, and we worked with Silver Comet Terminal Partners in an expeditious, open manner so as to not lose this opportunity to a neighboring county.
However, accusations have persisted that the Authority, in supposed cahoots with the County Commission, held secret meetings and violated Georgia’s Open Meetings Act, and/or that members of both the Authority and Commission have accepted payments from outside groups. As a devout Christian, not to mention a man who has spent the last 10-plus years trying to make this community the best it can be for our children and grandchildren, I am personally offended by these meritless accusations.
During my 12-year tenure as chairman of the Airport Authority, we have always conducted all business completely above board. With regards to the development now occurring at the airport, many aspects of the process were discussed openly at public meetings of the Authority beginning October 2012, which were attended by members of the community and, on occasion, news media. Additionally, various aspects regarding the commercialization of the airport, including approvals for taxiway widening and the purchase of firefighting equipment specifically designed for commercial usage, were discussed and voted on in open sessions of either the Airport Authority or County Commission. I might add all commissioners of the County Commission voted.
As for the baseless remarks that our pockets are being lined in order to push this project through, let me say this: if I wanted to make money off the development of this airport, I could have done so many times over through my company, Thompson Grading. However, I have always elected not to bid on grading contracts, involving millions of yards of dirt, surrounding this development. Even though, legally, my business could have pursued these opportunities, I wanted to keep things above reproach and avoid any perception of collusion. In spite of the fact that we, like so many other companies, have experienced some tough times during the recession, we have continued to abstain from bidding on airport contracts.
Every decision that the Airport Authority has made over the years, including those to go after general aviation and now commercial aviation, have always been made with the best interests for the future of this county in mind.
I understand that there are some folks who are against the commercial flights at the airport. However, the reasons they cite to be against this important development, such as a deal born in secrecy, aircraft buzzing rooftops, increased traffic, environmental concerns, etc., have no basis in fact. I encourage you to read the Paulding Airport Myth vs. Fact document that has been widely distributed for a clear understanding of the issue and not to believe everything you read on the web.
Silver Comet Field - Myth vs. Fact
Myth: The Paulding County Board of Commissioners dealt in secret to push this airport deal through.
Paulding County and Propeller Investments Announce Silver Comet Field
Paulding County and Propeller Investments Announce Silver Comet Field County and New Partner to Run Airport & Bring New Commercial Service to Metro-Atlanta
(Atlanta, GA., October 4, 2013) Paulding County officials announced today that they’ve entered into an agreement with Propeller Investments to develop Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, a public use, general aviation airport located 24 miles northwest of Atlanta. Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (KPUJ) is owned by the County, with oversight administered through the Paulding County Airport Authority (PCCA). The airport is working to make changes necessary for commercial service.
Under the new agreement, the airport has been renamed Silver Comet Field at Paulding NW Atlanta. Propeller is in talks with several commercial carriers and hopes to announce initial passenger service shortly. Propeller also has an option on 60 adjacent acres to be used for aviation based economic development in keeping with the County’s Aerospace Alliance. It is anticipated that economic development activity at the airport could result in more than $350 million in annual economic activity and thousands of jobs for Paulding County over the next decade.
“Our interest in bringing a second commercial airport to metro Atlanta has not diminished. In fact now that we’ve explored the potential for commercial service at Silver Comet and seen what Paulding County has to offer, it has grown stronger,” said Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Investments. “With pro-business county leaders committed to economic development and growth, a new terminal that will be ready for commercial service this year, and 60 acres of adjacent land that can be developed to create jobs for the area, this a great opportunity for Propeller and Paulding County. Furthermore, this partnership brings choice and convenience for Metro Atlanta travelers.”
Home to 142,000 residents, Paulding County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. With the support of the Board of Commissioners, in 2008 the County opened Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (KPUJ) as part of a continuing commitment to their economic development agenda. The airport is located just off U.S. 278 with easy access to Interstate 20 adjacent to property the City of Atlanta originally purchased to create a second airport for the metro region. In addition to a brand new 23,000 square foot terminal, the County, State and Federal governments have invested more than $50 million in airport infrastructure including runways, taxiways, roadway construction, fuel storage facilities and fire station equipment.
“Our partnership with Propeller and our plans to bring commercial service to Silver Comet are a cornerstone of our economic development agenda and our plan to stem the tide of 70% of our residents leaving the county each day for work,” said County Commission Chairman David Austin. “Together with Propeller our investment will yield revenues for the County which will help keep taxes low. Private investment dollars spent on development around the airport will potentially create thousands of jobs in Paulding County by 2020. We are excited about this opportunity.”
With a population of 1 million residents within a 25 mile radius of the airport, and 4.5 million within 50 miles, Silver Comet is the first jet capable airport built in Georgia since the 1970s and ideally suited for commercial service. Metro Atlanta is currently the only top ten metropolitan area in the United States served by only one commercial service airport. Propeller has entered into two long-term lease agreements with the PCCA – a long term lease for the terminal building and options for 60 acres of land around the airport – to be used for the development of aviation related and airport related facilities. The agreement gives Paulding County landing fees, taxes on based aircraft, a percentage of gross revenue, ground rental income from Propeller and terminal sales tax revenue beginning immediately.
“We were looking for a World class team to join with us to make our airport the economic engine that we know it can be, and Propeller is that team,” said Blake Swafford, Paulding County Airport Director. “The County had the vision to build a great facility. We have room for smart growth around the airport and can manage it while protecting our high quality of life. Together with Propeller we are going to create opportunities for our community.”
About Propeller Investments:
Propeller Investments leverages highly experienced aerospace and transportation entrepreneurs with the financial expertise and demonstrated record of making strategic investments and developing top caliber projects. Silver Comet is operated by Propeller Airports, Inc. a subsidiary of Propeller Investments. Propeller is based in New York and has offices in Atlanta and Dublin, Ireland.
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John Gallagher, 212-681-1380