New airport facility open for business
by Emanuel County Live | November 17, 2004 12:00 am
The Swainsboro/Eman- uel County airport has been a work in process over the past three to four years. The runway has been resurfaced and extended now to 6,240 feet by 100 feet wide. A new taxiway has been added along with new landing lights and a new instrument landing system has been approved and is in the process of being installed over the next year or so.
In addition, jet aircraft fuel will now be available 24 hours a day. A new aircraft hanger building with 10 spots is also under construction. All of these features and improvements will make our area more attractive to new industry. The Swainsboro/Emanuel County Joint Development Authorities (JDA) has been working with the Airport Commission of the City of Swainsboro as well as with the Emanuel County Commissioners during this expansion. The required dirt grading work was completed by the county and the city provided the work on the water/sewer system.
Specifically, the JDA has assisted in financing the new hanger building. The hanger is 6,400 square feet along with a new 1,600 sq. ft. office space. New parking areas have been added along with new lighting, storm water drainage and a new entrance road. The new facility is open for business and is now housing a new aircraft maintenance business, Skytech Aviation, which, along with Sasser Aviation, are now employing 12 people. The new aircraft hangers will add property tax revenues to the city, as more aircraft are stored there.
Andy Riley, JDA president, JDA board Chairman Charles Schwabe, and JDA board members Loy D. Cowart, Bill Simmons, Billy Rich and Lawrence Atkinson met with Ken Warnock, chairman of the Airport Commission recently. Warnock thanked the JDA for their help on the project and everyone toured the facilities.