As of Friday, June 8, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Thomas Pecht displays a lack of understanding in his letter (“Airport should have a for sale sign on it,” June 7, 6A). As a corporate pilot (based at another airport) I know the passengers have these airplanes to increase the effectiveness of their time spent away from their families, generating revenue for more jobs for employees, and profits for investors.
Pecht writes: “Easily fly over to Peachtree DeKalb, and rent a car?” Have you made that drive after 4:00 p.m.?
Easy access to a good airport is a vital component when any well-run company decides on a location for a new facility. BMW built it’s South Carolinia plant where it did specifically because of the Greenville-Spartanburg airport.
When Mr. Pecht says that the airport is an “expensive private country club” he is ignoring the fact that he can book a flying lesson there today. Hardly private.
When I had a light plane based at Brisco Field, I paid a great deal of taxes to Gwinnett County each year. The sales taxes paid on each gallon of fuel bought at the airport benefits the county. The taxes paid by my hangar’s landlord benefit the county. The taxes paid by the hundreds of employees at the airport benefit the county. The sales taxes paid by the customers at “The Flying Machine” restaurant benefit the county.
Should a Gwinnett citizen need the protection of a police helicopter, it will launch from Briscoe Field. When a member of our families needs bloodwork for a critical health condition, the sample will go to the lab in a light plane.
Properly utilized, a county airport is a vital asset that more than supports itself.
— Gordon Clement