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Everyone please be aware Jimmy Norton owns Air Harbor, a Briscoe airplane hanger business, and would have benefited if Propeller purchased his ground lease.
While Jimmy laments the "loss" to Gwinnett and citizens it is really his checking account that is sad.
Today Brett Smith criticized the BOC for failing it fiduciary responsibility and requested a referendum on Briscoe expansion.
I just want to make sure everyone understands our form of government is a republic and not a democracy. In a republic it is the government's responsiblity to "protect" the minority, not to serve the the will of the majority. This said a referendum would not be appropriate for this decision.
Also government has no responsiblity to maximize the value of an asset. Asset maximization is an economic concept, so the BOC did not violate any fiduciary standards.
Correction both industry analysts were selected by the Gwinnett DOT, not the committee.
Let's get some facts also. The AMACS2 report, AKA Hartsfield report, was performed at the request of the FAA, the FAA defined the scope, paid 75% of the cost, selected the contractors, and provided oversight to ensure the report was unbiased. The IMG report was sponsored by Gwinnett County. Both reports concluded Briscoe was not a viable option for passenger aviation. In addition the citizens committee had not one, but two airline aviation industry analysts state Briscoe expansion would have a "zero" chance of success or attacting a carrier to operate.
The airline industry is contracting, all the majors have taken bankruptcy, we are down to 4 major carriers, from 7 just a few years ago. There are no longer regional carriers. The airline industry is consolidating operations from smaller regional airports to larger hubs to increase operating efficiency. In the next 10 years 100 smaller airports are forecast to lose air carrier service. There are multiple examples of smaller regional airports that have no airline carriers, which are a burden on local taxpayers.
No the committee was not aviation "experts", but we had some very knowledgeable and intelligent members, who were smart enough to listen to the experts and draw a fact-based decision rather than succumb to hype and inflated forecasts circulated by Propeller Investments. A company that has never operated an airport. But three principals of Propeller have participated in the bankruptcy of Eos Airlines in 2008.
Perhaps people need to consider that what is at risk here is the financial well-being of Gwinnett County and every citizen. If this project were to go forward, Gwinnett County will ultimately be responsible - yes that is a fact confirmed by the FAA.
You make a great point, if Gwinnett government had been responsible 40 years ago they would have zoned all the land around the airport for uses other than residential and other non-compatible uses. That's what Greenville SC did. But no you are correct the county wanted tax revenue so bad they didn't just allow homes to be built in the flight path, it was encouraged by lax zoning. So now you think the homeowners are unreasonable to want to protect their quality of life and home values?
There is no such thing as "limited commercial service" once passenger jets begin operating at Briscoe the FAA has TOTAL control. This FACT was confirmed to the citizens committee by the Atlanta Regional Manager for the FAA. In 1990 Congress even passed a law removing local jurisdiction's authority to challenge the FAA's authority. There is no limit on the number of flight, hours of operation, size of aircraft, or airlines. Any airline that wants to operate can, even if it's UPS or Fed Ex flying cargo at 3:00 AM.
Send a message, sign the petition a the link below, to send your message to the commissioners.
Actually it should read -
3 Consultants Advise Against Conversion of Brisoce to Commercial Airport , or
Airline Industry Consolidating, Regional Airports Losing Carriers to Nearby Hubs , maybe even
Rissk Too Great Leave Brisoce as General Aviation Airport
Because they moved to Gwinnett to get away from Hartsfield 30 years ago.
So three main principals in Propeller bankrupted Eos Airline in 2008 and now they want to Gwinnett to let them convert Briscoe to a commercial airport?
Should the county really risk the financial well being of county government and all taxpayers by even considering Propeller as a viable bidder?
Shouldn't a minimum qualification be that you haven't bankrupted your previous company?
How does failure running an airline qualify you to develop and run an airport?
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