Comments requested for Cobb Airport Master Plan

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The Airport Strategic Planning Board is requesting input as the board finalizes an update to the Airport Master Plan for Cobb County International Airport - McCollum Field.

The Master Plan Update includes identifying the needs over the next 20 years, evaluating potential development options and identifying airfield improvements needed to meet Federal Aviation Administration development/safety standards. The Gulfstream V Aircraft is proposed as the “design aircraft” to be used when applying FAA’s standards to new airport development.

Some of the projects in the draft plan include:

  • creating a runway safety area west of the airport by proposing to relocate roads.
  • bringing the parallel taxiways to FAA standards by relocating the taxiways to 400 feet from the runway centerline.
  • acquiring additional land and ultimately extending the runway to 7,500 feet.

The Airport Board’s noise study of the proposed improvements, with the continuous progress aircraft manufacturers have made in reducing noise in modern aircraft, concluded that the airport’s 2015 noise footprint was less than it was in 2006. Considering the forecast and completion of the master plan projects, the noise footprint in 2035 is predicted to be less than the projected noise footprint was forecast to be in 2026 from the last Master Plan.

Airport Master Plan Update information: at bottom left.

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Tyler Perry to receive $35.3 million in bonds to keep jets at Cobb airport

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Movie mogul Tyler Perry will get $35.3 million in bonds and a 10-year tax abatement to store his private jets at Cobb County International Airport-McCollum field, the Marietta Daily Journal reports.

Perry has a 70-seat Lineage jet, a 14-set Gulfstream G-5 and an eight-seat Embraer Phenom 100.

The bonds will be used to refinance Perry's lineage jet.

According to a fiscal impact analysis by Georgia Tech, Cobb's school district could collect $730,000 in tax revenue from the plane and the county could collect $400,000. The planes could also provide $112,000 in tax revenue for the county.

The Development Authority of Cobb County nicknamed the bond and request "Project Meatloaf."

More at the Marietta Daily Journal here.

FAA sublease will bring up to 35 employees

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A Federal Aviation Administration sublease has been approved by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners for Cobb County International Airport - McCollum Field.

The request was made by Atlanta Northside Aviation Inc. to enter into a 35-year sublease. Hangar 240 will be used by the FAA southeastern Flight Inspection Operations Group (Flightcheck).

Flightcheck includes up to 35 employees and a fleet of seven aircraft. Throughout the southeast U.S., Flightcheck is responsible for the in-air certification and ongoing flight inspections of navigation aids.

Northside will construct 6,750 square feet of office space and 1,892 square feet of shop space within and around the existing 25,000-square-foot hangar.

$4.4 million in Cobb airport projects

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Two projects to improve safety and efficiency are expected to start in July at Cobb County International Airport.

Cobb commissioners earlier this month approved a $3.7 million contract with Woodstock-based Astra Group Inc. for rehabilitation of the airport’s north apron, or the area between the hangars and the runway, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

A $780,000 contract with Texas-based Navcon, which was also approved by commissioners, will provide for the installation of an approach lighting system aimed at aiding pilots landing at the airport, the paper adds.

State and federal funding will cover the majority of the costs, with the remainder coming from those who use the airport, airport manager Karl Von Hagel told the MDJ.

ExcelAire Announces Its Certification as an Authorized Maintenance Provider for Cayman Island-Registered Private Jets

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Hawthorne Global Aviation Services today announced that its Part 145 maintenance repair station operation located at its ExcelAire facility in Long Island, NY has been approved by the Cayman Islands CAA as an authorized maintenance provider for private jets registered in the Cayman Islands.

"We are thrilled to receive Cayman Island certification, and are among the few companies that are authorized to work on Cayman registered aircraft, which is a recognition of our overall maintenance excellence," said Ralph Michielli, Chief Operating Officer, ExcelAire. "We provide private jet maintenance services 24/7 and 98% of our work is done in-house by our highly qualified team."

Hawthorne Global Aviation Services at its ExcelAire facility specializes in worldwide jet charters, aircraft management, maintenance, and FBO services.

Maintenance services are located at MacArthur Airport in Long Island, NY. An authorized FAA repair station, it is also an authorized Embraer factory service center and has extensive experience with Gulfstream, Citation, Learjet, Hawker, Challenger and Falcon jets. 

About Hawthorne Global Aviation Services

Hawthorne Global Aviation Services is a premier provider of general aviation services, with a rich history in the industry dating back to 1932. Hawthorne operates four premier Fixed Based Operators (FBO) located at L.I. MacArthur Airport, NY (KISP); Cobb County International Airport in Atlanta, Ga. (KRYY), Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, Ill. (KPWK) and Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wis. (KEAU). It also has private jet charter and maintenance operations at MacArthur Airport, NY (KISP) and Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, Wis. (KEAU). For more information on Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, please visit


Cobb County International Airport - McCollum Field

Cobb County International Airport

McCollum Field is owned by Cobb County, operated by the County Department of Transportation characterizing it as a municipal airport. It is managed by a full-time, professional airport manager. The airport employs almost 185 people, and had an annual economic impact of more than $47 million to the local economy in 2002.

1723 McCollum Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144