A new manager could soon be selected for the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field in Rome.
Gary Burkhalter, Assistant Manager of Floyd County, has been serving as the interim manager of the airport since the departure of Mike Mathews last July for a similar post in Athens. Burkhalter indicates that interviews with the job finalists have been conducted in recent weeks; these interviews are currently under evaluation. A recommendation for the post will likely be made during the February 26th meeting of the Floyd County Commission.
County leaders have requested federal funding that would be applied towards the runway extension at the airport, a 2013 SPLOST project. Burkhalter says that a decision on the request is anticipated in early March. This grant would increase the likelihood that the project would be completed in time for the US Air Force Thunderbirds’ next appearance at Wings Over North Georgia slated for October 2020.
The US Air Force’s flight demonstration team requires 7,000 feet of runway; only 6,000 feet is now available at the Rome airport.
Burkhalter credits the airport staff for maintaining regular airport operations as he works on projects such as the runway extension.
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