Sheriff: SCSO helicopter crash lands due to catastrophic engine failure

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: STAR, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, experienced catastrophic engine failure resulting in a crash landing while on a training flight in Spalding County. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, SCSO Chief Pilot Dr. Phillip Smith and Chief Deputy Tony Thomason were in flight at approximately 5:30 […]

Details released on new airport bond; property acquisition

SUBMITTED ::: The following press release was on Thursday afternoon issued by Dick Morrow, who serves as a city of Griffin commissioner and chairman of the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority. At 10:41 this morning, I received a telephone call from Carla Sands, acting director GDOT Aviation, that the FAA, Washington, DC, had approved our new […]

New airport at standstill pending federal approval

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Although officials of the city of Griffin, Spalding County and the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority have approved plans to move the proposed new airport forward, it remains at a standstill pending Federal Aviation Administration approval. Dick Morrow, who serves on the Griffin Board of Commissioners and as chairman of the Airport […]

Spalding Board of Commissioners votes to move forward with new airport

SHEILA A. MATHEWS The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has voted to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the city of Griffin and the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority that will allow the proposed new airport to move forward. Once the IGA has also been approved by the Griffin Board of Commissioners and the Airport […]

GDoT, FAA agree to lower local costs for proposed new airport

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials of the city of Griffin and Spalding County have received notification from Carla Sands, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s acting aviation director, that the Federal Aviation Authority has agreed to a proposal that will require $6.3 million local funding for the proposed new airport rather than the previous up-front cost […]

FAA: Closing existing Griffin-Spalding County Airport not an option

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority Chairman Dick Morrow has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it will not approve the closure of the existing Griffin-Spalding County Airport. Previously thought to be a potential option on the table along with bringing the existing airport into Georgia Department of Transportation and […]

Airport Authority optimistic new airport will move forward

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Only one month after tabling efforts to move forward with plans for a new airport, the Griffin-Spalding Airport Authority (AA) says a new development may bring the project closer to reality. Originally and throughout long-term discussions, officials of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDoT) have said the […]