A new Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station may be opened around spring 2021 by the Cobb County Fire Department to provide service to Cobb County International Airport/McCollum Field. (Courtesy of Cobb County)

Cobb International Airport reports updates, FAA progress

Projects regarding McCollum Parkway, approach lighting, North Apron rehabilitation phase II and the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Station were reviewed on June 3 by the Airport Strategic Planning Board, overseeing Cobb County International Airport/McCollum Field.

Details include:

Cobb County Department of Transportation’s McCollum Parkway Project - Airport Manager Karl Von Hagel reported that the proposed relocation plan is expected to improve the flow of traffic from McCollum Parkway to Kennesaw Due West Road. The airport has requested that any plan to relocate McCollum Parkway consider removing roadways from the airport runway safety area, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. A decision is pending before the Kennesaw City Council.

Approach Lighting Project (MALSF) – The airport has entered into an agreement with Georgia Power for the installation of additional marker balls on the Georgia Power transmission lines that would satisfy the concerns of the FAA about the proximity of the power lines to the approach lights. The state has provided grant funding to support the work. Von Hagel said he believes that certification of the approach lights is possible by September.

North Apron Rehabilitation Phase II Project – Von Hagel said the state requested the airport proceed with bidding the project to compete for federal funds. A low bid of $2.3 million was received. Depending upon the timing of grant funding and the completion of paperwork, construction could begin by early fall or delayed until spring.

Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station – Von Hagel reported that the Cobb County Fire Department will provide a schedule for the ARFF station upon completion of its review for funding. The current estimate is the ARFF Station will be in service around spring 2021.

International Arrivals - In May, the most distant nonstop arrival for the airport was from Cyprus at 6,200 miles, Von Hagel said. A record of five international flights in a single day occurred on April 7.

Information: CobbCountyAirport.org

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