Channel 2's Berndt Petersen learned the state's second busiest airport expects a 37 percent increase in traffic in next 20 years.
Barnes, a certified pilot, has more than eight years of experience working with Delta and the city of Atlanta at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
He will be in charge of making sure the airport is in compliance with federal, state and local laws when it comes to noise and the environment. His job duties include monitoring noise levels, collecting water samples and working to reduce aircraft noise.
Several neighbors near PDK have been on edge recently, as the city predicts it will see an increase in the number of flights coming in and out. Some residents have said they are often bothered by the noise of planes landing or taking off at PDK.
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Its location, near I-85 and I-285 and not far from Buckhead, makes it a popular destination for corporations like Waffle House and Southern Company, who have jets stationed at PDK. It is located in the city of Chamblee, managed by DeKalb County and subject to guidelines and regulations from the FAA. PDK is also the third-largest payer of property taxes in DeKalb County, according to its website.
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