February 16-- This past Tuesday, Vidalia Regional Airport manager Kevin Britton attended the annual Georgia Airports Association Capitol Fly-In at the state capitol.
Britton is the President of The Georgia Aiports Association and with other members of the association spent time visiting with legislators encouraging continued support for all airports in Georgia.
This year Govenor Nathan Deal has allocated an additional $25 million for runway extensions at 11 airports around the state. The Vidalia Regional Airport was the beneficiary of a similar program 20 years ago under former Govenor Zell Miller. Britton stated; “The Georgia Airports Association is grateful that Governor Deal recognizes the vital role that rural airports play in the economic development of their communities.”
The mission of the Georgia Airports Association is "to provide, develop, and expand a safe and efficient airports system to meet the future economic growth of Georgia through the full implementation of the State Aviation System Plan (SASP)." The SASP recognizes that airports are an indispensable component of the state's total transportation system that strongly supports the state's economy. More information about the Georgia Airports Association can be found by visiting; www.georgiaairports.org.
Receiving the resolution presented during the session are (L-R) Vernon Lee, GAA Lobbyist; GAA Secretary Lenard Robinson of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport; GAA President Britton; House Transportation Committee Chairman Kevin Tanner; GAA Vice-President Tom Strong of Jackson County Airport; GAA Treasurer Mike Mathews of Russell Regional Airport (Rome, GA); and GAA Legislative Committee Chairman Mario Evans of Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (Atlanta, GA).