Name change stirs controversy at Falcon Field airport

Wed, 08/19/2009 - 10:50am
By: John Munford

A decision to add to Falcon Field’s name to boost marketing and enhance operations has resulted in a minor controversy at the Peachtree City airport.

Airport Authority Chairman Mike Brady said the authority at its Aug. 12 meeting approved adding a “doing business as” designation that would allow Falcon Field to be referred to as “Atlanta Regional Airport.”

The change was initiated to improve marketing to out of town corporate pilots and also avoid confusion with Peachtree DeKalb Airport, as many publications list Falcon Field as “Peachtree Falcon Field,” Brady said.

Because some airport tenants have complained they didn’t have a say in the process, the authority is holding a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 25 to get input on the change. The number of participants is limited to 25 and each will be given five minutes to speak.

Tenants and residents of the city and Fayette County will be allowed to participate but they must register in advance by calling the airport at 770-487-2225 before 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24.

Brady said the concept has been under discussion for months and was bandied about at a recent authority workshop session and also the authority’s tenant business development/marketing committee.

The item was listed on the agenda for last week’s meeting as “airport name.”
Contrary to rumors, the airport is not trying to attract commercial airlines, Brady said. The authority does want to attract more corporate jets, one of the reasons behind the DBA change, Brady said.
Increasing corporate jet traffic will also increase fuel sales, which account for 73 percent of the airport’s income for operational expenses, Brady noted.

Part of the problem is that many airport publications list the airport as “Peachtree Falcon Field,” Brady said. Thus, pilots routinely confuse Falcon Field and Peachtree DeKalb airport, with about five estimated landings a month of aircraft who were supposed to be at Peachtree-DeKalb instead.

Also, because those airport publications list airports in alphabetical order, “Peachtree Falcon Field” is near the bottom, Brady said. The change to “Atlanta Regional Airport” would allow Falcon Field to be seen near the top of those listings, Brady said.

Brady said the airport has already reduced its fuel prices to be more competitive in the region among similar airports, and Falcon Field also has improved its service. The idea is to market those improvements and the convenience of Falcon Field, Brady said.

“We are trying to make our marketing attractive to out of town corporate pilots,” Brady said.

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Submitted by Gene61 on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 3:37pm.

How about Peachtree - Jackson Regional South Airport,since Atlanta thinks they have clain to everything in Ga anyway.

Wait, lets call it Snob way..Better....

Submitted by guitar1 on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 9:01am.

I hope the turnout for the Tuesday night meeting is good. This is the chance for everyone in the county to voice their opinion and have a stake in the future of our local airport.

Remember.....Tuesday August 25th 7:00 p.m. at the airport flight center!

Submitted by mr90bod on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 2:02pm.

How about a little truth in advertising? Call it Atlanta South Regional Airport. That way it rises to the top of the listings since it starts with "A" but will help folks aiming at arriving near Cumming or Duluth from flying down here to the beautiful southside!!

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Submitted by Cyclist on Wed, 08/19/2009 - 3:13pm.

Really? Even with those new homes planned within the approach/departure zone of the airport. This will be interesting.
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Submitted by Hoosier Fan on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:03am.

In light of those new homes immediately north of the airport runway, they could rename the airport Harold Logsdon Field.

That way the name "Logsdon" could be attached to every story about stuff falling from the sky into that neighborhood!

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Submitted by Sexy Guy on Wed, 08/19/2009 - 1:58pm.

Changing the name to “Atlanta Regional Airport" is not fair to black people. Nowhere in the proposed name does a refernece to black people occur. This is an injustice and I demand that the airport authority be fired and replaced by the Clayton County School Board!

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Wed, 08/19/2009 - 2:07pm.

would you be happy if we named it MLK Airport?

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Submitted by Sexy Guy on Wed, 08/19/2009 - 2:40pm.

No. The area is too nice around the airport. Only the most ghetto places should be named after MLK. How about Sheniqua "Big Booty" Jackson Airport?

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