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Airport authority votes to replace technology damaged by lightning strike

After a lightning strike damaged equipment at the Cartersville Airport, the Cartersville-Bartow County Airport Authority on Thursday voted to replace those systems.

The authority voted to replace a localizer monitor affected by the strike, as well as an “antiquated” PAPI system that also was hit.

“A localizer monitor is a navigational tool that we use to fly in and out of the airport in bad weather situations. That system is monitored and requires a separate piece of equipment in order to do so. That equipment was damaged during a lightning strike,” authority Chairman Hans Lutjens said. “We have a PAPI system that is basically a visual landing system, for lack of a better word. It allows you stay on a certain glide path when flying in visually.”

Up to $20,000 was allocated for the PAPI system replacement.

Several items falling under the airport authority’s capital improvement program also were discussed.

A contract for $73,520 with Croy Engineering was approved to create a plan to relocate the automated surface observing system, airfield hydrology analysis, and relocation or mitigation of a detention pond in the southwest area of the airport.

“That [ASOS] system is not in the best location for accurate wind data, so we need to move that entire building and everything it houses to give us correct information on the field. ... Because that system is located near our detention pond and we are moving it, the other reason for doing so is we are short on space at the airport,” Lutjens said. “... We lumped those two together, moving that system and relocation of the detention pond or mitigation, whichever way it turns out to be, so we could utilize that space on the airfield.”

The space currently used for the detention pond will be used for additional hangars or ramp space. Funding for those moves are part of the CIP, which totaled $2 million — $1.8 million from the federal government and $100,00 each from the state and local authorities.

Also approved as part of the CIP was a $158,863 contract for preparation of design plans and contract documents for a storm drainage system for the Old Alabama Road realignment.

“Because the road elevation is being dropped some 16 1/2 feet, we basically worked with the highway department and are mitigating some of that water so we can put our runway safety area, which will go over Old Alabama Road, but we need to mitigate that water so we’re putting in a storm system to do so,” Lutjens said.

In other business, the authority:

• Approved an insurance coverage increase, bringing the total annual premium to about $12,000.

• Brought all hangar lease agreements in line with renewal dates.

• Heard an update on the relocation and removal of old trailers for the Civil Air Patrol’s location at the airport.

• Discussed airport signage and taxi signs.

• Approved a plan for fencing at the airport.

• Approved Lutjens and design consultants to have paperwork for the capital improvement program completed by Dec. 31.

• Discussed removal of a delinquent tenant at Hangar A-4.

“We have had some issues at the airport with security and animals and things like that. We’ve been looking for some money to fund fencing for the entire field, and we found some, which is a 75-25 match from the state government if we have a plan in place,” Lutjens said. “So what we did was approve the contract from our engineering consultant to design us a fencing plan along with everything that goes with that so we could submit a request for funding Jan. 1. The fencing plan was $22,000.”

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