The Covington Municipal Airport is nearly fully operational, but some snags remain. Atlanta East Aviation Manager Rusty Anglin said the two 10,000 gallon fuel tanks at the airport were filled Friday, but when employees tried to pump out the fuel, nothing happened.
AEA, the company that operates the airport, will continue to use its two fuel trucks, but they hold significantly less fuel. The Jet A truck holds 2,000 useable gallons and the Avgas truck holds 800 useable gallons — Avgas is similar to automotive unleaded gas, while jet fuel is similar to highly purified kerosene.
Anglin said the pumping problem should be fixed Monday, which will bring to an end the 10-month long airport construction saga. City and Airport manager Steve Horton said the rest of the construction is completed to the point where operations are no longer affected. The last major issue, lack of electricity, was fixed April 2, and the airport has since been open for night landings and takeoffs.
Constructions started on the $3.1 million project Sept. 21 and the project consisted of runway and taxiway rehabilitation, apron rehabilitation and fuel farm relocation. Soon after that project is completed, Pittman Construction is expected to begin work on an additional $2.3 million worth of construction, consisting of adding runway connectors and doing site and asphalt work on a portion of the proposed new development at the southeast end of the runway, Horton said.
Finally, Anglin and AEA Attorney Craig Oakes met with Horton, Mayor Kim Carter and City Attorney Ed Crudup briefly Thursday afternoon to discuss two issues: a new airport operating proposal to be submitted by AEA and early termination.
Oakes will meet with AEA Owner Bob Riddell, who wasn’t able to attend Thursday’s meeting, to clarify the proposal, Horton said. A work session will then be held to discuss the proposal with the Covington City Council. Anglin said AEA wants to add more details and clarify any gray areas in the proposal; he said the meeting went well.