Airport prepares for renovations, new manager

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As Daniel Field prepares to change airport managers for the first time since 1997, officials are looking to other changes, too.

Willis M. "Buster" Boshears will retire in January. He leaves behind an airport that is planning to renovate its existing "lean-to" style hangar.

Bill Wood, the chairman for the general aviation commission, said the $2 million project will be funded with money from the latest special purpose local-option sales tax. He said construction could begin 60 to 90 days after they receive the money, which could come early through a bond package.

"Everything is going to be completely redone and everything is going to be brought up to code," Mr. Wood said. The building houses Augusta Aviation Inc. and provides offices and a lounge area for pilots and passengers between flights. The second floor is not accessible to handicapped patrons, an issue they hope to correct.

Mr. Boshears said other tasks include regular maintenance work. He cited a recent project to repaint markings on the runway.

The airport selected Edward Toney, the former Clayton County Airport-Tara Field manager outside Atlanta, to replace Mr. Boshears last month.

In a phone interview, Mr. Toney said he is looking forward to working again at an airport and for a local government. He retired from Tara Field in 2004 and ran a company called Traffic Data Services, which collected data of traffic patterns.

A pilot, Mr. Toney owns a Cessna 172. He said he worked in the Clayton County Transportation and Development Office as a civil engineer. He was assigned to manage Tara Field in 1999 and held the job five years.

He will begin as Daniel Field's airport manager Jan. 11.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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disssman
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disssman 11/14/09 - 09:08 am
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I really wonder what this

I really wonder what this airport does to benefit 99.999% of the population? It would appear that a huge savings could be derived from its closure. If the few people who own airplanes need it why aren't they paying for it?

Veronica
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Veronica 11/14/09 - 10:52 am
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Dissman, Bush Field can't

Dissman, Bush Field can't handle all the planes that come to Augusta during Masters Week and those who fly in are adding a good amount to the local coffers. Be glad we have a place for them to park their corporate jets!

disssman
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disssman 11/14/09 - 07:47 pm
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Veronica I stand behind my

Veronica I stand behind my comments and you reinforced them. BTW if they want to park I wonder what they pay and we subsidize.

markmjtx
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markmjtx 11/15/09 - 02:35 am
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disssman, you ask a valid

disssman, you ask a valid question. I wish I can give you a quick answer. There are meetings on the third Monday of every month at Daniel Field. If you cannot attend, you can contact aviation commissioners for answers to your questions. There are thirteen members. Go to the Augusta-Richmond County website for that info. Every citizen should know what the economic impact of both Daniel Field and Augusta Regional Airport has on the community.

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