Georgia To Create Aviation Authority
The state of Georgia is expected to adopt a plan that would put its entire fleet of aircraft under a single agency to reduce costs and increase efficiency. And, according to an Associated Press report, among the Georgia Aviation Authority’s first tasks will be to chop the existing fleet of 74 aircraft by about 20 percent, but purchases and charters are envisioned to modernize the fleet. The aircraft perform divergent roles, ranging from firefighting and law enforcement to training flight students at a university, but the state figures that having them all under one administrative authority will streamline maintenance and training. The airplanes and helicopters are now spread over 18 locations and their deployment was studied by an 11-member task force of aviation managers as part of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Commission for a "new" Georgia.