McCollum Airfield to change hands
by Sarah Westwood
June 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 2657 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The company tasked with servicing McCollum airfield will relinquish many of its duties to a new firm if the Board of Commissioners consents at this morning’s meeting.

Atlanta Executive Jet Center is proposing to sell its operation to Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, says Karl Von Hagel, manager at the county’s airport. As a term of the lease AEJC signed when they arrived at the airport, the Board of Commissioners must approve any such transfer. The local aviation company has occupied the Cobb County Airport since 2000, notes Von Hagel.

“It was an opportunity for both sides,” Von Hagel explained.

Hawthorne will assume responsibility for fueling, operating terminals, providing tie-down and hangar space and offering all the support services aircraft require, Von Hagel says.

AEJC’s lease, which Hawthorne will take over if the management shift is approved, is set to expire in 2038. According to Von Hagel, the same terms and requirements of the lease will apply to Hawthorne when it takes over a portion of the airport’s needs.

The owner of AEJC will remain at the airport, Von Hagel explains, but will focus his energy on the restaurant, corporate hangars, and new charter company instead of all he currently oversees.

“There will be no changes to current airport tenants that are subleases,” said Von Hagel.

“Everything on the airport should operate very similar with the addition of Hawthorne Aviation’s reputation for superior service.”

According to the agenda item, Hawthorne has been in the aviation industry for 82 years and operates airports in New York City, Chicago and New Orleans.

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