Three strikes and banner towing remains out at the Barrow County airport after authority chairman Frank Nocera again made a plea at the authority’s meeting Dec. 7 to allow planes towing banners to fly in and out of the Barrow facility.
Also at the Dec. 7 meeting, Nocera relinquished the only remote control to a keypad entry system he had installed at airport gates early in the year to fixed base operator Romanair at the authority’s request.
As he did at the Sept. 21 and Nov. 16 meetings, Nocera advocated strongly for a change in airport regulations that would allow banner-towing planes to use the airport.
Banner towing has not been allowed at the airport for over 13 years; gliders, skydivers, hot air ballooning and ultra lights are also prohibited. Citing safety and liability concerns, the authority has voted repeatedly to continue to prohibit these activities when the regulations have been challenged.
The latest request came from H. Gould Barrett, owner of Atlanta Aerial Billboards and Banners, who spoke at the meeting after his request to be allowed to fly a banner plane out of the airport was denied by the authority at the November 16 meeting.
After some discussion, during which long-time authority member Don Holliday argued against the change, authority member Jimmy Moore made a motion to allow banner-towing. That motion died due to the lack of a second.