Valdosta Daily Times

Breaking News:

Local News

May 9, 2013

Airport Authority announces AirLife Georgia

VALDOSTA — In a press release on Wednesday, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority welcomed AirLife Georgia, a subsidiary of Air Methods, Inc., to the Valdosta Airport. Air Methods has been specializing in air medical transport since 1980, with more than 300 bases of operation spanning from Alaska to Key West.

“We are very excited to have Air Methods join us at the Valdosta Airport; they bring a tremendous capability to our local area,” said Jim Galloway, Executive Director of the VLC-AA and Airport Manager at the Valdosta Regional Airport.

The Valdosta base will employ 21 people, consisting of helicopter pilots, trauma nurses, emergency medical technicians and a helicopter mechanic. The airport will also serve as base for AirLife Georgia's state of the art medical transport helicopter.

“If you need to receive specialized care somewhere else, now you don't have to wait for the helicopter to come from Atlanta, for example, to pick you up and then take you there,” said Galloway, elaborating at the Airport Authority's monthly meeting on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, May 15, Air Methods will hold a ribbon cutting for the AirLife Georgia Base 9 facilities at 11:15 a.m. It is open to the public.

In other business, the Authority discussed the new fire station at the airport. Work on the new station is ongoing, and the work on the access road will start this month. When the new fire station is completed in January/February 2014, the current fire station will be demolished, and then work will start on a new electrical vault in late spring or early summer.

“The new vault will add a back-up generator to our capabilities,” said Galloway. “If the power fails, then we will still have runway and emergency lights.”

The Authority also discussed:

    •Enplanements for April were slightly down from April 2012.

    •Air traffic for April was slightly down from March 2013.

    •Two Authority memberships are opening up in the coming weeks: Nathaniel Hougabrook is seeking reappointment and Wayne Edwards, Vice-Chairman of the Airport Authority, has elected to not.

    •There are five corporate hangers available for rent, and five T-hangers.

    •At the Flying Club meeting held on April 18, 17 people attended.

The next meeting of the Airport Authority is June 12, 2013, at 8 a.m. at the Airport conference room. As with all Airport Authority meetings, it is open to the public.

Text Only
Local News
  • DSC_2381.jpeg Award-winning young professionals share success secrets

    The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber’s MetroOne Young Professionals hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn to highlight successful business practices.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140726_summerlibrary002.jpg Library celebrates end of summer reading program

    With the first day of school just around the corner, students are soaking in the last few weeks of summer vacation. The end of summer also means the end of the South Georgia Regional Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • artseason1 copy.jpg A sneak peek at some area arts organizations’ 2014-15 seasons

    Beethoven. Tennessee Williams. Non-stop art. Two versions of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 2014-15 arts season is coming.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • sabalmap.jpg Sabal Trail explains its position

    Representatives from Sabal Trail Transmission recently sat down with The Times to provide an update on the ongoing pipeline and potential economic development opportunities associated with the project.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072514-MoodyComp007.jpg Moody AFB crews race in load competition

    Moody Air Force Base hosted a weapons load competition Friday morning, a maintenance group tradition in which two 23d Maintenance Group A-10 munition load crews raced against the clock to load munitions onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • moonshine bust.jpg Police close illegal drinking house

    After receiving numerous complaints, the Valdosta Police Department shut down an illegal alcohol sales operation Friday.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • election.jpg Black earns most votes in runoff

    State Rep. Ellis Black led the votes for state Senate District 8 Friday with seven of seven counties reporting certified results, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140724-LAT1.jpg Little Actors Theatre ready for summer show

    Since 2004, the Little Actors Theatre has provided a place for children ages 6 to 19 to express themselves through acting.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072414-MichelleNunn003.jpeg Michelle Nunn visits Valdosta

    The day after learning that her Republican challenger would be David Perdue, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn kicked off her Common Sense and Collaboration Tour Wednesday by meeting with business owners in Atlanta, Athens and Macon and continued her tour Thursday morning by visiting the David S. Waller Unit facility of the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • lunch.jpg Valdosta One Lunch feeds summer-hungry kids

    Hunger is a concept that many people associate with third-world countries, not their hometown. However, in Valdosta, hunger is real. To combat this hunger, a group of Valdostans have created Valdosta One Lunch, a program that distributes bagged meals to children in need.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results