Former Covington councilman John
Howard was reappointed Thursday to serve as chairman of the recently
formed Covington Municipal Airport Authority. Howard was serving as temporary chairman during the authority's first
month in existence, but he and all the other temporary officers were
reappointed to serve full terms. Wayne Digby is vice chairman and Tereta
Johnson is the treasurer and secretary.
The light sport
aircraft maker considering Covington for a manufacturing plant has been
identified as ICON Aircraft, a Los-Angeles based start-up company
founded by a former pilot and engineer. ICON Chief Financial Officer David Crook said
Thursday that the company is looking at Covington among other sites in
metro Atlanta and around the county.
Municipal Airport continues to draw interest from a light, personal
aircraft maker that is looking to build a 100,000 square-foot facility
and employ around 80 workers in its initial stage. The company had previously explored 20 acres of land
next to the airport and Nisshinbo, the brake manufacturer, but is now
looking at property off Williams Road, City Manager Steve Horton said.
The company asked for the cost of land, and Horton said he estimated to
be worth $35,000 an acre.
The Covington Municipal Airport Authority elected officers and set its meeting schedule in its inaugural session on Monday. Former 16-year Covington
Councilman John Howard was selected as chairman of the authority. Wayne
Digby was named vice chairman and Tereta Johnson was selected treasurer
One of the best
ways for Covington residents to become involved in government is to join
one of the city’s several authorities, boards and commissions. These
groups play an important role in shaping city development and provide
direction to the city council.
Covington is appointing members to its new Municipal
Airport Authority and it also has openings on several other groups. Here
are brief descriptions of the groups and the number of openings on
A light personal aircraft manufacturer is considering a site near Covington's airport for a manufacturing plant. The company would build a 100,000-square-foot facility to produce
one-man aircraft. It would employ 80 workers initially, and up to 600
workers over the next five years. The company is considering several communities, City Manager Steve Horton said Monday.
The Covington Municipal Airport
will eventually be run by an airport authority, but the city plans to
make the transition slowly.The Covington City Council discussed the future of the airport at a
Thursday night work session and informally decided to begin appointing
members to the authority soon. City Manager Steve Horton said Thursday that he had been struggling
with the question of how to transition control from the city to an