McCollum Airport RYY
Cobb County Airport - McCollum FieldRYY is a public airport located 21 miles (34 km) northwest of the central business district of Atlanta, immediately south of the city of Kennesaw in Cobb County, Georgia, United States.
It is also designated as a weather station,although it does not operate between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m.
The airport is located on nearly 320 acres of land, has one runway which is 6,305 feet (1,921 m) long, and is east-west oriented, with headings of 089 and 269. Cobb Place is at the east end, with Cobb Parkway and old 41 intersecting McCollum Parkway on the west end.
The airfield sits at 1,040 feet (317 m) above mean sea level somewhat above average terrain for the area.
There are over 350 aircraft based at McCollum, most of them being single-engine. The airport has a control tower.
The airport has 358 aircraft based on it: 251 single engine, 55 multi-engine, 39 jet aircraft and 13 helicopters. 49 percent of operations are single engine and 49 percent are multi-engine. Only 1 percent of operations are air taxi. No major commercial airlines service Cobb County Airport, but there are two charter companies and two major fixed-base operators. Aerial tours are very popular at the airport, as the Appalachian Mountains are less than a 30-minute flight away.
McCollum Field is owned by Cobb County, operated by the County Department of Transportation characterizing it as a municipal airport. It is managed by a full-time, professional airport manager. The airport employs almost 185 people, and had an annual economic impact of more than $47 million to the local economy in 2002.
Federal Government Budget Impacts
The Airport’s Air Traffic Control Tower is currently operating normally through the Federal Government Shutdown.
If for any reason federal funding is disrupted by the Federal Budget crisis, the McCollum Control Tower will still continue to operate because the Cobb County Board of Commissioners has approved a standby contract with the Control Tower Contractor to fund the control tower with local funds until the federal budget is sorted out.
Currently, all three drafts of the FY14 federa l budget fully fund the continuation of the federal contract tower program. So if the Senate, House, or President’s proposed budgets were to pass without alteration, the federal contract tower program would be funded normally.
New Air Traffic Control Tower
A design/build contract has been awarded to Peter Brown Construction, Inc. team for the design and construction of a new air traffic control tower.
The design is substantially complete and the construction costs are being finalized. The new ATCT will be just 30’ north of the existing ATCT and nearly twice as tall. The project will compete for federal funding and construction could start as early as December.