DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, a big, noisy neighbor that has drawn ire from nearby residents for two decades, may be about to build its way into people’s hearts.
The airport’s director wants to close a crosswinds runway near Clairmont Road and build hangars to house 63 more planes. The $5.6 million project could mean that many more planes in and out of PDK, the state’s second-busiest airport.
But the plan also would take up the only available space for a central terminal that commercial planes would need if they ever set up shop there. With the hangars up, the passenger planes many residents fear could create “Hartsfield North” wouldn’t have enough room to operate.
“I think it’s a good thing, all around,” said the director, Mike Van Wie.
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DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (IATA: PDK, ICAO: KPDK) is a municipal general aviation airport located in Chamblee, Georgia, just northeast of Atlanta. It is operated by the local government of DeKalb County, Georgia, and is also known commonly as Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, or simply PDK. Other names (rarely used) include Peachtree Airport, DeKalb Airport, or DeKalb County Airport. It is more commonly called "Peachtree DeKalb". ASOS weather reports are produced 24 hours per day as "Chamblee". On the radio, however, it is referred to as "Peachtree Tower" or "Peachtree Ground".
The airport originally began during early World War II as Naval Air Station Atlanta, now located in Marietta on the south side of Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The property was part of Camp Gordon, a World War I era training camp. Leased from the county by the U.S. Navy, it was converted from military to civilian use from 1957 to 1959. The former barracks located there during the war became classrooms in late 1948 for Southern Technical Institute, a new engineering technology school created by Georgia Tech for former soldiers. Like NAS Atlanta, that school moved around 1958 to land donated by Dobbins, and is now known as Southern Polytechnic State University.