Brown is new airport manager
by David Atchison
PELL CITY — The St. Clair County Airport Authority voted to hired a new airport manager Tuesday.

The Authority approved hiring former retired Delta Airlines pilot Bob Brown of Pell City as the part-time airport manager.

The Authority interviewed Brown at its Tuesday morning board meeting.

“I’ve been in aviation for a long time,” Brown told the board.

Although Brown knows the job is part time, he will do his best to make the airport grow and prosper.

“If the job grows, that’s fine with me, too,” he said.

Brown said he moved to Pell City with his wife, Lynn, in 1978.

Brown said his interest in aviation sparked when he served in the U.S. Air Force.

He told the board he has adequate computer skills and has supervised employees in the past.

Brown said he doesn’t mind speaking to civic groups to help promote the airport.

“I have no problem with that,” he said. “I’m sure that is part of the deal.”

He said a local airport is important to the local community.

“I started out in general aviation,” he said. “I know how important it is to have general aviation for local businesses.”

Brown said he has done all different types of aviation jobs, including the fueling of aircraft.

The new manager has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Authority member Mike Fricker said the airport is lucky to get a quality person like Brown to manage the airport on a part-time bases.

“I think you will be a good asset for the airport,” he told Brown after the interview.

Brown said he would be available for any emergencies.

After the Authority board interviewed Brown, the group agreed that he could work Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-noon, 5 hours per day for a total of 25 hours a week.

The board agreed that Brown will work some on weekends so local pilots who use the airport only on weekends will get to know the new airport manager.

Brown’s starting pay is $17 an hour. He will receive no benefits.

In the afternoon, a part-time lineman will work fueling planes and maintaining the airport facility.

Brown will complete all necessary paperwork involved with the operation of the airport during the morning hours when he is working.

Brown is expected to start his job as the new airport manager Monday.

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