There were approximately 18 single engine and 3 multi-engine aircraft based at the airport with 1,800 operations per month.
Approximately 19 single engine aircraft, 2 multi-engine and 1 amphibian based at the airport. Approximately 1800 operations monthly.
VOR/DME approach approved (18 SE and 3 based aircraft.). Approach later de-activated due to inaccuracies.
All of the above mentioned businesses came into Gallatin. This increased the number of corporate aircraft
using the airport (don’t have the number of based aircraft).
A row of 10 T-Hangers was built. A jet fuel depot was installed. The runway was lengthened. The Gallatin Airport Commission was formed with Harold Duffer as the Chairman. Ramp was expanded.
Ten T-Hangars were built, the County signed the note to finance, the Gallatin Airport business made the payments and kept the monies collected and at the end of ten years the T-Hangars were to belong to the County and now they do. Donnelley Printing Company wanted jet fuel, so they loaned some money to the County to help pay for the installation. The jet fuel was added in 1984. This debt was paid back to the county by a $.03 on the gallon of jet fuel that was sold monthly. The County in turn paid Donnelley. The runway was strengthened to permit G-2’s and G-3’s to land here. This was the year the Airport Committee was formed. This committee works independent of G.F.S. or the present operations. Harold Duffer was the first Chairman of this Committee. He did an outstanding job, but took himself off because he felt he had a conflict of interest. At this time Duffer stated the improvements made had added 3 quarters of a million dollars to this airport. 98% of funding came from Federal and State. The Committee working with the Bureau of Aernautics planned for a terminal building and paved parking.
VASI lights were installed. The VA program was phased out by the Government resulting in a contraction of instruction operations. At this time the managers of the Sparta White, Cookeville, Portland and Bowling Green airports had had their training at Gallatin. One of the pilots for the State of TN had taken his Multi-Engine training here. Also, Corporations based locally came to Harold Chambers for pilot recommendations. HENNY PENNY, SHONEYS, MEL TILLIS, L & C.
Runway was lengthened to 5000 feet to accommodate jet aircraft and strengthened to handle Gulf stream II’s. Also additional ramp space was added. Gallatin Airport Commission formed. Harold Duffer - first chairman.
Bowling Green and Portland still sending students to Gallatin.