First jet fueled was Citation owned by Donnelley Printing.
Jet fuel farm installed with financial assistance from City of Gallatin and R.R. Donnelley Printing Co.
The County Commission decided to turn the Airport Commission into the Sumner County Airport Authority and to allow this group to guide the future of the airport. This group, under the able leadership, first by Mr. Art McClellan, and since by Col. Harold Duffer, decided that its top priority was to secure an administration building for the airport. Over the next several years, a complicated funding consortium was arranged between the State of Tennessee, Sumner County, and the cities of Hendersonville and Gallatin. The result of this hard work is the building you see before you today. During the time this project was in the planning stages the Authority was able to secure jet fueling facilities for the airport and to secure funds to re-seal the runway and ramp areas. Another accomplishment was to correct the name of the airport. In the early days of the airport, the FAA assumed the name to be “Gallatin Municipal” and this name has appeared on the navigational charts ever since. The name is now officially the “Sumner County Regional Airport” and appears as such on the charts and other state and federal publications.
Sumner County Airport Authority formed with five members. (32 based A/C).
The Sumner County Municipal Authority was formed. There were originally 5 members. Original members included Harold Duffer, Frank Scott, Arthur McClellan, Don Goss, and Don Mercer. Frank Freels subsequently replaced Frank Scott. Mr. Freels represented the county as a permanent member. There were 32 aircraft based on the field with approximately 19,000 operations per month. Runway was strengthened to Single Engine gross weight 16,000#.
The VOR approach (BNA_ was lost due to interference of the VOR signal by new construction around Berry Field. This was critical for Air Charter Business. The aircraft could not get into Gallatin if weather was down.
I’m not sure, it’s been too long, of the equipment that was added; you can fill in here. The ramp was extended south and a new rotating beacon was installed.
The Sumner County Airport Authority was renamed to Sumner County Regional Airport Authority. We became a Port-A--Port dealer.
New terminal and new parking area were dedicated. There were 48 aircraft based on the field with 2,100 operations per month. The runway was resurfaced and the parallel taxiway was extended south. There was an increase in ramp space. The Sumner County Airshow was hosted on the 5th of October. Airport name changed to Sumner County Regional.
48 aircraft based here, approx. 2091 operations monthly. Airport renamed Sumner County Regional Airport. This name change also changed the approach plates. Pilots had a difficult time knowing where they were going. We had a Charter Plane in one day that thought they were in Sevierville, TN. I’m sure he never made that mistake again. Runway resurfaced and when I left in 1988, it still looked new. Parallel taxi way to South end was started. Also started installing NDB Approach. Additional Ramp space added.
The installation of Port-A-Port Hangars was begun. The Airport Authority was extended to 7 members, all pilots with backgrounds in general, commercial, and military aviation. New members included Felix Tormes, Johnny Odom, and Ed Cameron. Harold Duffer retired. An Emergency Plan for the airport was devised.
Partial parallel taxiway to the south constructed. First of several, privately-owned, P-hangars erected. About the same as 1985. The Jet Fuel was installed.
There were approximately 55 aircraft based at the field with approximately 3,000 operations per month. The tie down space was increased on the field. The Gallatin Flying Service was bought by Tennessee Valley Airways, subsidiary of D’ACCORD Corporation. Peter Prater was added to the Sumner County Regional Airport Authority.
Airport Authority received “Award of Excellence” from the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.
D’ Accord Corp/Tennessee Valley Airways purchased FBO operation from Harold Chambers, who retired from his commercial aviation activities after 25 years. (55 based aircraft).
Notes: I forgot the Air Ambulance, it was a big operation and interesting. Don’t remember when it was started, perhaps 1985.
The NBD became operational. A new sign was installed at the front of the airport and the signs were replaced in town directing traffic to the airport. The taxiway was extended south. Dana Faulkner was added to the Authority, replacing Don Goss. Leon Moore, local businessman, based first jet at Sumner County Regional.
First air show/open house held.
Windsock relocated to east side of runway and segmented circle added.