From snubbed to cherished...
After nearly 50 years, people are finally
beginning to pay attention to Barrow County Airport
By Jason Taylor
Despite a 50-mile separation, it’s conceivable
that Barrow County, Georgia, like its suburban brethren, will
eventually be devoured by Atlanta’s ravenous sprawl. Or maybe the
once unassuming Northeast Georgia tract, which in the past five
years has seen half a dozen industrial firms take root along Highway
316, the area’s major corridor, will pounce first. Not so fast, say
the voices in between. Either way, one of the biggest beneficiaries
of this progression has been the Barrow County Airport (WDR).
Interest finally started picking up about five
years ago. Until then it appeared as if WDR would remain a stagnant
fixture among Barrow’s more relevant extensions like the Chateau
Elan Winery, Fort Yargo State Park or even Road Atlanta.
The joint-use facility is currently home to 20
National Guard helicopters and over 150 business and private
aircraft. With a location outside Class B airspace, WDR experiences
little congestion, making it a perfect place to learn to fly.
Air Battle, Inc. (770-231-5053), a
hangar leasing and construction business. Aircrane,
Inc., (770-867-1100) heavy lift operations. Romanair
(770-867-4001) FBO services include fuel, aircraft maintenance,
catering and aviation accessories. Romanair Heliworx, Inc.
(770-867-4001) rotorcraft maintenance. Dragonfly
Aviation (678-506-1222) flight school. abAviation &
Georgia Avionics (770-867-0002) services include aircraft
maintenance, repair and avionics.
Restaurant coming soon. the restaurant will be
located in the terminal building.
Development sites are available at WDR.
Please contact the airport director's office for more information.
Map of future airport development.
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