GEORGIA’S HARRIS COUNTY AIRPORT (PIM)

While attending the Georgia Airports Conference in late October, I spent an absolutely great afternoon at Harris County Airport (PIM) in Pine Mountain with AOPA’s ASNV, Greg Hadley and a half-dozen local pilots, all AOPA members. With a lot of help from Greg Hadley, AOPA and others were successful in saving this airport from closure only a few years ago. Some questioned the energy and effort required to accomplish that and I wish they could see this airport now. There are based airplanes where there were none; a pristine, beautifully maintained runway and ramps, new T-hangars (with a waiting list for more); a rejuvenated, charming little Terminal Building; self-fueling and reasonable fuel prices… topped by a bunch of Southern hospitality, welcoming hand-shakes and smiles that really make you feel at welcomed. While I was there one local pilot popped in the door fresh from his check-ride with a brand new Commercial Certificate in his hand and a local contractor was there for another flight lesson, looking forward to joining his partner and brother as a new pilot soon. This is such an inspiring story and place. I remember when it was not… I didn’t want to leave. Shared stories and experiences, a Cessna 150 doing touch-n-go landings with a new student in a Fall setting at this marvelous rural, resort area airport that makes flying and being a GA pilot fun, like it ought to be. There are many more of these “airport treasures”. Send me stories about the ones you find.

2 thoughts on “GEORGIA’S HARRIS COUNTY AIRPORT (PIM)

  1. Nobody has said anything about 5A9 at Warm Springs. The runway has been lengthend and widend, re numbered 36 18 (was 35-17)., new ‘T’ hangers (there were none before) and a VASI approach light system.
    Regards,
    Larry

    • Larry,
      I have looked into this and there is a reason we don’t know about this. The airport doesn’t have an AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer!
      Would you be interested? There is information about the ASN on the website at http://www.aopa.org/asn . If not you, please help us find someone who would be a good spokesperson for the airport. I think whoever decides to do this will be happy they did and will feel good about being a local advocate.
      Thanks for your comment.
      BOB

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