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Augusta Regional Airport sees nearly five-times as many planes a day than usual during the Masters.
Plus it shuts down one of its runways for 300 private jets to park.
"It's organized chaos to us," the airport's assistant director of marketing told BI.
With an average of 30,000 passengers a month, Augusta Regional Airport usually sees one-hundredth the number of passengers as Newark Liberty International. But the Georgian airport will see that same number in just one week as the Masters Tournament gets started. 
"It's organized chaos to us," Lauren Smith, the airport's assistant director of marketing and public relations, told Business Insider.

"We actually hire additional staff that week. The airlines, TSA, and all of our tenants out here bring in additional people to make sure we have enough to accommodate the influx," she added.

This year's Masters, played at Augusta National, is set to be the busiest yet for Augusta Regional Airport.
More commercial flights than ever before
American Airlines and Delta Air Lines always increase their number of direct flights for the tournament, but compared to last year, the latter has nearly doubled its seat capacity to Augusta.

"In years past, American has always given an influx of direct flights for Masters week," Smith told BI. "Delta has only offered maybe one or two additional flights. However, this year they are matching what American does."
For the first time, passengers will be able to fly with Delta direct to the tournament from Washington, DC, Boston, Austin, JFK, Palm Beach, and Orlando. It's also resuming flights from LaGuardia and Detroit, plus the expanded service from its Atlanta hub.
"Our numbers are going to be very high because of all those additional flights," Smith said. "Normally, the Monday after the Masters is a mass exodus and that's our busiest day, but this year, we think Wednesday and even Thursday are going to be just as busy."

A typical day at Augusta Regional Airport sees 62 planes take off and land, Smith said. During the Masters week, there will be between 100 and 300 planes every day.

But perhaps the most striking change from the usual day-to-day is the expected influx of private jets.

Private jets
Augusta Regional Airport has two runways but closes one of them down for the Masters so that the private jets can park there.

"We may have up to 300 aircraft parked out here at a given time," Smith said. "Now that changes year over year, because the aircraft, of course, are getting bigger."
Last year, 1,758 business jets landed at the airport during the seven days of the golf tournament, according to FlightAware. That was more than three times as many as the week before the Masters.

The airport has its own fixed-base operator (FBO) which provides the services for private jets.
The aviation analysis firm WingX tracked business jet arrivals at Augusta and at Aiken and Barnwell — two other regional airports just across the state border in South Carolina.

It found that last year, the largest number of business jets arrived from Atlanta — around 140 miles from Augusta —followed by New York City. The most popular aircraft type was the Bombardier Challenger 300, which cost about $10 million.

How Augusta Regional Airport deals with all the Masters fans
In February, the airport had another two jet bridges installed which made the boarding process easier.

"Even outside of the Masters, our airport has received additional grant funds to keep projects on track," Smith told BI.

She said most of the new commercial flights will be operated using the jet bridges. And that the terminal was recently increased by about 1,000 feet.
That will also come in handy as the airport is introducing a new concessionaire to operate a restaurant, gift shop, and bistro.

The influx of passengers also means a need for more cars to collect them from the airport. Smith said some local residents rent larger vehicles for ground transportation, and the airport speaks to ride-hailing services.

"We have contacts with Uber, Lyft, Toro, and make sure that they spread out their geofencing, and actually contact drivers from nearby cities and ask them to come to Augusta."

Once the tournament is finished and the visitors head home, Smith and her coworkers can breathe a sigh of relief. But then it's all about getting ready for next year as well.

"As soon as the Masters ends, we are already setting goals and making initiatives and plans for the following Masters," she said.

"We need to make sure all of our I's are dotted and T's are crossed, because we want to make sure we give the best impression as the gateway to Augusta."

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DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- ABC11 has learned that a prominent Duke University professor has died after suffering a medical emergency while at the controls of an airplane flying over the Triangle on Sunday.

Someone else took over the single-engine plane and made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Cell phone video from an eyewitness showed those dramatic moments of paramedics loading a person into the back of an ambulance.

The video was shot by Evan Caulfield. He was minutes away from dropping his daughter off for a commercial flight. Caulfield is part of the group Fuquay Fire Buffs and is always listening to his scanner radio.

"I knew I was witnessing something," he said.

The plane took off around 3:30 p.m. according to Flight Aware and came back around 4:50 pm.

RDU said someone in the passenger seat took over the controls of the Cirrus SR-20 after the pilot was "slumped over the controls," according to air traffic control audio.

The tail number on the back of the plane is registered to Coherent Aviation, which comes back comes to a North Raleigh home and Joseph Izatt.

One of Izatt's mentees confirmed that Izatt was at the controls when this happened.

Izatt is the chair of the biomedical engineering department at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.

Aviation Audio Clips / Re: DAL1192 Lightning Strike Descending into KATL
« Last post by KB4TEZ on April 10, 2024, 05:52:21 AM »
Nice find Ron !  was surprised with the weather just in the SE in general, there weren't more (well that we know of)

Listener Forum / Sun N Fun!!
« Last post by RonR on April 09, 2024, 11:33:48 PM »
Sun N Fun is underway down in Florida!  LiveATC has set up a number of air show feeds so that you can tune in to all that's going on!  Simply go here to see what you can hear:

To find out more about this event or to get a show schedule, go here:

Sun N Fun runs from April 9 to April 14.  Enjoy listening in!
Aviation Audio Clips / DAL1192 Lightning Strike Descending into KATL
« Last post by RonR on April 09, 2024, 11:25:56 PM »
On April 9, DAL1192 was on initial approach to KATL when the crew declared an emergency due to a possible lightning strike.  There was bad weather in the area at the time.  They asked the controller to expedite the approach.  DAL1192 landed safely a short time later on runway 8L and stopped on the runway so that emergency crews could inspect the aircraft.  The A321 taxied off the runway a short time later on its own power.
Listener Forum / Re: Donations welcome
« Last post by pct_avgeek on April 08, 2024, 10:33:06 AM »
Absolutely, I will donate whenever I can.  I don't know what us avgeeks would do without!  Thank you for your service!
Feed Outage/Status Reports / Re: KCHO Back Up After Internet Outage
« Last post by RonR on April 06, 2024, 08:54:12 AM »
KCHO is back up after a brief internet outage.  Thought it would be out longer than that!

Feed Outage/Status Reports / KCHO Back Up After Internet Outage
« Last post by RonR on April 06, 2024, 08:32:20 AM »
Most of the KCHO feeds are down at the moment due to an Internet outage at the feed site.  Hopefully it won't be a long outage.... stay tuned...

Listener Forum / Re: Please help me find audio of aborted landing
« Last post by RonR on April 05, 2024, 08:58:20 PM »
Go-arounds happen more often than you might realize.  Sometimes it's because the aircraft that landed first didn't clear the runway fast enough or a departing flight didn't start its takeoff roll fast enough.  In your case, the pilots of your flight were not happy with the final approach to the runway and decided to go around and try again.  I sent you a PM regarding the audio you're looking for.

Listener Forum / Please help me find audio of aborted landing
« Last post by acv987 on April 05, 2024, 04:40:50 PM »

Aborted landing in Dallas, first i've ever experienced, and now I am immensely curious to hear the audio. Ive tried searching but I have no idea what tower or frequency to search for.
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