Cobb County Airport

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Cobb County International Airport at McCollum Field

McCollum Field
Cobb County Airport (7039224011).jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCobb County
OperatorCounty Department of Transportation
LocationKennesaw, Georgia
Hub forHawthorne Global Aviation Services
Elevation AMSL1,040 ft / 317 m
Coordinates34°00′47″N 084°35′55″W / 34.01306°N 84.59861°W / 34.01306; -84.59861Coordinates: 34°00′47″N 084°35′55″W / 34.01306°N 84.59861°W / 34.01306; -84.59861
RYY is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Location of airport in Georgia / United States
RYY is located in the United States
RYY (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 6,305 1,922 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations173,547
Based aircraft358

Cobb County Int'l Airport - McCollum Field (ICAO: KRYY, FAA LID: RYY)[2] is a public airport located 21 miles (34 km) northwest of the central business district of Atlanta, immediately south of the city of Kennesaw in Cobb County, Georgia, United States.[1] It operates 24 hours per day, although it is not controlled between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. (EST/EDT).. It is also designated as a weather station.[3]

The airport is located on nearly 320 acres (130 ha) of land,[4] has one runway which is 6,305 feet (1,921 m) long, and is east-west oriented, with headings of 089 and 269. Cobb Place is at the east end, with Cobb Parkway (U.S. 41) and old 41 intersecting McCollum Parkway on the west end. The airfield sits at 1,040 feet (317 m) above mean sea level somewhat above average terrain for the area. The airport has a control tower.[5]

The airport has approximately 358 aircraft based on it: 251 single engine, 55 multi-engine, 39 jet aircraft and 13 helicopters.[5] 49 percent of operations are single engine and 49 percent are multi-engine. Only 1 percent of operations are air taxi. No major commercial airlines service Cobb County Airport, but there are two charter companies and two major fixed-base operators.[4] Aerial tours are very popular at the airport, largely because the scenic Appalachian Mountains are less than a 30-minute flight away.

McCollum Field is owned by Cobb County, operated by the County Department of Transportation, characterizing it as a municipal airport.[4] It is managed by a full-time, professional airport manager.[6] The airport employs almost 185 people,[4] and had an annual economic impact of more than US$47 million to the local economy in 2002.


McCollum Field opened in 1960 with a single 4,000-foot (1,219 m) runway. There was a stub taxiway connecting the runway with the ramp area, 60,000 square feet (5,570 m²) of aprons, and a single administration building. The airport steadily grew over the next 30 years with the greatest developments occurring in the early 1990s.

In 1991, the airport layout plan was first revised. The first full service fixed-base operator opened in 1992. A second full service fixed-base operator opened a year later. That same year, the Georgia State Patrol Hangar was constructed. The Air Traffic Control Tower was opened in 1995, followed by an Instrument Landing System glide slope the next year. Over the course of the decade, there were four major purchases of new land at a total cost of US$3.8 million in grants and an unspecified amount in local funds. In addition, 6 new hangars were built.

McCollum Field was first designed as a small field for general aviation. It is designated as a reliever airport for Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Cobb County is also the primary general aviation airport for the Atlanta suburban population. With an average of 475 takeoffs and landings each day,[5] it is the third most trafficked airport in Georgia.[7]

2008 runway[edit]

On December 4, 2008 the new 6,305-foot (1,922 m) by 100 feet (30 m) wide concrete runway was opened at 13:00 local time. The runway took 23 days to complete. During the runway construction of RWY "9-27" taxiway "A" was made temporary runway "8-26".


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for RYY (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-03-15
  2. ^ Great Circle Mapper: KRYY - Atlanta, Georgia (Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field)
  3. ^ "Public Info. Statement...Technical Implementation Notice 03-31" (TXT). National Weather Service. June 25, 2003. Retrieved 2006-08-23.
  4. ^ a b c d "Cobb County International Airport McCollum Field". Cobb County Department of Transportation. July 23, 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-23.
  5. ^ a b c "KRYY". 3 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-23.
  6. ^ "Cobb County Director of Transportation". Cobb County Department of Transportation. August 8, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-08-23.
  7. ^ "District 1 Commissioner". Cobb County Board of Commissioners. August 17, 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-23.

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