Jack Pezold on the Sale of CSG Aviation to Columbus Metropolitan Airport Commission

I asked Columbus businessman Jack Pezold  how he felt about the Columbus Airport Commission buying the CSG Aviation fixed base operation from his company for $1.8 million.  “It’s like broadcasting, Dick. We are better off out of it,” he said with a smile in his voice.  At one time he owned WXTX, channel 54, and, at one time, I anchored the news on a number of stations in Georgia and South Carolina, including WRBL and WTVM in Columbus.

He told me that part of the deal will be the use of a hangar for a number of years, and he will continue to provide a charter flight service.  However, his three charter planes are no longer based in Columbus. They are operating out of the Tallahassee, Florida airport.  He says he gets a better deal on property taxes there, plus a lot of business,  because Florida State University and the Florida State Capitol are located there.  His planes will, however, be available for Columbus charter flights.

Starting August 1st,  the airport commission will operate Flightways Columbus, which will replace CSG Aviation.

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