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Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK) - Jet Charter Services

DeKalb Peachtree Airport is a county-run general aviation airport located in Chamblee, Georgia, about 20 miles north of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and 12 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

However, don’t get your hopes up that you can use it to get to Atlanta on a commercial flight instead of using Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport.

Dekalb-Peachtree Airport

Dekalb-Peachtree Airport Aerial View. Picture Source.

Unless you are an elite traveler, of course.

DeKalb Peachtree is a general aviation airport that does not offer commercial flights. If you are looking for a way to get into Atlanta without using Hartsfield-Jackson, you will have to charter a private jet into DeKalb Peachtree.

Operated by DeKalb County, the Dekalb Peachtree Airport is located on prime real estate inside Atlanta’s I-285 outer belt. The 64-mile highway that rings the city is used by more than 2 million people a day.

The I-285 outer belt also connects the three major interstates in and around Atlanta, I-20, I-75 and I-85.

Many people charter private jets into DeKalb Peachtree to get to nearby Buckhead, one of Atlanta’s biggest business centers.

The Buckhead area, located in the northernmost portion of the city, is an affluent residential – one of the richest ZIP codes in the United States -- and commercial district.

Executives also hire private jets into DeKalb Peachtree to get to Midtown, another major business district in Atlanta.

The airport’s proximity to Atlanta and ease of use leads to more than 600 aircraft operations daily, making it the second busiest airport in Georgia.

Airport Information for Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK, PDK)

AIRPORT INFORMATION
ICAOKPDK
IATAPDK
LOCATIONAtlanta, GA, United States
FACILITY TYPEAIRPORT
Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
02L/20R 3746 150 ASPH-G 1003
02R/20L 6001 100 CONC-G 1003
09/27 3383 150 ASPH-G 1003
16/34 3967 150 ASPH-G 1003
H1 56 56 CONC-G 1003

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What is the airport code for DeKalb-Peachtree Airport?

The ICAO code for DeKalb-Peachtree Airport is KPDK and its IATA code is PDK.

FBOs at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport

There are three FBOs offering services to private and charter business jets and planes at DeKalb Peachtree Airport.

Atlantic Aviation

Atlantic Aviation at KPDK

Atlantic Aviation at KPDK. Picture Source.

At Atlantic Aviation PDK, the motto is “customer first,” starting with the freshly baked cookies at the front counter. A concierge is there to help you plan your trip around or out of Atlanta.

Atlantic PDK, one of Atlantic Aviation’s 68 FBOs in the United States, offers the same range of services to cargo, military and other governmental aircraft that it does to corporate and business jets.

Amenities include:

  • 24-hour surveillance and security
  • Conference rooms
  • Crew cars
  • De-icing (Type I)
  • Go Rentals
  • Heated hangar space (please call for availability)
  • Pilot's lounge and snooze room
  • Public notary
  • Wi-fi (in facility and on ramp)

Signature Flight Support

Signature Flight Support at KPDK

Signature Flight Support at KPDK. Picture Source.

Signature Flight Support, the world’s largest network of fixed base operators, has one of its 200 FBOs at DeKalb Peachtree.

While many people rent or hire private business into Atlanta to do business at Buckhead or Midtown, Signature also boasts of providing FBO services to people who charter a private jet into PDK to see things such as the Georgia Aquarium, music events or the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Amenities include:

  • 24-hour surveillance
  • 26,750 square foot hangar
  • 94,000 square foot ramp
  • Aircraft parking long term
  • Business center
  • Catering on site
  • Conference rooms
  • Covered ramp
  • Crew cars
  • Crew room
  • Dallas Airmotive engine services
  • Deicing/anti-ice
  • Flight planning
  • Forklift
  • Freshly baked cookies
  • Fuel farm
  • Golf cart service
  • Heated hangar
  • Helicopter handling
  • Limousine service
  • Long term vehicle parking
  • Medical/ambulance capabilities
  • Overnight Hangar
  • Passenger lounge
  • Ramp side vehicle access
  • Satellite TV
  • Scissor Lift
  • Shoe shine machine
  • Showers
  • Snooze room
  • Transient Hangar Space
  • Vacuum Cart
  • Valet parking
  • Vending machines
  • Weather Planning Service
  • Wheelchairs
  • Wi-fi

Epps Aviation

Among the most celebrated independently owned and operated fixed base operators in the United States is Epps Aviation. The FBO, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Since 1965, Epps Aviation has been the only independent full service, fixed-base operator at DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK) in Atlanta. Its founder, Pat Epps, is considered the most famous aviator in the state of Georgia.

Epps Aviation, located on 21 acres at DeKalb Peachtree, employs 150 – including Pat Epps’ three children -- to serve planes and private jets and oversee operations at its executive terminal, eight hangars and 40 T-hangars.

Epps says the key to its success is its “real southern hospitality.”

Founder Pat Epps has carried on a long tradition of aviation in his family. His father, Ben T. Epps, became the first aviator in Georgia after building his aircraft in 1907.

Ben Epps continued building and flying aircraft until he was killed during takeoff in 1937 when Pat Epps, his youngest child, was only three years old.

The fatal crash took place at the Athens, Ga., airport, which Ben Epps opened in 1917. The airport was renamed in his honor: Athens Ben Epps Airport.

It is a county owned airport three miles east of Athens. Besides Pat, Ben Epps left behind five other sons and three daughters. Despite the tragedy, their mother encouraged the children to fly. Most of the kids got their pilot licenses.

In 1965, Pat Epps began Epps Air Service after buying a small fixed based operation at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. It had a shop-office area and a 40,000 square foot hangar. He had 19 employees.

Today, the Epps Aviation facility consists of the original hangar, two addition -- 14,000 square foot total -- maintenance/avionics hangars, a terminal lobby, five corporate aircraft hangars, 40 T-hangars, and its own fuel farm.

In the 1980s, Pat Epps, who has logged more than 10,000 hours as a commercial pilot, became famous in his own right. In 1981, Epps began an 11-year quest to recover the Lost Squadron on the Greenland ice cap.

The Lost Squadron was eight World War II planes – two Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers and six Lockheed P-38 Lightnings -- that were lost when they were forced to land on the ice cap after running out of fuel.

In 1992, after seven trips to the ice cap, Epps and his Greenland Expedition Society recovered one of the Lockheed P-38 Lightnings, Glacier Girl. It had been buried 265 feet below the Greenland ice cap for 50 years.

Constantly promoting the benefits of general aviation, Pat Epps is a major supporter of youth aviation efforts such as Aviation Career Enrichment (ACE).

Epps Aviation amenities include:

  • Authorized service center For Pilatus, Cessna, Cirrus, Michelin, Dallas Airmotive and Lycoming
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Courtesy transportation
  • Designated Airworthiness Representative on staff
  • FAA repair station for major repairs and inspections of both turbine and piston aircraft
  • FAA research and technical library
  • Flight planning/WSI
  • Hangar facilities
  • Newly renovated lobby
  • Pilots lounge/showers/snooze room
  • U.S. customs with notice
  • Wi-fi

DeKalb Peachtree trivia

DeKalb Peachtree is the second busiest airport in Georgia, behind Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International.

Classified as a general aviation reliever airport for the Atlanta metropolitan area, DeKalb Peachtree has four aviation service companies, seven flight schools, two helicopter operations and almost 800 aviation-related jobs at the airport.

The aircraft it serves include corporate jets, chartered business jets, personal planes for business and recreation, and helicopters. It also has serves jets and planes being used for flight lessons and does aircraft maintenance.

The DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) is located northeast of Atlanta in Chamblee, on an old World War I Army training facility called Camp Gordon.

DeKalb Peachtree Airport is on the original site of Naval Air Station Atlanta, which operated from 1942 to 1959, during and after World War II. The Naval station has been relocated to the south side of Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta.

After the war, in the late 1940s, the Naval barracks were converted into classrooms for Southern Technical Institute, an engineering technology school that was created by Georgia Tech for veteran soldiers. The school moved from the site in the late 1950s to land donated by Dobbins and is now known as Southern Polytechnic State University.

When the U.S. Navy gave up the lease on the property it had with DeKalb County, it was converted to civilian use.

DeKalb Peachtree Airport is an example of how Georgia general-aviation facilities have improved the state’s air transportation system and overall economy. As a general reliever airport, it helps reduce congestion by serving smaller aircraft so Hartsfield-Jackson International can serve only commercial airliners.

Through the years:

In 1975, more than 400 aircraft and 48 corporations were based at DeKalb Peachtree.

In 1988, the Federal Aviation Administration built a $2 million, 130-foot control tower at PKD.

In the 1990s, DeKalb Peachtree built a modern helipad, used by most media helicopters.

In 1996, Muhammad Ali landed at DeKalb Peachtree to light the torch for the Olympic Games that were held in Atlanta that year.

In 2000, the National Air Transportation Association named DeKalb Peachtree Airport one of “America's 100 Most Needed Airports.” With its 230,000 takeoffs and landings a year for more than 30 years, the association called it “critical for the growth of the nation’s aviation and economy.”

DeKalb Peachtree Airport sits on 765 acres. On the property are four runways, dozens of hangars and 590 parked and stored aircraft.

Angel Flight, a group of volunteer pilots that help out patients, is headquartered at DeKalb Peachtree Airport.

The group was founded by pilot Jim Shafer who saw a desperate need for people in the southeast to find free or inexpensive transportation to get to their medical treatments. He found that some families, may living in rural areas far from airports, could not afford to fly back and forth to regional hospitals or treatment centers.

So, Shafer recruited 15 pilots, and they organized flights from his kitchen table. In 1991, Angel Flight got an office at Dekalb Peachtree Airport and has been there ever since.

The company, which has made about 36,000 flights of mercy, has expanded into Alabama and South Carolina. In 1990, it joined other such organizations and now serves people throughout the country, with its biggest users in:

  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

It also serves as first responders to national tragedies such as 9/11 and hurricane disasters. It not only delivers supplies, it also delivers Red Cross and other such relief workers.

FBOs and Handlers at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, KPDK, PDK

NAME ADDRESS PHONE WEBSITE
Epps Aviation  1 AVIATION WAY PEACHTREE AIRPORT  (770) 458-9851   
Jetfueling    (678) 287-1880   
Mercury Air Center  1951 AIRPORT RD  (770) 454-5000   
Signature Flight Support  1 CORSAIR DR  (770) 452-0010   
Signature Flight Support  1 Corsair Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341 
770-452-0010   
Atlantic Aviation  2040 Airport Road Atlanta GA 30341  770-454-5000   

METAR Weather Data at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, KPDK, PDK

STATIONKPDK
OBSERVEDFri Apr 19, 21:53 UTC
NOWFri Apr 19, 22:26 UTC
AGE33 min ago
WINDWSW at 16 mph, gusting to 24 mph
VISIBILITY10 miles
CLOUDSovercast
TEMP57°F (14°C)
DEWPT52°F (11°C)
HUMIDITY82%
BAROMETER999 hPa (29.50 in Hg)
METARKPDK 192153Z AUTO 25014G21KT 10SM FEW018 BKN040 OVC055 14/11 A2950 RMK AO2 PK WND 25029/2102 SLP985 T01390106

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