Keep your eyes open, and your hand on your wallet

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Foothills Regional Airpor

United States

#1 Jun 7, 2013
Nothing has improved at Foothills Regional Airport. We are left with a mantenance\shop operator (Lynn Mace) that had been fired by the previous FBO operator(Speedbird) for "miss use of the company credit card for his own benefit"; the current manager (Brent Brinkley) was the manager for the previous FBO operator and was the one who brought the charges resulting in the current shop manager being fired. Brinkley also appeared against the Mace in an unemployment hearing and testified against the current shop manager for theft and misuse of the company credit card. The letter to the Employment security Commission is available.

Now your FBO manager, Brent Brinkley, while working for the previous FBO, became aware of the future financial failure of the FBO (Speedbird) he was working for (none of the bills were being paid. He knew the FBO Owner (Truby Proctor) was/had negotiated a deal with the airport Authority to take over the airport. The current manager (Brent Brinkley) knew transfer of the FBO ownership was to take place on October 1 2008. The former FBO had maintained "block accounts". If pilots kept a minimum balance of $500.00 in the account the customer received discounts for things like flight instruction (Block accounts). Knowing the FBO he worked for was going out of business, the current and then manager (Brent Brinkley) charged nearly all the credit cards on file to the max of $500.00. Brinkley knew Speedbird was going out of business and would not be available to provide the services being paid for. These charges resulted in a loss of more than $6000.00, to the customers. These angry customers then expected the airport Authority to reimbursement them for their loss. A few were reimbursed, depending on who they knew on the Airport board but most were not. That is what you have working for you at Foothills now,of course they will probably stick together and try to lie out of it; however Mace was still terminted and Brinkley's Letter still exists and there is still record of the employment security commission hearing. There are still customers that didnt recieve repayment, lets hear from you about Brinley's dishonesty and charges on your credit cards. Hang on to your wallet.
Donkey Dong

Maiden, NC

#2 Jun 8, 2013
Is Hullette in jail yet?
Foothills Reional Airport

United States

#3 Jun 8, 2013
Are you kidding? Hullette got a man who had been a student of his for 20 years and trusted Hullette the Job at the airport. This guy didnt know the front end of an airplane from the back end. Hullette introducd him to,former attorney, Gary Triggs and told him if he had any legal questions to go to Triggs, not the morganton attorney. Hullette didnt like the Morganon Attorney. When Hullette wanted anything done he told his new man then had Triggs advise how it was legal. when things went bad Triggs sent Hullette to his friend attorney shawn devaaux(?) and the friend to this little know attorney. Triggs was representing both of them. They bagged and tagged the friend (scapegoat). And Hullete is still wondering around , I here he spending alot of time in Myrtle Beach where he just bought a house. I seen Hulltte's friend driving one of Hullette's cars, a Mercedes Benz,before the FEDS came. Hullette said in the paper he sold the car to his friend and never got paid for it but I know the friend had the car for at least 18 months...and Hullette "didn't file claim or complan to et the car back"....bulshit.....I know for a fact that hullette got half price hanger price per month and the board has not said anything about it. Board members get these little perks.... Bruce Roberts ets to fuel his own plane and then gets seperate set of books kept for him .... I seen the letter from the Morganton city attoney telling him that he ws no allowed those perks...

Foothills Reional Airport

United States

#4 Jun 8, 2013
Check the post out at Topix Hickory Daily Record....Brad Adkins for some more interesting stuff about the Airport
Airport corrupt

United States

#5 Jun 9, 2013
The airport is nothing but corrupt. It is a rich man's "playground". The one's with the money call all the shots and the employees are left taking the blame. Don Wright a local owner of a table making company even had questioniable insurance fraud at his place of business.....supposedly caught on fire by a lightnening strike just about the sme time the company was going under. He has been on the board for a long time at the airport. Has rumord he was "in bed" with a manager before Nelson and they hid the fact that Wright was a "silent" owner and took proceeds from the government funding. There has been so much corrupton at the airport by the "rich". It was only a matter of time before somebody had to be the scapegoat. Illegal activity goes waaaay back and when people try to bring it up or make it public, they get threatened. Thats why I sold my plane and want nothing to do with that bullcrap anymore. People need to stop being afraid of these "politicians" and make the guilty pay....not the taxpayers and not Nelson.
frequent flyer

United States

#6 Jun 16, 2013
Airport business is dying now that Nelson has left. I think people might start finding out what a great job Nelson did for that airport. Some of us customers really miss him. Its just not the same anymore.

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