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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
W. H
Chapter 5
Kahlbau and Adams properties. I talked my
ideas over with Frank McIllwain of Garver
Engineers, and we decided to design and po-
sition the runway in such a way that if I could
eventually buy the adjacent Zschiesche prop-
erty due east of the airport, I might then, at
some later date, be able to extend the run-
way to about seven thousand feet. The en-
gineering team at Garver Engineers started
drafting airport master plans and alternative
runway configurations, performing environ-
mental studies, wetland determinations and
groundwater modeling. Most of the engineer-
ing work took place at or below ground level.
Then, someone looked up and discovered that
the local power wholesaler planned to run a
string of high-voltage transmission towers
directly in the approach path of the runway.
Two electricity providers in fact, Lower Colo-
rado River Authority Transmission Services
Corp. (LCRA) and Dallas-based Oncor (origi-
nally part of TXU Electric Delivery), contract-
ed to build a 100-mile long, 345-kilovolt, bulk-
power transmission line running from Clear
Springs (near San Antonio) and connecting to
the Gilleland Creek switching station located
on Cameron Road (this was a stone's throw
from the Bird's Nest Airport), then north of
2007. Image showing the proposed route of LCRA's new power line (in red) and the location of individual
high-voltage towers (in yellow) at the northwest end of Bird's Nest Airport's proposed new runway.