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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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Chapter 6
And waited.
Four months later, in early May, Atmos En-
ergy still hadn't ordered the materials.
I asked Frank McIllwain to send Thomas
Holley a pithy e-mail explaining our position--
that it was crucial the new pipeline be in place
by October so we could open up to air traf-
fic in Spring 2009. I also wanted to avoid any
potential fallout from my dispute with Lower
Colorado River Authority over the location of
their high-voltage transmission towers. Both
LCRA and I were waiting for the Federal
Aviation Administration's Part 77 determina-
tion. Before the FAA would approve LCRA's
proposed power lines, the agency had to file
an FAR Part 77--Obstructions to Navigation
Form--which identified and evaluated poten-
tial aeronautical hazards, and subsequently
issue a formal approval. When an airport
builder had plans to construct a new runway
and an energy company, like Lower Colorado
River Authority, wanted to put up a string of
high-voltage power lines directly in the air-
port's flight path, Part 77 was the vehicle
to voice my complaint and have the FAA
take notice.
Bottom line, I needed to get the runway and
airport up and running by spring or risk LCRA
2008. Note the scale of the 20-inch and 30-inch pipelines in the process of being dug up, removed, and the
new light green pipelines installed. Photo courtesy of Jim Craig.