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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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Chapter 6
sible. The extra one hundred feet I asked for
would accommodate heightened FAA safety
requirements, should they ever take effect,
as well as account for any yet unimagined air-
craft with super long wingspans.
Building an airport was a long-term play.
For me that meant looking twenty, fifty, or
even a hundred years ahead and designing an
airport that wouldn't be obsolete for a very
long time. I'd hate to go to the expense of low-
ering the pipeline only to find out a few years
from now that state-of-the-art airports were
following new offset requirements.
I had a second reason for leaving myself
room for a wider offset. I wanted to encour-
age jet owners to lease large hangars at Bird's
Nest Airport, and I didn't want to kill the deal
because an insurance carrier required these
million-dollar aircraft to meet up-to-date FAA
Without the extra hundred feet, the price
tag was $2.7 million. With the additional hun-
dred feet of pipe, the total came to $2.9 million.
A Bigger Job Than Expected
In August, airport manager Jim Craig and
his number one, Jamie Jackson, drove out to
runway 16 with a bucket of white paint and
2008. Ron Henriksen and Jamie Jackson in November examining one of the massive half-inch thick steel pipes
after it had been pulled from the trench in hundred foot sections. Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.