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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
R
on
W. H
enRiksen
Chapter 7
LCRA Dispute
Negotiating with Power Line Company to Avoid Runway Conflicts
Flying is easy; it's the landings that take
practice.
The easiest landings occur in clear skies
and miles of visibility. Sometimes, however,
the weather is less than desirable, with low
clouds and minimum visibility. Ask any pilot
and they'll tell you the safest way to land in
bad weather is a precision instrument
approach, and, when you get close enough,
eyes on the runway just prior to touchdown.
A precision instrument approach means
2007. Drawing of Lower Colorado River Authority Transmission Services Corp.'s (LCRA) proposed new
high-voltage power line route. The airport location is identified by the symbol of an airplane.
relying on your gauges--which supply in-
puts from satellite and/or ground source
signals--that in turn offer two critical pieces
of information: lateral guidance (which tells
you if your aircraft is centered over runway)
and vertical guidance (which lets you know
if your landing approach angle is too steep or
too shallow).
No matter how accurate the inputs, how-
ever, precision instrument approaches don't
work at all with a handful of high-voltage tow-