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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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W. H
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Chapter 7
genuine, I didn't see it ever coming to frui-
tion. The cost of a mile of overhead line might
run $700,000, while the cost to bury the same
line ran upwards of $2.8 million. State gov-
ernments were, by their nature, conservative
with money and I didn't see any chance the
state would spend its much needed cash to
keep Bird's Nest Airport in business.
In the run up to my December 12, 2007,
three o'clock deadline to submit my writ-
ten testimony, Kay and I e-mailed dozens
of drafts back and forth, trying to make the
sworn statement both accurate and compel-
ling. The entire process made me realize just
why I hated lawsuits--they were time wast-
ers and costly.
In my testimony I explained that I didn't
mind the idea of a transmission line in the area.
I did mind, however, if the new line prevented
safe takeoffs and landings. I had dished out
$2.1 million for the property, $225,000 to have
the old runway re-asphalted, $50,000 to Garv-
er Engineers to design a new runway, and an-
other $375,000 to engineer and prepare con-
struction drawings. I had already spent a lot
of money to improve the airport only to find
out LCRA wanted to put up a web of tall lattice
towers that would, at a minimum, limit airport
2007. Grading the new turf runway extension. The Gilleland Creek Switching Station (far right, light colored
gravel and gray towers) is very close to the airport. Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.