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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
R
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W. H
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Chapter 10
Ramp and Terminal
Battling with the City of Austin's Planning Team
The terminal and airport ramp area was a
rolling section of farm land that included a hill
with an elevation of 638 feet above sea level.
The elevation of the runway was only 620 feet
above sea level. We had a problem. The ter-
minal and hangars were 18 feet higher than
the runway.
The City of Austin allowed us to cut 4 feet
off the top of the hill without obtaining a per-
mit. Any more and we'd need a building code
variance, a process guaranteed to take forever
2010. Floor plan of the FBO terminal building with elements that architect Howard Hill introduced to pay homage
to the airports of the Golden Age of Aviation (1918-1939). Drawing courtesy of Fromberg Associates, Ltd.
and frustrate everyone involved. One of the
engineers had an idea. What if we cut only 4
feet from the hill and then steeply sloped the
200-foot-long connecting taxiway from the
runway to the ramp--basically a structurally
reinforced arrival and parking area for air-
planes. The problem with this set up was that
an aircraft had to taxi uphill to reach the ramp
and airplanes don't like to travel uphill. To
minimize the slope of the connecting taxiway,
someone suggested we slope the mammoth