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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
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W. H
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Chapter 10
sulted in a better outcome, was the number
and frequency of changes. I didn't look at the
construction drawings as a set of rules cast in
stone. On the contrary, throughout the pro-
cess, and with the advice of experts like Gail,
we made changes to the design (nearly all of
them upgrades) to room sizes and shapes, fin-
ish materials, and small details only the keen-
est observers would ever notice.
I recall at one point I spied a gap at the over-
hang of the arrival canopy and the roof of the
terminal building--a sort of horizontal sliver
of light (say 6 inches high and 50 feet wide)
and I was concerned that a glaring afternoon
sun coming through the gap might get in a
pilot's eyes and blind him for a moment, po-
tentially causing a safety issue. I spoke with
Randy Fromberg and project architect Anto-
nio Naylor about my concerns. We squinted
and glanced up at the sliver of light and won-
dered out loud exactly how much sunlight
could squeeze under the canopy. A little. A
lot. My guess was, more than I wanted.
Randy had an idea. He created a computer
model (in effect a short video) of the building
showing the sun at different times of the year
and how the arrival canopy shaded the ramp
as the sun crossed the sky. I watched the
2010. Vice President of Development Andy Perry, owner Ron Henriksen, and Ron's son, Matthew Henriksen.
Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.