book. I couldn't have done it without the sup-
port of many people. At the top of my list is
my family, my wife Sheri, and my two sons
James and Matthew, who encouraged me dur-
ing the long years it took to build the airport
and the months it took to get the story down
for his tireless proofreading efforts.
untold hours in Austin on the construction
site translating my directions into tangible
form; Roberta Long, my long-time finance
executive, kept all the money straight; Ben
Martinka, who literally spent the last several
years on site nudging the construction crews
in the right direction; and Catherine Friddle
scheduling, rereading the fine print, and
keeping track of exactly who was responsible
the FBO Terminal building that never oc-
curred to me until she offered alternatives I
could see and touch.
company on our flights from my home in
Houston to Austin Executive Airport for rou-
tine site visits. David took more than 5,000
photos of the airport in progress, many of
which were used in this book.
views--in coaxing pilots and skydivers and
others to recall long-forgotten stories of the
antics of learning to fly at Bird's Nest Airport.