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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
R
on
W. H
enRiksen
About the Author
Entrepreneur and developer Ron W.
Henriksen has an enterprising past. In his
teens he won first place at his junior high
school science fair for constructing a wire-
less telephone. In his twenties he launched
his first aviation-related business while still
in college. In his late thirties, he built a mul-
timillion dollar telecommunications company
and obtained a U.S. patent for an improved
bi-directional ratchet. In his fifties, he built
the Houston Executive Airport. And in his
sixties Ron designed and constructed, Austin
Executive Airport, one of the nation's newest
business aviation airports.
Ron learned to fly at twenty-one, was
instantly enamored with the flying life, and
quickly earned his private pilot license fol-
lowed by commercial, multi-engine, and in-
strument licenses and later obtained an air-
line transport pilot (ATP) certificate, flight
engineer certificate, and type rating on the
Boeing 727.
In college he founded Huntsville Aviation
to lease and operate the Huntsville Munici-
pal Airport in Huntsville, Texas. Airports
are notorious money losers. To counter the
trend, Ron's budding airport management
company became a Cessna Aircraft Company
approved dealer, operated an FAA-approved
flight school for ROTC students, and provided
air charter services for the National Parks
Division in the State of Texas. He sold the
airport business prior to graduating from Sam
Houston State University with a Bachelor of
Science in Mathematics.
After graduation, Ron began a 14-year
career as a corporate pilot captaining vari-
ous turboprop aircraft including a Beechcraft
King Air and Mitsubishi MU-2 and others.
After seven years flying a Swearingen Merlin
IIB for an oil company that eventually went
out of business, he changed careers and found-
ed American Telco, a long-distance telecom-
munications company that grew to 11 sales
offices, 300 employees, and 23,000 customers
throughout Texas.
Ron sold American Telco in June 1998
for $130 million (gold was selling for
$282 per ounce) to Dobson Wireline who
renamed the company Logix Communica-
tions. After the expiration of a two-year non-
compete agreement, he formed American
Lightwave Communications, a local exchange
carrier and internet service provider offer-
ing business customers local phone service,
long distance, and internet access. In 2002 he
purchased select assets of his former compa-
ny, Logix Communications, out of bankrupt-
cy and combined these assets with those of
American Lightwave Communications, and
now operates under the name Logix Com-
munications. After spending several years
restructuring the organization and return-
ing the company to profitability, Ron stepped