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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
W. H
down as CEO of Logix Communications and
retains the title of Chairman.
Over the course of his professional ca-
reer, Ron's passion for aviation never waned.
When dozens of airports closed in Texas and
around the country in the early 2000s, he be-
came a strong advocate for privately-owned
airports. Now with the resources to allevi-
ate this serious shortage of general aviation
airports, Ron purchased approximately 1,981
acres of land several miles west of Houston
and built Houston Executive Airport. The
airport opened August 6, 2006, on Ron's
60th birthday and he celebrated by being the
first to land at the new facility. Houston Ex-
ecutive Airport includes the Henriksen Jet
Center, a 26,000-square-foot corporate
hangar, corporate leasing space, and a wide
variety of amenities catering to the needs of
business travelers. Long-range plans include
extending the airport's runway from 6,610
feet to 7,604 feet to accommodate larger jet
aircraft. More information can be found at
In 2007, Ron set his sights on Austin, one
of the largest cities in the country without
a general aviation reliever airport. In Octo-
ber 2007, he purchased Bird's Nest Airport
(later rename Austin Executive Airport ) lo-
cated northeast of Austin on new State High-
way 130, twelve miles northeast of downtown
Austin with plans to develop a corporate and
general aviation facility. As part of Austin Ex-
ecutive Airport's $33 million master plan, the
airport boasts a variety of amenities including
the Henriksen Jet Center, a 27,500-square-
foot premier FBO terminal building, a 6,025-
foot runway and taxiway, fuel farm, and a
29,000-square-foot corporate hangar along
with a 140-by-85-foot arrival canopy. The
airport officially opened June 8, 2011. More
information can be found at www.Austin
Ron's hobbies include racing cars as a mem-
ber of the Sports Car Club of America, riding
motorcycles, bicycling, and water skiing. He
lives in Houston with his wife Sheri and their
two sons James and Matthew.