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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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of dependable workhorse aircraft, including a
Lock Haven yellow Piper J-3 Cub (the Ford
Model T of the skies) and used the aircraft
for rentals and flight training.
It wasn't long before Ray hired his first paid
help, young pilots and staff who wanted job
experience more than a large paycheck. He
took on Justin Brown (JB) as a mechanic; Roy
McKinley, David Conner, and Roy Scott as
flight instructors; and Mary, now knee-deep
in the operation's bookkeeping, hired Laura
Dissman, a flight student, to help with all the
The Piper J-3 Cub
Tim Casey was another early devotee of
Bird's Nest Airport. A young grad student at
the University of Texas, he discovered the air-
port in 1970 or so, and often rented an aging
J-3 Cub at a cost of $6 a flight hour. Managing
scarce resources was the name of the game
for any student, and Tim learned to save a
few dollars by getting the J-3 Cub aloft on hot
summer days, tooling around for thirty min-
utes, and then shutting down the engine.
Once he got good at it, he could spot up-
1985. Piper J-3 Cub at Bird's Nest Airport.
Photo courtesy of Clyde Barker.