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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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Chapter 3
1973. Skydiver Christy Milner and a friend pictured near the drop zone after landing.
Photo courtesy of Alan Coovert.
airworthiness directive issued by the FAA.
The aircraft subsequently crashed (through
no fault of JB's), and someone died after one
of the seatbelts came loose during the crash.
Bird's Nest Aviation, Inc. got sued and, after
extended browbeating by all parties, settled
out of court. In the niggling exchange of ac-
cusations and rebuttals, JB set out for clearer
skies and never returned.
Austin Parachute Center
The airport had some cash coming in--
T-hangar rent, tie-down rent, shop hangar rent
(for a time), a mark-up on Cessna parts, and
a few dollars from selling aircraft fuel. It just
wasn't enough to cover expenses. However,
on most weekends, the place resembled a
frat party. All that mischief and cavorting had
little to do with pilots and flight training, and
more to do with the Austin Parachute Center.
The Center opened in 1970 or there-
abouts when an energetic Mike Mullins, a
returning Vietnam veteran and Army heli-
copter pilot, got it in his head to start a sky-
dive operation and training school. Mike
talked it over with Ray Harding, who liked
the idea, and the two picked out a location
north of the flight shack, on the other side
of the gravel and asphalt ramp, where Mike
had built a fifty-foot square tin building that