I have a passion for airplanes and airports.
Which explains why in March 2007 I agreed
to meet with a group of pilots who had an op-
tion to purchase a small, nearly abandoned
airstrip northeast of Austin, Texas. The pi-
lots had big plans for this neglected airstrip,
Bird's Nest Airport, and they wanted to ask
me a few questions. I had recently completed
Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.
port, and I was eager to share my experienc-
es. When the pilots arrived, they peppered
me with questions about runway design and
FAA oversight and political pushback and
building codes. I admired their vision and
saw them as men who pursued their dreams.
Later they asked to meet again. After we got
reacquainted, one of the pilots turned to me,
a grin on his face as if he'd just recalled a big