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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
W. H
Chapter 4
"Looks like it runs north to south clear
across the property."
"It does, doesn't it?" Tre said. He stood
a bit unsteadily in the bed of the truck and
stepped over the tailgate and onto the bum-
per and slowly eased himself down to solid
ground. He walked over to the sign, looked at
it and frowned.
Tim got out of the truck and left his door
open and joined him. He sort of kicked at the
weeds around the base of the sign, I suppose,
looking for some clue as to how deep the mas-
sive steel pipes might be underneath his feet.
"I should have paid this sign a bit more atten-
tion," he said. "I knew it was here, or I think I
did. I just never gave it any thought."
I climbed down and stood next to the sign
and looked east where I imagined the pipe-
line ran beneath the tattered runway. "My
guess is," I said, "there's only a couple of feet
of dirt between us and the top of that pipeline.
Wherever you put a new runway, you'll have
to lower the pipeline. No way around it."
No one said so, but the cost of lowering a
pipeline was nowhere in the cash flow fore-
casts. I wondered what it would cost to lower
a pipeline--a hundred thousand, a million,
ten million?
The day turned sunny and hot and Tim
wiped sweat from his forehead with the sleeve
2007. Investor Tre Deathe, engineer Frank McIllwain, Vice President of Development Andy Perry, and
Ron Henriksen inspect the 134-acre airport property. Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.