A big celebration was held for an unusual event yesterday, the grand opening of a new general aviation airfield, Austin Executive Airport (KEDC), and the airport’s FBO, Henriksen Jet Center.
Houston Executive Airport
The dirt is flying as construction of the new Austin Executive Airport in Texas began in late July. The former Bird's Nest Airport is owned by developer Ron Henriksen, who also built Houston Executive Airport. "Austin is one of the largest cities in the country without a general aviation reliever airport," said Henriksen.
Privately owned and operated Houston Executive Airport has added a second corporate hangar to its FBO facility. The 23,400-sq-ft hangar opened last year, and the airport now boasts more than 71,000 sq ft of hangar space, including T-hangars and the original 26,000-sq-ft FBO hangar. A Chevron Global fuel dealer, Houston Executive offers 24/7 fueling, rental and crew cars, crew lounge, catering and free wireless Internet access.
Privately owned Houston Executive Airport in Texas has experienced enough demand to justify building a new 23,400-sq-ft corporate hangar. The airport, built by developer Ron Henriksen, features a 6,610- foot runway that has already been lengthened once. Plans call for further extending the runway to 7,604 feet. The new hangar will fit up to 20 aircraft.
Privately owned and operated Houston Executive Airport, west of Houston, has completed a runway extension to 6,610 feet. “Our ability to support larger aircraft will be a real advantage to the aviation business community,” said Andrew Perry, the airport’s executive director. The new airport opened in January 2007 and recently completed a 26,000-sq-ft corporate hangar.
Pilots seeking an alternative to busy and expensive Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas might want to try Bird’s Nest Airport, 12 miles northeast of downtown Austin, which was purchased last October by Ron Henriksen, owner of the privately developed Houston Executive Airport. Since buying Bird’s Nest, Henriksen has repaved the 2,750-foot runway and made other improvements.
Houston Executive Airport has leased all available new T-hangars, some even before they have been built. The new Houston airport opened last January to offer a new alternative for general aviation operators in the Houston area. Built west of downtown Houston by former commercial pilot and Houston native Ron Henriksen, the new airport features a 5,050-foot runway that will eventually be extended to 7,604 feet.
Developers converting the former Air Rice Airport (78TX) near Katy, Texas, on Houston’s west side, to a business aviation facility now plan to call the airport Houston Executive instead of South Waller County, as announced last year. The new name “more accurately describes the location and purpose of the airport,” said Ron Henricksen of airport developer WCF.
Construction was scheduled to begin before the end of last year on converting private Air Rice Airport on Houston’s west side into a public business aviation facility, to be known as South Waller Airport, initially with a 4,500-foot runway. Its private developers plan to extend the runway to 7,000 feet as the airport grows.
Developers converting the former Air Rice Airport near Katy, Texas, on Houston’s west side, to a business aviation facility now plan to call the airport Houston Executive instead of South Waller County, as announced last year. The new name “more accurately describes the location and purpose of the airport,” said Ron Henricksen of airport developer WCF.
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