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July 2, 2010
TXAA Announces Membership Drive Prize!
Join TXAA and become eligible to win a week's stay at a luxury cabin in the beautiful Colorado Mountains. Join TXAA Today. At the annual membership meeting next January, one lucky member will win six days and seven nights in this gorgeous cabin in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains! (transportation to/from the cabin not included).  If you are a current TXAA Member in good standing, then you are already eligible to win!



June 23, 2010
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May 11, 2010
"Ground-Pounding" Back In Time: Classic Food At Texas Retro Airport Diners
"Ground-pounding" happens to be pilot slang that refers to a pilot or non-pilot who drives to a destination. But, no matter how you get there, plan your next trip to these two retro airport diners that serve great, classic comfort food and drinks. Aside from the incredible food and atmosphere, the "pickle on the bun" is that you'll get to see all kinds of aircraft flying in and out while enjoying a visit with the pilots ... read more 

April 27, 2010
The Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division
host Regional Planning Meetings (RPMs)

Here are the dates & TxDOT attendees (see flyer). Notice about five airports will be covered in these RPMs. This is an in-place listening session for what the county/city/airports users/citizens would like to see in terms of growth for the next few years.  Airports to be discussed listed first, one in bold is the meeting city/airport, listed following in yellow.
FMI contact TxDOT Aviation at 512-416-4500.


April 26, 2010
Gone West: GA Legend Emma Browning
Legendary pilot, FBO owner and general aviation promoter, Emma Browning passed on Friday the 23rd of April, 2010 after a short illness. Mrs. Browning was 99. Emma Carter was born on October 26, 1910. In 1929, she paid $1 for her first airplane ride and had been in love with aviation ever since. In 1939 she soloed and soon obtained her pilot's license. That same year she met Robert Browning, Jr., and they married in 1932. In the fall of 1946, the Brownings moved their FBO business to the new Robert Mueller Airport in Austin where Browning Aerial Service benefited general aviation until shortly before that airport's closure in 1999. TXAA honored Mrs. Browning at their 2008 Texas General Aviation Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Lady Bird Lake ... read more


April 26, 2010

Pilots Warehouse – TXAA’s Newest Business Sponsor
TXAA’s newest business sponsor Pilots Warehouse knows what it takes to be a pilot as well as to maintain that skill. An average of 35 years worth of aviation knowledge has made this one of the fastest growing pilot and aviation supply sites. They make available over 25,000 items at their Website, www.pilotswarehouse.com.  As a part of the TXAA’s merchandise program Pilots Warehouse is offering a 5% discount on all items except for the Garmin product line to TXAA members. Just click on the Pilots Warehouse logo to the left to access their Website and use the coupon code TXAA during check out to receive the TXAA 5% discount. You can also call at 800-801-1205 to speak with one of your fellow aviators for assistance with your pilot or aviation needs.


April 15, 2010
2010 Texas Aviation Conference A Success
The 2010 Texas Aviation Conference was held on April 7-9 at The Woodlands Resort in Houston. Over 450 attendees from across the state and nation attended what many are calling the most successful conference yet. The event was hosted by TxDOT Aviation, The Texas Airports Council and the Texas Aviation Association ... read more


April 13, 2010
Lubbock Hosts SCC-AAAE

Beginning on March 27, 2010, The South Central Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives met in at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas, for their annual conference. The conference ran for five days. The title of the event was “Winds of Change” ... read more

January 28, 2010
Texas GA Pilot Volunteers Grace Flight to Haiti
Everyone learned of the plight of the citizens of Haiti following the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010. The earthquake caused major damage to Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential Palace. The citizens of the United States began pouring in donations to UNICEF and the Red Cross to help alleviate the misery being endured by Haitians. Certainly financial support is needed but just as importantly is quick action. With airline traffic closed to the island nation, many general aviation pilots volunteered to help because they could get to remote areas quickly. One such pilot is Phil Rosenbaum of Austin, Texas ... read more


January 27, 2010
The 28th Annual Texas Aviation Conference is to be held on April 7-9, 2010 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The address is 1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, Texas 77380.  The event is sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division and is Co-Sponsored by the Texas Airport Council and Texas Aviation Association.  All for Nominations At the Texas Aviation Conference held each spring, the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division presents four customer service awards. Award nominations for the TAC are requested for the following categories:  Most Improved General Aviation Airport, General Aviation Airport of the Year, General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year, Reliever Airport of the Year or Reliever Airport Manager of the Year.  FMI Visit: http://tti.tamu.edu/conferences/tac10.


December 30, 2009
TXAA Announces Annual Membership Meeting
Mark your calendars for January 20, 2010 at 4:30pm in Austin ... read more


November 11, 2009
2009 Texas General Aviation Summit a Success!
General aviation leaders from across Texas and the nation met in Austin, Texas, to address the challenges facing GA today. The one–day event was held on November the 7th at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake ... read more and view presentations from our guest speakers


July 9, 2009
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is carrying out the North Texas Aviation Education Initiative: Development and Implementation. This initiative is being initiated by NCTCOG from a widely recognized need for additional aviation workforce regionally and nationally ... read more


June 30, 2009
American Airlines and American Eagle Give A Big Lift to At-Risk Students
By TXAA Editor J Carpenter
On Saturday June 20, 2009, American Airlines and American Eagle hosted a seminar that presented the opportunities available in aviation for at-risk kids in the Dallas and Tarrant County school systems. The venue was the Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD). 102 kids ranging from 13-18 years of age flooded the terminal building and surrounding tarmac to see and meet minority pilots, flight attendants and mechanics employed by the two airlines ... read more

June 18, 2009
Homeland Security Does Not See GA As A Major Threat
General Aviation Operations Present a Limited Threat to Security; However, Steady Vigilance Must Be Maintained The current status of GA operations does not present a serious homeland security vulnerability requiring TSA to increase regulatory oversight of the industry. According to Officer of Intelligence, there is no specific, credible information of ongoing plots to use GA in an attack in the near future. Other government agencies, including GAO and the Congressional Research Service, have examined catastrophic scenarios and have concluded that the GA industry does not represent a serious vulnerability ... read more


May 29, 2009
News Release from the National Business Aviation Association:
Washington, DC, May 29, 2009 - Following the issuance of a new security directive issued yesterday by the Transportation Security Administration that modifies security protocols for transient and after-hours pilots flying into commercial-service airports, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today issued the following statement ... read more


May 19, 2009
2009 Texas Aviation Conference Held In Austin
On May 11-13, the 2009 Texas Aviation Conference was held at the Austin Hilton Inn in Austin, Texas. Sponsors for the event included the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division, the Texas Airports Council and the Texas Aviation Association. Over 500 attendees enjoyed the conference ... read more


May 8, 2009

Austin’s Newest Airport is Now Austin Executive Airport
Airport Announces Runway Extension as Part of Ongoing Renovations
TXAA, in an exclusive feature in its E-newsletter The Texas Flyer, announced Friday the 8th of May, 2009 that Bird's Nest Airport is changing its name to Austin Executive Airport. It's new identification code is KEDC ... read more


April 21, 2009
New FBO for ABIA
For years now, there has been a severe lack of GA facilities at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Finally, after several years of work between TXAA and the GA subcommittee of the Austin Airport Advisory Commission, a Request For Proposal (RFP) has been published by city staff. This RFP allows for any company or individual with experience to submit their proposal to build a new Fix Base of Operations at ABIA. 
FMI: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport/req_prop_commercial_dev_ap1509.htm

The FTP will only be open to public bidding for the next six weeks so make haste! If you know of someone who can step up to the plate and build the next GA friendly FBO, please contact us at: info@txaa.org. Stand by to TXAA as this story develops!


April 21, 2009
The Legacy of Stan Shannon
Stan Shannon is among those unique individuals that has shaped aviation in the Lone Star State. A native born Texan, Stan has contributed to the promotion and preservation of general aviation throughout this state. Here then is a tribute to the legacy of an outstanding aviation advocate.... read more


April 10, 2009
TXAA News Release
Texas Aviation Association Supports SB 467
There is a bill currently in the finance committee of the Texas senate called SB 467. In part, it proposes to earmark existing aviation related taxes collected by the state, for airport development. Presently, these taxes are delivered to the general fund ... read more


March 27, 2009
Hangar shortage leaves pilots hanging

Paris City Council discussed possible long term benefits of Cox Field Airport on Monday, prompted by an advisory committee request for 10 additional airplane hangars.  A 10-year airport plan currently is in the works as is drainage work and runway resurfacing, financed by a $4 million grant from Texas Department of Transportation with a $400,000 match from the City of Paris ... read more


March 10, 2009
New general aviation reliever airport
A small general aviation airport just outside Pflugerville built in the 1960s will soon become a major reliever airport in Central Texas. Asphalt was laid in late February on the first part of the eventual 6,025-foot runway at Bird’s Nest Airport, which is expected to open early next year. (Courtesy of Community Impact Newspaper and Amy Stansbury) ... read more


Feburary 22, 2009

Aviation Summit Report ... view the report

February 19, 2009
TSA Proposed Rulemaking
The Transportation Security Administration is giving a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that can affect your flying privileges. We need your help to prevent the erosion of general aviation as we know it. Please contact Congress and protest directly to the TSA.
American Association of Airport Executives White Paper ... read more
Centennial Airport Executive Director Robert Olislager’s Report on NPRM ... read more


February 17, 2009
No Plane No Gain: GAMA and NBAA Launch Multi-Media Advocacy Campaign
Under these trusted Industry Banners, Comprehensive Initiative Will Underscore Importance of Business Aviation To American Workers, Policymakers, Companies and Communities Across the U.S. ... read more


June 4, 2008Small Town Airport Holds Benefit Fly-In For Young Hope


May 9, 2008Snyder Supports USAF Bomber Training


April 21, 20082008 Texas Aviation Conference A Huge Success

February 29, 2008: Make Plans to attend the 2008 Texas Aviation Conference


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