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December 17, 2008
NBAA Announces Public Meetings for TSA's LASP Proposal; Member Participation Strongly Encouraged
Washington, DC, December 17, 2008 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has scheduled five official public hearings in early 2009 for the business aviation community to provide the agency with feedback on its proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). Read more for the Texas location.

November 13, 2008
The TSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The TSA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that seeks to apply new security requirements to all aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, including privately owned and operated Part 91 aircraft.  In addition, TSA proposes airports serving large aircraft to adopt mandatory security requirements.  read more


November 7, 2008
TXAA Hosts Texas General Aviation Summit

On Friday, the 31st of October 2008, the Texas Aviation Association hosted an event at the Hyatt Regency hotel on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. Entitled the 2008 Texas General Aviation Summit, invitees included general aviation associations, GA related businesses, universities, and the Federal Aviation Administration.  read more


October 14, 2008

McKinney P&Z Commission Approves Zoning for T31 Airport Development & Expansion!

On Tuesday, October 14, 2008, the McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zoning change request that will allow a 50-acre airport expansion and development at the McKinney Aero Country General Aviation airport. This development adds 65 to 80 new hangers, 40 townhomes with hangers and retail facilities. The McKinney City Council will address the zoning change approved by the P&Z Commissioners at a November council meeting.

October 10, 2008
Young Man Solos Four Aircraft – In ONE Day!

Most pilots remember the day that they soloed in an aircraft. After investing in flying lessons, the time comes when the certified flight instructor decides that the student has developed their flying skills to the level of proficiency to fly the aircraft all alone. That right seat can seem very empty as the student flies around in the pattern of the airport, usually with their instructor watching from the ground. If the student makes it safely back to the ground, there is usually a special ceremony celebrating this milestone in the student’s road to becoming a certified pilot. It is a special day, indeed!  read more

August 15, 2008
Visually Impaired Students Visit Bird's Nest Airport

We all take our precious eyesight for granted. Reading this article, driving a car, writing emails and viewing photographs are routine functions in our life. Flying an airplane is a privilege that entails constant use of our eyesight to navigate from point A to point B. Most aviation enthusiasts have a keen eye for identifying different aircraft. Have you ever thought how a visually impaired person would “see” an airplane? It is possible, and teacher Lynne McAlister with her assistant Pamela Henkel proved it by giving their students from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired a tour at a local airport.  read more

July 17, 2008
NBAA:  Skyrocketing Fuel Costs Impact Everyone In General Aviation
Steve Hadley is our regional representative of the National Business Aviation Association.  Steve is also an advisor to the TXAA board of directors and serves on the TXAA management committee. This article is published with permission.
Everyone is shocked at the skyrocketing costs of fuel both for cars and aircraft. As we make adjustments in how we drive our cars, we need to make adjustments in how we use operate our aircraft and plan our flights. This is not anything new, we all know we can flight plan some savings into our flight planning by route planning and winds planning. One thing we must keep in mind in all of these considerations is not to sacrifice safety for economy. Utilizing VFR flight planning and flight following or IFR flight planning is a safety issue and with effective planning and communication, can shorten a flight safely. Here are talking points and we have challenges that we have to address together to make our industry grow.  read more


July 15, 2008
New Runway Improvements In Porter
When I had relatives in Kingwood, I would land at Williams airport in nearby Porter, Texas. The runway was narrow, short and surrounded by tall pine trees. Landings and takeoffs were exciting, to say the least. TXAA member Katie Jarrett has recently been hired to manage the private airport. New runway extension and other improvements have begun!  read more

July 2, 2008
Commemorative Air Force’s “FIFI” To Continue Flying
Decommissioned military aircraft were being systematically destroyed at an alarming rate in the years following World War II. Little was being done to preserve these artfully-engineered planes known as “warbirds”. Then, a small group of aviation enthusiasts in south Texas went into action, determined to save, in flying condition, a representative collection of U.S. combat aircraft from WWII.  read more

June 4, 2008
Small Town Airport Holds Benefit Fly-In For Young Hope
Hope Flies! And so did almost a hundred airplanes, right in to the Liberty Municipal Airport in Liberty, Texas (T78) on Saturday, May 31, for the fly-in event to benefit a local family. Faith and Hope Neault were born February 5, three and a half months early, to Texas DPS Trooper Jamie Neault and his wife, Catrina. Faith did not survive, and Hope weighed one pound at birth. Now after several surgeries, including open heart surgery, stomach surgery, and several blood transfusions, Baby Hope Neault is gaining weight (now weighing in at 5 lbs 12 oz.) at Texas Children’s Hospital, but meanwhile, her parents have endured hardship while caring for their toddler, Cassidy, and making daily trips to the hospital to be with Hope. The family has insurance, but out of pocket expenses are expected to be around $12,000.   read more



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