On June 8, the new Austin Executive Airport (KEDC) and its Henriksen Jet Center FBO held a grand-opening celebration. The modern facility sits on land adjacent to what used to be tiny Bird’s Nest Airport about 15 miles northeast of downtown Austin, Texas. Austin Executive is the second airport that Ron Henriksen has built, using his own money and zero government funding to create facilities uniquely suited to general aviation operations.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
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.
Central Texas, near the capital city of Austin, may yet get the general aviation airport it has so desperately needed for the past several years. When Austin (Texas) Mueller Airport gave way to the new Austin Bergstrom International Airport in April 1999, general aviation was not granted nearly the same footprint it had enjoyed at the old, now-closed field.
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.
Aviation Development Group (ADG), in affiliation with Signature Flight Support, has announced plans to construct a private, master-planned hangar community at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Austin, Texas. When complete, the development will feature 69 individual condo-type hangars totaling approximately 215,000 sq ft, designed to house everything from single-engine aircraft to business jets as large as a Citation X.
Ron Henriksen, developer of Houston Executive Airport, has purchased Bird’s Nest Airport, a small facility with a 2,700-foot runway 12 miles Northeast of Austin, Texas. Austin used to have a busy downtown airport–Robert Mueller– but that was closed in favor of the current larger airport outside of town, the former Bergstrom AFB.