In this edition:
Airside Updates      Administrative Updates
GET YOUR WHEELS UP!
 
After months of meticulous planning, we're mere days from the inaugural Go Wheels Up event!

As you can imagine, there are a million little moving parts associated with this event. We have made every attempt to keep you, our users and customers, informed on what you can expect this weekend.

But with such a large-scale event, we understand that some of you may still have questions.

First thing I would do is suggest that you take a look at the special newsletter that went out on April 15. There is a lot of really good information packed in there so read it carefully.

Additionally, plan on checking NOTAMs throughout the day starting today through next Monday!

If you plan on flying at any point this week, please pack your patience. Tents will start going up tomorrow (Tuesday, April 30) so the east ramp will be closed. Some taxiway and runway closures begin Friday morning at 6am so aircraft must be towed to and from the hot ramp at that time.

If, after reading the newsletter linked above, you still have questions or what to walk through a specific scenario, give us a call. We're more than happy walking you through the flow if it means safer operations for everyone involved!

We might be in and out of the office as the week progresses but we'll be checking voicemails regularly so leave you information and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Feel free to send an email if it is easier.

Office: (512) 216-6039
 
Happy Flying, 
Cassidy Berenato
Director of Marketing and Business Development
airside
TRAFFIC OPERATIONS 

 
 
We monitor the operations each month to he lp us secure funding for future airport projects and improvements.
AIRPORT PROJECTS
 
Airport re-striping: We wrapped up our striping project about two weeks ago. The areas striped included:  
  • Ramp vehicle lane on the ramp
  • Runway 17/35 
  • Runway 8/26
  • Lead-in lines for: Runway 13, taxiways Echo and Foxtrot, City-owned t-hangars
  • Runway 35 run-up box on the ramp
Repairs to T-hangars and T-shelters: Weather has delayed this project, but it is still a work in progress.  We expect it to be completed in the next few weeks. 
 
Runway and taxiway sign panel replacement: All runway and taxiway signs have been upgraded with new illuminated sign panels, except for Taxiway Echo. Those upgraded panels have been ordered and will be installed as soon as they arrive.
Admin
AIRPORT-WIDE MEETING RESULTS 
 
Thank you to everyone who attended our airport-wide meeting on Tuesday, April 9. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss future growth along with current concerns as we move forward with the Airport Master Plan project.
 
We had about 30 users and stakeholders attend and were pleased with the feedback. Below is a summary of what was discussed:
 
RUNWAYS
  • The runway configuration can make simultaneous operations on multiple runways challenging, particularly for training flights
  • The ongoing outage of the ILS RAILs affects ILS functionality
  • There are significant benefits to keeping the ILS in service
  • Need to track data on utilization of Runway 8/26 (operations and weather conditions)
TAXIWAYS
  • Need run-up pads for runways 17 and 35/31
  • Long taxi time to Runway 17
  • Taxiway Alpha/Charlie naming convention can be confusing to transient pilots
  • Suggest widening Taxiway Kilo to Kilo ramp
  • A midfield taxiway for Runway 17/35 would reduce runway occupancy time and need for back-taxiing
  • Consider solar powered airfield lighting
  • Consider realignment of taxiways Delta and/or Echo
  • Suggest additional delineation at runway hold position markings (wig-wags, etc)
RAMP

 

  • Overall poor condition
  • Downsizing ramp and/or not repairing could affect future operations and growth
  • Need better marking of tie-downs along with necessary repairs and upgrades to tie-down hooks
  • Insufficient lighting at night
  • Poor drainage near CAF
  • Lighting from Gary can impact pilot visibility, especially near Berry
  • Possible designated taxi routes on ramp to reduce exposure to areas in poor condition
  • Adding additional run-up areas would reduce ramp run-ups, which would reduce additional ramp pavement damage and FOD generation
  • Need to understand engineer's report of pavement status, including subbase, then determine plan of action
LEASEHOLD AREAS
  • Need better internet connectivity - additional fiber
  • More landside vehicle parking
    • Reconfigure existing parking in some cases
    • Consider landside area behind city T-hangars
  • Add additional hangars (perceived high demand locally and regionally)
ROADWAYS AND OUTSIDE THE FENCE
  • Need a right-hand turn lane into the airport off 21
  • Add warehouse space to attract development - potentially in the Foreign Trade Zone
  • Additional airport signage - add an LED variable message sign
  • Add a second ingress/egress point
  • Airport Drive needs additional lighting
  • Airport Drive should be straightened
  • Better wayfinding/signage
  • Consider a solar farm as part of future development
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FREE T-SHIRTS


We were pleasantly surprised by the popularity of our free polos that we decided to try something new this round!
 
Stop by our office to grab your free San Marcos Regional t-shirt! The front of the shirt features the airport logo and the back features the airport diagram.
 
We have unisex shirts in sizes small to 2XL. We also have women's fitted shirts in sizes small to XL.
 
Swing by 4400 Highway 21 Monday-Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.
LOCAL AVIATION NON-PROFIT MEETINGS

The KHYI Instrument Meteorological Club (IMC) meets the third Thursday of each month at Redbird Skyport at 6:30 P.M. 
 
Complimentary pizza and soft drinks will be provided. 
 
To learn more, or be added to the newsletter list, email Gary White.  
 
 
 
Local EAA Chapter 958 meets every 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00 am, at Redbird Skyport in the conference room.
 
Meetings are preceded by the VMC club at 9:00 am in the conference room.

For more information visit their website .
 

 
The Civil Air Patrol Texas Wing 435th meets the every Tuesday at 6:00pm and is open to members of the public who express interest in joining the Civil Air Patrol.

The unit headquarters is a white building with "435" painted on the door, just in front of the old airport control tower. Address:  1915 Airport Drive,    San Marcos, TX 78666. 
 
                                 Contact Information:  cc@texhillcap.org(512) 710-8435