In this edition:
Airside Updates      Administrative Updates
I hope everyone is making the best of this particularly warm central Texas summer while trying to be patient knowing cooler days are on the way.
This month's news at HYI includes a change in the FBO arrangement with Berry Aviation and Redbird Skyport. We have been fortunate for many years to have two full-service FBOs that provide superior service to based customers and itinerant flyers while offering slightly different amenities to both.
Effective September 15, Berry will assume all FBO services and continue to operate their FBO at 1807 Airport Drive. Berry has plans to expand their corporate offices to Redbird's main facility next to the tower. Redbird will continue to offer hangar rentals once the transition is complete.
Since opening in 2011, Redbird Skyport has been an innovative and popular addition to our Airport community and we are grateful for their service and investment here at San Marcos Regional. We are excited about this development and will continue to support both companies during this transitionary period.
On a different note, be on the lookout for upcoming opportunities to make our airport safer. We are developing a training program that includes airfield orientation and ground control procedures. Stay tuned for more information. We all know how quickly aviation can turn from routine to disastrous and the airport will continue to keep safety Number 1.
If there is anything we can do to service our customers, tenants, and users more effectively, please let us know - no matter how trivial or significant.

Clear skies and safe flying this Labor Day weekend.  

Jim Wimberly

We monitor the operations each month to he lp us secure funding for future airport projects and improvements.
The magic of water! By power washing the movement line instead of re-painting, we saved $4,600! 

To ensure it is check daily, we have relocated the rent drop box from Berry Aviation's breezeway to our office at 4400 Highway 21.   
The box can also be used to drop off keys or other small items. 
Please be sure to label anything you drop here! 
That's All Brother receives a water salute from the San Marcos and Buda fire departments after returning safely from a month-long trip to Europe to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter.

That's All Brother returns to San Marcos after month-long trip

San Marcos Daily Record
Nick Castillo, Managing Editor
Sunday, August, 11, 2019

That's All Brother, an iconic World War II C-47 aircraft that helped lead the Allied effort during D-Day, returned to San Marcos.

The aircraft was met with fanfare on Friday as it landed at 10:30 a.m. That's All Brother spent a month in Europe to honor the 75th D-Day anniversary. The C-47 was given a water salute from the San Marcos and Buda fire departments. A few hundred gathered inside the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangar at the San Marcos Regional Airport to celebrate the aircraft's homecoming.

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My name is Kelly Blanks, and I am a Doris Miller Middle School teacher in San Marcos. I was fortunate enough to spend some time at the airport through an Externship Program sponsored by the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. Through this program, teachers go out into the community and work with various businesses. The idea is to learn what the community wants teachers to include in lessons at school so our students will make responsible and trusted employees in the workplace when they graduate.  
I spent all my time in the control tower. I have to admit, I felt like a fish out of water. I couldn't talk loud and as a teacher, I project everything I say. Understandably, I had to be told to lower my voice many times! People and pilots on the other side of the radio in the aircraft depend on these air traffic controllers to guide them and keep them safe on the ground and in the airspace around San Marcos. I watched the two-man team cooperate together as they guided corporate, private and small planes with ease. I also noticed the seamless teamwork and reliance on maps. 
Students at the middle school level- for the most part- love to work together, talk, and compete. I also noticed that the control tower was full of maps. With so much technology, it seems the art of map reading has fallen by the wayside. My lessons include students partnering up in groups of two or three and reading a map. The groups each have their own map and must start at Miller Middle School and progress to five different locations on the map ending up back at Miller. The group that can complete the progression in the least amount of miles wins. This lesson includes soft skills like teamwork, collaboration, and willingness to be open to different ideas as well as reading and math. It even includes talking quietly- like I had to in the tower- so not to give the pathway away to another group.
It was my pleasure spending time at the control tower. Everyone there was super nice and supportive. Thank you for the opportunity, and thank you to the Airport Management for being open to hosting a teacher.

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August FAA #FlySafe Topic: How to Best Use Weather Information.
If you see or read anything you'd like to share, email us !  
The Airport Management Offices will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.

We wish everyone a happy and said holiday weekend. 

Our next AAB meeting will be held Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00am at the Airport Management offices located at 4400 Highway 21.
Anyone interested in the airport is encouraged to attend. Come by to learn more about what's happening at your airport, meet the Board, and enjoy a free cup of coffee and donuts!

This little airplane was gifted to Greg Hughes by a friend with the understanding that he would restore it. He pledged to him was that he would, and when completed it would be used to offer free and/or low cost flights to deserving children or young adults interested in aviation. 
The plane is now about 95% complete but still needs interior installed.  Through the EAA Eagles and Young Eagles programs they will be offering "discovery" flights to children and young adults, with the  hopes of planting the "seed of aviation."  They also plan to offer flights to deserving students who are enrolled in their high school aviation programs (part of the STEM initiative) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) "You Can Fly" program, as well as those enrolled in Junior ROTC.  Additionally, they will also reach out to Make-A-Wish,  Scouting and other such worthy organizations to gift flights. 
After a three year restoration, Lil Angel felt the wind beneath her wings on Aug 3rd. According to her records, it appears that she had not actually flown in about five years. She truly did fly like a little "homesick angel." 

They continue to accept tax deductible  donations here Thanks to all who have contributed to her "resurrection."

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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. Unisex shirts available in sizes small to 2XL and women's fitted shirts in sizes small to XL.
Swing by 4400 Highway 21 Monday-Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

The KHYI Instrument Meteorological Club (IMC) meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 P.M. 
The location for the September meeting will be announced soon via their newsletter. We will update the location on our website as well. 
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.
The location for the September meeting will be announced on their website soon.  Please check frequently for updates. 

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: 710-8435