As we slog through this August in Texas, things at HYI, overall, are looking fairly positive.

Aircraft operations are strong, our updated Airport Master Plan is in it's final review stage, McCoy's new corporate flight operations hangar has been completed, Highway 110 is scheduled to go out for bids by year end, and outside interest from new businesses is palpable.

While these are encouraging signs, our primary mission is to safely, fairly, and efficiently tend to the needs of our existing Customers and users. Please let us know how we can support your airport-related responsibilities during these difficult times, and we promise to help find solutions for the good of our Airport community.
Keeping it short and sweet this month, and to quote Lester Holt, please take care of yourself and others.

Happy Flying,
Jim Wimberly

We monitor the operations each month to help us secure funding for future airport projects and improvements. Below are the yearly totals: 
2017 total operations: 66,781
2018 total operations: 59,679
2019 total operations: 63,955
2020 operations to date: 40,552
Please note, these numbers do not reflect operations outside of the tower hours of 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Hays County and the SH 21 project team invite you to tune in to the second and final virtual town hall for the SH 21 Corridor Preservation Study: Comments can be submitted until Monday, August 31 and the website is also available in Spanish. 
On behalf of the Airport, we are working closely with the engineers and project managers to address RPZ and ILS concerns but for those who utilize SH 21 regularly, this is a great opportunity to provide feedback on planned improvements. 
Written comments and questions submitted to the virtual town hall will be formally recorded and are essential to the success of the project.

August 6, 2020

Berry Aviation, Inc. has been named the winner of the 2020 Outstanding Midsize Employer of the Year Award by DAV (Disabled American Veterans.)

The award recognizes businesses with 250 to 999 employees that demonstrate by their employment policies, hiring practices and community outreach that they have an unwavering commitment and passion to ensure all veterans obtain suitable employment to care for themselves and their families-and have the opportunity to live life with respect and dignity.

"It is an honor to be recognized nationally as a company that values the lives and talents of our Veterans," said Stan Finch, President of Berry Aviation. "It is an even greater honor to serve at home and abroad alongside these men and women that gave so much to the service of our nation. Over the years, Berry Aviation has truly benefited from the experience and perspectives that our Veterans bring to the table. We're grateful for each Veteran that is a member of our Berry Aviation team."

The company opened its 31,400 square-foot maintenance hangar at the San Marcos Regional Airport in December 2019.

It's outreach efforts has resulted in approximately 1/3 of the company's current employees being veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

"At Berry Aviation, we've found that our veterans bring skills and a work ethic that easily translates into high quality, measurable results and leads to consistently satisfied customers." Warren Orr said, "We are proud that today, and throughout our 37-year history, veterans have made us their employer of choice. We honor and respect our veterans and their families and are grateful for the sacrifices they have made in service to our country."

DAV national awards are typically announced at the organization's annual convention.

Due to COVID-19, this year's convention was canceled for only the second time in the organization's 100-year history (the first was in 1942 due to WWII).

Representatives from Berry Aviation will be formally recognized during the DAV & Auxiliary Virtual Salute scheduled for Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. EDT on DAV's website.

Prior to receipt of the national award, the company was recognized as the DAV Department of Texas winner.

The KHYI Instrument Meteorological Club (IMC) has been conducting their meetings via Zoom.  Follow their Facebook Page for more information.  

To learn more, or be added to the newsletter list, email Gary White.


Local EAA Chapter 958 meetings will be held via Zoom. Read more in their June Newsletter, or visit their website for more information. 



The Civil Air Patrol Texas Wing 435th for the time being has gone to virtual meetings for cadets. For more information, visit their website, email or call (512) 710-8435. 


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