In this edition:
Airside Updates      Administrative Updates
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
 
Hopefully by now you've heard the announcement that the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will be hosting one of their 2020 fly-ins right here in San Marcos!
 
For those who have been around a few years, you'll recall that AOPA hosted their first-ever regional fly-in right here at HYI in 2014. Since then, we've been patiently waiting for them to return. And by patiently, I mean we called and emailed and sent courier pigeons every few months to remind them we were ready for their second visit.
 
Thankfully for us, they were intrigued by the Go Wheels Up (GWU) event last May and thought it might prove beneficial for them to join forces. While AOPA draws a large pilot crowd, partnering with GWU means they can reach the larger community - something that is a win/win for all parties involved.
 
Cory Morrow's Go Wheels Up Texas featuring AOPA Fly-In will be held May 29-30, 2020 so mark your calendars!
 
The event will combine GWU's signature airshows, concerts, and car show events with AOPA's fly-in, seminars, exhibits, short takeoff and landing (STOL) invitational, and nighttime drone show.
 
As you can imagine, there are many logistical components that need to be worked through and as things are solidified, we'll be sure to keep you all updated - especially related to taxiway and runway closures. Be sure to continue to read our monthly newsletters and check our Facebook page.
 
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us directly. And in the meantime, check out this great video about the fly-in from AOPA Live: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/january/pilot/fly-in-locations-2020.
 
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.
Admin
AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD OPENINGS
 
The Airport Advisory Board (AAB) was established to advise the city council, city manager and airport management and make recommendations on the following:
  • Methods and matters in recruiting and creating interest in the regional airport.
  • Planning and developing airport services and expansion.
The AAB consists of five voting members appointed by city council and five non-voting stakeholder members selected by airport management.

There will be 3 council-appointed openings on the AAB in 2020.  Applications are due by January 10 with  appointments occurring on February 4.  
 
If you are interested in applying, please contact Stacey Batch who can provide the application.
WHAT WE READ IN NOVEMBER

General aviation aircraft tiedowns at Merrill Field (PAMR) in Anchorage, Alaska during winter months. (General Aviation News)
 
December FAA #FlySafe Topic: Aircraft Performance and Monitoring
 
Free Webinar: Aviation Weather Hazards on Friday, December 27 (General Aviation News)
 
 
A Pilot on the Future of the Boeing 737 Max (NPR)
HOLIDAY HOURS
 
Please note, Airport Management Offices will be closed on the following dates: 

Christmas Eve (12/24)
Christmas Day (12/25) 
New Years Day (1/1) 

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. 
EAA HOSTED SUCCESSFUL YOUNG EAGLES EVENT
 
 
On December 7, EAA Chapter 958 members flew 21 Young Eagles with 9 aircraft under gorgeous weather conditions. The event operated from the Commemorative Air Force hangar and ramp.  The most notable flight was the Li'l Angel Cessna 150, which flew its first Young Eagles event since its restoration led by Greg Hughes and EAA volunteers. Piloted by Mike Rice and Co-pilot Angel Gonzalez, both said the aircraft performed flawlessly.
 
Two simulators were  donated for our use during the event by Redbird Flight Simulations and were flown by students while they were awaiting their YE Flight.
 
Young Eagles and their parents were all quite pleased and their class instructors said they eagerly look forward to our next event.  Thanks to our pilots, ground crew, the CAF, and San Marcos ATC for their support.  We have tentatively scheduled our next Young Eagles event for April 4, 2020.  
 
The San Marcos EAA Chapter, Chapter 958, meets every third Saturday at the San Marcos Regional Airport. For more information about the chapter and the upcoming Young Eagles event, email Young Eagles Coordinators  Matt Naylor  or  Dave Falleur  or visit the EAA website:   www.eaa.org/eaa .
LOCAL AVIATION NON-PROFIT MEETINGS

The KHYI Instrument Meteorological Club (IMC) meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 P.M. Meetings are held in the conference room of the airport management offices at 4400 Airport Highway 21.

The next meeting will be January 16. T o learn more, or be added to the newsletter list, email Gary White and like their Facebook Page   
 

 
 
Local EAA Chapter 958 meets every 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.
 
Meetings are held in the conference room of the airport management offices at 4400 Airport Highway 21. Visit their website for more information. 

 
 
   
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  
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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. 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.