In this edition:
Airside Updates   News    Administrative Updates
It is with a heavy heart that I want to relay to our wonderful San Marcos Airport Community the passing of our friend and business partner Jim Parker.  Jim passed away unexpectedly Saturday January 26  at the age of 72.  To say that Jim will be missed would be the understatement of the century, but we at Texas Aviation Partners are grateful for all the wonderful memories we have of Jim, and the ten years he spent with us. 

As most of you know, Jim had an incredible career with Southwest Airlines that spanned nearly 20 years.  He became CEO of the airline in 2001 and successfully steered the company through the horrific time of the 9/11 tragedy.  After he retired from SWA, Jim joined Texas Aviation Partners.  He was also on the Board of Directors for Texas Roadhouse (home of my favorite chicken fried steak), and Sammons Enterprises.

Jim was fiercely loyal to TAP, and as such, San Marcos Regional Airport.  He worked dutifully behind the scenes playing a large part in getting the funding for our Air Traffic Controllers, our Terminal Radar Display, and helping promote our requests for grant funding.  He traveled to Washington on our airport's behalf, met with countless lawmakers, and always helped promote the continued success of KHYI.  Behind the scenes (as was always Jim's way), Jim assisted with airport administration including rules and regulations, minimum standards, and working hand in hand with our partners at the City of San Marcos for the past 8 years.

I have many, many fond memories of Jim and am thankful to have had him in my life not only as a business partner, but as a friend and mentor.  Please join me, and the TAP Team, in keeping Jim's family in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate this turbulent time.  Jim is survived by his lovely wife Pat, his children James and Jennifer, and his grandkids Max and Sydney.

Godspeed, Jim.  We at TAP will be working hard to keep his legacy alive via continued success at San Marcos Regional Airport.
Stephen Alexander

We monitor the operations each month to he lp us secure funding for future airport projects and improvements.
New taxiway panels
Airport Striping:  Airport striping began Monday, February 25.  Vehicle lane, ramp and non-movement areas will be the focus this week.  Runway work is expected to begin the middle of March.  

The entire striping project is weather dependent and is expected to be completed by the end of March. We will keep you updated as the project progresses.  

Please use caution when moving throughout the airport as workers will be present and paint will be wet. 

Storm drain repair
Repairs to T-hangars and T-shelters: Weather has delayed this project, but 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 soon.

Storm drain repair:  Repair to the storm drain by  the T-hangars are underway. This should help with drainage near the city-owned T-hangars during rain events.


February 4, 2019
By: Terra Rivers, Managing Editor

On Friday, January 25, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2019 Transportation Summit at the San Marcos Convention Center.

The event opened with a few words from Chamber President Jason Mock before he introduced this year's featured speaker, Jim Wimberly of Texas Aviation Partners. Texas Aviation Partners is the company that manages the San Marcos Regional Airport on behalf of the City of San Marcos.

Wimberly gave a presentation about the airport's features, which include a Federal Aviation Administration air control tower, fourteen businesses that provide services, such as but no limited to, car rental and fueling, three runways and four hundred acres available of future development.

Wimberley said the airport averages about 178 takeoffs and landings per day in traffic and is the only airport in Texas with the FAA designation as a reliever airport for two international airports.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, reliever airports are airports designated by the FAA to relieve congestion at Commercial Service Airports and to provide improved general aviation access to the overall community.

When air traffic becomes "congested" at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the San Antonio International Airport, planes are diverted to the San Marcos Regional Airport.

In October 2018, the  Texas Department of Transportation's Aviation Division announced the results of an Economic Impact Study, which reported the San Marcos Regional Airport had increased its contribution to local economy dramatically over the last eight years.

According to a comparison between a similar study from 2010 and 2018's, San Marcos Regional Airport's total economic output has increased from $44.9 million to $82.1 million - an 82 percent increase. The upward trend is echoed in the airport's revenues which have increased from $293,000 in FY 2011 to $604,000 in FY 2018 - a 106 percent increase.

Wimberley said several projects were in the works at the airport including the expansion of Berry Aviation, the updating of the airport master plan, the " Go Wheels Up! Texas" Concert event to be held in May and a $10 million rehabilitation of the airport's longest taxiway.

Following Wimberley's update, attendees heard from a three-person panel; panelists discussed the transportation issues the region faces and what improvements have been made or could be made as the area's population grows.

Panelists included TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority External Affairs Director Dee Anne Heath and San Marcos Director of Engineering Laurie Moyer.

Mock mediated the discussion and asked questions about congestion, project costs, interagency cooperation, community involvement and the different factors of transportation.

McCoy said keeping up with the population when it comes to transportation improvements is a challenge, but TxDOT works with partners, such as cities, counties and other organizations to deliver projects reliably and efficiently as well as maintain and operate the system the region or state has already.

"As Terry said, you really have to have all the tools in the toolbox," Heath said. "What we try to do at CTRMA is try to educate everybody about all of those tools and why they're important and make sure that nobody takes them away from us because we can't solve these issues without partnering..."

Moyer discussed the work the City of San Marcos has partnered with TxDOT and the processes involved to complete those projects."I think we all recognize we can't build roads fast enough for the number of people moving in," Moyer said.

According to Moyer,he process with agencies like TxDOT was a good but long process, and the change happening in the community and the population doesn't stop or slow down while that process is going on.

When asked about the future, Heath said no one knows exactly what the future will look like, and, "I think technology, innovation is critical." Heath went on to say when it comes to transportation, experts have to look at things in a non-traditional way.

Moyer said since people may not know what the future of transportation will look at, it made planning more important than ever. Moyer also noted the important of regularly updating those plans to accommodate new innovative advances and changes in the area.Mock asked McCoy when he thought the improvements to I-35 would be completed.

While McCoy jokingly said, "It'll never be finished," he continued that the state would eventually run out of room to expand I-35 to accommodate the growth of those using it and would have to look at transportation alternatives. 
Planning continues for the one-of-a-kind Texas event combining a gravity-defying air show, incredible display of exotic, custom and classic automobiles, food that made Texas famous, and a jaw-dropping live stage show, tickets are now on sale.

Enjoy three fun-filled days of events including an auto show, Kirby Chambliss and the Red Bull Airforce, and two days of live music!   

The event promoter has made great progress toward securing the Special Events Permit and FAA approval needed.  We will continue working with our tenants to keep updated.  A full review will be discussed at the next Airport Advisory Board meeting on March 11. 

For the full schedule and to purchase tickets today click here 
Our next Airport Advisory Board Meeting will be held Monday, March 11 at 10:00 am.
The meetings are held at the Airport Management offices at 4400 Highway 21.
Come by to learn more about what's happening at your airport, meet the Board, and enjoy a free cup of coffee and donuts!

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.

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: 710-8435