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On February 14, 1966, 54 years ago this month, the City of San Marcos officially became the owner of what is now San Marcos Regional Airport. I spent a few hours searching for historical information related to HYI and was surprised by what I learned. One fact that helped me put things in context, is only 24 years elapsed from the opening of San Marcos Army Air Field in June 1942 until President Johnson announced the "gift" to San Marcos in 1966. 

When the base was under control of the War Department/Department of Defense, it operated under numerous names and was home to at least 5 critical military initiatives. The common mission link, however, was aviation-related training, operating in an environment built on safety, efficiency, and versatility.

The rich history of our Airport will continue to provide a physical foundation for future development, and as we plan for growth over the next 5-10 years, we will always be mindful of what the gift of HYI means to so many. I sometimes find myself carping about things like crumbling concrete and insufficient funding, but in an evolutionary sense, San Marcos Regional Airport is still a survivor, and a priceless asset for central Texas.
Jim Wimberly

We monitor the operations each month to he lp 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: 5,480

Please note, these numbers do not reflect operations outside of the tower hours of 7:00am to 7:00pm.

AOPA's first stop for the 2020 fly-in journey is right here at KHYI! And to sweeten the second time around, they are are co-locating the event with Go Wheels Up! Texas, the weekend of May 29-30. Bands from all over Texas will celebrate a great reason to fly with two days of aviation excitement. 

Registration for AOPA members is now available.  Non-AOPA members can purchase tickets here

Due to the layout of a row of T-hangars, we have "L" shaped storage units at the end of each row. They are accessed via man door.
We recently had a vacancy and our storage waitlist is getting thin! If you're interested in potentially leasing a unit in the future, please fill out our waitlist form here:
For a full listing of aircraft storage and storage options, please visit our Aircraft Storage & Parking page:
If you have any questions, please email Cassidy Berenato.

Photo by Mike Fizer
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February 12, 2020
By Will Anderson - Managing Editor

San Marcos-based Berry Aviation Inc. was recently awarded an additional $157.89 million to keep flying United States military personnel around Africa.

The contract is for continued rotary and fixed-wing airlift support services - meaning both helicopters and planes - including passenger, cargo, casualty evacuation, personnel recovery, air drop and limited door-to-door services with U.S. Africa Command and countries supporting operations in Africa, such as Germany and Italy. The contract ends on Feb. 1, 2021.

The new contract modification,  awarded Feb. 6, boosts the total face value of the contract to $674.55 million. Berry Aviation started flying on this contract in 2013.

Founded in 1983, Berry Aviation is now a global player in the world of private aviation, flying in dozens of countries for the U.S. government as well as commercial customers. The company has received hundreds of millions of dollars of contracts from the Department of Defense in recent years, from handling DoD flights in  Afghanistan to assisting  U.S. Special Operations Command.

Berry was acquired  in 2018 by Acorn Growth Companies, a a private equity firm based in Oklahoma City.

Jeannette Garcia with San Antonio Business Journal contributed reporting.

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.

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: (512) 710-8435  

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