In this edition:
Airside Updates      Administrative Updates
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! 
 
We are excited to share that on January 7, City Council approved Texas Aviation Partners' second 5-year contract extension for the management of the airport. 
 
Our initial contract with the City began in October of 2010. It's hard to believe that we're in our 10th year. As we reflect back on the progress we've made, we are humbled and proud to be a part of this growing community and thankful for each of our customers.
 
But there is still work to be done.
 
We anticipate that the Airport Master Plan will wrap up some time in February. We appreciate all the feedback we've received from you along the way and are hopeful that the plan will provide a realistic roadmap as we continue to grow.

In addition  to our master plan, we've been asked to assist the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) in developing the region's economic development strategic plan for the next five years. It is imperative that the airport have a voice within the community, especially when it comes to planning for the future. One of the most important things we can do is continue educating the public about the value of the airport in the greater region.
 
Please be sure to take the survey below to assist GSMP by providing input.
 
We are excited to see what the next 5 years has in store for the airport and our growing region! 
 
Fly Safe!
Stacey Batch
Director of Operations and Administration
airside
TRAFFIC OPERATIONS 

 
 
We monitor the operations each month to he lp us secure funding for future airport projects and improvements.
Admin
VISION 2025: COMMUNITY INPUT NEEDED 

Greater San Marcos Partnership is looking for input from residents and members of the Hays or Caldwell County workforce to guide the region's strategic plan for economic growth. 

   
San Marcos, Texas (January 20, 2020) - The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), the non-profit economic development organization supporting all the communities in Hays County and Caldwell County, including Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Lockhart, Luling, San Marcos, and Wimberley is requesting community input to help guide the Greater San Marcos region's economic development strategic plan for the next five years - Vision 2025.
 
The Vision 2025 planning process will be conducted over a six-month period in collaboration with city and county governments, private businesses, educational institutions, local economic development partners and many other community members/stakeholders across the Greater San Marcos region. GSMP is leading this comprehensive process to assess and enhance the region's competitive position to support thoughtful, diverse, intentional, and sustainable economic growth. 
 
To ensure everyone in the region has the opportunity to provide input on Vision 2025, community members/stakeholders are being asked to participate in an online survey at  www.surveymonkey.com/r/GreaterSanMarcos2025 beginning Monday, January 20 through Friday, February 7. The survey will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete and responses are entirely anonymous. Participants will be asked to evaluate the region's strengths and challenges and provide suggestions as it relates to job creation and improving the economy. The online survey is managed by Market Street Services who is also facilitating the development of Vision 2025. Market Street Services is regarded as an industry leader in the development of economic development strategies for communities across the country.
 
"As Co-Chairs of the Vision 2025 Strategic Planning Process, Dr. Denise Trauth, Mr. Anthony Stahl, Rep. John Cyrier and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete the Vision 2025 Greater San Marcos Community & Business Survey," said Patrick Rose, Immediate Past Chair of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. "The success of our region's economic growth within Hays and Caldwell Counties, over the next five years, will depend upon an insightful and well-informed strategic plan. Your feedback on this survey will help us begin the strategic planning process with the best possible perspective. Thank you for your consideration, as we know and respect the value of your time."
BERRY AVIATION RECEIVES 10 NEW PART 
145 CLASS RATINGS
 
December 27, 2019

 
Berry Aviation, a private aviation company with a portfolio of services that includes government, private charter, scheduled and on-demand freight, component maintenance repair and overhaul, and fixed-base operations, recently announced the grand opening of its 31,400-square-foot maintenance hangar in San Marcos, TX.
This announcement comes on the heels of 10 new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 Class Ratings the company received in late 2019: Airframe 3 and 4; Powerplant 1, 2 and 3; Propeller 1 and 2; and Accessories 1, 2 and 3.
"We've had a busy year gearing up for this maintenance hangar and our newly received Part 145 ratings," said Stanley Finch, Berry Aviation president and COO. "The overall increase in space is impressive and adds a significant boost to our productivity and efficiency. This new hangar adds enough aircraft capacity to give us an estimated 75% increase in hands-on maintenance work. That added productivity expands our ability to service company aircraft and additional commercial maintenance customers. The new hangar aligns well with our extensive list of advanced FAA Part 145 certifications, which is a significant advantage to the maintenance product we can supply customers worldwide."
The larger maintenance space for Berry Aviation specifically includes a 19,300-square-foot aircraft maintenance area, a 3,500-square-foot component repair and overhaul area and a 2,800-square-foot parts department. This not only allows for increased hands-on work with aircraft but also enhances backshop support for component repair and streamlines supply and parts operations.
"Overall, these improvements have increased the company's ability to add new repair capabilities by tenfold," Finch said. "That, coupled with the new certifications, allows us to operate on a much wider range of aircraft and parts. Our maintenance organization is poised to contribute significantly to a dynamic 2020 and beyond."
Berry Aviation was founded in 1983 and quickly expanded its aviation services in 1987 by becoming a Department of Defense (DOD) CARB-approved air carrier with worldwide operating authority providing specialty aviation services to various branches of the U.S. military and other U.S. government organizations. Berry Aviation conducts contiguous U.S. and outside the contiguous U.S. (OCONUS) operations with a fleet of more than 25 aircraft, with past and current OCONUS operations including Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Johnston Island, Afghanistan, Peru and Africa. The company was acquired in 2018 by Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm investing exclusively in aerospace, defense and intelligence.
"Berry Aviation was our largest acquisition at the time, and today's announcement further confirms their strength and ability to grow their operations worldwide," said Rick Nagel, managing partner of Acorn Growth Companies. "The growth has been tremendous, and we look forward to continuing to support Berry Aviation to serve government services, cargo needs, support operations and logistics."
AIRPORT STORAGE UNITS

 
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: http://flysanmarcos.com/at-the-airport/wait-list/.
 
For a full listing of aircraft storage and storage options, please visit our Aircraft Storage & Parking page: http://flysanmarcos.com/at-the-airport/aircraft-storage-and-parking/.
 
If you have any questions, please email Cassidy Berenato.
WHAT WE READ IN JANUARY

 
 
What You Need to Know About the Spacing and Color of Runway Lights. (Boldmethod)
 
Entering the pattern at non-controlled airports: A little correction goes a long way. (General Aviation News)
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.

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.