In this edition:
Airside Updates      Administrative Updates
Earlier this month, I attended the FAA Southwest Region's annual conference in Fort Worth. In between breakout sessions, the group heard from FAA officials from both the regional Fort Worth office and Washington DC.
During a presentation from Elliott Black, the Director of Airport Policy, we learned that through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, an additional supplemental discretionary amount of $500M has been made available for airport improvement projects. (If you caught our May newsletter, then you learned from Jim's article that our Taxiway Alpha and Charlie reconstruction project was not selected for funding with the 2018 $1B supplemental grant.)
The Act outlines specific rules for the awarding of these funds, however, they will continue to focus on smaller airports and will be available until September 30, 2021.
Over $11B worth of projects fought for the initial $1B in 2018. Because of this, we know competition will be steep for this $500M. We're continuing our conversations with TxDOT and FAA and have heard from both that they recognize the importance of this project. As usual, we'll keep everyone updated as we learn more.
In the meantime, last Tuesday, Council approved the grant match for the FAA-funded hangar that will be developed near the airport entrance in what we call the Kilo Development Area, or KDA. We anticipate a pre-construction meeting to be held in the coming weeks and dirt to turn before the end of summer so be on the lookout!
Happy Flying,
Cassidy Berenato
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Coast Flight Training has been selected by American Airlines to provided flight training for future pilots. Pictured is a Coast Flight Training student and instructor preflight checking a Cessna 172. Photo courtesy of Coast Flight Training
Submitted by Coast Flight Training
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Coast Flight Training and Management, Inc., has been selected by American Airlines to provide flight training as a part of the American Airlines Cadet Academy program.  
Coast Flight will join a select group of only three other flight training organizations that have partnered with American Airlines to address the pending global shortage of airline pilots. Coast Flight will receive its first class of American Airlines Cadets in July and will start a new class each month.  
On Saturday, Coast Flight will host an open house for anyone interested in speaking with an American Airline recruiter about joining the Cadet Academy Program. The open house will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Coast Flight, 1837 Airport Dr.
Coast Flight's San Marcos site joins its corporate headquarters out of San Diego, California, which started training students in the American Airlines program in March of this year.  

We monitor the operations each month to he lp us secure funding for future airport projects and improvements.
Approval for return to service fact sheet from the FAA:  FAA #FlySafe Fact Sheet 
Great video from Sport's Pilot Shop's on "Understand pilot slang from roger to wilco" 
General Aviation News posted a great read: "Current? Yes. Proficient? Getting there"
Ever wonder how airport codes are determined? Trivia Genius tackles this topic.  
If you see or read anything you'd like to share, email us!  
Due to roof damage sustained by the CAF during the recent windstorm, the City's "Boys and Their Toys" event has been relocated to the San Marcos Plaza Park. For updates, please follow the City's Community Services Facebook Page

The next quarterly Airport Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for September 17, 2019 at 10:00am at the Airport Management office.  

Again, please take note that all future quarterly meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of the month.

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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