In this edition:
Airside Updates      Administrative Updates
FEATURED GUEST ARTICLE


As many of you know, the San Marcos Regional Airport Master Plan project has been moving diligently forward over the past year. And as we continue to progress, we're asking for a little bit of help from you.

To this point, we have completed a detailed inventory of current facilities, a forecast of future aeronautical activity, and a detailed analysis of future facility requirements. The project has now reached the alternatives process, a point at which feedback becomes crucial.
 
For this reason, we'll be hosting a Master Plan Alternatives Open House from 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Texas Aviation Partners (TAP) offices. For the past several months, we have worked with TAP, the City of San Marcos, Stakeholder/Advisory Committees and TxDOT Aviation to develop and analyze an array of future runway, taxiway, ramp, and land-use alternatives for the airport.  During the Open House, you'll have the opportunity to review the various alternatives that have been developed and provide feedback to help define the airport's preferred facilities development plan for the future.
 
There will not be a formal presentation, so feel free to stop by and visit with us any time during the open house.  We hope to see you there!

Nathan Polsgrove A.A.E., IAP, ACE
Garver
Aviation Planning Leader
Aviation Team
airside
TRAFFIC OPERATIONS 

 
 
We monitor the operations each month to he lp us secure funding for future airport projects and improvements.
AIRPORT PROJECTS

HOLD POSITION MARKING- Recently, surface painted runway hold position markings were added on Runway 17/35 at its intersection with the approach end of Runway 26 and on Runway 8/26 at its intersection with Runway 13/31.  These markings were added as aircraft frequently use these portions of Runway 17/35 and Runway 8/26 for taxiing operations and are required to hold short the crossing runway intersection.  Adding these additional runway hold position markings was done to improve operational safety on the airfield and to comply with the airfield marking standards in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5340-1M: Standards for Airport Markings .  Additionally, this improvement was coordinated with our local ATCT personnel.

NOTAM REPORTING: At our September Advisory Board meeting, it was brought to our attention that the outer marker was out of service for a substantial period of time. After some digging, we learned that the FAA made repairs to the equipment in May and it was only inoperable for a few days, but the NOTAM had not been cancelled due to a miscommunication between FAA Flight Services and the FAA maintenance divisions. The NOTAM has since been cancelled.
 
We encourage all of our users to reach out to us if you ever have any concerns. We are always happy to make some calls and provide additional information.
Admin
MASTER PLAN OPEN HOUSE
 

Airport Management and Garver will be hosting an Open House regarding the runway, taxiway, and development alternatives in conjunction with the Airport Master Plan on Monday, November 18 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. We will have the alternatives displayed on boards and encourage everyone to provide feedback, ask questions, and come and go as you please.
WHAT WE READ IN OCTOBER
 
San Marcos Regional Airport Air Traffic Manager Andre Murphy speaks to Miller Middle School students during the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce Middle School Shadow Day. Daily Record photo by Lance Winter .

DECEMBER AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
 

Our next AAB meeting will be held Tuesday, December 17 at 10:00am at the Airport Management offices located at 4400 Highway 21.
 
Anyone interested in the airport is encouraged to attend. Come by to learn more about what's happening at your airport, meet the Board, and enjoy a free cup of coffee and donuts!
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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.
CESSNA RESTORATION UPDATE


This little airplane, featured on the cover of Cessna Owner Magazine, was gifted to local pilot and HYI tenant Greg Hughes by a friend with the understanding that he would restore it. He pledged to him was that he would, and when completed it would be used to offer free and/or low cost flights to deserving children or young adults interested in aviation. 
   
The plane is now about 95% complete but still needs the interior installed.  Through the EAA Eagles and Young Eagles programs they will be offering "discovery" flights to children and young adults, with the  hopes of planting the "seed of aviation."  They also plan to offer flights to deserving students who are enrolled in their high school aviation programs (part of the STEM initiative) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) "You Can Fly" program, as well as those enrolled in Junior ROTC.  Additionally, they will also reach out to Make-A-Wish,  Scouting and other such worthy organizations to gift flights. 
 
After a three year restoration, Lil Angel felt the wind beneath her wings on Aug 3rd. According to her records, it appears that she had not actually flown in about five years. She truly did fly like a little "homesick angel." 

They continue to accept tax deductible  donations here Thanks to all who have contributed to her "resurrection."
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. 
 
This month's meeting will feature   Ed Gunter as a guest speaker. Ed is a Raven;  the forward air controllers (FACs) that fought in the secret war in Laos. For more information on Ed, click here or check out his LinkedIn Profile 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.
 
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