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By David S. Fulton

When I left my job as Director of Aviation for the Tennessee Department of Transportation on May 15th, 1992, to join the newly created Texas Department of Transportation as their first Aviation Division Director, there is no way that I could have ever imagined that I would still be here 27 years later. But without question, coming to Texas was the best decision I made during my professional career.  (Read more)

David Fulton

Passing of C.G. "Hank" Henry, Chief Pilot (Read more)

Who You Gonna Call?
You are stuck at a non-towered airport during IMC. You want to get clearance but who you gonna call? (Read more)

Photo courtesy
General Aviation News

New Texas Aviation Economic Impact Study
The Texas Aviation Economic Impact Study is a joint effort, funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and managed by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). This year-long study will quantify the economic contributions from the 288 airports in the Texas Airport System. (Read more)

S3 is officially observing a special milestone in 2018 for its wholly owned subsidiary, Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS). This year marks the 20th Anniversary of KBFS’s Part 145 Repair Station at Temple Draughon-Miller Regional Airport. (Read more)

Visit the S3 website

Have you ever wondered what it takes to obtain a Commercial Pilot rating?
Here is one pilot's account of what he went through. (Read more)

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TXAA special author, Mike Trahan
We are in the process producing soon to be released Audio-Book versions of my aviation memoirs:   The Gift - The Beginning; The Gift - The Air Force Years; The Gift - The Delta Years
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April 28, 2018
Pinch Hitter/Flying Companion course as part of Critters Lodge Fly-in/Camp-out

The objective of this course is to introduce the non-flying member of the family/friend to flying an airplane. We discuss the possibility of the pilot becoming incapacitated while in flight and the need for the non-pilot to take control of the airplane. (Read more)

February 5, 2017
TXAA Annual Membership Meeting Success!
Special Guest Speakers and Prestigious Award
TXAA celebrates its 18th annual membership meeting. New officers elected, treasurer's report and Bill Gunn's summary of BasicMed. A special award was given to Paul Smith, Director Emeritus. (Read more)

February 1, 2017
BasicMed, Flying Without a Medical
By Bill Gunn
At the 2017 TXAA Annual Membership Meeting, guest speaker Bill Gunn gave a presentation summarizing the recent FAA final rule for the 3rd class medical flight in certain aircraft under certain circumstances. In the most recent issue of The Texas Flyer, Bill reviews the new rule which affects thousands of pilots. (Read more)

February 1, 2016
Texas A&M University and Purdue University
are jointly conducting research evaluating the potential use of markings on runways to help pilots make better takeoff and landing decisions. These markings are intended for use at general aviation airports on runways that are 4,200 feet long or less. As part of our information gathering effort, we are asking pilots to complete the survey identified in the link. (Read more)

December 7, 2015
Are you prepared to have an off field landing? Here is a list of gear you might consider along with a great article on how to survive. (Read more)

August 25, 2015
After long negotiations, a new FBO has opened at the Georgetown Municipal Airport (KGTU). "Every day, we are adding more amenities and more services," said Ken Mabe, acting general manager of GTU Jet. (Read more)

Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy
$35 Flight Club Membership, A Gym For Pilots

Piloting an aircraft is hard, and like most hard things, it takes a lot of practice to stay sharp. You’ve put in the hours to get your license and develop the skills necessary for a safe, smooth flight, and now you need to maintain that piloting prowess. 

Just because you’re not in the air, you don’t need to stay out of the cockpit. Flight Club lets you experience all the fun of flying, while maintaining and developing your skill set on your own time, without the expense of renting a plane. 

Our state-of-the-art flight simulators are perfect for pilots and aviation enthusiasts of any skill level that are serious about building their aviation acuity through routine practice. 

Learn more here

December 10, 2012
Would you take THE PLEDGE if it meant saving your life? Your passengers lives? Your family’s lives? TXAA Foundation, Inc. is launching THE PLEDGE to help reduce the accident rate that plagues general aviation. Read what you can do to lessen the chance of having an accident ... read more

Houston Executive Airport Announces Opening A New Air Traffic Control Tower
BROOKSHIRE, TX -- (September 3, 2014) – Houston Executive Airport (HEA) has announced the opening of a new air traffic control tower beginning October 1, 2014 ... read more

April 4, 2013
TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES TXDOT FUNDING FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SERVICES IN TEXAS  An emergency meeting was held by the TTC at 9:00 AM Thursday morning the 4th of April at their offices across from the Capitol building in Austin, Texas. Testimony was given by Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division Director David Fulton as well as most of the airport representatives affected by the projected closure of contract towers at 14 airports in Texas.... read more

March 29, 2013
TXDOT INTENDS TO FUND AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SERVICES IN TEXAS TO ENSURE SAFETY FOR FLYING PUBLIC   TXAA has received news that the TxDOT Aviation Division will fund operation of 13 contract control towers in Texas. Airport improvements for publically owned Texas airports are funded with both federal and state funds. This use of state funds is pending approval by the Texas Transportation Commission. The outlook is very positive. It is most likely that each airport sponsor will have to fund 10% of the cost of operation with TxDOT paying the other 90%. TXAA will report back as soon as the final details are worked out....read more

March 4, 2013
TXAA Safety Day and Fly-In Back By Popular Demand!
Mark your calendars for May 11, 2013 at 10 AM - Skyport FBO - San Marcos Municipal Airport (HYI) . . . read more

February 14, 2013
Georgetown City Council Votes Out Airport Advisory Board
Despite a rally call by TXAA and after many pilots and aviation enthusiasts packed the Georgetown city council chambers, the council voted on Tuesday the 12th of February, 2013, to abolish the Georgetown Airport Advisory Board ... read more

November 2, 2012
To the Pilots of Texas – The City of Junction has petitioned to change their dump site near the airport to accept putrescible waste. Experience shows that this type waste attracts animals and birds. This dump site is only 2600 feet off of the end of runway 17 at Junction (JCT). The FAA, after some delay, does not object to this change as long as the waste site is monitored by qualified wildlife biologists and other precautions are taken. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has not yet issued their decision on this change. TXAA does not support this proposed change.  TXAA will monitor this issue and post more information when TCEQ moves to the comment period on this proposed change ... read more and see photo
October 25, 2012
Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry proclaimed November 2012 to be Aviation Appreciation Month.
“General Aviation and related activities generated $14.6 Billion in direct, indirect and induced economic activity in the state of Texas, representing $580 in activity per capita.” read more
October 24, 2012
The FAA has posted a NOTAM
announcing an upcoming TFR for the Austin / Central Texas area due to the upcoming F1 race to be held SE of Austin on November 16-18 … read more
October 3, 2012
ABIA release: Aircraft reservations required at
Austin-Bergstrom Nov. 12-21, 2012
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (KAUS) is requiring reservations from aircraft operators for airport use November 12-21, 2012 for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix event on Nov. 18. A heavy volume of air traffic is expected during this time so a parking reservation system has been established to insure that ramp space will be available for arriving aircraft. A Prior Permission Required (PPR) number will be needed for all aircraft parking or dropping off passengers ... read more

August 24, 2012
Demand for corporate jets fuels airport expansions
Article courtesy "Austin Business Journal”
General aviation, including corporate planes, in Central Texas is being energized due to more companies and individuals choosing private over commercial flights. There are now more than a dozen airports around Austin for corporate fliers ... read more


July 4, 2012
Major James Ray Stegall
James Ray Stegall was born in Bullard, Texas on February 6, 1922.  He died on June 18, 2012. In November 2007 he was inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, recognizing his many acts of bravery in defense of our country and the State of Texas ... read more

June 21, 2012
Medical Exemption Comments to the FAA

The FAA is considering expanding the type of flight operations permitted without a medical certificate. The comment period expires on July 2, 2012.  TXAA supports this important proposal. Make your comments NOW before July 2, 2012. For an explanation of the proposal and how to comment go to:  www.aopa.org – “comments make the case for medical petition” (right side of the home page) – see the link “Docket FAA-2012-0350” at the bottom of the page.


May 4, 2012Texas Aviator Magazine

Texas Aviator Magazine to Debut This Summer    San Antonio, TX - White-Frisbie Media, a Texas based company in business for 12 years and publisher for dozens of magazines across the state, will publish its newest magazine, Texas Aviator, this summer. A monthly magazine, Texas Aviator will be distributed across the state and will be available at most Texas bookstores, airports, FBO's throughout Texas and will be mailed directly to Texas pilots free of charge ... read more

March 25, 2012

New ADS-B Terminal Services Are Available Now in Texas
Pilots who use the terminal airspace listed can now receive free traffic and weather information in the cockpit. To receive these services, aircraft must be equipped with an Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) transmitter/receiver or transceiver and a cockpit display of traffic information (CDTI) … read more


Austin Executive Airport corporate hangarMarch 24, 2012
Austin, TXAustin Executive Airport builds another Corporate Hangar  After 10-months of operation the new Austin Executive Airport is answering the demand for additional corporate hangar space. Austin Executive Airport (KEDC) announced the plans to build another 26,650 square-foot corporate hangar … read more

June 27, 2011
In a face to face meeting, what questions would you ask ATC?
The Texas Aviation Association, along with the National Business Aviation Association, has been working with the FAA's regional manager for controllers for all of Texas south of the
Dallas/Fort Worth area, Mr. Greg Motl.

In a special meeting on June 22, 2011, the TXAA board of directors, NBAA representative Steve Hadley, and corporate pilots from Valero Energy met with Greg. The great news is the FAA's program to get pilots and controllers together, including FAM rides for controller and ATC tours for pilots, is being revitalized since its demise after 9/11.   In the meeting, it was determined that TXAA might sponsor a series of meetings for pilots and controllers to get together to discuss the issues and challenges facing general aviation today in the National Airspace System.

Now is your chance to face-to-face with the folks on the other end of that mic button and ask the burning questions and bring up the issues that you want asked and answered!  To explore this possibility TXAA is asking for your input - What would you want to ask? Now is your chance:

Email your questions and comments for controllers to:  info@txaa.org
In the Subject Line write:  Pilots and Controllers

Questions for the controller: We don't want to put any limits on this but please consider the controllers perspective - we are asking for questions that are in the area of the pilot-to-controller relationship. Thanks!

Stay tuned to TXAA as we announce upcoming meetings where you get to meet that voice on the other end of the radio. TXAA will sponsor meetings for all of the state.  Together, we are working on getting controllers and pilots together to help communications and air safety. Here is your chance to "Ask A Controller."

Your TXAA Association at work for you!


May 15, 2011
The new Austin Executive Airport (KEDC) is open for business
as of midnight, Wednesday the 11th of May, 2011. Airport owner Ron Henriksen and his staff have worked diligently for the past two years to transform the former run-down Bird’s Nest Airport into a state-of-the-art facility complete with a new 6000+ ft. runway that has a GPS approach, a new terminal building and many new hangar facilities. The location of the airport is just north of Manor, Texas on Hwy. 130 ... read more


April 10, 2011

In the spring of 2011, TxDOT safety director Bill Gunn received an exclusive tour of the new Supermarine Aircraft Company factory located in Cisco, Texas ... read more

January 20, 2011
Congress has passed laws telling the FAA to mandate aircraft owners to re-register their aircraft. It is a very complicated procedure. A PDF was created by Bill Gunn of TxDOT Aviation to help walk you through the procedure. Also, it will not be a one time chore. Please read immediately and pass it on ... read more

January 7, 2011
TXAA Announces Annual Membership Meeting
Mark your calendars for January 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM. The venue will be the Catfish Parlour on 4705 East Ben White (Hwy 71) in Austin ... read more

December 18, 2010
Battle of Britain comes to Texas!

An established aviation business is coming to Texas. The Cisco Municipal Airport (3F2), just west of Fort Worth, will soon echo with the sounds of aircraft kit construction. Michael O'Sullivan, owner of Supermarine Aircraft, has been making scale Supermarine Spitfire fighters for the last 20 years ... read more

November 29, 2010
Avfuel AVTRIP Scholarship Winners Announced! ... read more

October 21, 2010
New Texas Airport in Goldthwaite
Often we hear of airport closures.  Seldom do we hear of a brand new airport in Texas.
There is one coming in Goldthwaite, Texas ... read more

October 15, 2010
Emma Carter Browning
Austin’s First Lady of Aviation
October 26, 1910 - April 23, 2010

Please join us for the dedication of Emma Browning Avenue Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
RSVP by October 21st
512-292-1194 or friendsofemma@austin.rr.com
For additional details see invitation with parking map

Read Emma Carter Browning's bio

Update October 26, 2010 from the City of Austin Aviation Department: "Austin's First Lady of Aviation"
Emma Browning honored ...

Emma Carter Browning

September 30, 2010
Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Kenneth F Wittekiend, the owner of ProMark Aviation Services a TXAA business member... read more

August 19, 2010
The Rebirth of a Terminal Building
(Hud Hopkins, director of Scholes International Airport at Galveston writes to TXAA)
When the Scholes Airport terminal building was erected in 1950, it was consider state-of-the-art in the terminal building design. During the building's life span, small renovations were completed, modernizing the layout and changing the color scheme. However, there has never been a complete makeover restoring the terminal to its former glory of the '50s. This changed when Hurricane IKE blew in from the Gulf of Mexico filling the entire bottom floor of the terminal building with 9 feet of water ... read more


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