October 15, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Plans to build an extensive new power line won’t interfere with operations at Bird’s Nest Airport near Austin, Texas, thanks to a ruling by the state Public Utility Commission.
The panel ruled that structures near Bird’s Nest Airport must be built to avoid any interference with the new or existing runways at the airport. High-voltage power transmission towers will have to be built at “less than typical heights” to avoid conflicts with runway approach surfaces.
“We are pleased that the commission’s final ruling is supportive of airports,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of local airport advocacy. “Establishing guidelines that protect runways helps ensure that individual airports can live up to their full potential as vital elements in the national aviation transportation system.”
AOPA has been working on this issue since November 2007, when the Lower Colorado River Authority announced plans for the high-voltage power transmission tower route that would potentially impact the airport. AOPA requested, and was granted, the right to represent general aviation in the legal proceedings related to the proposal. As a result, AOPA provided numerous legal briefs supporting the airport, seeking changes to the routing of the line, and advocating for buried lines or shortened towers near the airport to avoid interference with the field’s planned instrument approach.
Bird’s Nest represents the first viable replacement for two important general aviation airports that were closed in the Austin area nearly a decade ago. Last month, Austin zoning officials granted a needed variance to allow construction to begin on a new 6,025-foot runway at Bird’s Nest.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
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