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New Austin-Bergstrom GA facilitiesNew Austin-Bergstrom GA facilities

Click for larger image A groundbreaking for new general aviation T-hangars on January 26 brought a ray of hope for beleaguered Austin, Texas-area GA pilots. The Austin area has lost two predominately GA airports in the past year, and the city's long-promised "equal or better" facilities for GA at the former Bergstrom Air Force Base had appeared to be at a dead end until last Friday's ground breaking. Austin Director of Aviation Chuck Griffith cited AOPA as a prime motivator for the new hangar construction. From left to right in the photo, ceremonial shovelers are Texas State Representative Lloyd Doggett, Austin Director of Airport Operations John Almond, AOPA Regional Representative Jerry Hooper, Griffith, NBAA Regional Representative Paul Smith, and Texas Aviation Association President Ken Koock.

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