In an exciting development for pilots in Texas, workers will soon be breaking ground, literally, to enhance Bird’s Nest Airport in Austin, and make it a vibrant general aviation field. Last week, the Austin Zoning and Platting Commission granted the variance approval needed to begin moving dirt for construction of the new 6,025-foot runway at Bird’s Nest, which is owned by Ron Henriksen. AOPA Regional Representative Shelly deZevallos attended the meeting to show AOPA’s support. “Pilots essentially lost two GA facilities—Austin Executive and Robert Mueller Field—which were homes for about 800 aircraft at the end of 1999,” explained AOPA Vice President of Local Airport Advocacy Bill Dunn. “After many frustrating attempts to foster a new airport, this is the first viable replacement, and AOPA will work to see it through to fruition.” Read more on AOPA Online.