The Man Who Builds Airports

Ron Henriksen wanted to leave his mark; now he’s branching out, Houston to Austin


In time, Henriksen would like to make Bird’s Nest a bizav airport with an instrument approach; but he says that discussion is for another day. Now the focus is on new T-hangars; a new terminal; and access to the highway system. He’s already spent $2.1 million on the land; another $350,000 on asphalt; and $75,000 for an engineering study for the road, which he estimates will cost $1 million.

He relates that initially he thought Austin-Bergstrom might view him as competition. What he found instead was open arms. “I could take these general aviation airplanes that they would just as soon not have and give them another place to land,” he says.

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