FAA Identifier: 11R
Lat/Long: 30-13-08.400N / 096-22-27.400W
Elevation: 208 ft. /93.9 m (surveyed)
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Construction on the Brenham Municipal Airport began in 1964, after the City purchased over 173 acres off Old Independence Road, just west of FM50. Initial construction included a runway, apron, taxiway and entrance road to the terminal area. Runway lighting, pavement markings, rotating beacon, lighted wind cone, and perimeter fencing were also added. Funds for the airport were equally provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the City. In early 1965, the terminal and hanger building were added.
As the aviation industry has grown, so has the Municipal Airport. Improvements over the years include runway and apron extensions and reconstruction, new lights and hangars. Again the majority of the funding was provided by the FAA through its Airport and Airway Improvement Program. In 1993, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) capital improvement program, the west edge of the original runway was reconstructed. In 1996, the taxiway and apron were overlaid as part of TxDOT's CIP project.
In 1997, the City was approached by an individual who wanted to build a larger corporate hangar. The City put in a taxi-lane toward the north end of the runway, and the first corporate hangar was built. To date, there are seven corporate hangars located at the airport; all are privately owned and have ground leases with the City.
In late 1999, the City applied for a Terminal Building Grant from TxDOT. In October 2001, construction of a new terminal began. The terminal building project cost over $650,000, with TxDOT covering $300,000 of that expense. The new terminal includes an office for the fixed based operator (FBO), a pilot lounge and rest area with restroom and shower facilities and a pilot workroom where they can check the weather and file flight plans. As part of an agreement with the FBO, a restaurant was included in the terminal construction. The Southern Flyer, a 50's style restaurant, has received the "Best of the Best" Award by the $100 Hamburger, a national publication, for the past two years, and has consistently been in the Top 10 for the past four years.
The development history of the Airport reflects two important factors governing the evolution of the facility. First, the growth of the airport has been steady, with the timing of the major development projects generally occurring in regards to the specific aviation needs of the area. The second important factor is the City's willingness to participate in the growth by providing the financial support necessary to fund development.
The City Engineer oversees the operation of the airport with the assistance of the Aviation Advisory Board. The partnership has proved to be so beneficial that in April 2004, the Brenham Municipal Airport was named "2004 General Aviation Airport of the Year" by the Texas Department of Transportation - Aviation Division.