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Car and Vintage Plane Show on Feb. 29, 2020
The ninth annual Stephanie Nichols Car and Vintage Plane Show was held at the Georgetown Municipal Airport on Feb. 29.
The event featured classic, exotic, and specialty vehicles along with vintage WWII-era planes on static display. The B-25, known as the Devil Dog, offered rides the day of the show for a fee. The event is family-friendly with food for purchase along with facilities. Golf carts were available to help assist seniors and those with disabilities get to and from the parking area.
Spectators are not charged an entry fee. There is a fee for all vehicles parking at the event. All fees and donations to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas (EFCST.org) are encouraged and appreciated.
Taxiway lighting project
The Taxiway Lighting Project was started in July 2019 with an expected completion date of October 2020. This project upgraded all taxiway lights to LED fixtures along runway 18/36 as well as all associated connecting taxiways. The project was funded by an $886,635 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation and $98,515 from Airport funds.
The transition to LED lighting will save on electricity and maintenance costs.
The City is starting work on a designing and constructing a new maintenance hangar at the Airport in 2021. The new hangar location will be at the south end of Wright Brothers Dr. Design of the new maintenance hangar is included in the 2021 City of Georgetown fiscal year budget at $750,000. The hangar should be complete in early 2022. The maintenance hangar will be used for the storage and maintenance of all Airport maintenance associated equipment, as well as all tools and other equipment used to facilitate the maintenance of airport buildings, land, and runways. Once the engineer/architect has been selected, there may be an opportunity for community and stakeholder input.
Airport Economic Impact
The Georgetown Municipal Airport has a significant impact on the local economy. That impact can be measured by job creation and by total economic impact of activity generated by the Airport such as equipment sales, services, and events.
A study by the Texas Department of Transportation in 2018 found that the Georgetown Municipal Airport had a total economic impact of 546 jobs and $14.8 million in payroll. The total output from the Airport was $52.7 million.
See the full report at http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/avn/economic-impacts/2018/eco17-gtu.pdf.