New Houston Airport Open For Business
It's not often that a brand-new airport opens up, but Houston Executive Airport (HEA) is now ready for landings. Located in Brookshire, west of Houston, the private airport is VFR-only, with a single 5,050-foot runway. HEA will cater to general aviation aircraft and provide FBO services, including fuel. The airport was established by former commercial pilot and Houston native Ron Henriksen. “General aviation airports are disappearing around the country,” said Henriksen. “When I saw the closing of Houston’s Andrau Airport and Austin’s Robert Mueller Airport, I was determined to build this new airport with private investment to ensure its longevity and positively impact the local community.” The significant growth of the Energy Corridor along Interstate 10 was a natural draw for an airport located west of Houston, Henriksen said. But he also hopes the airport will draw people who are interested in airplanes. "We have plans for a public park where families can picnic, play sports and let their kids watch planes come and go," he said. "And who knows? There may be a child out here whose life, like mine, will be changed forever by learning about the opportunities available in the field of aviation.” Other plans for the airport's future include instrument approaches, an extension of the runway to 7,000 feet and the construction of 50 T-hangars. The site was formerly a private airfield used mainly for crop-dusting operations.