KEEP PUSHING THE ENVELOPE

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By John F. Infanger, Editorial Director



KEEP PUSHING
THE ENVELOPE
For decades a quiet GA airport, Denton has
been redefined, and is being redefined again
DENTON, TX — The reshaping of the Denton Airport into one that serves
both business and general aviation, while serving as a major catalyst for
economic development as the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex spreads north,
has been the major focus for the past fives years here. According to airport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Quentin Hix, Denton Airport manager
manager Quentin Hix, he is confident the next five years will bring similar
investment and growth on a par or exceeding that period. It’s a tall job; but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       airfield activity as well.                           They’ll con-
what has been achieved to date by Hix and his predecessors and city hall                                                                                                                                                    Explains Hix, “We’re in an excel-               tinue to accu-
is a transformation of an airport — with planning. The airport is now                                                                                                                                                  lent area because most of the area to the            mulate signifi-
preparing to open up more acreage for development while also moving to                                                                                                                                                 east of us, between the airport and the              cantly in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Interstate [35], is zoned industrial. To the         first couple of
set itself apart from city coffers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       west of us it is very sparcely developed. It         years, and will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       will develop significantly, especially after         continue to
     To the GA light aircraft pilot who                                                                                                                            they have very aggressive business plans.           the soft economy heats up a bit, with typi-          generate rev-
enjoys seeing his/her airport grow while                                                                                                                           We’ve made major public infrastructure              cal residential/commercial type develop-             enue into the gas well fund until at least
not forgetting GA, Denton might seem                                                                                                                               improvements to provide the level of ser-           ment. Loop 288 will come across just to              22 years into the future.” He emphasizes
to be on the right track. Says Hix, “We do                                                                                                                         vice to keep them growing, and to attract           the west of us.                                      that all expenditures from the fund will
serve individual general aviation pilots;                                                                                                                          other aviation businesses here.                          “We have had in place for a num-                be directed to the airport.
have since the inception of Denton                                                                                                                                      “We’ll always have as an element of            ber of years an airport compatibility land                 “If we invest wisely in revenue-gener-
Airport in the early 1940s. But over                                                                                                                               our operation service to individual pri-            use district. Landowners and potential               ating development, then we’ll produce
the past six years, there has been a sig-                                                                                                                          vate pilots. But the real growth and the            developers all understand that there                 operating revenue as well as an invest-
nificant investment at this airport by the                                                                                                                         development of the airport as an eco-               are restrictions on what can be built up             ment fund.”
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aviation industry. They’re very successful;                                                                                                                        nomic engine for the city is associated             against the airport.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    with our aviation indus-                According to Hix, during the past               ORCHESTRATING
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                                                                                                                                                                                    plan, which includes               it FAA money via the Texas State Block               to date puts him in a good position to
                                                                                                                                                                                               
				
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Description: The gas money goes into a restricted gas well fund that the council has established a policy of using for only one-time capital expenditures," explains [Quentin Hix]. "Since these new wells came online last August - seven of the eleven - total revenues we've brought in are well over $5 million.
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