CTA Vision

Central Texas Airport (CTA) is designed to be America’s first green airport—conceived and developed to achieve balance between technology and nature. CTA and Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers (Eco-Merge GCC) will demonstrate new and emerging technologies in alternative renewable energies; patent-pending energy management and communications applications; and integrated environmental design and development standards. CTA will provide convenient, safe, and efficient general aviation accessibility to the region to introduce and attract new economic development, educational, and employment opportunities to Bastrop County and Central Texas. The Perryman Group’s Economic Assessment estimates that more than 40,000 new jobs will be created as a result of the CTA master-project.

Aviation Solution for Central Texas

CTA is designed to complement and complete the aviation infrastructure and services in Central Texas. The Austin region is the nation’s fifteenth largest metropolitan area, yet it lacks critical air transportation infrastructure necessary to support general aviation essential to the region’s economic viability. CTA provides the solution with a private general aviation airport, open for public use, that specifically targets higher-performance corporate and business aircraft. CTA will recruit and service these business aircraft by offering a full contingent of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul, and other support businesses and services that are not currently available in this region.

CTA is not in competition with other airports in Central Texas as the targeted market segment CTA is designed to service does not exist in this region presently. For example, CTA will adhere to Federal Aviation Administration design and safety standards and its operations, facilities and services that are provided will meet all needs necessary to satisfy commercial and air charter insurance coverage requirements. Favorable business property tax treatment is available for qualified aviation assets. CTA contracted aviation asset appraisers and the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys to ensure fair taxation for its based aircraft and businesses.

The mission of Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is to service the region’s long-term commercial air passenger and air cargo demands, to provide facilities for the Texas Army National Guard and the Texas State Aircraft Pooling Board. However, ABIA is not designed or equipped to service the region’s general aviation needs. ABIA has only allocated a total of 139 acres for general aviation, and only 54 private general aviation hangars are provided at ABIA, compared to more than 400 that existed in 1998 at the former Robert Mueller Airport. As a result, many displaced aircraft relocated to other small airports in the region, while larger aircraft moved to other cities with airport facilities that could comply with commercial insurance requirements and provide the necessary repair, maintenance, and support services. ABIA relies on two FBO’s (Atlantic and Signature) to service Austin’s underserved and fast-growing transient aircraft demand. ABIA funding is limited to airport-generated revenues and dwindling federal dollars. Funding demands for the airlines, cargo companies, and the airport’s retail and service businesses consume the available revenues, leaving general aviation unfunded. The ABIA Master Plan Update states: “It is not unreasonable to assume… that other general aviation airports would be developed in the area and relieve ABIA of significant GA activity.”

Other small airports serving the Central Texas region are Austin Executive, Georgetown, San Marcos, Taylor, Lakeway, and Smithville. These airports provide essential general aviation services, but generally support recreational, private-use and limited business aircraft.

Central Texas Airport targets new market audiences of aviation business not presently based or available in this region, including commercial business, corporate, and fractional-ownership aircraft; aerospace companies; maintenance, repair, overhaul businesses; aircraft management, charter, sales and leasing; assembly and manufacturing; parts, products, service and logistics support; and security and governmental uses.

CTA is much more than an airport. It represents a “franchise-able model” business enterprise. This model will establish how to develop new airports, but, more importantly, how to upgrade existing airports and military facilities to achieve more environmentally-compatible operations and significant curtailment of energy consumption and cost. Private ownership and operation of CTA allows for unfettered utilization of science and technologies to achieve its goals of utilizing unique environmental design features, demonstrations of renewable energy generations, and the first-ever deployment of the TIGA Energy Services patent-pending Service Delivery Exchange network. Additionally, CTA represents a scalable, commercial demonstration of smart grid deployment that will unveil secure open-platform competition for Internet-based communications, as well as a secure, efficient, and inexpensive network infrastructure for building and automation systems; metering and monitoring; energy management; and generation and storage systems.