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Texas building largest arrival canopy

December 21, 2012, 02:28 pm

The saying goes that "Everything is bigger in Texas," and that holds true for recent aviation advancements.

Ron Henriksen, an aviation enthusiast and businessman, is overseeing construction of what he calls the world's largest fixed base operation canopy at Henriksen Jet Center at Houston Executive Airport in west Houston.

Henriksen, who was a former commercial pilot, privately funded the Houston Executive Airport and Austin Executive Airport. The Houston airport was opened in 2007 and the Austin airport opened in 2011.

The canopy is being constructed by Weir Enterprises and measures 32,800 square feet. It is part of the company's ongoing construction to the 22,500-square-foot terminal building for FBO's.

“Texas continues to be a leader in the nation for aviation expansion and opportunities,” said Henriksen. “We’ve seen robust growth in both Houston and Austin, and it’s exciting to be involved in an industry that provides jobs, creates and retains new businesses, and has such a positive impact on the community. Houston Executive Airport’s upgrades will directly benefit business in our city for decades to come.”

The terminal building and canopy are expected to be completed by February 2013.

Andrew Perry, executive director for Houston Executive Airport and Austin Executive Airport, said the canopy and new construction of the terminal building will undoubtedly boost Houston's economy and increase passenger traffic. Houston Executive has expanded lease space to the airport by more than 122,000 square feet during the last 10 months.

“Investing in the world’s largest arrival canopy provides another level of comfort for our customers, regardless of the weather,” said Perry. “It’s among key amenities that set Houston Executive apart from other airports. With the dedication and vision of Ron Henriksen, we’re at the forefront of making Houston a leader in general aviation facilities nationwide.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced last month that November was Aviation Appreciation Month, showing the significant impact aviation has on the state. Perry said that general aviation generated $14.6 million in economic activity in the state. He added that thousands of Texans rely on general aviation for jobs, and it helps bring families together, transport essential cargo to businesses, control pests and help in emergency responses.

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