Pearland airport's wish list - FAA grant, road extension

Photo cred: Kirk Sides/ Staff Photographer

Photo cred: Kirk Sides/ Staff Photographer

By Jennifer Bolton, Correspondent, Houston Chronicle

 Published 1:46 pm, February 4, 2019

After a federal grant funded recent security and safety measures at Pearland Regional Airport, the facility’s management is hoping for another one to improve the facility’s infrastructure to meet aviation demands as the area population continues to surge.

The facility, a privately owned airfield open to the public, also has joined local governments in lobbying to extend Pearland Parkway beyond where it dead-ends at Dixie Farm Road, which the airport’s management company, Texas Aviation Partners, says is needed to improve access from roads.

Texas Aviation Partners was able to garner about $600,000 in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Agency for safety and security improvements that were completed last year and included restriping and remarking airport signage on runways and taxi ways and upgrading security gates.

If awarded, the second FAA grant would go toward upgrading runway lighting and navigational aids. The company would also like to build a new terminal building.

“This would be better for the public and for the travelers who come through the airport,” TAP owner Stephen Alexander said. “It would allow for more space for staff and for passengers.”

Alexander expects to to hear whether the grant is awarded by spring.

Call to extend parkway

TAP has joined Brazoria County and the nearby municipalities of Pearland, Friendswood and Alvin in advocating to the Houston-Galveston Area Council that the parkway be extended south.

“The proposed extension would go right through some of the property currently owned by Pearland Airport, and we are in total support of that extension,” he said. “One of our biggest challenges at the airport is roadway access. We have fantastic infrastructure aviation-wise, but unfortunately our access to streets and roads leaves something to be desired.”

Alexander said extending the major thoroughfare would attract new businesses as well as make it easier for passengers and for businesses based on on airport property.

“Airplane rental companies, flying clubs, flight instruction businesses, pipeline surveying groups, aerial photographers, aircraft maintenance — all of these businesses are currently working out of the airport,” he said. “We’ve experienced significant growth already, and the parkway would not only help us keep up with that growth but be prepared for more in the upcoming years.”

Role during Harvey

Another reason the parkway extension is important, said Alexander, is because of the airport’s designation as a reliever airport for Hobby Airport in times of disaster such as a hurricane.

“Pearland airport was an absolutely invaluable asset during Hurricane Harvey,” he said. “We were able to transport people to the state government in Austin, bring in disaster relief supplies, shuttle people back and forth, and all of this is because of the excellent drainage we have. While other airports were literally and figuratively under water, we remained open 24/7.”

He said population growth dictates that infrastructure improvements will eventually be needed at the airport.

“And when is the best time to upgrade drainage and other infrastructure? During road projects,” he said.

The restriping and remarking work funded last year through FAA money “make it easier for things on the plane side of things — what the pilots see from the air,” Alexander said. The airport’s gates were upgraded to be accessed through keypads.

The airport is home to a variety of tenants and businesses including flights schools and airplane and helicopter maintenance shops.

Built as a private facility in 1947 by Perry Brown of Friendswood, the 320-acre airport was transitioned to public use in 1950. Clover Acquisition acquired the property in 1957 and renamed it Clover Field. The airport, which has one 5,000-foot runway that can accommodate up to medium-size aircraft, was renamed Pearland Regional Airport in 2003. Texas Aviation Partners took over management in June 2013.

Pearland Regional Airport looks to attract more grants, private investment

Pearland Regional Airport completed $600,000 in grant-funded safety projects in November. (Photo by Haley Morrison/community Impact Newspaper)

Pearland Regional Airport completed $600,000 in grant-funded safety projects in November. (Photo by Haley Morrison/community Impact Newspaper)

By Haley Morrison, Community Impact Newspaper

 Published 7:00am, December 18, 2018

The Pearland Regional Airport has completed $600,000 in Federal Aviation Administration-grant-funded projects for improving safety and security, with a final inspection in mid-November.

“The grant that just wrapped up is just the first step of several developments we hope to have in place here in the near future,” said Stephen Alexander, owner of Texas Aviation Partners, the company managing the airport.

The airport renovations came in under budget with improvements to the striping, signage, entrance gates and power lines. These improvements go a long way to make sure airplanes and cars do not mix, Alexander said.

Now the airport is finishing the planning stages of development from private investors, including new hangars.

“As we improve the airport and the runaways and the taxiways and the airport infrastructure, it then tends to draw private development to the area,” Alexander said.

In 2019, the airport will hear whether it will receive a grant from the FAA and Texas Department of Transportation for lighting upgrades.

Alexander said he is also hoping to see the expansion of Pearland Parkway, which could be funded by a Houston-Galveston Area Council grant.

“Roadway access is one of the areas we really want to improve for the airport,” Alexander said. “It’s not the easiest place to find if you don’t know where you’re going.”

Adding infrastructure could increase the airport’s footprint, Pearland City Manager Clay Pearson said.

“The airport provides an option to private air traffic to avoid more congested and more expensive to operate airports in the area, so it’s a definite niche being filled,” he said.

The parkway expansion would pass directly through airport property. It will also widen the two-lane road to four, creating easier access to the airport, Alexander said.

“Having better access via Pearland Parkway would be a complete game-changer for accessibility of the airport and therefore driving future economic development,” Alexander said.

H-GAC will announce its grant funding decisions in March.

5 stories to follow in 2018: #3. Pearland Regional Airport receives TxDOT grant, plans changes to safety and security


By Haley Morrison   |  Community Impact Newspaper

Jan. 20, 2018

The latest Pearland Regional Airport was awarded a state grant that will begin and end in 2018. This grant will allow for safety and security updates to the airport. Pearland Regional is a reliever airport for William B. Hobby Airport in Houston. While the Pearland airport has existed since the 1950s, Texas Aviation Partners took over in late 2013. According to Texas Aviation Partners co-owner Stephen Alexander, changes to drainage have been made since then. This allowed aircraft from the airport to fly supplies out during Hurricane Harvey. The airport was annexed into the city during the Pearland City Council meeting that was held Nov. 27. The airport has also added new hangars, remodeled the terminal building and added full-service concierge-level amenities, including rental cars, flight planning and assistance with hotel accommodations since 2015.

What’s next The Texas Department of Transportation grant will allow for a number of safety and security updates, including new gates, lighting upgrades and airport striping and marking. The airport has four gates, all of which will be evaluated. Some of the gates may be replaced after the evaluation. These safety and security precautions will affect both the flying and driving public. Increased signage as well as repairs to the gates will discourage drivers from mistakenly driving onto a runway.

This story is one update from The January Issue. View the full list of Top 5 stories to follow in 2018 here.

Pearland Regional Airport to use $500,000 grant for upgrades

By Kristi Nix,

 Published 4:59 pm, Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Pearland Regional Airport is set to launch $500,000 in renovations and upgrades thanks to a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that will be administered by the Texas Department of Transportation.

The grant will fund safety and security improvements including new entrance gates, signage, striping and lighting designed to increase visibility of runway markings for pilots.

Project costs will be funded through the Clover Acquisition Corp. and TxDot's Aviation Facilities Grant Program.

"The airport is truly a small city now, and this grant will go a long way to ensuring that the airport is set to safely and efficiently continue its robust development," said Stephen Alexander of Texas Aviation Partners, the managing firm of the airport. "The enhancements the airport will receive will help to make sure that aircraft can navigate the airport safely, alongside their four-wheeled counterparts."

The airport, a privately owned airfield open to the public, is home to a variety of tenants and businesses including several flights schools, airplane and helicopter maintenance shops and 20 full-time residents who live in homes or condos connected to private airplane storage facilities.

Built as a private facility in 1940 by the George R. Brown family, the 320-acre airport was transitioned to public use in 1950. Clover Acquisition acquired the property in 1957 and renamed it Clover Field. The airport, which has one 5,000-foot runway that can accommodate up to medium-size aircraft, was renamed Pearland Regional Airport in 2003. Texas Aviation Partners took over management in June 2013.

Two flying clubs, Coastal Skies and the Bar Area Aero Club, are based at the airport. In addition to flying lessons, airplane rentals and air tours for non-pilots interested in sightseeing, the clubs offer group comprehensive insurance and social events for members.

Operations manager Adam Arceneaux said the improvements will provide new security gates at the four airport entrances.

"We also plan to upgrade all the taxiway and runway lights, install additional lights and refurbish the airport beacon tower," he said.

"Our goal is to maintain a safe environment for pilots and make sure we are ahead of the curve in terms of infrastructure."

He said contracts will be awarded for all the proposed upgrades through a competitive bidding process.

The work should start this month or August and take two to three months to complete.

"We're working to manage growth in a smart, measured way," he said. "We want to make data-driven decisions for not just the airport but for the entire community. This grant is the next step for us."

This grant is a huge shot of adrenaline because it helps us step up our game."

Representative Ed Thompson, R-Pearland, said the grant would give the airport the opportunity to increase its economic development impact within the area.

"General aviation is a vital industry to our state's economic growth," he said.

"I'm so pleased that Pearland Regional Airport is being recognized for their contribution and being given the opportunity to expand their impact."

Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan also praised the airport.

"Providing this funding to the Pearland Regional Airport is key to supporting area aviation," she said. "This is a vibrant facility that plays an important economic role in the local community."

Pearland Regional Airport Releases Units Of Pre-Leased T-Hangars

The 1.5 MIL construction of T-Hangars at Pearland Airport has been completed with bi-fold doors, 120-v outlets, and space for supplies.

By Damita Thomas (Patch Staff) - January 20, 2017 1:06 pm ET 

After months of anticipation, tenants who pre-leased a T-hangar at Pearland Regional Airport were excited to pick up the keys to their units on Monday.

"It's been a lot of fun showing these pilots to their brand new hangars," said operations manager Adam Arceneaux. "It's like Christmas morning around here."

Construction of the $1.5 million 23 unit T-hangar project is part of a multi-phase development plan put together by Texas Aviation Partners (airport management) and Clover Acquisition Corporation (airport owner).

Stephen Alexander with Texas Aviation Partners thinks the few remaining unleased units will go quickly.

“We listened to what the public needs and wants here” said Alexander. “With the construction of these T-hangars, we are looking to help alleviate the squeeze on general aviation pilots in the area.”

The T-hangars include electric bi-fold doors, 120-v outlets, plenty of space for supplies, and are in close proximity to the runway. They are expected to bring growth and development not only to the airport, but also to the surrounding area, as many of the alternative airport options do not have adequate hangar availability.

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Pearland Regional Airport open house surpasses expectations

The Pearland Journal
By Stacey Glaesmann

Pearland Regional Airport (KLVJ) held its first Open House Saturday (May 9) at the airfield, located at 17420 Airfield Ln.

Over 400 pilots and families enjoyed barbecue provided by Central Texas, kids’ activities and some fantastic prizes donated by Air Professionals, Texan Flight, Bay Area Aero Club, Coastal Skies, Friends Uncorked and Best Shot Range.

The Texan Flight team displayed their T-6, which is home based at KLVJ, on the ramp for the community to enjoy.

Members of the Commemorative Air Force Houston Wing flew in to display their aircraft and showed interested visitors the cockpits and answered questions.

Texas Aviation Partners, the airport management company, and their development partner, Western, LLC, unveiled Phase 1 of their airport development plan. The plan includes T-hangars, condo hangars, and a community hangar, which was used for the meal service at the Open House.

Attendees of note included Ralph Royce, who is the Air Boss at Wings Over Houston, and new Lone Star Flight Museum Chair Scott Rozell.

“We are so thrilled by the turnout,” said Cassidy Berenato with Texas Aviation Partners. “The community has really been supportive.”

For more information about Pearland Regional Airport, visit