Taylor Municipal Airport is located on Highway 79 in northwestTaylor.The Airport is an important component of economicdevelopment for the City of Taylor and the region. The Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division has classified the airport as a general utility business service airport.
In 1999, Mr. Frie assisted the City of Taylor to develop a Taylor Municipal Airport Master Plan for the under-utilized and high priority economic development potential for the City of Taylor. The project entailed reviewing the current conditions of the airport, soliciting the City's Airport Board for assistance with the mission statement, goals, objectives and future development of the airport. Over the course of the year long process, Mr. Frie developed the Taylor Municipal Airport Master Plan and applied for a $1.5M TXDOT Aviation Division grant and received funding approved by the Taylor City Council for assistance in implementing the master plan. The Taylor Municipal Airport Master Plan was unanimously approved by the Airport Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council.
To implement the plan, a joint City/TXDOT grant allowed for the addition of city-owned airport hangers, expansion of the existing runway, completion of a pilots lounge, addition of a headquarters for the Scott & White Hospital Starflight helicopter, the purchase of an automobile for pilots' use and a jet fuel pump for helicopters/jets. Mr. Frie created a city budgeted Airport Manager position to assist pilots in air traffic control and customer service on the ground. Mr. Frie also secured city funds to complete a road along the west side of the runway to advance economic development potential of the airport for airport related businesses.Mr. Frie was instrumental in negotiating a 10-year tax abatement with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) headquarters in exchange for improving the Airport Drive entrance road and upgrading the existing water and wastewater lines that served both ERCOT and the Taylor Municipal Airport.