LAKEWAY AIRPARK FACTS
115 Flying Scot St. Lakeway TX 78734
We are a very safe airport - and we hear you.
Lakeway Airpark (3R9) is 215% safer than the national average. Scroll down for details.
The Lakeway Airpark has one of the best safety records for comparable airports in Texas. But that doesn't mean we have a blind eye to your concerns. Education and transparency are best... with engagement together. Let's talk!
Safety Facts About Lakeway Airpark
Fully approved & Published FAA Instrument Flight Approaches
Displaced Thresholds to address safety on approaches (added just after 1999).
Closed Sunset to Sunrise / Automated message when Pilot uses Radio after Sunset.
No Touch and Go's
No Low Passes
No Primary Training allowed at the Airpark (must go elsewhere after departure)
No turns before 1 mile for Noise Abatement
Local Weather Station and Service automated for radio calls from Pilots
No Scheduled charter services
No Large Aircraft (max weight is 12,500 lbs)
All rules posted with FAA
All rules posted on Pilot Apps (ex: ForeFlight)
All rules posted on Web Site
City Ordinances are notes
Signage throughout the Airpark
Very well maintained asphalt runway with crack sealing and slurry coating to maintain quality.
Freshly painted markings are maintained.
Board member assigned to Airpark safety
Three well maintained Wind Socks for Pilots
To schedule a tour or discuss our safety please Contact Us.
Lakeway Airpark is 215% safer than the average accident rate for all phases of flight in the U.S.
This is especially remarkable as Airports tend to have higher, not lower, accident rates than cruise flying, which is included in the baseline comparison for the national averages below.
Airplane accidents are measured by the number of accidents per 100,000 flight hours flown by general aviation airplanes in the USA. Today this rate is 3.5 total accidents per 100,000 hours flown by general aviation airplanes in the USA.
Both the overall airplane accident rate and the fatal rate have decreased steadily in the last 30 years. The Lakeway airpark has experienced only three airplane accidents beyond the airport boundary and within the greater Lakeway community in the last 30 years.
Using the data from the FlightAware tracking source as of February 2, 2022, for arrivals and departures from the Lakeway Airpark (3R9 identifier), there were 3553 arrivals / departures in the six-month period from July 2, 2021 to February 2, 2022. Projecting this out for a 12-month period, this would be 7106 arrivals / departures. Using an average of 52 minutes flight time per sortie base on the averaging of flight times shown in the FlightAware data, this gives 7106 X 52 minutes of flight time or 0.865 hours of flight X 7106 flights = 6146 hours flown into or out of 3R9 in 12 months.
Again, Lakeway has experienced three airplane accidents beyond the airport boundary and within the greater Lakeway community in the last 30 years. 30 years X 6146 hours (30 X 6146) = 184,380 flight hours wherein there were 3 accidents. This is an accident rate for 3R9 of 3 accidents per 184,380 flight hours.
Again, the national rate is 3.5 accidents per 100,000 flight hours compared to the accident rate for 3R9 of 3 accidents per 184,380 flight hours.
Taking national average: 100,000 / 3.5 = 28,571. 1 accident every 28,571 hours.
Taking 3R9 actuals: 184,380 / 3 = 61,460. 1 accident every 61,460 flight hours.
Comparison: 61,460/28,571 = 2.15 times or 215% safer.
Comparing this data to the average flight time per flights to and from Lakeway, the accident rate for the Lakeway airpark is lower than the overall USA rates by a factor of approximately one half. Again, these conclusions are estimates and the flight hours can only reflect the current rates.
FlightAware flight report for 3R9, Lakeway Airpark (FlightAware.com)
National Transportation Safety Board (www.ntsb.gov)
Special Thanks to Bill Gunn, Safety Board Member
27 years as a contract instructor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
21 years in the USAF flying the RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft worldwide. 21 years as compliance manager for the state of Texas Aviation Division, dealing with community relations and contract compliance for the 276 public use general aviation airports in Texas. Contract instructor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute for 27 years teaching flight instructor refresher clinics and pilot safety seminars in the USA. Guest instructor for the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) 1991 to assist creating re-currency training for Australian flying instructors. FAA flight instructor of the year 1993 for the Southwest region of the USA. He is an Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instrument Instructor, Multi Engine Instrument Instructor, Commercial Glider Pilot, and a former Airman Certificate Authority for the FAA. He is a graduate of the FAA's compliance management course and assisted in technical corrections to the FAA's compliance handbook, FAA Order 5190.6B. He holds a BBA from UT Austin and a MS degree from Troy University, Europe.
General Aviation Pilots are 27% safer in 2019 vs. 2010 Source: AOPA Annual Nall Report
General Aviation Overall is 15% safer in 2019 vs. 2010. Source: AOPA Annual Nall Report
According to TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) Lakeway Airpark has ZERO notifications of violations.
You can run the report here by filtering for "78734" and customer # of "cn600790315": Lakeway Airpark TCEQ Record
Lakeway Airpark is a non-profit and uses proceeds from fuel sales (just like our area marina's) to help maintain the Airpark.
Our fuel system is state of the art, double walled, double alarmed, rust proof, monitored daily, inspected annually by a 3rd party certified inspector.
We maintain two certified fuel system certificated operators who have recurrent training and have passed tests.
There is a rumor going around that we are non-compliant with our fuel certs. This is untrue.
There is a TCEQ inspection of one of our distant rain runoff culverts that has nothing to do with the fuel system and was resolved *prior* to expiration. There is an old defunct non-fuel related project from years ago that never got started... thus a "ghost" expiration. Lastly, the Airpark is not required to receive City certifications and has never been asked to get one.
We are compliant and certified with Federal and State of Texas regulatory rules, sub-certifications and inspections.
Here is a screenshot from TCEQ. Notice all the violations are City of Lakeway (in 2011), none are for the Airpark: