CONROE, TX (Nov. 1, 2023) – Chennault Airfield, which will also be the new home to Chennault Aviation Academy, is hosting its grand opening event November 16, 2023. The event is being held from 4 to 6 p.m. that day at 15900 Schank Road in Conroe. The grand opening is open to the public to tour the airfield, which is nearly completed with phase one of its development.


Phase one includes the completion of a 3,100-foot by 70-foot lighted runway, basic airport infrastructure and the flight school main hangar. This building for the Chennault Aviation Academy is already completed.


The name Chennault was chosen in tribute to Lieutenant General Claire Chennault, who trained Chinese pilots in China, various US war tactics in World War II. China was an allied nation to the United States during WWII. The owners of the Chennault Aviation Academy, wanted to honor this partnership, and create a place for Chinese and American pilots to thrive. One of the academy owners is of Chinese descent.


Additionally, the Chennault Foundation’s president is Major General William Chen, the first Chinese American to attain the two-star rank in the United States Army. Vice President of the Foundation is Nell Chennault Calloway, granddaughter of Lieutenant General Claire Chennault. She is also CEO of the Chennault Museum and has provided invaluable input into Chennault Airfield.


The land was previously a smaller airfield used for a crop duster dirt airstrip in the 1970s, but had been abandoned for several decades. Due to the runway size limitations, this private airport will be ideal for smaller aircraft. According to a spokesperson for Chennault Airfield, smaller aircraft have been getting displaced in increasing numbers at larger, more congested nearby airports.


Lisa Fay and the Fay Realty Team, based with Coldwell Banker Realty, will be on hand for any questions about the purchase or lease of future airplane hangars. Lisa Fay has been a real estate agent more than 8 years and is fresh off being awarded Industry MVP in Houston Agent Magazine’s Agents’ Choice Awards (awards voted on by industry peers). The Fay Realty Team can be reached at 832-732-2630.


“This is an amazing project with so much future potential,” noted Realtor Lisa Fay, who got to be a passenger on one of the first airplanes to land at and break in the new airfield. “It will be such a boost for small aviation planes in the northern metro Houston region.”


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