There’s an upcoming departure and new arrival at the City-owned and operated Granbury Regional Airport.
After eight years with the City, including the last six as Director of Aviation, Pat Stewart is retiring in mid-December. “Under Pat’s leadership, the Airport has grown tremendously,” said City Manager Chris Coffman. “We have a new runway, new hangars and expanded services because Pat has been able to successfully interact with federal and state government agencies, as well as cast the vision for our city councilmembers and Airport Board.” Stewart departs as the construction of a new Terminal building enters its final phase.
Cody Mathis is coming to Granbury as Director of Aviation from the Waco Regional Airport where he has been Operations Manager since 2018. His professional aviation career began in Houston in 2006, followed by leadership positions in Shreveport and Dallas.
He is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives and is certified as an Airport Security Coordinator. Mathis earned a B.S. in Aviation Management from Louisiana Tech University.
“Granbury is already known as the 'Friendliest Little Airport in Texas.’ That matches my personality and is a reflection of my passion for advancing and promoting the aviation community. I am excited for the opportunity to build on what Stewart and Granbury’s management team has already accomplished,” Mathis said.
Mathis said he has “…had a love for airplanes since I was a kid.” As a self-proclaimed “history buff,” he is looking forward to exploring Granbury’s past with
his wife and four children. All the kids have aviation-inspired first names; the youngest is Amelia, as in “Earhart.”
Mathis arrived in mid-November and is working with Stewart for a smooth transition.