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Director's Dialogue

ToryWelcome to the new edition of our electronic newsletter: "A Whole New Altitude."  We are excited to share with you some of the positive changes happening at our airports.  Whether you are interested in airport development, air service, or just general airport information, you'll find it here.  There are links throughout the newsletter to provide you more information from us on the internet.  I hope you will take a moment to explore the newsletter and our websites.  In addition, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  Check it out!


Finally, if you have thoughts and comments about our newsletter or suggested topics for future editions, please reply to our email.  Each response will be reviewed.  In addition, please use the "update profile" feature at the bottom of this email to select the topics that interest you most.  You can find more information about our mailing lists and their associated topics by scrolling down in the newsletter.  We do respect your time and privacy.  As a result, our email lists will not be shared with others and you will only receive updates based on the list or lists you select.

Until next time, Happy Holidays!



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Torrance A. Richardson, A.A.E.

Executive Director of Airports

Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority

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Air Service Update - Air Service Recovering at FWA

Passenger traffic continues to be strong through the third quarter of the year with record load factor being realized by the airlines that serve FWA. We are using this data as support for continuing discussions with the airlines that there is opportunity for expansion at Fort Wayne, both for new markets and new flights. With your continued support, we look forward to a successful year.

Year To Date Enplanements (Through October 2010)
2009 - 223,335
2010 - 233,487
Increase of 4.5% YTD

American Airlines announces air service enhancement by implementing a fourth American Eagle flight between Chicago and Fort Wayne.  The new flight will begin February 10, 2011, and is available for booking now!
Delta Airlines announces air service enhancement by implementing a third Delta Connection flight between Atlanta and Fort Wayne.  The new flight will begin March 2, 2011, and is available for booking now!

Delta RJ
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Home For Holidays
Home For Holidays
Once again, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, and WAJI (MAJIC 95.1) will select two members of the military to fly home to spend time with their families this holiday season. For the past two years, the partnership between the Airport, Chamber, and WAJI have joined together to bring home two military service people each year to be "Home for the Holidays!"


To enter the contest, visit FWA's website, www.flyfwa.com, or WAJI, Magic 95.1, www.waji.com, and complete the entry form.  Share your story on why you want to bring your military family member "Home for the Holidays."  To be eligible for the contest, the military member must be able to receive leave from duty to travel home between December 2, 2010, and January 31, 2011.  Complete rules and requirements of the contest are available at the websites.


Entry forms must be received prior to Monday, November 29, 2010.  WAJI Magic 95.1 will announce the winners on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. The winners will also be posted on the airport website, www.flyfwa.com.

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Airport Projects
NW Perimeter Road
Northwest Perimeter Road Project
In 2007, a FAA Runway Safety Action Team (RSAT) performed an airfield safety inspection at FWA.  The team identified the NW Perimeter Road as a feature that could be improved to increase airfield safety.  The NW Perimeter Road project is a direct response to the RSAT Team safety recommendation.  This project increases airport safety by keeping vehicles off of runways and taxiways.
The Airport Authority reconstructed, extended, and realigned the previous Northwest Perimeter Road to provide the necessary capacity to support heavy airport support equipment such as aircraft rescue fire fighting trucks, runway snow plow and broom trucks, and aircraft refueling equipment.  The previous Northwest Perimeter Road pavement consisted of approximately 4 inches of asphalt directly on soil sub grade and could not support heavy vehicle traffic.  By providing the Northwest Perimeter Road with increased weight bearing capacity, it will allow the heavier airfield equipment to use the road instead of runways and taxiways. 
This project included the reconstruction of approximately 4,700 feet of the Northwest Perimeter Road pavement with a new full depth concrete pavement section.  Secondly, the road was extended further to the northwest, running adjacent to existing perimeter fence and along Airport Expressway.  It was also realigned along Taxiway Y.  The extension and realignment portion comprised approximately 8,000 feet of roadway.

The Fort Wayne Allen County Airport Authority has received grant funding from the FAA ($4,477,498) and the Indiana Department of Transportation - Office of Aviation ($58,914) to support this project.  The total cost of the road reconstruction was about $5 million.  The project should be substantially complete by the end of November 2010.  

Terminal Entrance Door Project

It wasn't long ago that all of the public entrance doors into the terminal building were the revolving compartment style doors.  In 2008, we changed two of the six revolving style doors to the double sliding style door.  The style modification now makes the doors ADA compliant.

This past month we changed one more of the six entrance doors to the sliding style doors.  The door on the west end of the terminal building was changed to the slider style.  The project was completed on time and on budget.

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Runway 5/23

Runway 5/23 is one of two runways at Smith Field, Fort Wayne's general aviation airport located on the city's north side of town.  The pavement on this runway was at the end of its useful life and needed refurbishment.


The project began this fall and was substantially complete the week prior to Thanksgiving.  The $1.1 million project was funded primarily by the FAA (95%).  The Indiana Department of Transportation contributed about 1% of the funding.  The remaining 4% was provided by the Airport Authority.  The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. 

FWA Master Plan Study 

The Airport Authority initiated a new Master Plan Study at Fort Wayne International Airport in the fall of 2009.  Master Plans are prepared to detail the specific long-range plans of the airport within the framework of statewide and regional/metropolitan plans.  These plans identify the development needs of the airport on the basis of forecasts of aviation activity, the potential environmental effects, community compatibility, and financial feasibility.  Airport master planning seeks to determine operational need and programming development for a 20-year time period.

The work effort started in September of 2009 and is scheduled to complete in May of 2011.  The objectives are as follows:

  • Provide a framework that allows the Airport to meet the long-term air transportation needs of the region in a safe, secure, and efficient manner and in compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements.
  • Identify the airfield, passenger terminal, ground transportation system, and aviation support facilities that are necessary to accommodate future aviation demand and fulfill the needs of all Airport users and stakeholders.
  • Develop a flexible, long-range plan for terminal area expansion and the enhancement of passenger amenities.
  • Provide a financial plan that establishes a schedule of development priorities to adequately meet the needs of the future demand for aviation facilities and services at the Airport.
  • Promote the Airport as a major contributor to regional economic activity.
  • Identify strategies to best utilize the collective resources offered by the Airport and the Indiana Air National Guard (IANG).
  • Support the development of compatible land uses in the Airport vicinity in a manner that is sensitive to surrounding environments. 

In addition to the stated objectives above, our master planning efforts are an open and collaborative process.  We created a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to help develop the Airport's Master Plan.  The TAC has representatives from INDOT, FAA, City of Fort Wayne, Allen County Board of Commissioners, Planning & Zoning, Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, Northeast Indiana Regional Marketing Partnership, and airport tenants. 

Visit www.FWAirport.com for additional information about our Master Plan Project.



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Airport Authority Earns 20th Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

The accounting staff earned the "Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting" for the 20th consecutive year! That's right, 20 years!  There are about 1,000 organizations in the U.S. and Canada that have achieved this milestone.  However, there are only four airports: Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Reno, and Fort Wayne that have done so.   Congratulations staff!

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UPS Boeing 747-400F conducts training operations at FWA.

FWA Airport Statistics

Passengers:  463,502  YTD October 2010. Increase of 4% over same period 2009.

Cargo:  20,129,961 lbs YTD October 2010. Increase of 13.8% over same period 2009. 
Aircraft Operations: 31,870 YTD September 2010. Decrease of 26.6% over same period 2009.

Annual Economic Impact: $367 Million
(Source: Aviation Association of Indiana)

SMD Airport Statistics 
Fuel Sales:  42,334 gallons (YE 2009)
                   35,300 gallons (YTD OCT 2010)

Aircraft Operations:  20,913 (2009)

Annual Economic Impact: $6 Million
(Source: Aviation Association of Indiana)  

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Your current defualt mailing list is set to General Interest.  You may select the mailing lists you wish to join by updating your profile using the link at the bottom of this newsletter.  By doing so, you will only receive timely information about the items and issues that interest you most.  The list of options and a descriptions of them are: 

Air Service
This mailing list will receive periodic updates about air service changes and other types of air service marketing updates.  The frequency of the updates will be on an "as-needed" basis.
Airport Development
Subscribing to receive Airport Development notices will provide you with updates and information about airport land planning, property development, leasing opportunities, Foreign Trade Zone activities and other business opportunities on and near the Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field.

FWA Tenants
This email list will be for Airport Authority tenants at Fort Wayne International Airport.  The list will be used to communicate news and airport information for our tenants.  The length and frequency of the email will be driven by necessity.

General Interest
This will be a quarterly email covering a variety of airport and aviation related issues.  The articles will be overviews of projects, air service issues, and airport events/happenings.  It is anticipated to be about 3 pages in length.
International Trade
Subscribing to receive International Trade notices will provide you with updates and information on Foreign Trade Zone 182 activities and opportunities, the National Foreign Trade Zone Board, the Midwest World Trade Association, and information and links related to importing and exporting, U. S. Customs  and  to organizations focused on international trade. 
Legislative Updates
This email will be a periodic email sent out based on legislative activities.  Demand and activity will determine the length and frequency of these emails.  It is anticipated that the frequency will be less than weekly but more than quarterly.
Member of the Media
This email list will be for members of the media.  It will be used for future media announcements and media events.  Emails will generally be limited to one page in length and will be disseminated as demand warrants - approximately one per month.

Smith Field Airport
Periodic updates will be made through this format in order to keep our stakeholders and general public informed about the constantly changing conditions of our community's general aviation airport, Smith Field Airport.  

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Fort Wayne International Airport

3801 West Ferguson Road, Suite 209

Fort Wayne, IN 46809-3142

(260) 747-4146



Smith Field Airport
426 W. Ludwig Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 489-5518


About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing the Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field. Since FWACAA's inception, Fort Wayne International Airport has undergone an aggressive improvement plan that included expansion of the terminal and parking areas, upgrades to the runways, and the creation of a new Air Trade Center to promote economic development in Northeast Indiana. As a result of FWACAA's commitment to customer service, Fort Wayne International Airport was recognized by USA Today as one of the friendliest airports in the nation. The Authority is governed by a six-member board appointed by both the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit