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Monday, December 19th, 2011






Happy Holidays from your friends at Smith Field!




Dearest Friends, 



On behalf of the Fort Wayne - Allen County Airport Authority we wish to express our sincerest appreciation for your continued patronage. It is because of valued customers like you that we are able to continue to offer you the finest little airport in Indiana.


As the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for. Our relationship with all of you is one thing we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We wish you a very Happy Holiday and much success in the New Year! 


Sincerely Yours,


Your Smith Field Operations Team!



Congratulations to Sweet Aviations

Newest Solo Students and Private Pilots


 Brians Solo Flight

Dr Reeds Private PilotRoss IFR checkride




 Todd's first solo flight









As stated in our last NewsBlast our Automated Weather Observation System is now displaying accurate flight information and we believe that the new converter box has resolved the issue.



Smith Field T-Hangar 


Our erector's for the Smith Field T-Hangar arrived on site Friday December 16th to begin building our t-hangar structure.  This process is expected to take two weeks from their arrival and then an additional three weeks to work on the electrical for the building.  We look forward to the completion final lift of asphalt on the t-hangar this spring!


SMD THangar


Ivy Tech II


As you may have seen Ivy Tech II is moving right along, they have completed their steel framework for the building and are now actively working on the siding and insulation, once this process is complete it will be difficult to see much of a change to the project site until its opening because most of the work will be done to the inside of the building. 

Ivy Tech II

New Operations Coordinator at Smith Field Airport


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The Authority is pleased to announce that the vacant position at SMD has been filled.  Heather Rutkowski accepted our offer and began work on Monday, December 12.  Heather brings with her a strong educational background and practical customer service skills. 


Heather's experience has very much been airport and aviation related.  She worked several years as a Flight Attendant with Chautauqua Airlines.  She also worked a six month internship at the Indianapolis Airport.  Currently, Heather works as a Public Health Technician with the Indiana Air Guard.


Heather graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor degree in Aviation Management and has obtain her Master's degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


We look forward to getting Heather started and prepared to work on her own.  If you get the chance to see her welcome her aboard!



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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 (FWA) and Smith Field (SMD). In the last few years, FWACAA has undergone an aggressive improvement plan at SMD which included the construction of an aircraft maintenance training facility in partnership with Ivy Tech, the installation of an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) in partnership with Parkview Hospital, the installation of a compass swing site in partnership with the 99's, the rehabilitation of both runways 13/31 and 5/23, the lighting of runway 13/31, the installation of a self-serve aviation fuel system, and various facility, electrical, storm water, and pavement improvements. 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