This past year was another successful one. Despite the numerous challenges facing us, we had a number of successes that outscored the challenges. For starters, we continue to operate without a long term solution on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization legislation. We are operating on our 22nd extension since the legislation expired in 2007. There were six extensions in 2011 alone! A 23rd extension will be needed before January 31st when the current extension expires. Last year, the FAA was shut down for two weeks because no agreement was reached on an extension. As a result, the Aviation Trust Fund lost nearly $300M during the shutdown, increasing the gap between funding available and funding necessary for critical safety and security projects at our Nation's airports.
Despite all the chaos with FAA funding, we were still able to complete our critical safety projects in 2011 and are planning and designing several more for 2012. We have already received two pieces of airfield equipment at FWA this year. A new aircraft passenger loading ramp and a continuous friction measuring equipment vehicle arrived last week. In addition, several more projects are being designed and planned for later this year. These projects include: perimeter fencing, land acquisitions, runway lighting, and terminal building electrical upgrades. At Smith Field, we are finishing our T-Hangar project and Ivy Tech Community College is progressing on schedule with their new Airframe and Powerplant Facility. Both of these projects should wrap up in the first half of 2012.
Another challenge last year was the several capacity cuts made by the airlines. While we lost a number of airline seats in our market, we were able to fill the seats we retained. Load factors, which measures the number of airline seats occupied, were at a record high at FWA this past year. Because we continue to fill the airplanes, we continue to work with the airlines to get more flights back in our market. 2012 is shaping up to prove that with a number of flights already scheduled to return.
In summary, our investments in capital projects help support our community and also provide a place for others to do business. This airport development, coupled with our air service development efforts, help drive the Fort Wayne region to economic success.
While it is too early to make predictions, we are optimistic about our position going into this year. We thank you for another successful year and look forward to serving you again in 2012. Whether at Smith Field or Fort Wayne International, we hope to see you again soon!
Torrance A. Richardson, A.A.E.
Executive Director of Airports
Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
|Air Service Update
Allegiant Air now booking seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach
Looking for a great place to spend some of your summer vacation? Visit Myrtle Beach! Allegiant Air will again be adding seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this summer. Travelers can book direct flights between Fort Wayne (FWA) and Myrtle Beach (MYR) between May 17 and August 12. Visit www.allegiantair.com to make a reservation, or call their reservation line at 702-505-8888.
Additional Flights Added to Chicago and Minneapolis Beginning this Spring
Great news for business travelers! American Airlines will be adding a fourth daily trip to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) beginning on March 3, 2012, and Delta Airlines will be resuming the second daily trip to Minneapolis (MSP) from June 7 - August 1. To book flights with American Airlines visit aa.com or call 1-800-433-7300. To book flights on Delta Airlines visit delta.com or call 1-800-221-1212.
Allegiant Air 5th Anniversary Celebration in February
On February 16, The Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Allegiant Air, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, and Majic 95.1, will host a celebration of the 5th year of Allegiant's air service at Fort Wayne International Airport. An event open to the public will be held that evening with refreshments, activities, and a BIG prize. More details will follow in a couple of weeks regarding this event and the prize giveaway contest. Stay tuned for the announcement!
FWA Brings Two Lucky Service Members "Home for the Holidays"
For the 4th year, Fort Wayne International Airport and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with WAJI, Majic 95.1, selected two lucky service members as winners of the "Home for the Holidays" contest. The winners chosen to fly home to Fort Wayne for free this holiday season were Gregory Bolden, E2 of the United States Army and Matthew Art, Petty Officer, Second Class of the United States Navy.
"It was a tough choice this year. We had a lot of great candidates [from essays submitted by friends and family members] and we wish we could bring them all home for the holidays," said Dave Young, Vice President of Air Service Development at the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. "We appreciate the time everyone put into this and we would like to thank those who submitted an entry."
Bolden is currently stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. Art is stationed in Yokosuka, Japan on the USS McCampell. During his visit home to Fort Wayne, Art met his 6-week-old daughter for the first time and married her mother.
Check out some of the news coverage of Gregory Bolden's homecoming by following the link below:
|Gregory Bolden is greeted by his family upon his return to Fort Wayne. |
FWA "Holiday Wrap Station" a Huge Success
As a thank you to passengers and a reminder that all gifts should always be left unwrapped when going through security, FWA launched a Holiday Wrap Station this year, where airport volunteers and employees wrapped gifts free of charge. The Holiday Wrap Station was available post-security during business hours the week before Christmas.
Gifts should be left unwrapped when traveling because Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel may need to gain access to items at the security checkpoint. If passengers choose to wrap their gifts, they are encouraged to store them in their checked bags or ship them ahead.
Check out some of the news coverage of the Holiday Wrap Station by following the link below:
Wounded Soldier Receives Warm Welcome Home at FWA
In October, army soldier Daniel "Danny" Hagan was shot in the back of the head during combat. The injury fractured his skull and caused his brain to bleed, bruise, and swell. Hagan was flown from Afghanistan to Germany to Washington D.C. to Tampa. He's remained in Tampa, Florida since late October for treatment and rehabilitation. Hagan's wife and 16-month-old son have been staying with him in Tampa, meaning they too have spent several months away from family and friends.
Fortunately, their Christmas wish to return home for the holidays was recently answered. An organization called Hero Miles has paid for Danny and his wife and son to fly home to Fort Wayne for a few weeks.
When the family of three got off the plane, the hallways of Fort Wayne International Airport were lined with loved ones, service men and women, members of the Patriot Guard, and staff of FWA. Hagan walked through the crowds and shook each service person's hand. It was a very touching and wonderful welcome home, and Hagan and his family were very appreciative to all those who attended.
To see news coverage of this event visit:
To see the entire Facebook album of photos from the Airport visit:
FWACAA Employees Meet Goal for United Way Pledge Drive
Once again this year, employees for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) participated in the annual United Way Pledge Drive. Sixteen employees made contributions to the drive raising exactly $10,004. This was the most money ever raised at the Airport Authority for a pledge drive.
The United Way of Allen County funds programs and supports initiatives in three critical areas: Basic Needs, Family Stability and Success in School. Funded services help support the most basic needs of local residents, help families live productive and economically stable lives and provide children and youth with quality opportunities for social and academic growth. For more information about the United Way of Allen County, visit their website: www.unitedwayallencounty.org.
New T-Hangar at Smith Field - UPDATE
In our last newsletter we reported that the site work was complete and the concrete for the foundation would soon be poured. This work has been done for some time now and we have been waiting for the construction of the building. The wet weather has caused some delays; however, the good news is that the steel erecting crews began work December 16th. All of the heavy steel is already up and insulation and siding is anticipated to start very soon. With the exception of the final lift of asphalt, we anticipate completion in February.
The Airport Authority is pleased to have this project moving along so well since additional facilities are needed because all aircraft storage facilities are full at Smith Field. This new facility will allow many more pilots to use SMD as their base airport.
FWA Terminal Building Gets a "LED Facelift"
As you drive up to the FWA Terminal building, make sure to direct your eyes upward to the new "LED Facelift" the terminal received this fall. Throughout November and December, the upward lights on the terminal front were upgraded to new LED fixtures and bulbs. Not only are these fixtures very attractive and pleasing to the eye, but by using LED technology we are able to reduce our electrical usage in half since the new fixtures use 210 watts of electricity compared to the 400 watts used by the previous fixtures.
The project consisted of replacing 32 of the current 400-Watt High Pressure Sodium lamps with new high efficient LED technology. The main goal was to find a fixture that used the newest technology and efficiency, however it also had to match the existing décor, as not to look out of place. Don't miss these next time you are at FWA!
|Airport Events & Recognition
Local Aviation Legend, Roger Myers, Publishes New Book on Fort Wayne Aviation History
FWA Hospitality Host, curator of the Fort Wayne Aviation Museum, former airline station manager, and WWII veteran, Roger Myers, has authored a new book about Fort Wayne aviation history. Fort Wayne Aviation: Baer Field and Beyond boasts more than 200 never-before-published images, giving readers a unique opportunity to reconnect to the history that shaped their community. Some of the highlights include Fort Wayne's flying aces, the development of the Baer Field Army Air Base and the city's military and commercial achievements.
"For several years, I have thought that the photographs and stories of early aviation activity in this area should be recorded and preserved for those who follow. This book represents but a small record of the people, airports, and military activity that have brought FWA to become the outstanding facility that it is," said Myers. "Many of my friends have provided the photographs that you will see in this book, and I appreciate the assistance of family members and friends who assisted in any way."
Fort Wayne Aviation: Baer Field and Beyond is available at the FWA gift shop as well as area bookstores, independent and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888-313-2665.
|On January 13 & 14, 2012, Myers had a book signing at the gift shop in the FWA Terminal.|
"Flight to Fight Blood Cancers 5k/10k Race" Coming April 2012
For the 2nd year, the Airport Authority is a sponsor for the "Flight to Fight Blood Cancers 5k/10k Race." This event takes place in April and benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The race course begins at Fort Wayne Metals and part of the route takes runners onto a runway at Fort Wayne International Airport. At the finish line, participants can enjoy two free beers, food, and social time with friends.
Registration is currently open. Sign up early for an "Early Bird" discount through January 31, 2012.
For more information about the race and to register to participate, please follow the link below. We hope to see you there!
1st Quarter "Art in the Airport" Feature - Brooks Design + Photography
Austin Brooks, a Fort Wayne native currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the featured artist this quarter for the "Art in the Airport" program. Since graduating from the Art Institute of Cincinnati with a degree in Graphic Design, Austin has been working as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. Austin's display at the airport features landscape and wildlife photography shot in various locations throughout the midwest. He has also included some photos taken by his father, Mark Brooks, a photography hobbyist.
To view more pieces of Austin's work, check out his website at http://brooksdesignandphotography.com/
or look through the online album of this display on the Airport's Facebook Page. All of his photos are currently for sale, and inquiries for purchasing should be directed to the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airport Authority Staff Available for Speaking Engagements in 2012
Looking for a speaker for your class, club, or an upcoming event? Did you know the staff at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority is available to meet with your group free of charge? We have very educated and experienced people who can meet with you to discuss topics ranging from aviation/airport careers, the history of the Fort Wayne Airport, airport operations and safety, the hospitality industry, air service challenges, economic development at the airport, and more. Our staff can speak at your meeting or you can arrange meetings at the airport. We can address small or large crowds and groups of all ages.
To arrange a speaking engagement, please contact Michele Platte at email@example.com or 260-446-3422 with your group name, contact information, topic you would like discussed, and the date(s) you are interested in meeting, and Michele will work with the staff to make such arrangements.
Advertising at the Airport
The Airport Authority is partnering with Michiana Business Publications, Inc. to sell advertising space at Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport. Michiana Business Publications, Inc. is the publisher of Business People magazine. To learn about advertising opportunities at FWA and SMD, please contact Michiana Business Publications at 260.497.0433.
Upcoming Solicitation & Bid Opportunities
FWA Airport Statistics
2011 Passenger Numbers
4th Quarter Enplanements (Oct - Dec 2011)
2011 67,340 Increase of 0.21%
YTD Enplanements (Through December 2011)
2011 277,938 Increase of 0.30%
Total Passengers (Enplaned and Deplaned)
552,283 YTD December 2011. Increase of 0.334% over YTD December 2010.
Cargo: 22,273,097 lbs YTD December 2011. Decrease of -6.7% over YTD December 2010.
Annual Economic Impact: $323 Million (Source: Aviation Association of Indiana)
SMD Airport Statistics
Fuel Sales: 39,446 gallons (YTD December 2011)
40,337 gallons (YTD December 2010)
Annual Economic Impact: $8 Million
(Source: Aviation Association of Indiana)
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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 which included expansion of the terminal and parking areas, upgrades to the runways, and the creation of an Air Trade Center and Foreign Trade Zone 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 www.FWAirport.com.