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Director's Dialogue   


As you may have heard in the news, or perhaps just noticed the different picture to the left, there has recently been a change in leadership here at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. Let me introduce myself - I am Scott Hinderman, A.A.E, the new Executive Director of Airports.


Just last month in March, Mr. Torrance (Tory) Richardson, A.A.E., resigned from his position as Executive Director to accept the position of Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategy for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. Tory worked as the Executive Director of Airports for the FWACAA for eight years and accomplished many things in his tenure. I had the pleasure of working for Tory for the last five years, and he was a great mentor from whom I learned much. Tory will be greatly missed, but I am eager to take on this new role and look forward to being part of the continued success and commitment to this great facility.


Prior to this new appointment, I worked as the Director of Operations & Facilities here at FWACAA for five years. I served as airport manager at the Cheyenne, Wyoming airport and was director of operations and maintenance at the airport in Peoria, Illinois prior to moving to Fort Wayne. Before beginning my civilian career, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps. My service was focused in Marine Aviation, mostly flying helicopters, and I left the service as a Captain in 1993. My degree is in Aviation Administration from the University of North Dakota, graduating class of 1989.


I would just like to say that the staff at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority and I are proud of the service we provide to our community and will continue to do our best for the Northeast Indiana community as a whole. If you have any questions about Fort Wayne International or Smith Field airports, please feel welcome to call me. I look forward to serving you all now and well into the future. 





Scott D. Hinderman, A.A.E.

Executive Director of Airports

Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority

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Announcing New Air Service to Southwest Florida!


FWA is excited to announce that Allegiant has added non-stop flights from FWA to southwest Florida. The service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), located just 30 minutes from popular Fort Myers, will operate two flights per week beginning June 28, 2012.

Punta Gorda, Florida is situated on the shores of Charlotte Harbor, approximately 100 miles south of Tampa and a convenient 24 miles north of Fort Myers. In addition to the city's beautiful historic district, Punta Gorda offers many natural attractions, waterside shopping, fishing, and fine dining.

Tickets are available for purchase. Visit www.allegiant.com to make a reservation, or call their reservation line at 702-505-8888.
Allegiant Now Booking Seasonal Flights to Myrtle Beach 


Looking for a great place to spend some of your summer vacation? Visit Myrtle Beach! Allegiant 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. Allegiant will operate two flights per week, departing FWA on Thursdays and Sundays at 3:40 p.m. and arriving at MYR at 5:15 p.m. Return service from MYR will depart at 6:00 p.m. and arrive into FWA at 7:40 p.m. Visit www.allegiant.com to make a reservation, or call their reservation line at 702-505-8888.


Additional Daily Flight to Atlanta to Begin in June 


Officials at FWA are pleased to announce that Delta will soon offer an additional flight between Fort Wayne and Atlanta, creating more connecting opportunities for the region's travelers. Beginning June 9, Delta will add a fourth daily flight to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The new flight will depart FWA at 2:55 p.m. and arrive at ATL at 4:46 p.m. Return service from ATL will depart at 12:50 p.m. and arrive into FWA at 2:30 p.m. 


For flight availability and fares, visit the Delta website at www.delta.com or call Delta Reservations at


Allegiant Adds Carry-on Bag Fee 


Allegiant recently announced that they will now be charging a fee for carry-on bags. Small items, like purses, briefcases, and backpacks that can fit underneath seats, will remain free of charge, but smaller roller bags and duffels stored in overhead bins will incur a fee. For FWA's Allegiant flights, the fee is $13 when pre-paid online at booking. If you pay at the airport the day of your flight, however, the fee is $35.


For more information about Allegiant's baggage fees for carry-on and checked luggage, please visit their fee page on their website at http://www.allegiantair.com/aaFeesForOurServices.php or call their reservation line at 702-505-8888.
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Airport News

Torrance A. Richardson Resigns as Executive Director of Airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, Scott D. Hinderman Named Immediate Successor, Craig Williams becomes Director of Operations 



At the end of March, Executive Director of Airports, Torrance Richardson, submitted his resignation to the Airport Authority board after eight years in his position. Mr. Richardson accepted the position of Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategy with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority in Ohio, and began work there at the beginning of April. 


"We have accomplished so much together," Mr. Richardson said. "We have invested millions of dollars through the completion of numerous projects at Fort Wayne International and Smith Field Airports. Those investments will serve us well into the future. I have met many wonderful people, made great friendships and experienced so much of what makes Fort Wayne and Allen County such a great place."


After Mr. Richardson announced his resignation, the Airport Authority board appointed Scott Hinderman as the new director. For the past five years, Mr. Hinderman has served as the Airport Authority's director of operations and facilities. Before that he served as airport manager at the Cheyenne, Wyoming airport and was director of operations and maintenance at the airport in Peoria, Illinois.


"I'm looking forward to being part of the continued success and commitment to this great facility," Mr. Hinderman said.


To fill the vacancy left by Mr. Hinderman, Craig Williams, was named as the Airport Authority's Director of Operations and Facilities. Mr. Williams has served for the past 5 years as the Director of Administration and Finance, and is excited about his new role at the authority. 


Welcome Dollar Thrifty Car Rental to FWA
In March, FWA welcomed a new car rental company, Dollar Thrifty, to the terminal. Their desk is located in the baggage claim area with the other car rental companies. If you are interested in booking reservations through Dollar or Thrifty their information can be found below.
Dollar - 1-800-800-4000 or www.dollar.com
Thrifty - 1-800-847-4389 or www.thrifty.com
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New T-Hangar at Smith Field Now Complete



The Airport Authority is pleased to announce that construction is now complete on a new 12-unit T-hangar facility at Smith Field, fulfilling the airport's growing demand for more hangar space. A formal ribbon-cutting and open house ceremony was held on March 29th at SMD, where local community leaders, Smith Field tenants, Airport Authority staff, and construction partners met to celebrate its completion.


Smith Field now has a total of ten hangar units of various sizes and configurations, allowing enough space to store 68 aircraft. The new hangars are located just west of the existing Ivy Tech Aviation Maintenance Technology School off Ludwig Road. A new aircraft parking ramp will also be constructed to support the facility. Most of this work is eligible for funds under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.


The current T-hangar development project is consistent with Smith Field's FAA approved land use plan at the airport. The plan also includes an additional two rows of T-hangars just west of the new facility. Airport officials hope that this future development will be soon, but the project will follow a demand-based process. To see more pictures from the ribbon cutting event, visit the album on the Airport's Facebook Page.

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Airport Authority Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting


Controller, Ron Portis, receives the award from Board President, Mike Gouloff, and Director of Operations, Craig Williams

For the 22nd consecutive year, the Airport Authority accounting department received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 


This award is for the significant accomplishment of completing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2010. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. A copy of the 2010 CAFR is available for download on the Airport Authority website at www.fwairport.com.


Allegiant 5th Anniversary Celebration - "Pack N' Fly" Contest 



Karen Spillson (right) was the winner of our "Pack N' Fly" Contest and took her friend,

Margaret Eckrich (left), on a trip to Tampa/St. Petersburg.

To celebrate Allegiant's 5th Anniversary of service in Fort Wayne, the Airport Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, and Majic 95.1 teamed up to host a "Pack N' Fly" giveaway where one lucky winner and their guest won a trip to Tampa/St. Petersburg. On February 16, contest hopefuls showed up at the airport with their bags packed and registered for the contest. After a few hours of open registration, Karen Spillson's name was drawn and she and her friend, Margaret Eckrich, left on the plane for Tampa that evening! The ladies received roundtrip airfare on Allegiant, transportation to and from their hotel, and a 3-night stay at a Tampa resort.


During the celebration, Majic 95.1 gave away prizes and registrants enjoyed food, drinks, and games for those in attendance. To see pictures from this event, check out the album on the airport Facebook Page.


"Flight to Fight Blood Cancers 5k/10k Race" a Success 


Pictured above are some of the Airport Authority Employees who participated in the Race.

For the 2nd year, the Airport Authority was a sponsor for the "Flight to Fight Blood Cancers 5k/10k Race." This event took place on April 14 and benefitted the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


The race course began at Fort Wayne Metals and part of the route took runners onto a runway at Fort Wayne International Airport. At the finish line, participants enjoyed free beer, food, and social time with friends. 


2nd Quarter "Art in the Airport" Feature - Diane Allen Groenert 


Fort Wayne resident, Diane Allen Groenert, is this quarter's "Art in the Airport" featured artist. Diane's work features many downtown Fort Wayne businesses and homes in her distinct style. "I attempt to put a bit of the personality of the owner into the painting by playing with line, color, and perspective. That's my line." Since 1999, Diane has commissioned over 140 paintings of people's homes, businesses, and vacation homes. Prints of her work can be found at area businesses and in the gift shop at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.


To view more of Diane's work, check out her website at http://dagroenert.com/ or look through the online album of this display on the Airport's Facebook Page. Many of her prints are currently for sale, and inquiries for purchasing print or commissioning paintings should be directed to the artist at groenert125@gmail.com.


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 mplatte@fwairport.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.


Coming September 2012: Fort Wayne Air Show


The 2012 Fort Wayne Air Show is set to take off Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. This promises to be one of our city's largest events. More details will come soon, but mark your calendars for this amazing and FREE event!



2012 Fort Wayne Air Show
FW 122nd Guard Base
Labor Day Weekend
Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 2012
FREE to the public!







Save the Date: Airport Golf Outing


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Business Connections BusinessConnections
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
For the latest information on available opportunities at FWACAA, please visit our website, http://www.fwairport.com/public-notices.aspx to learn of quotes, requests for proposals, and bid solicitations.
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2012 Passenger Numbers


1st Quarter Enplanements (Jan - Mar 2012)
2011    64,739
2012    67,931   Increase of 4.93%
YTD Enplanements (Through March 2012)
2011     64,739
2012     67,931   Increase of 4.93%


Total Passengers (Enplaned and Deplaned)  
133,050 YTD March 2012. Increase of 4.55% over YTD March 2011.
Cargo:  5,939,611 lbs YTD March 2012. Increase of 11.74% over YTD March 2011.


Annual Economic Impact: $323 Million (Source: Aviation Association of Indiana)



SMD Airport Statistics 
Fuel Sales:  8,323 gallons (YTD March 2012)
                      6,431 gallons (YTD March 2011)

Annual Economic Impact: $8 Million
(Source: Aviation Association of Indiana)
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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 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.