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Friday, May 18th, 2012



Smith Field Staff and Customer Feedback


Learn to Fly Day


SMD in the News


Information for Tenants


FBO Statistics


Current SMD Waiting list



Smith Field Airport Events 2012



New T-Hangar


SMDCustomerFeedback SMD Customer Feedback



03/20/12- PA28 N2945T Great Place and People!


04/11/12 - Cirrus N124JF  Great Location, Nice People, but you need rental cars!


04/12/12- Cirrus N409CD Thanks for everything! Great Service Heather!


04/24/12- BE35 2092W Nice Airport!


04/24/12- C172 136VU Great Service Erika!


05/10/12- Piper N5387P Great Service!


05/11/12- C182 N941BM Appreciate the Courtesy Car! Excellent Service!


05/13/12- Cirrus22 N527TR Excellent!! Pre-arrival arrangements via phone were courteous and accommodating.  Upon Arrival Erika was very helpful with gas and directions.  Thank-you for use of the courtesy car! Very Friendly!

Learn to Fly Day


Posted on May 11, 2012 by Kayleen

Are you ready for take off?

Up you go into the wild blue yonder! Yes, you!

If you've always wanted to experience the world of flight but didn't know how to get started, you'll have a chance during the annual Learn to Fly Day at Smith Field Airport on Saturday, May 19.

Coming from a family of aviation enthusiasts (my husband and son are both pilots), I can say it gets in your blood to be high among the clouds, looking down on creation and the world you live in.

Learn to Fly Day is arranged by Chapter 2 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. "We want to give people the opportunity to know what it's like to fly in a small aircraft and think about becoming a pilot," said Joel Pierce, organizer of the event.

The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend the event and look at the aviation displays. Complimentary food will be available. A 30-minute sample flying lesson in a 2-seater airplane is available for $59.00. A similar lesson in an aircraft that seats three people is $95.00.

Minors must have a release form signed by a parent. For more information, visit them online.


Smith Field Airport
426 W Ludwig Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825


TenantInformationInformation for Tenants


A-Row Aircraft Washing Area


A-Row Tenants are authorized to use the hose on the west side of the Ivy Tech Building to wash their aircraft.  A hose will be provided by the Airport Authority and placed in that area for your use.  Please be courteous to other tenants and Ivy Tech when using this area.  The washing area is first come first serve, however Ivy Tech personnel and students will take precedence while they are still leasing this facility.


New Electronic Gate Code


The A- Row electronic gate has been installed and is operational.  The code for this gate is different than our terminal gate.  If you have not obtained the code for the electronic gate please stop by the SMD Terminal Bldg to fill out a security acknowledgement form and obtain the new code. 


This code will be the same code used on the terminal gate effective June 15th 2012 so whether you are an A-Row tenant or a tenant in Hangars 2, B, C, D, E, F, or G you will need to come in and obtain the new code.  We are notifying you of this in advance to make the transition as seamless as possible. 


Restroom Access


We are aware that there are not any restrooms available to the A-Row tenants unless the Ivy Tech Facility is open, this is something that will be addressed when we relocate to the new building.  In the mean-time we ask that all tenants bare with us and continue to utilize the SMD Terminal Facilities.   Please remember that under no circumstances is it ok to drive your personal vehicle onto the airfield to get to the SMD Terminal, doing so puts your life and the life of other pilots at risk.  Please work with us to ensure the safety of our pilots and the Fort Wayne Community.



Boyscouts of America Aviation Merit Badge Event 2012 


FBOStatisticsSmith Field Airport FBO Statistics


12-Apr11-AprChangeYTD 12YTD 11Change
Self Serve7836 258163 
Full Serve13774 414263 
Gallons of Fuel Sold4,1342,07699.12%12,4588,50646.45%


This has been an excellent year so far for both the Airport Authority and Sweet Aviation!  With any luck the weather will remain mild and we can continue this trend throughout the year. :)

WaitingListCurrent Smith Field Waiting List


Date of RequestName Current Tenant?Space Requested
2/10/2010Greg Yonke H-1A , D
3/6/2012Sweet AviationA-2, A-4A6, A8, A10, A12
3/28/2012Doug McKinleyA-1F, A, D
3/29/2012Ron HensleyH-5F
4/10/2012John MillerF-2F-1, F-3, F-5, D, E
4/11/2012Andrew ConnerH-6D, E, F
12/21/2009Cort ChilianNOB, E, D, F
4/30/2010Civil Air PatrolNOA, B, D, E, F
12/1/2011Steve Brinley NOA, F, D
12/22/2011Ted HurleyNOA, F, D
6/2/2011Steve OveryNOA
1/15/2012Back 40 ClubNOA (possibly D)
3/28/2012Brad WilsonNOA, Hangar 2
3/31/2012Wayne BussNOANYTHING
4/10/2012Patrick BortonNOANYTHING
4/16/2012Ron DickNOD, A


 ** To be added to our waiting list please fill out the waiting list form with one of our Operations Coordinators, a copy will be provided to you and one will be maintained on file for our records**

** Please note that you cannot trade sign-up dates or slots to get into a hangar. ** 

** Current tenants will be offered available spaces before new tenants, this does not apply to a current tenant bringing an additional aircraft to the field, if you are bringing an additional aircraft to the field you must go back on the waiting list for that aircraft**  


 AirportEventsAirport Events 2012


04/14/2012: Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) Control Tower Tour at 9 AM - Details to come in the April newsletter.

05/05/2012: EAA Vintage Chapter 37 Young Eagles Rally at DeKalb County Airport (GWB) in Auburn, IN. Registration from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Flying from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. (*)


05/112012: EAA Chapter 2 meeting at 7 PM - Ivy Tech Building at Smith Field - Aeronautical Decision Making seminar by Craig Brown. (#)


05/12/2012: Young Eagles Rally at Smith Field Airport (SMD). Registration from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Flying from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. (*)


05/19/2012: International Learn to Fly Day Smith Field Airport (SMD) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Further details coming soon! http://http://www.learntofly.org/


06/02/2012: EAA Vintage Chapter 37 Young Eagles Rally at DeKalb County Airport (GWB) in Auburn, IN. Registration from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Flying from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. (*)


06/08/2012: EAA Chapter 2 meeting at 7 PM - Ivy Tech Building at Smith Field - Aluminum Wing Rib Building Workshop. (#)


06/09/2012: Young Eagles Rally at Smith Field Airport (SMD). Registration from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Flying from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. (*)


06/16/2012: Smith Field Airport (SMD) at 5pm - Friends & Family Cookout.


07/13/2012: EAA Chapter 2 meeting at 7 PM - Ivy Tech Building at Smith Field - Oshkosh 'AirVenture' Information and Planning discussion by Joel Pierce. (#)


07/14/2012: Smith Field Airport (SMD) - Pancake Breakfast Fly-in / Drive-in from 7am - 11am.


07/23/2012: 07/29/2012: EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.


08/10/2012: EAA Chapter 2 meeting at 7 PM - Brotherhood Mutual - Movie Night featuring The Horsemen Cometh. View the trailer here!


08/11/2012: Young Eagles Rally at Smith Field Airport (SMD). Registration from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Flying from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. (*)


08/12/2012: Husted Pancake Breakfast Fly-In at Husted Field. 8 AM to 10 AM.


09/01-02/2012: 122nd FW/Fort Wayne ANG Air Show.

3005 Ferguson Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46809-3158. Google Maps

For more information, contact Major Brian Frazier at 260-478-3484
US Army Parachute Team Golden Knights
Airport: Fort Wayne International (FWA)
Field Elevation: 814 ft
Runway Length: 11,981 ft
Runway Orientation: 5-23
Unicom Frequency: 122.95
Fixed Base Operator: Atlantic Aviation
FBO Contact:
Hangar space available: Yes


09/08/2012: Young Eagles Rally at Smith Field Airport (SMD). Registration from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Flying from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. (*)


09/14/2012: EAA Chapter 2 meeting at 7 PM - Ivy Tech Building at Smith Field - Homebuilt Inspections Part II by Bill Terhune


10/12/2012: EAA Chapter 2 meeting at 7 PM - Ivy Tech Building at Smith Field - Discussion with a Fort Wayne Air National Guard spokesperson.


10/13/2012: Smith Field Airport (SMD) - Chili Lunch Fly-in/Drive-in from 11am - 2pm.


10/27/2012: Bus trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Details to come!


11/09/2012: EAA Chapter 2 meeting at 7 PM - Ivy Tech Building at Smith Field - Elections, Roger Myers - Fort Wayne Aviation History. (#)


12/01/2012: EAA Chapter 2 meeting at 6 PM - Ivy Tech Building at Smith Field - 6pm - Annual Chapter 2 Christmas Party Pot-Luck Dinner.


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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