This season hosts an exciting mix of events and projects at Fort Wayne International Airport, and I look forward to sharing them with you in this edition of our e-newsletter! With the holiday travel season right around the corner, however, I'd first like to take this opportunity to remind you of an important Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulation.
Please remember that all gifts - in both checked and carry-on luggage - are subject to inspection by TSA and should be left unwrapped. If you need to take a wrapped gift with you to your destination, it can be mailed ahead or you may take advantage of the airport's free "Holiday Wrap Station," where our hospitality hosts and staff will wrap your gifts for you post-security! The station will be open December 17-21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
If you're not traveling this season but want to bring your loved ones here, I invite you to enter our annual "Home for the Holidays" contest, sponsored by the Airport Authority, The Chamber, and WAJI Majic 95.1. The contest allows two lucky members of the armed services to fly home to Fort Wayne to spend time with their families over the holiday season - completely free of charge. Entry details can be found at www.flyfwa.com. Enter today and let FWA make your holiday season one to remember.
We look forward to sharing with you many other airport happenings in this edition of our e-newsletter.
Thanks and enjoy.
Scott D. Hinderman, A.A.E.
Executive Director of Airports
Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
|Air Service Update
Allegiant's "Vote for Vacation" Bus Tour visits Fort Wayne
Country music could be heard from the speakers of the K105 tent in the parking lot of Glenbrook Square Mall during the afternoon of Monday, September 17, as dozens of Fort Wayne residents stopped by to vote for their favorite Allegiant destination during a live radio remote.
Allegiant made a nationwide tour on their "Vote for Vacation" campaign trail during the month of September, asking residents from each of their markets to cast their vote for their favorite destination. During the event, the airline gave away two free tickets to one lucky winner, and the first 100 people registered received a tax-break coupon for $21.60 off their next flight. Each contestant was also automatically registered for the grand prize - free flights for four years.
184 people registered at the "polls" in Fort Wayne, and Camilla Saunders was the local winner of two tickets. Many Airport Authority employees came out as well, not only to vote, but to help flag people to stop and vote. It was a great event for the local community, and a fun event for employees as well. Thanks to all who came out and supported this fun event!
View more pics on the FWA Facebook page by following this link.
Allegiant now reserving flights through April 2013
Allegiant is currently reserving flights for dates through April 16, 2013. Allegiant often does not schedule this far in advance, so this is great news for those wanting to book travel early for the spring break season. Check out www.Allegiant.com
or call 702-505-8888 for schedules and fares.
Modern art installation unveiled in FWA Terminal
In our last newsletter, we explained how the Airport Authority had partnered with the Fort Wayne Sister Cities International (FWSCI) to install artwork in the Terminal representing the 4 current sister cities of Takaoka, Japan; Plock, Poland; Gera, Germany; and Taizhou, China. The purpose of the artwork is to educate the public about the existence of FWSCI, which is a 35-year old not-for-profit organization, with a mission of promoting international understanding between the residents of Fort Wayne and the residents of our sister cities.
The artwork has been installed in the terminal, and was officially unveiled at a celebration on Sunday, October 28. The metal sculpture has the names of the four sister cities in English and then again in each city's language with a weaving strip representing Fort Wayne running through each city. Visiting delegations from Takaoka, Japan and Gera, Germany were present at the celebration, which featured speeches by Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, the artist George Morrison, and Executive Director of Airports Scott Hinderman.
To view the news coverage on this event, click here.
Interstate 69 exit changes affect directions to FWA
At the end of July, INDOT announced changes to the I-69 exit numbering as a result of the I-69 route extension in Southern Indiana. All exits to the north of Indianapolis have added 200, so exit 0 has become exit 200; exit 10 has become exit 210, etc. Therefore, the exit for Airport Expressway to FWA is now exit 299 because it was formerly exit 99. We have done our best to make updates on our website where needed, but please keep this in mind the next time you or someone you know is traveling to FWA.
New Ivy Tech facility opens at Smith Field
On September 13, Ivy Tech officials, local dignitaries, and Airport Authority executives met at Smith Field to dedicate the new home for Ivy Tech's aviation program. The new building on Cook Road is 21,000 square feet, and houses five classrooms, two computer labs, three working labs and a hangar big enough for the entire Ivy Tech fleet of small planes. The Ivy Tech aviation maintenance program began at Smith Field 5 years ago, but grew so quickly that it was overflowing the old facility. The new building can accommodate twice the students of the old, and there is room to double its size if needed.
|Airport Events & Recognition
4th Quarter "Art in the Airport" Feature - Karen Moriarty & Robert Vegeler
Fort Wayne residents, Karen Moriarty and Robert Vegeler, are this quarter's "Art in the Airport" featured artists. Both Karen and Robert are painters and sculptors, however only their paintings are on display at the airport. Karen's work features Fort Wayne landmarks and a variety of nature scenes in oil and watercolors, while Robert's work is much more abstract and is strictly in oils.
To view more of these artists' work, look through the online album of this display on the airport's Facebook page
. All of the pieces on display are currently for sale, and inquiries regarding purchasing prints, originals, or commissioned pieces should be directed to the artists at firstname.lastname@example.org
Airport Authority Staff Available for Speaking Engagements in 2012 & 2013
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.
Fort Wayne Air Show - Huge success for Fort Wayne community
More than 82,000 people attended the 2012 Fort Wayne Air Show, held at the 122nd Fighter Wing Air National Guard Base over Labor Day weekend, making it the largest air show this region has seen in decades.
The weekend kicked off on Friday, August 31 with an all-American barbeque dinner in the wing's main hangar and more than 3,500 people attended an open air country concert featuring Fort Wayne's own Sugar Shot and one of Nashville's up and coming stars, Jason Michael Carroll. Those attending the concert were also entertained with a night pyrobatic display provided by Otto the Helicopter, and Oliver's SkyDancer.
Saturday and Sunday was filled with laughter, cheering, and audible gasps from the crowd as aerobatic performers and The Golden Knights stunned the audience with their aerial skills and precision stunts. Despite the rain, tens of thousands of people were able to enjoy teams like the Air National Guard's John Klatt, Warbirds, The Golden Knights, and the weekend's headliner, the F-22 Raptor. There were also plenty of static displays to see such as the Tuskegee Airman Exhibit, B-25 Disabled American Veterans Team and the largest aircraft on display, the C-5 Galaxy.
"The Fort Wayne Air Show was a complete success," said Col. David L. Augustine, 122nd Fighter Wing Commander. "We couldn't have done it without the support of the community through sponsorships, in-kind donations, volunteerism, and the incredible turnout on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday."
-Courtesy of the 122nd Air National Guard
Bill Swelbar guest speaker at annual Air Service Luncheon
This year's annual Air Service Luncheon was held on September 26 at the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. The guest speaker was, Bill Swelbar, a professor at MIT and a previous consultant to airlines, airports, investors, manufacturers, and labor groups.
Mr. Swelbar's presentation highlighted the changes in the airline industry since 2001. He spoke about the challenges the airline industry is facing (high gas prices, pilot shortages, no 50-seat plane replacements, air service movement toward hubs, etc.), and how those challenges affect smaller regional airports like FWA.
In his presentation, Mr. Swelbar indicated that Fort Wayne is in good shape considering the many challenges in the industry today. While fares have increased, they have increased by much less than our competitors. Our geography is also an asset when compared to our competitors since we are not located near large hubs (like South Bend is to Chicago and Toledo is to Detroit). We already have a good balance of airlines and service to multiple hubs, which is not the case with many airports our size.
If you are interested in viewing the slides from Mr. Swelbar's presentation, click here.
Airport Authority Scholarship Golf Outing - Huge Success!
On Friday, August 17th, the Airport Authority hosted their Annual Scholarship Golf Outing at Brookwood Golf Course. The day was a huge success with 27 teams participating. The Airport Authority achieved its goal to make enough money to award two $1,500 scholarships to students pursuing degrees in aviation. The Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum will award these scholarships in the Spring of 2013. The Airport Authority thanks all of the sponsors and participants for making this event a true success!
1st Place Team
Bruce Wright, Dan Copeland, Jeff Haley & Bob Savage
2nd Place Team
Lenny Gunkel, Larry Booth, Jim Rodman & Fred Briggs
3rd Place Team
Frank Kraick, Lowell Shepler, David Hughes & Michael Walton
FWA to bring two lucky service members "Home for the Holidays"
For the 5th year, Fort Wayne International Airport and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with WAJI, Majic 95.1, will select two lucky service members as winners of the "Home for the Holidays" contest and fly them back to Fort Wayne no matter where they may be serving our country.
To enter the contest, loved ones should submit a short story in 300 words or less about why their serviceperson should be selected. From all stories submitted, two winners will be selected to each receive one free round-trip ticket to FWA.
The contest will begin on November 1, and the complete contest rules and details on how to enter will be available on the airport's website www.flyfwa.com.
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
2012 Passenger Numbers
3rd Quarter Enplanements (Jul - Sept 2012)
2012 74,950 Increase of 2.74%
YTD Enplanements (Through September)
2012 214,528 Increase of 1.87%
Total Passengers (Enplaned and Deplaned)
426,722 YTD September 2012. Increase of 2.00% over YTD September 2011.
Cargo: 17,984,585 lbs YTD September 2012. Increase of 9.22% over YTD September 2011.
Annual Economic Impact: $323 Million (Source: Aviation Association of Indiana)
SMD Airport Statistics
Fuel Sales: 37,540 gallons (YTD September 2012)
29,365 gallons (YTD September 2011)
Annual Economic Impact: $8 Million
(Source: Aviation Association of Indiana)
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