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Wednesday, July 3rd 2013



AAI Meeting


State Sales Tax 


Pilot Accomplishments 


 SMD News


Electrical Repairs


Grass Taxiway


Upcoming Events

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The July Quarterly Meeting of the Aviation Association of Indiana will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the Smith Field Airport in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Registration will begin at 9:30am (Eastern Time) The airport is located at 902 W Ludwig Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. The phone number is (260) 489-5518. 



The registration for the day is $15. To register for the conference please contact Quincy at qcunningham@frickassoc.com or 317-916-4188. Please RSVP by Monday, July 15. 




9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

AAI Registration

Smith Field Airport FBO Building

902 Ludwig Road

Fort Wayne, Indiana

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Welcome to Fort Wayne

Mayor Tom Henry

City of Fort Wayne

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Col. David Augustine

122nd Unit, Indiana Air National Guard

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Sheena Nolin

Program Chair, Aviation Maintenance Technology

Ivy Tech Community College - Northeast

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Bart Giesler

Legislative Wrap-Up

12:00pm - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Committee Meetings

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Tom Zoeller

Executive Officer

National Transportation Safety Board

Topic:  "How to be prepared for the NTSB Response to an Accident Investigation at your Airport"

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

AAI Board of Directors and Membership Meeting


SalesTaxState Sales Tax Impact on Aviation Fuel Prices 


Beginning July 1, 2013 (HEA 1545, Sec 67), sales of aviation and jet fuel are subject to an aviation fuel excise tax of 10 cents per gallon. Also effective July 1, 2013, aviation and jet fuel are exempt from the 7 percent Indiana gross retail (sales) tax.
We at Smith Field have updated our fuel prices to reflect the new tax regulations and we have posted the requirements on the bulletin board in the terminal.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new tax regulations on aviation and jet fuel please contact me.
Tamara D. George
Lead Operations Coordinator
260-489-5518 ext 3
PilotAccomplishmentsSweet Aviation Pilot Accomplishments in 2013



Dean Zimmerman
First Solo
Mike Hunley
Private Pilot
Samantha Williams
First Solo
Tahnee Butler
Private Pilot
Dave Dumas
Instrument Rating
Myron Yoder
John Nicklin
Private Pilot
Zach Clemens
First Solo
Jeremy Bowers
First Solo
Chris Lack
First Solo
Brian Peeper
Private Pilot
Bashirul Polash
First Solo
Chris Zee-Cheng
Instrument Rating
Ashley Plemmons
Private Pilot
Blake Cripe
First Solo
Robert Francis
First Solo
Tahnee Butler
First Solo
Gus Steigmeyer
Private Pilot


NewsSmith Field in the News


Smith Field to Unveiled New Terminal June 12th 2013 


A grand opening was held Monday for a new terminal building at Fort Wayne's Smith Field Airport.

Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority officials said the new terminal was created through a roughly $500,000 renovation of a former Ivy Tech Community College building.


Officials said the new terminal at the general-aviation airport features a convenient customer service counter, a multipurpose room for meetings and training seminars, new office space, 24-hour restrooms, a patio area and a new fuel farm for aircraft.

The old terminal is still at the Ludwig Road airport, officials said, and is being used for events.

"The old terminal building was 35 years old and lacked the space needed to sufficiently serve our customers and business partners," Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports for the authority, said in a statement. "Now, we have plenty of space for our staff and pilots and also room to grow, which is exactly what we see general aviation doing in Fort Wayne."



Smith Field Ribbon Cutting Ceremony



Ribbon Cutting
Ribbon Cutting
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Smith Field Airport unveiled its new terminal building Monday afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony.


The terminal building is the former Ivy Tech Community College building located at 902 W. Ludwig Road. It features a customer service counter, multipurpose meeting and training room, new office space, and a new aircraft fueling area.

Airport officials said the new facility will not only benefit their regular customers, but it'll also be convenient for the nearby Ivy Tech aviation maintenance students.

"This facility now gives us that ability to have more classrooms where more people if they want to become a flight student or learn how to fly. More people can go through the program at any one time," Scott Hinderman, of Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, said.

Over the past five years, crews have also rehabilitated Smith Field's runway and installed a new 12-unit T-hangar facility

ElectricalRepairsElectrical Repairs to E Row


I have received a lot of questions regarding the status of the E Row electrical repairs and estimated completion time.  Currently we have one electrician and his assistant working diligently on the repairs to this facility.  All next week we will have 2 electricians assigned and we hope to begin moving our E Row tenants back in to their hangars between Monday July 15th and Friday July 19th.  If anything changes with our anticipated move in dates I will notify all E Row tenants of the change.  At this point new conduit has been run for half of the facility.


This upgrade will provide much better lighting in the hangars as well as electrical receptacles.  We have also added a light on the two outside walls of the facility. 

GrassTaxiwayImprovements to Grass Taxiway


If you've been flying at Smith Field lately you may have noticed that our H and I row hangars now have a dedicated taxilane to the approach of runway 23.  Our maintenance supervisor took time to come to SMD and layout the taxilane so that our pilots had a dedicated area to taxi to and from the runway.

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July 13, 2013

Pancake Breakfast Fly-in/Drive-in at Smith Field Airport (SMD). 7 AM - 11 AM. Fly-in/drive-in pancake breakfast fundraiser for EAA Air Academy candidates. Food provided by IHOP! $6.00 for pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Come join us for a great breakfast at historic Smith Field!


July 18, 2013


AAI Quarterly Meeting at SMD



August 10, 2013
EAA Young Eagles Rally
This FREE event gives aviation enthusiasts between the ages of 8 - 17 an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. Click here for a full description of the Young Eagles program.

Starts September 7, 2013
Private Pilot Ground School
This 10-week course is held on Saturdays or Tuesdays beginning September 7, 2013. Click here to see the current schedule and curriculum.

Starts September 12, 2013
Instrument Rating Ground School
This 11-week course is held on Thursdays beginning September 12, 2013. Click here to see the schedule and curriculum.

September 14, 2013
EAA Young Eagles Rally
This FREE event gives aviation enthusiasts between the ages of 8 - 17 an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. Click here for a full description of the Young Eagles program.


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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