New terminal building at Smith Field Airport improves customer experience
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new terminal building at Smith Field Airport (SMD), which features significant enhancements aimed at improving the customer experience at the general aviation airport. The new terminal is located at 902 W. Ludwig Road. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held at the facility on June 17, 2013 at approximately 3:30 p.m., following the Airport Authority Board Meeting.
The new terminal features a convenient customer service counter just inside the airfield entrance, a multipurpose room for meetings and trainings seminars, new office space, and 24-hour restrooms. Outside amenities include a patio area with front row seats to the airfield and a new aircraft fueling area. The fueling area is equipped with new pumps and digital LED displays, making the equipment easier to use for pilots and other airport customers. The fuel tanks are also now above ground, making it easier for staff to perform inspections and maintenance.
“The old terminal building was 35 years old and lacked the space needed to sufficiently serve our customers and business partners,” said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. “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.”
The terminal gives Sweet Aviation, SMD’s flight instruction and aircraft rental operator, significant hangar and office space for ground school classes and aircraft maintenance services. For more information about Sweet Aviation, visit www.sweetaviation.com or call 260-267-5505.
The new terminal is the former Ivy Tech Community College building, which was home to the college’s Airframe and Powerplant Certification Program. The A & P program quickly outgrew the facility and is now housed on Cook Road at SMD. Classes began there last fall.
Visit the SMD website at www.fwairport.com/smith-field for pilot information, additional services and amenities, information on airport groups, ground transportation, and more.
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. In the last few years, FWACAA has undertaken 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 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 www.FWAirport.com.
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