Category Archives: airports

April passenger traffic up at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

The number of passengers flying in and out of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport rose nearly 4 percent in April when compared to the same time a year ago.

In April, 119,265 passengers used the airport, compared to 114,939 for the same month a year ago, according to airport statistics.

For the first four months of the year, traffic increased 8 percent.

The airport is served by 34 daily scheduled airline flights compared to 32 last year.

So far this year, air carrier and commuter operations are up 5 percent and military traffic is up 15 percent.

General aviation traffic is down, however.

Itinerant traffic is down nearly 2 percent for the year, while local general aviation traffic has fallen 8 percent so far this year.

Allegiant Air resumes Wichita to Los Angeles service

Allegiant Air will resume seasonal nonstop service between Wichita and Los Angeles on June 4, the airport said.

The flights will operate two times a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays to Los Angeles International Airport.

The service will operate through Sept. 6.

United Airlines also offers service from to Los Angeles from Wichita.

Tulsa International Airport begins construction on Concourse A

Passengers at the Tulsa International Airport will notice some changes to airline operations as renovations begin on Concourse A.

Because of construction, Delta Airlines is moving from Concourse A to gates B7, B9 and B11. And American Airlines will relocate a gate in Concourse A from A27 to A22, the airport said.

The moves are necessary because of renovations to the 40-year-old concourse.

The $23 million project will include replacement of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that support the concourse, which will improve its operational efficiency, the airport said.

The project will also include expansion of the gate areas, new seating with integrated power outlets, new restrooms, a business center and a new military lounge.

It will be similar to a recent renovation of Concourse B at the Tulsa airport, it said.

The project is funded by passenger facility charges, a $4.50 per ticket fee added to each departing ticket from the airport.

Report: China eases pilot license rules; may top U.S. demand for private planes

New rules that took effect on Sunday make it easier to earn a private pilot’s license in China, according to a report by the New York Times.

The move is likely to unleash pent-up demand for civil aviation in China.

The move comes as China plans to open more low-altitude airspace for commercial and private airplanes in coming years.

Most of China’s airspace is now reserved for military use. But China has a rapidly expanding demand for private jet travel.

“Given that the private aircraft market in the West is still rebounding from the financial crisis, some analysts say that China could overtake the United States as the largest market for private planes within the coming decade,” the New York Times report said.


Pilots donating flights for Make-a-Wish fundraiser Saturday

At least nine pilots are donating their time, airplanes and fuel on Saturday giving flights to the public to raise money for Make-a-Wish children.

The event, Wishes Over Wichita, allows the pilots to share their love of aviation and make a difference in a child’s life, said Matt Sanders, Make-a-Wish Foundation Wichita chapter chairman of the board.

Last year, pilots gave 150 rides to the public.

Passengers donate a minimum of $40, which is used to grant a wish for a Make-a-Wish child.

“All the money goes to pay for a wish for a child,” Sanders said. “That only happens because the pilots are so generous.”

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stearman Field in Benton.

Boeing predicts increased global demand for 1 million new airline pilots, technicians

Boeing says the commercial aviation industry will need more than 1 million new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new airplanes delivered over the next 20 years.

Projected pilot demand is increasing around the world, as is the demand for technicians in some regions.

The projections are part of Boeing’s just-released 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook.

According to the outlook, by 2032 there will be a need for 498,000 new commercial airline pilots and 556,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.

“The urgent demand for competent aviation personnel is a global issue that is here now and is very real,” Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said in a statement. “The key to closing the pilot and technician gap in our industry is enhancing our training with the latest, cutting-edge technologies to attract and retain young people interested in careers in aviation.”

EAA’s 2013 AirVenture by the numbers

Last week’s Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisc., drew roughly 500,000 visitors, about the same as last year’s show, according to the association.

“First, it was a safe AirVenture, which is always our top priority, plus we were blessed with a week of nearly perfect weather,” EAA chairman Jack Pelton said in a statement. “We also met a number of other objectives this year, including reconnecting with our volunteers and members on the grounds, upgrading the food concessions and options, and providing more value and activities throughout the day for attendees. We also had a tremendous amount of aviation innovation brought to Oshkosh.”

Aircraft: More than 10,000 arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin.

Showplanes: 2,341, including 867 homebuilt aircraft, 858 vintage airplanes, 343 warbirds, 130 ultralights, 92 seaplanes, 27 aerobatic aircraft and 24 miscellaneous showplanes.

Commercial exhibitors: 821, a record.

International visitors registered: 2,115 visitors from 64 nations.

Media: 914 media representatives on-site, from five continents.

Kansas Aviation Museum new exhibit tells story of early airlines in Wichita

The Kansas Aviation Museum is hosting an opening for a new mini-exhibit called The Story of Airlines at the Wichita Air Terminal.

The exhibit features the airlines — TWA, Braniff and Continental –  that resided at the historic Wichita terminal during its 20 years as a commercial hub.

The new display is an extension of a current exhibit showcasing the terminal’s construction and visitors.The terminal is now home to the museum.

Leona Harbstreet, who worked with Braniff during that time, will be on hand at the event.

The opening will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the museum at 3350 S. George Washington Blvd. A brief dedication ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free to museum members The price of regular admission will be charged to nonmembers. Memberships are also available during the event for a $10 discount.


Soaring contest draws 20 glider pilots from around the country

Twenty glider pilots from around the country are taking part in a low-performance soaring contest this week at the Sunflower Glider Port near Yoder.

The pilots of the vintage planes compete daily through Sunday. The race began on Tuesday.

The winner will be announced about 7 p.m. Sunday.

The pilots line their planes up on the runway between noon and 2 p.m. to begin their daily competition, returning between about 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Each day they are given a different route. Thursday, for example, they flew from the glider port to Anthony and Arlington before returning to the home base, said Lyn Boone, one of the organizers.

The public is invited to come out and watch the event.

The glider port is located one mile south and one mile west of Yoder off of Red Rock Road next to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.


Augusta airport to host pilot appreciation day

The Augusta Municipal Airport is hosting a pilot appreciation day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, flights for children and a spot landing contest.

The Experimental Aircraft Association will be hosting its Young Eagles program, with free rides for children as a way to introduce them to the joy of aviation.

The  Boeing Employees Flying Club will also be hosting its annual spot landing contest in the morning.

The event is free and open to all local pilots.