The Ninth Honor Flight of the Year Leaves Wednesday

Date:  September 30, 2014

A ninth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart Wichita Mid-Continent Airport at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, carrying 10 World War II veterans, 16 Korean War veterans, and 1 Vietnam War veteran and their guardians to Washington, DC. The veterans are flying on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital. They will return at 6:05 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. The public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home.

In Washington, they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

Welcome Home Our Veterans

Date:  September 18, 2014

An eighth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will return to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport at 5:55 pm. on Friday,  Sept. 19 carrying 24 World War II veterans, and two Korean War veterans and their guardians from Washington, DC. The veterans are flying on Southwest Airlines.  The public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home.

In Washington, they are visiting the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

“It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.

Airport Plans Disaster Exercise on Tuesday

The Wichita Airport Authority is scheduled to conduct a large-scale disaster exercise at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The exercise, mandated every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration, will occur north of Highway K42 between runways 1L and14.

The exercise will feature a 737 aircraft that crashes near a runway and breaks apart on impact.

A disaster has never occurred at the Wichita airport. However, federal regulations and best emergency management practices require commercial airports practice responding to simulated disasters.

The exercise will include approximately 300 officials and volunteers from various emergency management agencies. During the disaster exercise, the Airport Authority will use Twitter –  @FlyICT, using #ICTdrill – to provide information to the public.

Media outlets planning to attend the exercise should call Airport Administration at 316-946-4700 no later than 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. Media attending the event must arrive at Airport Administration Building – 2173 Air Cargo Road – by 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in order to be escorted by bus to the crash site.

Honor Flight Leaving Thursday

Date:  Sept. 9, 2014

A seventh Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Thursday, Sept. 11 carrying one World War II veteran, 5 Korean War veterans, and 26 Vietnam veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 10:00 a.m. on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital; the veterans return at 11:35 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. The public is invited to greet these heroes and welcome them home.

In Washington, they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

An additional trip is scheduled September 17-19, also on Southwest Airlines. The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

“It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Receives Perfect FAA Inspection

August 4, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted its annual Certification and Safety Inspection of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport this week.  Airport officials are pleased to report that zero (0) discrepancies were found in the inspection.  The inspection covers such areas as airport emergency response capability, airfield maintenance and inspection program, notice to airmen procedures, fueler training, wildlife management, and personnel training programs.  The certification inspection was conducted this year by the FAA Central Region’s Lead Certification Inspector.  The Inspector was very complementary of the airport organization, procedures and facilities.

“My sincere compliments and congratulations go out to all of our Airport Operations, Maintenance and Police & Fire staffs that have again made it possible to complete this critically important and thorough inspection with no discrepancies,” said Victor White, A.A.E., Director of Airports.  White said, “They are to be commended for their hard work and diligence in making this possible.  This achievement is a testament to their commitment to a high level of safety, especially considering the current economic environment, and the resulting budget reductions in our Department.  We continue to maintain the same level of outstanding safety and security for our airport system as we have in the past, often times with fewer resources.”

New Terminal Food & Beverage Concessions

July 1, 2014

MSE Branded Foods (MSE) from Gainesville, GA has been chosen to operate the food and beverage concessions in the new airport terminal when it opens in the spring of 2015.  MSE was founded in 1987 and specializes in food and beverage operations at small hub airports similar in size to Wichita, as well as in malls, hospitals, universities, and hotels.

The selection of MSE follows a nationally advertised request for proposals, in-person presentations and interviews.

MSE’s food and beverage concepts will include a mixture of major and popular national brands, along with strong locally-themed restaurants.  Subject to final operational discussions with MSE and completion of design efforts, it is anticipated that on opening day of the new terminal, MSE will provide food and beverage units at four separate locations:

  • A pre-security aviation-themed Café will be located just inside the main terminal entrance on the ground floor, and will be accessible by meeters and greeters and airport employees and anyone not desiring to go through the security checkpoint.  The Café will offer a wide array of baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, grab-and-go items, fresh made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, appetizers, pizzas, and salads. It will also include a bar to complement the location. 
  • Just past the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, the Center Food Court area will prominently feature a variety of offerings.  The quick-service walk-up counter offerings will include Chick-fil-A and Dunkin’ Donuts, two of the most popular brands nationwide.  Chick-fil-A will offer a variety of its classic chicken sandwiches, in both a breakfast and an all-day menu.  Dunkin’ Donuts will offer a variety of popular coffees, pastries, bagels, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and beverages.  In addition, this area will include Wichita’s own River City Brewing Company, which will provide a casual dining option with fresh, local brews along with a sit-down restaurant menu of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, grilled items, pizzas, burgers, desserts, and other pub food.  There is room for future expansion and additional brand offerings in the food court when customer demand dictates.
  • In a prime location for aircraft viewing in the center concourse, the Air Capital Bar will provide a full-service bar and a light menu of appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, and fresh pizzas.
  • On the concourse northwest end, MSE will operate a Grab and Fly unit which will feature breakfast sandwiches, fresh baked goods, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and a selection of sandwiches and other grab-and-go items for those on a short time schedule.

Passengers and guests will be pleased to know that prices for food and beverages will be affordable.  MSE will base menu items on local area street pricing plus no more than 10%.

“MSE has impressed us with their market research, product offerings, and outstanding references from other airports.  They will be providing a great variety of national and local brands sure to please everyone,” said Victor White, Director of Airports.  Jack Hough, president of MSE said, “We are excited to begin this new partnership with the airport.  We look forward to bringing the Wichita traveling public an enhanced array of dining options along with the highest level of customer service.  Additionally, MSE will create over seventy-five jobs at the airport.  Those currently employed by the airport’s existing operator will be given priority in the hiring process.”

TSA Opens Wichita PreCheck Office

July 1, 2014

The Transportation Security Administration has opened a PreCheck office in Wichita where travelers can apply to more quickly pass through security checkpoints in U.S.airports.  PreCheck passengers can keep shoes, belts, and jackets on, leave laptops in their bags, and keep 3-1-1-compliant liquids and gels in their carry-on bags.

The PreCheck office is located at New Leaf Plaza, 2021 N. Amidon, Suite 13.

More information about PreCheck and the application process is available at www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.

Sixth Kansas Honor Flight Leaving Wednesday

June 24, 2014

A sixth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, June 25, carrying seven World War II veterans, 21 Korean War veterans, one Vietnam veteran, and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 10:50 a.m. on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital; the veterans return at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, June 27.  The public is invited to greet these heroes and welcome them home.

In Washington, they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery,  and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

Additional trips are scheduled every two weeks throughout May and June on Southwest Airlines.  There will not be trips in July and August, but trips will resume in September and October.  The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

“It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.

Fifth Kansas Honor Flight Leaving Wednesday

June 9, 2014

A fifth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, June 11 carrying two World War II veterans and 18 Korean War veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 10:50 a.m. on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital.  However, because all flights returning to Wichita are full, the veterans will return to Kansas City International Airport at 9:50 a.m. on Friday, June 13, and be bused by Village Charter to Wichita, with an expected arrival time of 3:00 pm at the Best Western Hotel located at 6815 W Kellogg.  The public is invited to come to the Best Western, at about 2:30 pm for the welcome home reception.

In Washington, they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery,  and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

Additional trips are scheduled every two weeks throughout May and June on Southwest Airlines.  There will not be trips in July and August, but trips will resume in September and October.  The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

“It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.

Fourth Kansas Honor Flight Leaving Wednesday

May 27, 2014

A fourth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, May 28 carrying two World War II veterans and 25 Korean War veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 8:00 a.m. on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital; the veterans return at 11:10 a.m. on Friday, May 30.  The public is invited to greet these heroes and welcome them home.

In Washington, they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery,  and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

Additional trips are scheduled every two weeks throughout May and June on Southwest Airlines.  There will not be trips in July and August, but trips will resume in September and October.  The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

“It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.