Memphis International Airport Notes

June/July 2006

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Airport Focuses on Disaster Preparedness

Memphis International Airport continues to place an emphasis on disaster readiness. In April, the area’s emergency response agency representatives convened with Memphis International Airport tenants for its annual tabletop review of the Airport’s emergency plan.

The exercise allowed participants to present the skills, roles, procedures and potential resources they would use in an actual airport incident or accident.

Airport Operations personnel planned, coordinated and conducted the exercise, which was centered on a multiple point tornado strike of aircraft, buildings and property within the airport complex. The group divided into teams and delivered their responses as each sequence of the weather-related incident was presented to them both visually and audibly. This particular scenario required participants to consider an exceptionally broad range of impacts… more »

Airport Focuses on Disaster Preparedness

Work is underway on a new Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Station. This is the first phase of the Airport’s new Consolidated Emergency Response Center.


Changing Currency: Money Tips for International Travelers

June 21st officially marks the start of summer. As the days grow longer and warmer, people start preparing their checklist for summer vacations. One item that all international travelers need to prepare for is foreign currency. Foreign money can be a confusing part of your vacation but Memphis International Airport is here to help. The International Business Service Center / Travelex kiosk located in the terminal B ticket lobby has accumulated some helpful tips over the years concerning money and travel.

Check out our money travel tips »

Travel Tips


Memphis International Airport Flying High: Named a Gateway Hub to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Best Northwest Hub in 2005.

Memphis International Airport is now a gateway airport. This means certain pre-cleared general aviation operations, including corporate aircraft, charter flights and on-demand operations can fly directly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) from Memphis.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) only allows general aviation flights in accordance with the DCA Access Standard Security Program into DCA. The program was developed last year. It allows up to 48 general aviation flights into DCA per day and addresses the special aviation security needs in the National Capitol Region by maintaining strict security measures. Each flight requires advance notification, including background checks for all passengers and criminal history checks for crew members. Memphis International Airport is one of just 15 airports nationwide with gateway clearance.

Memphis International Airport also has been named “best Northwest hub in 2005” by Northwest Airlines ground operations as part of the annual recognition the department gives to stations for outstanding performance each year. The assessment of station performance is based on critical measures of safety, operational reliability, customer service and budget.

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Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Chairman Wins Local and National Awards

Arnold Perl, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has been recognized both locally and nationally for his efforts to increase diversity. In May, Perl was one of the recipients of the 2006 Diversity Memphis Humanitarian Awards for his extensive leadership and commitment to minority inclusion. He has been tireless in his efforts to create a more united community in Memphis. Diversity Memphis is dedicated to bringing people together regardless of cultural, religious or racial differences and promotes tolerance and respect… more »

Arnold Perl

Arnold Perl
Chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority


Wilson Air Center Scored Top Industry Honors from Two Publications

Wilson Air Center – Memphis is the first Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in the history of aviation to score top honors from Aviation International News (AIN) and Professional Pilot Magazine in the same year. The Memphis facility was named as the number one FBO corporate aviation support facility in the Americas, for the seventh straight year. Meanwhile Professional Pilot Magazine named Wilson Air Center – Memphis as the best Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in the United States.

The AIN ranking is a result of the publication’s North and South America FBO Survey, an assessment given by pilots familiar with FBO facilities and services. The survey ranks FBOs in four categories: line service, passenger amenities, pilot amenities and facilities. Wilson Air Center is the only FBO in the history of AIN to win the award for seven straight years… more »

Wilson Air Center

Wilson Air Center
Memphis International Airport


General Aviation Airports Receive Notable Enhancements

Local and transient general aviation pilots will notice numerous improvements to the two general aviation airports operated by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority as the busy summer flying season takes off. Enhancements completed this past year at both General DeWitt Spain Airport, located north of downtown Memphis, and Charles W. Baker Airport in Millington, Tennessee, include:

  • New Security Surveillance System to monitor vehicle entrances, aircraft parking ramp areas and public entrances to the terminal building.
  • Bio-metric Vehicle Access Control System for positive control of airside access.
  • Perimeter fence and lighting were added to increase integrity of the areas and better illuminate the aircraft ramp and parking areas… more »

General Aviation Airports Receive Notable Enhancements


Groundbreaking for New Air Guard Base Signals Official
Beginning of Construction

Political, military, and governmental officials gathered at the end of May to turn the first shovels of dirt for the new Tennessee Air National Guard Base for the 164th Airlift Wing at Memphis International Airport. The historic day was yet another milestone in the 164th's long and distinguished history of outstanding service to the state of Tennessee and the United States of America.


Photo: (from left) Col. David Burton, Wing Commander, 164th Airlift Wing; Graham Smith, Vice President, Properties & Facilities, FedEx; Major General Gus Hargett, Adjutant General, TN; Commander-in-Chief of the Tennessee National Guard, Governor Phil Bredesen; Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; Robert Sepucha representing Congressman Harold Ford; Maj. General Chuck Ickes, Deputy Director of the Air National Guard; Arnold Perl, MSCAA Chairman; Maj. General Russ Cotney, Asst. Adjutant General of the TN ANG; and Col. Harry Montgomery, Jr., Vice Commander of the 164th Airlift Wing.

Leading the groundbreaking was the Commander-in-Chief of the Tennessee National Guard, Governor Phil Bredesen. The 118 acre base is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008 and will include hangars for the C-5 military aircraft, administrative buildings and industrial support facilities.

It will be the first military complex to be fully constructed to the government's post 9/11 anti-terrorism force protection standards.


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