Memphis International Airport Notes

October / November 2008

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Tennessee Air National Guard Dedicates New Facilities

The 164th Airlift Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard dedicated its new $245 million facility on September 6. The new facility is one of the most technically and physically advanced Air National Guard Bases in the country. The dedication was the culmination of one of the largest Air National Guard projects in history.

The 118-acre facility is constructed on the southeast corner of the airport. The move from the 103-acre base at the airport's north end was made possible by a historic land exchange agreement between the Air National Guard, FedEx and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. The new base will enhance the Memphis Air Guard's mission with the 250-foot long, 65-foot tall, 222-foot wingspan, intercontinental transport Lockheed C-5 Galaxy aircraft. The C-5 is about 30 percent larger than the C-141 Starlifter aircraft operated by the 164th Airlift Wing until 2004… more »

TN Air National Guard Opening

Images courtesy of TNANG 164th AW Audiovisual


Wine Anyone?

Memphis City Blues, a new wine and drink bar, will soon be opening in the B-concourse near gate B-5. Passengers traveling through Memphis International Airport will be able to relax and choose from a wide variety of wines while waiting for their flight. The bar will seat approximately 25 people. A special wine dispenser will be used to preserve the wine.

The wine bar will serve several appetizers such as classic shrimp cocktail, artichoke dip, panini sandwiches, tomato buschette and a variety of cheeses with tasty breads and grapes… more »


Ethridge Given Career Achievement Award by Tennessee Aeronautics Commission

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board member, Jim D. Ethridge, was presented the Excellence Award for Career Contributions to Aviation at the 23rd Annual Tennessee Airports Conference.

The recognition honors him for the many contributions he has made to the aviation industry over the span of more than 40 years. Throughout the years he has consistently set an example for others through his leadership, dedication, persistence and overall commitment to excellence in continuing to improve the industry.

Ethridge is a former chairman of the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission, past chairman of the Commissioners Committee of Airports Council International, and an Airport Authority Board member since 2002.  He is also a commercial and instrument fixed wing and helicopter pilot.

Jim D Ethridge

Jim D. Ethridge, Airport Authority Board Member and recipient of Tenn Aeronautics Commission Career Achievment Award


New Federal Security Director Lands in Memphis for The Transportation Security Administration

Kevin McCarthy has joined Memphis International Airport as the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new federal security director. Not only is McCarthy responsible for making sure every passenger and bag is properly screened, but that all airlines, including FedEx, maintain up-to-date security plans.

McCarthy oversees more than 300 personnel.  In addition, he serves as federal security director for Jackson, Tennessee's McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport.

McCarthy joined TSA in July 2006 as federal security director for the New Orleans International Airport, where he coordinated the rebuilding of the TSA workforce and their operations at the airport in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A native of Chicago, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and enjoyed a highly decorated 25-year military career as a Naval Aviator. He holds a Master of Aeronautical Science degree and is an FAA-licensed airline transport pilot.

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy, TSA Federal Security Director, Memphis International Airport


Master Planning For Airport's Future Enters Phase II

The Airport's new Master Plan process which began a year ago, has moved into its second phase. The new Master Plan will reflect industry changes as it delineates the tactical measures needed over the next two decades to meet the varied facility and operational demands of the airlines.

During Phase I, Jacobs Consultancy, the firm providing the planning services, gathered all the data along with forecasts of aircraft operations and projected passenger growth and has transferred the data into theoretical facility requirements to meet the demands assumed from the forecasts.

In Phase II, the consultants will formulate and evaluate all the alternatives to meet the expected requirements and then prepare an implementation plan and a financial feasibility analysis.  A new Airport Layout Plan will be drafted to illustrate best alternatives for implementation.

Phase II should be completed by the end of 2009. The final plan will be presented once Phase II is complete.

Phase II

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