Memphis International Airport Notes

August 2011

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Memphis International Rated the
2nd Safest Airport in America

This month’s issue of Travel & Leisure magazine examined airport runway safety data from the Federal Aviation Administration for the past five years and formulated a methodology that determined America’s safest airports. Of the 35 busiest U.S. commercial airports, Memphis International Airport rated the 2nd safest of the 15 airports that made Travel & Leisure’s final list.

According to the article, “The FAA is building a state-of-the-art, $61.5 million control tower and an expanded terminal radar approach control at MEM. Memphis boasts an outstanding safety record, especially considering that it’s been the world’s busiest cargo airport for most of the last 20 years, and it shares runways with the Tennessee Air National Guard.”

The complete article is available here.

New, Larger “M” Will Welcome
Air Travelers to Memphis

An iconic piece in the City’s $1.6 million makeover of Plough Boulevard, the “M along the airport’s main corridor to the community, is under construction and expected to be completed this fall.

The new M-shaped landscape feature positioned on the hill in the grassy median next to northbound Plough Boulevard near Winchester Road is replacing a smaller M-shaped concrete planter that had been in place for the past decade.

The new structure will be a 150 feet long by 35 feet high meandering M form with LED edge lighting.

“That’s more than 50 percent longer than a basketball court,” said Ritchie Smith of Ritchie Smith & Associates, lead design consultant for the project. “It’s a massive space and the new M will fill the area and be much more prominent than the older version.”…more »

Memphis Aviator Greeted Like a Hero Following World Flight

After 69 days and nearly 25,000 miles, local Chinese businessman Wei Chen made a triumphant return home July 29 fulfilling his dream of piloting his own single-engine plane around the world and being the first Chinese-born aviator to join the elite group of Earthrounders (those who have flown themselves around the world in a light aircraft).

His adopted hometown of Memphis celebrated his return with a large gathering of family, friends, dignitaries and fans at Wilson Air Center at Memphis International to see his aircraft touch down and rejoice in his safe return from this great accomplishment. A water arch salute by the Airport’s fire fighting trucks greeted him as he taxied toward the hangar at Wilson Air…more »

The ACE2011 Conference in
Memphis Receives Cover Story in
Airport Business Magazine

The Airport Cities World Conference and Exposition held in Memphis in April is still bringing tremendous positive attention for the city, the airport and all of those connected to the event. The Greater Memphis Chamber, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority made sure that the international guests came away with a full understanding of our community as a destination for business and tourism.

Now, America’s Aerotropolis is the subject of a major article in Airport Business, and Larry Cox is the subject of the magazine’s editorial introduction.

To read what the publication has to say about Memphis, click on the picture to the right.

Memphis Takes 1st Place in Business Facilities Magazine 2011 Metro Rankings of Logistics/Shipping Hubs

In what should come as no surprise to anyone in business, Memphis has repeated in the annual rankings of Logistics/Distribution/Shipping Hubs by Business Facilities.

In the article, Business Facilities Editor-in-Chief Jack Rogers said, “Memphis has an unsurpassed combination of air, rail, land and water shipping possibilities. When it absolutely, positively has to get there, it usually goes through Memphis.”

The article went on to describe the successful interrelationship between all types of distribution in Memphis, with Memphis International Airport at the center.

For the full story, click here.

U.S. Transportation Security
Administrator Visits Memphis

Administrator for the U. S. Transportation Security Administration John Pistole (photo center) visited Memphis International in July to meet with Kevin McCarthy (left), MEM’s Federal Security Director, to review the security systems that are in place here and to talk with local TSA employees. He also visited with representatives from FedEx.

While on his tour of the facilities, he dropped by the Airport Management office to introduce himself to Airport President Larry Cox (right).

As head of TSA, Pistole oversees management of a 60,000-employee workforce, the security operations of more than 450 federalized airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and the security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines. Pistole spent 26 years with the FBI, rising through the ranks to be named Deputy Director in 2004. He was sworn in as the TSA’s fifth Administrator in July, 2010.

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