Memphis International Airport Notes

June 2011

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Scholarships Propel Airport Art Competition to Higher Altitude

Winners in the Airport’s 4th annual Memphis City and Shelby County high school student visual art competition received much more than ribbons for their creative efforts. A generous $600 in combined monetary rewards (donated by WesPac Pipelines-Memphis) accompanied the ribbons given to the first, second, third place and honorable mention winners. Then, an unexpected $50,000 in scholarships from Memphis College of Art raised this year’s exhibition to its highest level ever.

A $10,000 scholarship for each of five students selected in a separate judging by Memphis College of Art will allow these budding artists to pursue their artistic educational goals. These one-year scholarships have the potential of being extended up to four years if the students meet certain criteria each year. This could make it a $40,000 scholarship for each of them…more »

Flood Damaged DeWitt Spain Airport
to Re-open

General DeWitt Spain Airport, one of two general aviation (non-commercial) airports owned and operated by the Airport Authority will re-open for aircraft operations in the next two months.

Airport tenants were evacuated as a precaution prior to the historic flooding of the Mississippi River last month. While the existing levees on the west (Mississippi River side) and the north side of the airport were not breached, a temporary levee built on the east side of the airport (on top of Second Street) where the airport was most vulnerable was breached. At the flood’s peak, one of the lowest positioned hangars had 12’ of water inside, the runway had up to 10’ covering it and the terminal building had over 5’ inside…more »

MEM Recognized for Outstanding Snow & Ice Control Performance

Memphis International Airport was one of six commercial airports recognized at the recent International Aviation Snow Symposium for its dedicated efforts in keeping the airport in safe and operational condition during the difficult 2010-2011 winter season.

Memphis had a total of 9.5 inches of snowfall for the season compared with an average of 5.3 inches in recent past years. However, the airport was never closed to aircraft operations due to snow or ice. MEM competed against 60 other airports that were nominated for the Balchen/Post Awards at the 45th Annual symposium sponsored by the American Association of Airport Executives. The other winners were all from the snow belt in the northeastern U.S.…more »

Cargo Airlines Continue To Rate MEM
#1 in North America

Memphis International received a #1 rating in cargo service from the airlines in Air Cargo World magazine’s 2011 Air Cargo Excellence Survey. The airlines evaluate airports worldwide in four key areas – performance, value, facilities and regulatory operations. This is the fifth time Memphis has received a top rating in the category of airports that handle at least a million tons a year.

More Cargo Distinction…

FedEx Express, which handles more than 95-percent of the cargo volume at Memphis International, was named Best All Cargo Airline for the fourth consecutive year and the Best Air Cargo Carrier – North America by Cargonews Asia magazine. The selection was made by key industry decision makers across the region who are extensive readers of Cargonews Asia.

“The recognition by customers as well as industry players reaffirms our relentless pursuit of service excellence,” said David L. Cunningham, Jr., president, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express. “We are especially proud of the FedEx team who consistently provide the best-in-class service.”

Corporate Pilots Vote Wilson Air Center
#1 Again

Wilson Air Center was voted the #1 Best Small Chain Fixed Base Operator in Professional Pilot magazine’s 2011 Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment (PRASE) Survey. Wilson Air Center continues to exceed the service expectations of pilots, aircraft owners, passengers and flight crews as evidenced by their continued position at the top of industry surveys.

Wilson Air Center-Memphis International Airport was the first of three locations in the Wilson Air Center chain. The company is credited with reinventing the corporate aviation support industry by blending a heritage rich in hospitality management and a long-standing passion for aviation. It is this passion and dedication to excellence that allowed founder Bob Wilson to change the industry; similar to what his father did to the hotel business when founding Holiday Inn. Wilson’s corporate aviation support facilities are renowned for their innovative approach to customer service and satisfaction.

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