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Fort Wayne International Begins Airfield Safety Projects


top story photo Officials at Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority announced the launch of two projects aimed at enhancing airfield safety at Fort Wayne International. Improvements include the final phase of perimeter fencing replacement and the installation of runway guard lights at every airfield intersection, according to a release from the authority.

The perimeter fence project replaces the aging fence that currently surrounds the air operations area. Some of the current fencing is nearly 50 years old and no longer complies with updated FAA standards. The new 10-foot fence not only will comply with those standards, but will further enhance safety and security at the airport.

Runway guard lights (RGL) are alternating flashing lights installed at taxiway-runway intersections. These lights are currently mounted at the airport's busier taxiway-runway intersections. The RGL project includes the installation of lights at the 18 remaining intersections, which will significantly increase airfield safety for both commercial and general aviation aircraft.

"The receipt of these federal grants highlights the airport authority's dedication to maintaining safety and FAA compliancy at the airport," said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports. "It is projects like these that led us to receive the 2011 Airport Safety Award from the FAA, and we will continue to do our best at improving safety for our passengers, business partners, and staff."

Combined, the airfield improvements total more than $2.3-million.Both projects are slated for completion in December 2012.

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