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IND passes 13th consecutive annual FAA safety inspection with zero discrepancies 

For an unprecedented thirteenth straight year, IND has passed its three-day annual Part 139 Airport Certification inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with no discrepancies, an exceptional level of achievement. The Part 139 inspection is a three-day comprehensive review process covering aircraft firefighting , rescue equipment, emergency-response drills, airfield security, quality of runway markings and lighting, safety records, and more. It is required for an airport to renew its operating certificate.

IND Emergency Response Team Receives Federal Recognition
Since the IND emergency response team was formed in the 1990s to complement the response of the airport's fire and police departments to aircraft accidents, the group has grown in size and scope. Thanks to its enhanced capabilities, proven through the completion of standardized training in several areas, the team has been certified by the State of Indiana Department of Homeland Security as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The CERT concept pairs citizen volunteer teams with first responders who train them to provide initial aid to victims in several critical ways. Since 1993, when training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 States and Puerto Rico have participated in the CERT training program.

The IAA's CERT team consists of personnel from the airport's engineering, maintenance, and operations departments and includes mechanics, heavy equipment operators, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and more. They have augmented IND's fire and police responders during winter storms, excessive-heat emergencies, and severe thunderstorms and have provided medical assistance, damage assessments, and other urgently needed support.


Social Media spreads word about business and employment opportunities
The Indianapolis Airport Authority has rolled out dedicated social media channels focused on keeping the public up to date on business and employment opportunities with the IAA. Updates on these topics will now appear on Facebook at
and Twitter at @IAA_business.


Indianapolis Airport Authority becomes HOSTS Premier

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of its staff, the Indianapolis Airport Authority has been recognized as a Premier Partner of MSD of Wayne Township's HOSTS program, a highly structured literacy program that connects mentors from the community with elementary students reading below grade level. 10 members of the Authority staff became mentors in the HOSTS program this school year, providing one-on-one tutoring to help students improve in reading, a gateway skill that affects all aspects of learning-grade levels.


IND sustainability practices help mark America Recycles Day
The IAA's commitment to sustainability is literally ingrained in the design of the new Midfield Terminal at IND. The beginning of the Midfield Terminal's fifth year of service coincided with t he community's observance of America Recycles Day in November, and the IAA continues to foster sustainability as an important development and operational principle.

Recent initiatives at IND include hosting an electronics recycling day at the airport, improvements to lighting efficiency that reduce CO2 emissions by more than 5,200 metric tons, and the efforts of airport concessionaire HMSHost, which donated more than 1,600 ready-to-eat snacks and meals to Second Helpings, a community kitchen that accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry people every day.


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Vintage Indianapolis 500 cars on display on both concourses
Two noteworthy Indianapolis 500 race cars from the 1970s are on display at IND as part of an exhibit that will greet visitors through October 2013.

The Sugaripe Prune Eagle/Offy driven to second place by Bill Vukovich Jr. in the 1973 Indianapolis 500 and the backup Norton Spirit Penske/Cosworth driven in practice by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser before the 1979 Indianapolis 500 are being showcased at IND courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

Vukovich's car can be found on Concourse B near the exit to Civic Plaza, while Unser's car appears in the corresponding position on Concourse A.
IAA recognized in PR News 2012 Platinum Awards
Considering the national brands it was pitted against, the IAA fared fairly well in the PR News 2012 PR Awards program, garnering honorable mention in the "Word of Mouth/Viral" category for a flash mob performance of "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana that took place in Civic Plaza as travelers arrived for the 2011 Indianapolis 500. It also received an honorable mention in the "Online Communication" category for maximizing the airport's "front door to the city" role when Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI.


IND welcomes nonstop service to Houston Hobby Airport
Indianapolis-area travelers have a new way to reach the Houston market thanks to Southwest Airlines' launch of twice-daily service between IND and Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), which started in November.The flights mark the first nonstop service between IND and HOU.


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IND and related operations generate more than $14 million in tax revenues per year for local schools. (IND tax impact study)

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2% of surveyed passengers buy meals on board while 55% do so in the airport after clearing security. (