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IND celebrates fifth anniversary of new terminal
On November 12, the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) celebrated the fifth anniversary of the opening of the new terminal with music and other entertainment in Civic Plaza. Though only five years old, the new terminal has already helped IND win more than 40 awards and recognitions. For example, IND was named the best airport in North America for 2012 and 2010 by Airports Council International and has been in the top three for every year since 2010. Here's to continued success in the future!  
  Recycling program upgraded at IND
The IAA is making recycling easier at IND in 2014. Over 2,000 tons of waste are handled at the terminal every year, and passengers and staff have been asked to separate recyclables before placing them into containers. Paper, cans/bottles, and cardboard have all gone into different individual containers in our public spaces and behind the scenes.

But soon, the IAA will modify all recycling containers to accommodate all recyclables - paper, plastic, aluminum, metal, cardboard etc. The recycling containers will also have a new look - sporting a clearly visible recycling green top with the identifiable IND RECYCLES emblem and appropriate recycling icons easily distinguishable from black-topped trash containers.

By co-mingling the recyclables, making the program easier to use, and making the containers more visible, the IAA expects to significantly increase the amount of waste material that is recycled rather than landfilled or incinerated. Consistent with the IAA's commitment to sustainability, the recycling program improvements will lessen its impact on the environment and natural resources while saving money and improving efficiencies. Look for the new containers and help us make IND Recycles a major sustainability success. Keep in mind that almost all items are recyclable in our current program except for organic waste.

Phillips Music Guild performs at IND
The IAA partnered with the Phillips Music Guild of Indianapolis to bring several performances to IND, most recently on December 17, when an ensemble helped delight travelers during the holiday season. The Phillips Music Guild of Indianapolis serves talented Central Indiana school-age instrumental music students through volunteer adult mentoring, using a variety of musical styles and tuition-free ensembles to develop a lifelong passion for the joy of music performance and enrich their lives by building upon and broadening their school experience.

The next Phillips Music Guild performances at IND are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on February 4 and March 25.
IAA and The Nature Conservancy announce photo contest
The IAA and The Nature Conservancy in Indiana are inviting artists to submit photographs and photo-based artworks highlighting the natural beauty of Indiana for consideration through a competition process for display in the IAA's dynamic temporary art program.

The competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers, with one category reserved for adult professional photographers, one for adult amateur photographers, and one for youth photographers (ages 13-17). 


IND Facebook contest winner set to jet off to MBJ
On December 21, Delta Air Lines launched nonstop service to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ). The event was marked with a breakfast party at the gate featuring Jamaican coffee, a live steel pan drummer, and special guests, including the winner of the IAA's #jamaicamehappy Facebook contest.
Andrew Robinson picked up his Delta Air Lines and Couples Resorts certificates during the event, which are good for free round-trip travel between IND and MBJ and a stay at a Couples Resort. About three dozen qualifying entries were received; Andrew's winning submission can be viewed at the IND Facebook page.

Delta's non-stop service operates on Saturdays. Flight 942 departs IND at 8:30 a.m. and arrives MBJ at 12:25 p.m. Flight 730 departs MBJ at 3:50 p.m., arriving IND at 7:55 p.m. The flights are operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.
ISO Quartet welcomes travelers at IND
On October 2, passengers were treated to a live performance by a brass quartet from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in Civic Plaza. The quartet was comprised of trombonists Jim Beckel, Blake Schlabach, and Jared Rodin; and Tony Kniffen, tuba. Their performance included "London Bridge is All Jazzed Up," Gabrieli's "Canzona per Sonare #2," Serocki's "Suita Na 4 Puzoni," and Bill Reichenbach's arrangement of "Scarborough Faire," among other selections.
TSA Precheck application center opens at IND
The TSA opened the nation's first airport application center for its Precheck process at IND. The new application process allows U.S. citizens to directly enroll in TSA Precheck, an expedited screening program. In select screening areas, the program allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt; it also permits them to keep their laptops, stored in cases, and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bags, in carry-on luggage. To date, passengers have only been eligible through existing programs such as U.S. Custom and Border Protection's Global Entry program and frequent flier programs with certain airlines, but the application center allows travelers to apply directly for the expedited screening program.



IAA employees participate in 'House in a Hangar' panel build
Employees from the IAA, FedEx, and Republic Airways teamed up in a unique home-building setting: inside a 110,000-square-foot aircraft hangar. The "house in a hangar" panel build took place on October 11, in the midst of Indy Do Day , a community day of service in Indianapolis. During the panel build, teams of employees constructed the frame of a house within the hangar. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis staff then transported the panels offsite for permanent assembly.


Next set of vintage race cars on display on concourses
Just in time for the holiday travel season, the latest in a series of vintage, eye-catching Indianapolis 500 race cars were put on display at IND. 

On Concourse A, passengers can view the 1966 Bardahl Eagle. One of the very first of a long line of Dan Gurney-produced All-American Racers Eagles, the #14 Bardahl Special led more laps of the 1966 Indianapolis 500 than any other car. Sporting a different paint job, the car also appeared in the movie "Winning," starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and Robert Wagner. 

The 1957 Wolcott Special #8 is now being exhibited on Concourse B. It appeared at Indianapolis three times, driven in 1957 and 1958 by Rodger Ward (winner of the "500" in 1959 and 1962, but in different cars) and in 1959 by Len Sutton (who finished second to Ward in 1962, also in another car). 

New temporary art arrives at IND
A new rotation of temporary art has arrived at IND. Part of the IAA's dynamic temporary art program, the exhibits are on display in the main ticketing hall and Concourse B. IND's temporary art program introduces innovative new works, primarily from artists with ties to the local community, to the airport space while complementing the IAA's robust permanent art collection.

In this rotation, Indianapolis-based artists Melissa Parrott Quimby, Artur Silva, and Michal Lile are featured.

Children's Museum exhibit on display in Civic Plaza
Travelers and visitors to IND are invited to lend their faces to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' campaign to post 8,000 modern day faces on social media to represent the 8,000 individual faces of the ancient Terra Cotta army unearthed in China's Shaanxi Province and often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. Real Terra Cotta Warriors are marching to the museum for a blockbuster exhibit premiering May 10, 2014. By sharing their photos on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #8000Warriors, shutterbugs and their "warrior-models" will help build a modern day "photo army." The goal is to set a record for most pictures ever submitted to a museum social media campaign.  


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