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Willow Run Airport Tenant Meeting November 15, 2012

November 17, 2012

5R/23L Reconstruction

Pavement work slated to begin Spring 2013.  Related drainage work ongoing with expected winter shut down and RWY 5L/23R reopening early November.

Precision Approach Path Indicator

The Airport is working with the State and the FAA to have PAPI lighting systems installed on RWYS 5L and 23R by spring closure of RWY 5R/23L.  This will greatly aid in aircraft arrival operations during the ILS shut down for the 5R reconstruction.  This project should be completed by the end of November.

Proposed Airfield Layout

WCAA is looking to remove RWY 14/32 and reconfigure TWY C to right size the airfield and reduce costs as requested by the FAA for consideration of future grant monies.

ASN Project

One of my personal projects is to have a GA maintenance (oil changes, tire repairs) facility at the Airport.  We are discussing this matter with the airport and interested tenants.


Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology announced their new name change to MIAT College of Technology and the advent of their new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Aviation Maintenance Degree Program.  Affiliations with existing college programs will be maintained.

Elgene W. Doinidis
Volunteer, AOPA ASN YIP


Willow Run Airport Tenant Meeting Sept 20, 2012

September 22, 2012

The reconstruction project of 5R/23L has been delayed until spring 2013.  This delay will allow longer use of the ILS this year and stage the grant funding so that the runway project can possibly be completed in 1 – 2 years rather than the scheduled 3 year plan.

23R/5L will be closed for the next 40 days as of September 19 for preliminary construction work. In the interim, plans are to have a VASI or PAPI installed on 23R.

Storm drainage projects will be ongoing on the northeast end of the airport.

Wind Cone insallation with LED lighting as part of the 5R/23L Reconstruction Project will continue. Contractors have begun this work and are expected to have the 8 planned lighted wind cones completed soon.  Look for them at the approach end of every runway end at Willow Run.

Sealing of pavement cracks on Hotel and Bravo will be starting next week weather permitting.

Wayne County Airport Authority has announced their new CEO, Tom Naughton.

Elgene W Doinidis, ASN Volunteer, Willow Run Airport

5R/23L Reconstruction (Update)

July 22, 2012

Work will begin Monday, July 23rd.  Beginning work will be to establish a batch plant in the midfield, so expect construction traffic from the north end of the runway.  There will be flag men at any crossings.  When this work begins, the intersection at RWY 9/27 will be closed for about 30 days.  After that RWY 9/27 will reopen and taxiway G will be closed for construction.  Taxiway G will reopen after about a month but additional work will continue on the runway until about November 1st.  Actual instrument approaches will probably be a side-step to 23R/5L.

Wind Cone Installation

Six new lighted wind cones will be installed within the next 2 months adjacent to RWY ends.  This work will be in conjunction with the 5R project.
Elgene W. Doinidis
Volunteer, AOPA ASN YIP


Thunder Over Michigan Air Show August 4 – 5, 2012

July 22, 2012

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show will be held August 4 and 5, 2012 at Willow Run.  Tickets and details can be found at  Expect Temporary Flight Restrictions on Friday, August 3 from 1300 – 1430 and on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5 from 1130 until 1630.

Exercise Northern Fury brings temporary MOA to Michigan

July 7, 2012

A temporary military operations area (TMOA) will be in place near Grayling, Mich., from July 22 through Sept. 1 for the Air Force exercise Northern Fury. It is scheduled to be in effect from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Central Daylight Time and at other times by notam. The Department of Defense will conduct AV-8B, F-5 AH-1/UH-1, KC-130, A-10, EA6B, and F-16 operations in the airspace to include aerial refueling, target acquisition, and reaction to simulated surface-to-air threats, among others. “The summer months are a busy time of year for general aviation traffic in this region,” said Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA senior government analyst for air traffic. “AOPA encourages pilots to become familiar with the details of the TMOA and plan for the airspace changes accordingly.”

Temporary MOAs proposed in Michigan By Dan Namowitz

AOPA is working to inform members and Airport Support Network volunteers about proposed military training that would include two temporary military operations areas (TMOAs) July 22 through Sept. 1 near Grayling, Mich. Members may submit comments on the airspace proposal until Feb. 15.

The Air Force has requested the two TMOAs that would extend from 5,000 feet msl to 17,999 feet msl to support Exercise Northern Fury, to be staged from the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. Exercises will include practice of weapons attack mechanics, target acquisition, and reaction to simulated surface-to-air threats.

Activity in the TMOAs would be daily from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Central Daylight Time, and at other times by notams. The Air Force expects to conduct approximately 30 sorties per day, to be flown by AV-8B, F-5 AH-1/UH-1, KC-130, A-10, EA6B, and F-16 aircraft. The airspace will also be used for air-to-air refueling, and as a maneuver corridor for attack aircraft on missions into the R-4201 restricted airspace complex.

As proposed, there will be no restrictions on nonparticipating VFR aircraft.

Pilots may submit comments to the FAA on the TMOA plan until Feb. 15 as provided in this notice. Please also share your comments with AOPA.

This week in Michigan History – Willow Run Airport ceases Passenger Flights

June 27, 2012

Willow Run Airport stopped all commercial passenger service on June 24, 1966.  The last flight was a United Airlines Mainliner heading to Chicago.  All the major and regional air carriers had relocated to what is now called Detroit Metro Airport, starting in 1958 when American Airlines transferred its flights from Willow Run to the new Romulus airport.

By 1965, DTW already had taken the lead.  An estimated 582,000 passengers passed through Willow Run, compared with close to 1.2 million at Detroit Metro.  In the six months after commercial travel at Willow Run stopped, the airport saw approximately 61,000 takeoffs and landings, compared with more than 71,000 during the same period in 1965.

Commercial service started at Willow Run in 1946.  Before that, it had been used to build B24 Liberator bombers duringWorld War II.  Previous owners included the federal government, Kaiser-Frazer, General Motors and the University of Michigan.  According to its website, Willow Run is now among the largest cargo airport in the U.S.

Article taken from Detroit News – Sunday, June 24, 2012

Overview of Tenant Meeting held May 17, 2012

May 18, 2012


Dean Smith has recently been named as our new Tower Manager.  Kevin T. Walsh has recently been named Executive Director of the Yankee  Air Museum.  Chris Sorenson is the Interim  Chief Flight Instructor at Eagle Flight Centre.


Badges are valid for 2 years and will be expiring late summer.  Information on updating current badges will be sent to individual residences if you are a current badge holder.  Visit for forms and additional information.

Airfield Farming

There are 2,500 acres to maintain on the Willow Run Airport.  Soybeans have been planted on the farming section.  There has been an unusually large amount of tumbleweed on the field.


The Yankee Air Museum Airshow, Thunder Over Michigan, an All Warbird Show this year, will be held on August 4 and 5 from 9 am until 5 pm.


Taxiway D project along with the lighting has been completed.

5R/23L reconstruction bidding has been sent out to potential bidders.  Bids are due Monday, May 21.  Start up scheduled for July 15.

Eagle Flight hangeer, adjacent to their school on the west end of the field, is almost completed.

Elgene W.  Doinidis, Volunteer, AOPA ASN Willow Run