Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

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U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is preparing for a showdown with the Federal Aviation Administration over what he says is a cost-cutting move that compromises public safety.

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Wichita’s mayor is trying to stop a Federal Aviation Administration plan that would transfer weather observations to air traffic controllers at Eisenhower National Airport.

Mayor Jeff Longwell issued a four-page letter to federal officials on Friday, including the head of the FAA and members of Kansas’ congressional delegation.

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A team from the Federal Aviation Administration was in Wichita Thursday to go over a plan to shift weather reporting from trained observers on the ground to air traffic controllers at Eisenhower National Airport.

About 20 local aviation leaders attended the closed-door meeting inside the terminal at Eisenhower airport. Media were not allowed to hear the presentation.

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Federal aviation officials are expected in Wichita next week to review their plan for changing the way weather observations are done at the airport.

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport and 56 other mid-size airports are on the FAA’s target list for transferring weather observations from certified weather professionals on the ground to air traffic controllers. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports on what’s at stake.

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Wichita Eisenhower National Airport is reporting that 2015 was its third busiest year on record.

A brand new terminal, which opened last June, helped to bring in 37,679 additional passengers in 2015, an increase of 2.5 percent from the previous year.

Airport officials said the total number of passengers who either flew in or out of Eisenhower National Airport was 1,571,348.

“We are very pleased that passengers have responded to the conveniences and amenities of our new terminal and our air service,” Valerie Wise, Air Service Manager, said in a statement.

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Updated Monday, Sept. 28, at 10:23 a.m.  

Federal aviation investigators are removing debris from Friday’s deadly plane crash in west Wichita.

The pilot, Aaron Waters of Parker, Colorado, was killed when his plane went down in a densely populated neighborhood.

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The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport reports that this past July saw a record number of passengers.

Last month, there were more than 158,000 passengers who flew either in or out of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. That surpasses the previous record set in July 2007 by nearly 2,000 people. It’s also about 9 percent higher than July of last year.

New Terminal Opens At Eisenhower National Airport

Jun 3, 2015
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The brand new terminal at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport officially opened this morning. Between the last flight at the old terminal and the first flight at the new one, employees closed down food stalls, moved computers and organized a parade of planes to their new gates. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur got a behind the scenes look last night and has this report…

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On Thursday, Mayor Jeff Longwell announced that Wichita Eisenhower National Airport's new terminal is scheduled to open on June 3.

He also mentioned that the new airport parking lot, as well as the rental car center, will be open to the public next Wednesday.

“The new terminal and the addition of the new Parking Garage and Rental Car Center represent a significant improvement for travelers and other customers visiting Eisenhower Airport,” Longwell says.

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  Originally aired 4-09-15 during Morning Edition

The new terminal at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is in its final construction phase, with the official opening expected in May.

In the meantime, public events, beginning with this Saturday’s Dedication Gala, will provide a preview of the facility.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar visited the terminal and has this progress report...