News release from the Fort Wayne Aero Center:
Jeff Van Slyke named general manager of Fort Wayne Aero Center
(July 20, 2015) – Today the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority announced Jeff Van Slyke as the general manager of the new Fort Wayne Aero Center at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA). Fort Wayne Aero Center will begin providing fixed base operations (FBO) services at the airport beginning January 1, 2016. Mr. Van Slyke assumed his new role today.
As the general manager, Mr. Van Slyke will lead a staff of approximately 20 to provide aircraft fueling, tie-down and parking, hangar rental, and other aeronautical services to FWA’s commercial carriers and general aviation users.
“We look forward to having Jeff on board as we enter a new chapter of aviation services at FWA,” said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. “We have no doubt his skills and experience will mold Fort Wayne Aero Center into a friendly and efficient FBO the region’s users will be proud of.”
With 28 years of aviation experience, Mr. Van Slyke has worked in nearly all capacities of aviation services. He comes to Fort Wayne from Dallas Love Field Airport, where he most recently worked as the training/HSE supervisor for Air Service International Group (ASIG). ASIG is the primary into-plane fueling agent for Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and Virgin America Airlines (NASDAQ: VA), providing service for 185 daily commercial flights.
“I’m really excited to get started. I love being involved in a new line of business and watching things grow, starting a first-class operation in Fort Wayne from the ground up,” said Van Slyke. “The region has a lot to look forward to at Fort Wayne Aero Center.”
Mr. Van Slyke has also worked at several FBOs in southern California, including Landmark Aviation at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where he handled up to 95% of the corporate traffic into LAX. Prior to California, Mr. Van Slyke worked in Tel-Aviv, Israel for Mercury Air Group and spent 16 years in Reno, Nev. at Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO). During his time in Reno, he was exposed to commercial, private, and charter aviation, and was the Department of Defense contractor for transient government aircraft at RNO.
“I’ve never felt more welcome in Fort Wayne and in my career. I can’t wait to be a part of this community,” Van Slyke added.
About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) and Smith Field Airport. The airport authority is governed by a six-member board appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. Serving northeast Indiana and the surrounding region, FWA offers nonstop service to 12 cities on four airlines. In 2014, FWA served 643,887 passengers – an 8.5% increase over 2013. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit www.FWAirport.com.