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John C. Tune Airport Named 2016 Airport of the Year in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – John C. Tune Airport (JWN) was recently named the 2016 Airport of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Commission and the Tennessee Aviation Association for the recent major reconstruction and safety enhancement projects and terminal modernization at the airport.


The Airport of the Year Award was presented at the 2016 Tennessee Airport Conference, an annual event that recognizes the achievements and advancements of airports and aviation professionals across the state. The organizations awarded JWN for demonstrating a long-term commitment to the operation, appearance, maintenance and an exceptional level of service.


"We're honored to have John C. Tune Airport recognized as the top general aviation airport in Tennessee," said Rob Wigington, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. "Tune serves as the front door to our city for general and corporate aviation customers, and with the new airfield upgrades and terminal renovation, it is a better reflection of Music City. It truly is 'A New Tune.'"


JWN re-opened in July 2015 after a 60-day closure to extend the runway and improve the Runway Safety Area (RSA). The north end RSA is now 1000 feet in length to meet the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirement, and the runway was extended 500 additional feet to extend the range of the aircraft using JWN. On the south end, the RSA was extended 750 feet and now includes an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS). The JWN EMAS installation is the 99th EMAS installation in the world.


Other improvements include making runway grade repairs, replacing runway lights and signage, installing a new precision approach path indicator and instrument landing system, reconstructing taxiways and extending Taxiway Alpha. During the closure, the apron and hangar floors were rehabilitated, and the terminal was renovated and modernized, as well as enhancements to its landscaping and signage.


JWN was also recently honored with the 2015 General Aviation Airport Safety Award from the Federal Aviation Administration's Southern Region Airports Division and the Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee for the airport's safety upgrades and enhancements.


The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority owns and operates Nashville International Airport (BNA) and John C. Tune Airport. Located in West Nashville, JWN is one of Tennessee's busiest general aviation airports, serving as a reliever for BNA. With a 3,600-square-foot terminal, 125 T-hangars and two enclosed hangars of 21,000 and 18,000 square feet, JWN operates 24 hours a day.


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