Midwest Airlines was a U. S.-based airline and, for a short time, an operating brand of Republic Airways Holdings based in Oak Creek, operating from Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport. On April 13, 2010, parent company Republic announced that Midwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines would merge, with the Midwest brand disappearing in late 2011. Midwest Airlines' final flight operated with a Boeing 717-200 and staffed with Midwest Airlines flight crews landed in Milwaukee on November 2, 2009. Effective November 3, 2009, Midwest Airlines ceased to exist as an actual operating airline. Midwest Airlines began its existence in 1948, when Kimberly-Clark began providing air transportation for company executives and engineers between the company's Neenah, Wisconsin headquarters and its mills. Operating out of the nearby Appleton International Airport, early employee shuttle destinations included Chicago O'Hare and Atlanta's Fulton County Airport. In 1969, K-C Aviation was born from this, was dedicated to the maintenance of corporate aircraft.
K-C Aviation was sold in 1998 to Gulfstream Aerospace for $250 million. After the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, Kimberly-Clark and K-C Aviation decided to form a regular scheduled passenger airline, out of that initiative, Midwest Express began operations on June 11, 1984. At the time the airline had 83 employees. Early plans for the airline called for it to serve Appleton and Atlanta. Kimberly-Clark opted against this plan after local resistance over the carrier's desire to serve Atlanta's Fulton County Airport, a general aviation airport on the city's west side. From 1983 to 1985, the airline operated a single Convair 580 twin turboprop aircraft provided by Kimberly-Clark's corporate aviation department; the airline grew by adding additional DC-9 aircraft to its fleet, including larger McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 jets, with a total of 24 by the end of 1996. Midwest Express served most major Midwestern and East Coast destinations, its longtime slogan, "The Best Care in the Air", represented its inflight product.
For many years, all flights featured 2-by-2 leather seating, ample legroom, complimentary gourmet meals, warm chocolate chip cookies. This made the airline popular with business travelers. In addition, Midwest Express operated a sizable executive charter operation with a specially configured DC-9. In 1989, Midwest Express added two McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft to its fleet acquiring eleven additional aircraft between 1998 and 2001; these enabled the airline to expand services to Florida. The airline experienced steady growth and continued profitability, opening an additional hub in Omaha, Nebraska in early 1995. Midwest Express started its own regional subsidiary, Skyway Airlines, The Midwest Express Connection, to provide commuter airline service to small communities in Wisconsin and the surrounding region. Kimberly-Clark relinquished its ownership in two initial public offerings on September 22, 1995 and May 8, 1996; the airline's new parent company, Midwest Air Group, traded on the American Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "MEH."
Midwest Express added Midwest Vacations in the 1990s, naming GOGO Worldwide Vacations as the original partner to provide hotel service and partnering with Mark Travel. Midwest Airlines Vacations continues to operate as a vacation provider. In 1997, according to the Midwest Express timetable, the airline was code sharing with Virgin Atlantic Airways for flights between London Heathrow Airport and Milwaukee and Kansas City with passengers connecting between the two air carriers in Boston. After fourteen years of profit-making, Midwest Express was affected with serious financial problems after the September 11 terrorist attacks. To return to profitability, the airline made major changes; the Omaha hub was reduced to a focus city with hub status transferred to Kansas City. Some MD-80 series aircraft were reconfigured into a new "Saver Service", featuring cloth coach seats in a 2-by-3 arrangement. Saver Service, while decreasing the width of the seats, continued to feature ample legroom; this service was offered from the Milwaukee and Kansas City hubs to leisure destinations such as Florida, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix on McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft.
The airline's Signature Service was affected by the financial difficulties. The signature gourmet meal services, served on china after being cooked on board, were discontinued in 2002 and replaced with a buy-on-board product. Midwest Express was serving the following destinations in October 1984: Appleton, WI Boston, MA Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Newark, NJ Milwaukee, WI – Hub & airline headquartersBy 1985, Atlanta had been added to the route system with service to Newark being discontinued at this time and by 1986 flights had been begun to Madison, New York City LaGuardia Airport and Washington, D. C. National Airport. All service was flown nonstop between Milwaukee and these destinations, with the exception of a nonstop route between Appleton and Newark in 1984, discontinued by 1985; the airline was serving the following destinations in June 2001: Appleton, WI Atlanta, GA Boston, MA Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Denver, CO Des Moines, IA Fort Lauderdale, FL – seasonal service Fort Myers, FL – seasonal service Hartford, CT Kansas City, MO – Focus city Las Vegas, NV (LA
Private aviation is the part of civil aviation that does not include flying for hire. In most countries, private flights are always general aviation flights, but the opposite is not true: many general aviation flights are commercial in that the pilot is hired and paid. Many private pilots fly for their own enjoyment, or to share the joys and convenience of general aviation with friends and family. In private flight the pilot is not paid, all aircraft operating expenses are paid by the pilot. In some countries such as the United States, aircraft operating expenses for a flight may optionally be divided with any passengers up to a pro rata amount. For example, if aircraft operating expenses total $120 for a flight with pilot and three passengers, each of the three passengers could pay not more than $30 of the expenses with the remainder paid by the pilot. In many countries, private aviation operates to less strict standards than commercial aviation. For example, in Canada and the United States, aircraft owners are allowed to perform basic maintenance tasks on their own aircraft, but only licensed mechanics may perform those tasks on aircraft used for commercial operations.
Private pilots are not required to demonstrate the same level of proficiency on their flight tests and take fewer and less rigorous medical examinations, than are required for Commercial pilots who are paid for operating an aircraft. The majority of active pilots hold a Private Pilot license, it is the purpose of the flight, not the aircraft or pilot, that determines whether the flight is private. For example, if a commercially licensed pilot flies a registered plane to visit a friend or attend a business meeting, most countries would consider this to be a private flight. Conversely, a private pilot could fly a multi-engine complex aircraft carrying numerous passengers for non-commercial purposes. Pilot certification in the United States Private pilot licence Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Canadian Owners and Pilots Association FAA - Become a Pilot
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Milwaukee County is a county in the U. S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 947,735 and was estimated to be 951,448 in 2016, it is the most populous county in Wisconsin and the 45th most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Milwaukee, the most populous city in the state; the county was organized the following year. Milwaukee County is the most populous county of the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as of the Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha, WI Combined Statistical Area. There are 19 cities in Milwaukee County, the largest being Milwaukee, West Allis, Oak Creek, Greenfield, in that order. Milwaukee County is the most densely populated county, ranks in the top 50 most populated counties when excluding Cook County, Illinois and the five New York City burroughs from the list; the county is home to two professional sports teams, the world's largest music festival. Portions of what is now Milwaukee County are known to have been inhabited by a number of Native American tribes, including the Sauk, Meskwaki or "Fox", Menomonee and Potawotami, with elements of other tribes attested as well.
In 1818, when the land to be Wisconsin was made part of Michigan Territory, territorial governor Lewis Cass created Brown County, which at that time included all the land now part of Milwaukee County. It remained a part of Brown county until 1834, when Milwaukee County was created, including the area south of the line between townships eleven and twelve north, west of Lake Michigan, north of Illinois, east of the line which now separates Green and Rock counties; this territory encompassed all of what are now Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha counties, as well as large parts of the present-day Columbia and Dodge counties. Milwaukee County remained attached to Brown County for judicial purposes until Aug. 25, 1835, when an act was passed by the Michigan territorial legislature giving it an independent organization. In 1836, the legislature divided the area south and east of the Wisconsin and Fox rivers into counties, as a consequence reducing Milwaukee County's extent to what is now Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.
In 1846 Waukesha County was created by taking from Milwaukee all of the territory west of range 21, reducing Milwaukee County to its present boundaries. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,189 square miles, of which 241 square miles is land and 948 square miles is water, it is the third-smallest county in Wisconsin by land area. It is watered by the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Root Rivers; the surface is undulating, the soil calcareous and fertile. Ozaukee County - north Racine County - south Waukesha County - west Washington County - northwest Lake Michigan - east As of the 2010 census, there were 947,735 people, 383,591 households, 221,019 families residing in the county; the population density was 3,932 people per square mile. There were 418,053 housing units at an average density of 1,734 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 60.6% White, 26.8% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.003% Pacific Islander, 5.4% from other races, 3.0% from two or more races.
13.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 383,591 households, of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.1% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 42.4% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.14. In the county, the age distribution was spread out, with 24.9% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.6 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males. As of the 2000 census, there were 940,164 people, 377,729 households and 225,126 families resided in the county; the population density was 3,931 people per square mile. There were 400,093 housing units at an average density of 1,656 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the county was 65.6% White, 24.6% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.2% from other races, 2.2% from two or more races. 8.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.0 % were of 10.9 % Polish and 5.3 % Irish ancestry. There were 377,729 households, of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.4% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.13. In the county, the age distribution was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, from 1980 to 2000, the residential pattern of Blacks versus Whites in Milwaukee County was the most segregated in the country. Milwaukee County is governed through an eighteen-mem
Midstate Airlines was an airline with its headquarters in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. It was founded by Roy P. Shwery in 1964 and provided air service out of Marshfield and Central Wisconsin Airport; the airline operated a fleet of Beechcraft Model 18 aircraft, four Beech 99's. The airline flew from Marshfield, to Wisconsin Rapids, to Milwaukee, onto Chicago.. By the early 1970s, Midstate was serving Hayward and Ashland, Wisconsin from the Central Wisconsin Airport and Ashland from the Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport. One of its most fondly-remembered features was the 6:00 PM "Champagne Flight" out of O'Hare, destined for Ashland via Milwaukee, the CWA, Hayward. Shortly after takeoff from Milwaukee, the passengers were invited to open a cooler put on board in Milwaukee and prepared by Midstate's President's wife. In the cooler were a few soft drinks, Wisconsin cheese, Pringle's Newfangled Potato Chips, plastic cups and... one or two bottles of champagne. Somehow, this ice-breaker generated an good feeling for nearly everyone on board.
In 1977 Midstate switched to 19-passenger Swearingen Metroliners. On January 15, 1979, a Metroliner landed in Wisconsin Rapids, hydroplaned and collided with a snowbank, resulting in 11 injuries. Damage to the aircraft was substantial. Correction: snow storm with low visibility and no injuries. In its heyday, Midstate operated a fleet of 19 Metroliners and added six Fokker F27 50-passenger turboprop aircraft in 1984, flew to 15 cities in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Chicago O'Hare airport; the airline was purchased from Shwery by Sentry Insurance of Stevens Point, subsequently resold to CEO and investor Bryce Appleton in 1986. In 1986, Midstate subleased Fokker F27 aircraft to Chicago Air, a start-up carrier operated a regional service out of Chicago Midway International Airport. Midstate provided maintenance services to Chicago Air out of Central Wisconsin. However, Chicago Air went into bankruptcy the same year, Appleton purchased what remained of the Midstate's assets from Sentry Insurance.
The Chicago O'Hare takeoff and landing slots were sold off and Appleton continued to operate the Swearingen Metroliners, establishing a hub in Milwaukee. However, the airline continued to cut back service, providing charter, ceasing operations in 1989. Roy Shwery biography/http://www.aviationhalloffamewisconsin.com/inductees/shwery.htm Bryce Appleton biography/http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/PersonDetail.aspx? PersonID=84830050 Flight schedules/http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/iu.htm Timetable and route map/http://routemapsonline.com
La Crosse Regional Airport
La Crosse Regional Airport is a public airport located five miles northwest of La Crosse, a city in La Crosse County, United States. Until August 2013 the airport was called La Crosse Municipal Airport, it occupies the northern area of French Island, next to the Mississippi River. La Crosse's airport is the closest scheduled airline airport to the U. S. Army Fort McCoy base near Wisconsin; the Federal Aviation Administration National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service facility. It is the sixth busiest of eight commercial airports in Wisconsin in terms of passengers served; the La Crosse Airport can accommodate the largest aircraft. One of the largest passenger jets, the Boeing 747 Air Force One, has made overnight trips to this airport with every U. S. President for the last 20 years. In 1998 President Bill Clinton flew to La Crosse in AF1 Boeing 707; this was the last time a US President flew on this plane, retired to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
One of the world's largest cargo jets, a Russian Antonov An-124, has flown to La Crosse airport. The US military C-5A cargo and KC-10 Extender cargo/refueling jets have been at the annual summer Deke Slayton Airshow, Airfest at the airport, along with vintage and modern military and private planes; the show has featured the US Navy Blue Angels and the US Air Force Thunderbirds. In the past, Sun Country Airlines has flown DC-10 on charter flights from La Crosse to other cities; the New Orleans Saints NFL football team flew the 180-seat Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 planes each week to La Crosse for summer camp, to and from NFL cities for pre-season games. The airport's control tower was one of 143 towers slated for closure by the FAA due to the 2013 Federal sequester. However, the closures did not occur after Congress restored funding to the FAA; the airport covers 1,380 acres at an elevation of 656 feet. It has three runways: 18/36 is 8,742 by 150 feet concrete; the original runway layout is still with many improvements.
The 8,742-foot paved runway is the fourth longest in Wisconsin, after runways at MKE, MSN and VOK airfields. The airport has a modern two-story passenger terminal with three gates; the following are provided: Delta Air Lines passenger counter and kiosk American Airlines passenger counter Car rental Avis Hertz National Alamo Enterprise LSE Airport Gift Shop Meeting roomsThere are 11 corporate hangars and eight multi-aircraft T-hangars on the airport property. There is a cellphone-use free parking area for those awaiting passenger arrivals. For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 20,227 aircraft operations, an average of 55 per day: 68% general aviation, 29% air taxi / airline and 3% military. In March 2019, there were 73 aircraft based at this airport: 60 single-engine, 4 multi-engine, 8 jet and 1 helicopter. Two major airlines, Delta Air Lines, served by Delta Connection, American Airlines served by American Eagle, have 5 daily departures and arrivals with direct service to Chicago and Minneapolis.
Sun Country Airlines provides periodic Boeing 737 flights to cities such as Arizona. La Crosse Regional Airport is served by Delta Connection's 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 and the newer 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 or Embraer 175. American Eagle now flies the larger CRJ700s from Chicago. La Crosse Regional Airport, official website "La Crosse Municipal Airport". at the Wisconsin DOT Airport Directory Aerial video of La Crosse Regional Airport video at YouTube.com FAA Airport Diagram, effective March 28, 2019 FAA Terminal Procedures for LSE, effective March 28, 2019 Resources for this airport: AirNav airport information for KLSE ASN accident history for LSE FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker NOAA/NWS latest weather observations SkyVector aeronautical chart for KLSE FAA current LSE delay information
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport is a civil-military airport five miles south of downtown Milwaukee, United States. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a medium-hub primary commercial service facility, it is named after United States Army Air Service General Billy Mitchell, raised in Milwaukee and is regarded as the father of the United States Air Force. Along with being the primary airport for Milwaukee, Mitchell International has sometimes been described as Chicago's third airport, as many travelers in the suburbs north of Chicago use it instead of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports, it is used by travellers throughout Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. An Amtrak railway station opened at the airport in 2005. Since March 1941, the airport's weather station has been used as the official point for Milwaukee weather observations and records by the National Weather Service, whose area office is located in Sullivan.
The original airfield was established in 1920 as Hamilton Airport by local business owner and aviator, Thomas Hamilton. Milwaukee County purchased the land on October 1926, for the Milwaukee County Airport; the first airport terminal there, the Hirschbuehl Farmhouse, opened in July 1927. That month, Northwest Inc. began air service from Milwaukee to Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In August 1927, world-renowned aviator Charles Lindbergh visited the Milwaukee airport. Kohler Aviation Corporation began providing passenger service across Lake Michigan on August 31, 1929. During the late depression years, a new two-story passenger terminal building was constructed by the Works Progress Administration. On March 17, 1941 the airport was renamed General Mitchell Field after Milwaukee's military airpower advocate, Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell. On January 4, 1945, Mitchell Field was leased to the War Department for use as a World War II prisoner-of-war camp. Over 3,000 prisoners and 250 enlisted men stayed at the work camp.
Escaped German prisoners were surprised to find a large German American population just beyond the fence. The present terminal was designed by Leigh Fisher and Associates, it was renovated and expanded in 1985, designed by Miller, Kenyon, Cooper Architects and Planners Inc. The "hammerhead" section of the D concourse was added in 1990. On June 19, 1986 the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors renamed the airport General Mitchell International Airport. On February 4, 2019, the airport was renamed Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport; the airport was a hub for AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines. On December 28, 2014, the airport became a focus city for Southwest Airlines, after finalizing their merger with AirTran Airways; the airport is owned and operated by Milwaukee County, but some Milwaukee business leaders and politicians have advocated privatization or leasing it to a third party for financial reasons. In February 2019, the airport was renamed from "General Mitchell International Airport" to "Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport," a rebranding meant to highlight the airport's location.
In October 2008 a Condé Nast Traveler poll ranked Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport fourth in the nation using categories of Location and Access, Design and Baggage, Perceived Safety and Security, as well as Food and Amenities. Mitchell International expanded the runway safety area at the end of the runways after an accident on January 21, 2007, when Northwest Airlines Flight 1726 skidded off the runway following an aborted takeoff. According to the FAA, most airports are encouraged to have a runway safety area no shorter than 1,000 feet, though many airports do not. Construction of the runway safety areas began at the end of summer 2009 and was completed in fall 2012. There is a "Master Plan" idea to increase terminal area by stretching the existing terminal or begin construction of a separate terminal. Nearly all cases would involve major reconstruction on the airport itself, would have a huge impact on the airport's traffic; these plans were, drafted before Mitchell saw a significant reduction in carriers and flights.
More in 2012, there have been discussions of closing one concourse as a cost-cutting move. The approved 2018 Milwaukee County Budget contains initial funding for replacement of the now-closed Concourse E with a new International Terminal, it will replace the current International Arrivals Terminal which has limited capacity and is not connected to the main terminal building. The new terminal is planned to open in 2020. During October 2018, airport and Milwaukee County officials set a timeline for design and completion of the new International terminal. Pre-design work and bidding is set to conclude in November 2018, with construction set to begin in early 2020 and concluding in mid-2021. Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport covers 2,180 acres and has five asphalt and concrete runways ranging from 4,183 to 9,990 ft. A helipad measuring 100 by 100 ft is on the south side of the airport property; the 07R/25L runway has an overpass with Howell Avenue running underneath. For the year ending June 30, 2018, the airport had 112,932 aircraft operations, an average of 309 per day: 56% commercial airline, 32% air taxi, 10% general aviation and 2% military.
In March 2019, there were 95 aircraft based at this airport: 33