March 5, 2015


By Invitation Grand Opening Event Will Feature Music, Food, VIPs

The Wichita Aero Club is offering its members a very special opportunity to be a part of an important milestone in the Air Capital’s aviation history…and at a special price not available to the public!  A limited number of tickets are being made available for the Grand Opening Gala of the new Airline Terminal at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport on Saturday evening, April 11. The celebration will include a variety of musical offerings from local artists, highlighted by the Wichita Symphony, gourmet food and drink stations located at various points of interest throughout the new terminal, guided tours, and short presentations by local VIP guests and dignitaries.  Invitations to the event are offering tickets at $125 each.  However, as a co-sponsor of the Gala, the Wichita Aero Club is providing tickets to our members at a price of $100 each on a first-come/first serve basis!

“The re-naming of our airport to honor the only president who called our state his home and the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art airline terminal is a once in a lifetime milestone and certainly a memorable part of our aviation history,” noted Dave Franson, Wichita Aero Club President.  “We’re honored to be included in the planning and hosting of this event and even more pleased to be able to offer our members the opportunity to be a part of it at a price that’s not available anywhere else.

“This is a benefit we’re offering to those who have loyally supported the Wichita Aero Club and the local aviation community over the past several years through their attendance at our luncheons, involvement in our educational programs, and attention to the issues that affect our industry.  We have purchased a quantity of tickets at face value (because the proceeds go to the Airport Foundation to defray expenses associated with the opening of the new facility) and we’re reducing the price to our members as a way of thanking them and ensuring that they can be  included in this memorable event,” he explained.

To receive the WAC discount, Aero Club members can order Airport Gala tickets by visiting the website at or by calling the Aero Club at 681-4471 and providing names of attendees. Purchases of tickets can be made with VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card or by check sent to the Wichita Aero Club at 151 South Whittier Street, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67207.

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