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Mount Comfort Airport takes on new moniker

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Just in time for private jet-setters flying in for the 2012 Super Bowl, the Indianapolis Airport Authority has officially renamed its 1,805-acre Mount Comfort Airport as Indianapolis Regional Airport.

Just don’t confuse it with Indianapolis International Airport. The authority insists its newly named Indianapolis Regional is supposed to alleviate confusion among out-of-town visitors, the authority said.

“Having the facility clearly identified with the city of Indianapolis and central Indiana will be of benefit as the area continues to grow and attract new business enterprises,” authority CEO John Clark said of the Hancock County airport, which is the metro area’s largest reliever airport.

The name change approved by the Federal Aviation Administration was sought by the authority and IndyJet, the fixed-base operator at the airport. Fortunately, pilots aren’t likely to be confused because Indianapolis Regional will retain Mount Comfort’s original “MQJ” designation.

“The name change directly links transient corporate and general aviation communities to greater Indianapolis,” said Bob Palmer, managing partner of IndyJet.

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  • MQJ
    Mr. Wilson is correct.

    The name change is 100% a marketing ploy to lure out of state (and unknowing) traffic to Hancock County by identifyiying MQJ as an "Indianapolis" airport, rather than what it is: a rural landing field with a Greenfield address.

    The result, if the ruse proves successful, will be an increase in the mix of high-speed jet traffic with the low speed, private aircraft based at the field's hangars.

    It seems IAA and Indy-Jet have partnered to bring about the name change wiith the primary goal of profit.

    This change was done without input or consultation from the local pilot population.

    Which has been the "modus operadndi" of the IAA for many years.

    Getting rid of the current administrator, for peripheral reasons, is a good first step, but does not solve the underlying problems which lie in the make-up of the board members.

  • Name change
    The name change from Mount Comfort to Indianapolis Regional is another attempt by business to "advertise" at the expense of air safety. The old name had a distinguishing feature from Indianapolis International which is largely lost.

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