The Connecticut Airport Authority and Standard Parking Inc. have begun a new Frequent Parker program, known as Auto-Pilot Rewards, has been implemented at Bradley International Airport. The program started Oct. 1, and in its first month more than 500 customers were enrolled. The program uses automated vehicle identification technology linked to a credit card that allows easy entry and exiting. Customer credit cards are automatically charged and Frequent Parker credits are accumulated on customer accounts.

A second parking program, ClickAndPark.Com, which is also available at Bradley, is a simple, easy-to-use online reservation program that gives Bradley Airport parking customers the ability to reserve Premium Parking. On-airport parking patrons are able to reserve parking on Level 3 of the parking garage, in an area closest to the pedestrian walkway that leads to the ticketing level of the terminal. When making an online reservation, the customer will receive a parking permit, customized directions showing the best route to the Bradley parking garage, and how to locate the designated Premium Parking area.
Kevin A. Dillon, executive director of the CAA, said, “These on-airport parking amenities are another example of the Connecticut Airport Authority’s continuing efforts to enhance the customer experience and satisfaction at all CAA facilities. Our partner Standard Parking’s Auto-Pilot Rewards and ClickAndPark.Com programs have made on-airport parking at Bradley an easy — and rewarding — experience.”

Chuck Voase, vice president-east airports for Standard Parking, said, “The Auto-Pilot Rewards program is the new, fully automated Frequent Parker program that allows on-airport parking customers at Bradley a quick and easy way to pay while earning points for free parking. With the use of an automated pass, customers don’t have to pull a ticket when entering one of our parking facilities and they are able to bypass the cashier lanes when leaving.”
For more information regarding various on-Airport parking programs and options at Bradley, visit

The CAA was established in 2011 to develop, improve, and operate Bradley and the state’s five general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton-New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham). The CAA board consists of 11 members with a broad spectrum of experience in aviation-related and other industries as well as government. The goal of the CAA is to make Connecticut’s airports, specifically Bradley, more attractive to new airlines and bring in new routes, which supports Connecticut’s overall economic development and growth strategy.

WINDSOR LOCKS — The New England Air Museum will hold its next Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, Jan. 19. Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 12 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators.
The aircraft to be open include the famous P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, the North American F-100 Super Sabre, a DC-3 airliner, and several helicopters.
As an added feature, the Wings & Wheels Modelers Club will present a plastic scale model show featuring hundreds of model airplanes, military vehicles, figures, ship and cars. There will be ongoing demonstrations by modelers who will be working on and building models throughout the day.
There also will be hands-on activities for younger visitors. A food vendor will be serving sandwiches, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. The event will be held inside the museum’s three large, heated display hangars.
The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for visitors 12 and older, $11 for seniors 65 and older, $6.50 for children 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free.
Open Cockpit Day is also being planned fo Feb. 16 and March 16. The museum is planning special activities for the week of Feb. 17, which is a school vacation week in many towns.
Wings & Wheels, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the International Plastic Modelers Society, is open to anyone with an interest in modeling. The club, serving western New England, has monthly meetings to circulate modeling news, share tips and techniques, and display finished work and work in progress. The club holds an annual contest, ValleyCon, in Chicopee, Mass. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in West Springfield, Mass.
The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England and is a private, nonprofit educational institution that was organized in 1959. Three hangars and an outdoor display contain more than 80 aircraft with permanent exhibits that include the oldest surviving aircraft in the U.S. — the 1870 Silas M. Brooks Balloon Basket, as well as an S-39 Amphibian plane — the first aircraft built in Connecticut by aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky. Featured year-round are many historical aircraft and exhibits including a focus on World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen, and a display about Amelia Earhart alongside a Lockheed Model 10 Electra – the same type of plane flown by the female aviator.
The air museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts, engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits helping them to understand aviation technology and history and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs. It is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association and is governed by a volunteer board of directors, with four full-time employees, 18 part-time employees, and more than 175 volunteers.
The museum is at 36 Perimeter Road (off Route 75) on the north end of the Bradley International Airport airfield. For more information: , (860) 623-3305, or Facebook at New England Air Museum.

HARTFORD – Six Connecticut residents have been honored by the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) with “Bring It Home Awards”. The “Bring It Home Awards” honor state residents for their contributions to making the state a successful convention and major sporting events venue. The honorees belong to or work with professional or social associations and have greatly helped the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau and local hotels and meeting venues book many national and regional conventions.

This is the first time that the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau presented these awards. In June 2012, the former Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau (GHCVB), creator of the awards, expanded to become the CTCSB and serve the entire state. Many GHCVB staffers now are now part of the new CTCSB and have continued the tradition.

The awards ceremony was held at the Inn at Middletown in Middletown, Conn. and was attended by convention and hospitality leaders from across the state.

The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau’s “Bring It Home Awards” were presented to:

Rosalind Coltherst-Smallhorne of East Hartford, for bringing the Southern New England Church of God’s “Annual Women’s Conference” to the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa since 2009;

Kenneth Edwards, Jr. of New London, for bringing the upcoming 8th annual Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) International Conference to the Connecticut Convention Center in October 2013;

David Kelly of Shelton, for bringing Spectrum Plastics Group’s National Sales Meetings and Leadership Meetings to the Holiday Inn Bridgeport since 2011;

Harold Kramer of Cheshire, for bringing the upcoming American Radio Relay League’s Centennial Convention to the Connecticut Convention Center in July 2014;

Gladys Rivera of East Hartford, for bringing the 2012 the Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition to Mohegan Sun in November 2012; and

John Shemo of South Windsor, for bringing the Northeastern Economic Developers Association’s 56th Annual Conference to the Marriott Hartford Downtown in October 2012.

Bring It Home Awards Feb 2013

PICTURED (left to right):
Standing: Rosalind Coltherst-Smallhorne (East Hartford), Kenneth Edwards, Jr. (New London), David Kelly (Shelton), Michael Van Parys, President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB). Seated: Harold Kramer (Cheshire), Gladys Rivera (East Hartford), John Shemo (South Windsor), Photographer credit: Photo Images Co.


Kevin A. Dillon, Executive Director of the the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), is tasked with the goal of working with the CAA board and its many stakeholders to transform Bradley International and the state’s five general aviation airports into vibrant economic drivers for the state.

“Hiring Kevin Dillon was a major step towards achieving our mission of turning the state’s airports into key economic forces for the state,” said CAA Chair Mary Ellen Jones. “Kevin, a talented and experienced airport executive, brings keen focus to this mission and he is already making a difference.”

Airport stakeholders are very interested in the CAA’s and Dillon’s priorities as well as plans to help advance economic growth around the airports and across Connecticut. In this edition of “The Airport News,” the CAA provides readers with an opportunity to get to know the new Executive Director in this exclusive interview with Kevin Dillon.
What attracted you to the position at the CAA?
Having worked in the airport industry for more than 36 years, I know a good opportunity when I see one. And this position is an exciting opportunity to build a new authority that will help maximize the potential of the state’s airports and develop economic growth across Connecticut.

My diverse experience has given me a good understanding for what is necessary to create a successful airport. Bradley International Airport and the state’s general aviation airports have a lot of potential. With Bradley’s great highway access and central location in New England, it is an important regional economic asset. You don’t have to deal with lengthy traffic delays, tolls, and parking issues which plague other airports in the region.

Another thing that attracted me to this position was the strong foundation already in place with a committed CAA Board and the existing personnel at the state’s airports. I have also seen great support from the Governor’s Office, the legislature, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and other key stakeholders – all of whom are dedicated to continuing to provide excellent customer service at Bradley and the five general aviation airports in Connecticut.

What is your definition of a successful airport? Do the state’s airports meet your criteria for successful airports?
A successful airport meets the transportation needs of the people in the region while serving as an economic generator for the area. The CAA’s mission is to turn the state’s airports into economic catalysts for the state. In my first few months as Executive Director, I have been very impressed with the political and business groups coming together in support of this mission. There have been a number of recent successes at the airports and I believe that there will be many more to come.

Can you provide some examples of recent successes accomplished by the CAA?
Our most recent customer service enhancement was the creation of a cell phone waiting lot on Light Lane near Route 75. It provides our customers with a safe and secure place to park while waiting for passengers to arrive. We also posted trailblazer signs at Terminal A and provide maps to make it easy for people to find the cell phone waiting lot.

The streamlined Bradley Airport Development Zone procedure approved by the CAA board in May 2012 is an excellent example of how we are making it easier to do business in Connecticut. This new user-friendly procedure is already helping promote economic development and job growth with two companies, NuFern and Merchandising Partners, expanding their businesses in the zone as a result of its benefits. The board also gave preliminary approval for Metal Finish Equipment and Supply Company to be part of zone.

More business means more jobs and economic growth in Connecticut. The expansion of NuFern and Merchandising Partners brought in more than 55 jobs to the area. At the end of last year, JetBlue Airways added 38 new jobs at Bradley Airport, demonstrating the importance of Bradley Airport to the airline’s route network.

The CAA board also took a vital step in promoting economic growth around the state’s general aviation airports by approving a procedure to create development zones around the state’s five general aviation airports. The statute requires the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to submit zone proposals to the CAA. The CAA and DECD will work together to utilize zone development as a tool for economic development.

What is your main priority for Bradley International and the state’s general aviation airports?
Our main priority at Bradley International Airport is route development – both domestic and international. We recently hosted a business roundtable, where 19 area businesses and universities were surveyed about their travel needs. This information gives us a better understanding of the business community’s route and development desires and will be invaluable as we continue to meet with airlines. To help bring in new routes and airlines, we have developed an airline incentive package.

Strengthening Bradley Airport’s market reach is another strategic focus of the CAA. The Airport has much to offer with its Central New England location and accessibility. This is something we will continue to reinforce with our passengers, airlines and cargo operators.

Another priority at Bradley and the state’s general aviation airports is to continue to enhance the customer experience regarding our facilities and performance. This includes continuing to streamline the processes for getting things done and making it easier to do business in Connecticut. Many of the airports’ stakeholders have already noticed improvement at the six airports.

Are you planning to return a transatlantic flight to/from Bradley International Airport? What about plans for additional domestic routes?
We are working with airlines and area companies to determine if a transatlantic flight is economically feasible. According to the results of our recent business roundtable survey, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam are the most-requested international destinations. Our job is to present this information to our airline partners so that everyone can make informed decisions and be assured that a new route will work.

Airports and airlines are currently working to establish routes for 2013 and beyond. We have been and will continue to discuss additional domestic service to/from Bradley International Airport. An international launch of service will take longer to develop than new domestic routes. It will take at least 15 to 18 months to achieve an international flight. Bradley may start with a charter service in order to establish a foundation for regular daily non-stop international service.

What are the plans for Terminal B?
Current market forecasts have pushed out the timeline for building a new terminal. The CAA is taking steps to position Bradley International Airport to a point where it warrants a new terminal. We are currently working to continue to advance the associated enabling projects (a reconfigured roadway system, a new parking garage with consolidated rental car facilities, and various utility projects) that will enhance the Airport’s operations and lay the groundwork for a new terminal.


WINDSOR LOCKS, CONNECTICUT – September 25, 2012 – The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) and Bradley International Airport (BDL) have announced the opening of a cell phone waiting lot at the Airport.  It is conveniently located on Light Lane, which runs parallel to Route 75 (Ella T. Grasso Turnpike), near the intersection of Route 75 and Schoephoester Road.  This secure, lighted location is a short 2 to 3 minute drive to the BDL arrivals area.  Motorists should follow the posted signs on Schoephoester Road which will direct them to the cell phone waiting lot on Light Lane.  This waiting area is equipped with a sign with a QR (Quick Response) code that allows customers to use their smart phones to scan the code and be connected directly to Bradley’s latest flight arrival information.

CAA Chair Mary Ellen Jones notes, “The opening of this cell phone waiting lot is in direct response to our customers’ requests; we are committed to enhancing our stakeholders’ total travel experience at Bradley International Airport.”

CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon, A.A.E. comments, “Over the next few months, Airport staff will be closely monitoring this new customer amenity here at Bradley; we have heard and will continue to respond to the traveling public in order to fulfill the state of Connecticut’s commitment to total quality customer satisfaction at BDL.”

WINDSOR LOCKS, CONNECTICUT – SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 – State-owned and operated Bradley International Airport will serve as the staging area for a multi-faceted drill designed to simulate an aircraft accident on Saturday, September 22nd at 8:30 a.m.  The simulated drill will occur at an area adjacent to Route 75 commonly referred to as the “Field of Champions”, the Connecticut sports teams’ “Welcome Home” site.    Bradley Airport Administration, Operations, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), Security, and Maintenance personnel will coordinate the practice drill along with the assistance of local, state, and federal emergency services agencies.

This mock drill, which will involve the active participation of as many as 25 different emergency response agencies, must be performed every three years as a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) airport certification.

There are 3 main goals that will be the focus of this simulation:

1)      Implementation of the Airport’s Emergency Plan.

2)      Management and evaluation of Bradley’s Mass Casualty Plan by the Airport’s ARFF staff and its mutual aid partners.

3)      Command, control, and communications among the various emergency agencies.

Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E. notes, “Since safety and security are the number one priority of the CAA, this training exercise will benefit numerous stakeholders including our customers utilizing Bradley International Airport, Airport employees, our partners in the surrounding communities, as well as various federal, state, and local emergency response agencies.”

Airport Administrator Eric N. Waldron, A.A.E., ACE states, “Bradley’s response to this realistic drill is an excellent tool for the entire Airport and surrounding communities to practice and assess their ability to respond to an actual aircraft emergency.”

Bradley Fire Chief John Duffy adds, “This simulated drill is the culmination of many months of coordination and planning by a variety of agencies and Airport staff.”



WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (August 13, 2012) – John Loyacano has been appointed as Director of Operations for the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport, located in Windsor Locks, CT. In his new role, Loyacano is responsible for overseeing all rooms and food & beverage departments of the hotel, including budgeting, scheduling, associate training and development, inventory, as well as strict adherence to all Sheraton and Waterford Hotel Group standards. The 237-room Sheraton Hartford is professionally managed by Waterford Hotel Group, Inc., a national hotel and convention center management firm.

Loyacano began his hospitality career with Waterford Hotel Group in 2004 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, CT, and has served in various capacities at multiple Waterford properties including the Courtyard by Marriott in Cromwell, CT, Residence Inn by Marriott in Danbury, CT, the Courtyard by Marriott and Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH and most recently, as Director of Rooms for the 393-room Hilton Hartford in CT.

“We are excited to welcome John to the Sheraton Hartford,” said Anish Patney, General Manager for the hotel. “His extensive knowledge of Waterford’s operating procedures and philosophy makes him a welcomed addition to our team.”

Loyacano holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management from Penn State University. He currently resides in West Hartford, CT.

About the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport
The 237-room full-service hotel is the only hotel located within the Bradley airport complex, with an elevator from the indoor, underground 300-car parking garage providing direct access to the hotel and Bradley International Airport terminals. The Sheraton Bradley has been renovated to include new bedding, bathrooms and amenities. On-site amenities of the 10-story hotel include a Concierge Floor and lounge, an indoor swimming pool and complete exercise facility, high speed Internet access, fifteen meeting rooms, a full-service restaurant, lounge, Starbucks Cafe and grand ballroom to accommodate meeting and banquet functions up to 400 people. The hotel offers several unique packages, including a stay, park, and fly package. 

About Waterford Hotel Group
Waterford Hotel Group has experience operating virtually every type of hotel property, including select service properties, all-suite hotels, conference centers, and large full service and resort properties. The company’s approach to hotel development and operations is hands-on, and features frequent site visits and constant communication with customers and partners. Additionally, Waterford Hotel Group offers centralized accounting, financial reporting, strategic marketing, human resources, and day-to-day operations management systems to increase market share and profitability at all properties. For more information, visit the company’s website at

While aircraft manufacturers reported billions of dollars worth of sales at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, which took place July 9 to 15, the number of firm deals dipped from last year. This year saw a proliferation of memorandums of understanding and letters of intent as compared with last year’s higher number of firm orders. Richard Aboulafia, a vice president at the consulting firm Teal Group Corp., attributes airline wariness to “a perpetual European crisis, sluggish U.S. numbers and much slower emerging market growth.” Read more here.

The legislation creating the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) was signed into law last summer with the goal of transforming Bradley International and the state’s five general aviation airports into vibrant economic drivers for the state. The law was just the first step of many to unlocking the full potential of the state’s airports.

Since October 2011, when the CAA Board had its inaugural meeting, Board members have been diligently working to build a structure to ensure it can contribute to Connecticut’s overall economical development and growth strategy.

“As a quasi-public agency, the CAA Board has the independence and flexibility to be responsive to the airport’s stakeholders as well as economic opportunities for the airports. Our goal is to make Connecticut’s airports, especially Bradley International Airport, more attractive to passengers, cargo operators, airlines and others so that we can  bring in more flights, more routes and more businesses,” said CAA Chairwoman Mary Ellen Jones.  “We’ve been actively engaged with airlines, airport concession operators and business and community groups to achieve this objective.”

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Bradley International Airport (BDL) has joined Twitter and is encouraging travelers to sign up for automatic, informative tweets on weather delays, travel tips and events at New England’s second-largest airport. Anyone can follow BDL tweets by going to or clicking on the familiar Twitter bird icon now featured on the airport’s home page,

“When people are traveling, up-to-date information is critical. Bradley customers can now ensure that they’re getting the latest through our tweets,” said Mary Ellen Jones, Chairwoman of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which oversees Bradley along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT). “Travelers should also check with their air carriers regarding specific flights, but the addition of Twitter will help round out Bradley’s overall customer communication and service efforts.”

Often, weather or other conditions in a distant city can have a direct impact on flights arriving from or departing for that city. So, a typical tweet might be, “Denver Airport is experiencing some delays due to weather in the Denver area. Contact your airline for the latest information.”

“Receiving Bradley tweets could not be easier – just sign up and stay up to the minute,” said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “Whether you’re heading out or trying to get home, you can never have too much information about your flight. Please go to the Bradley website and sign up today!”

Please note that BDL will be sending tweets only, not responding to tweets from individuals.

Bradley International Airport, located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is the second largest in New England and serves an extensive geographic area, as its customer base covers the entire Northeast including Western Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.  According to the most recent economic impact analysis, Bradley contributes $4 billion in economic activity to the state of Connecticut and the surrounding region, representing $1.2 billion in wages and 18,000 full-time jobs.