MAC Newsletter, January 2018

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    Roy Fuhrmann named COO at the MAC


    Long-time Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) employee Roy Fuhrmann was recently named the organization’s new chief operating officer, overseeing everything from airport planning and facility improvements to operation and maintenance of all seven MAC Airports—including Minneapolis St. Paul International. 

    “Roy Fuhrmann’s background and experience make him uniquely suited to the position,” said MAC CEO Brian Ryks. “He is a talented, consistent leader who has earned a strong reputation both within the Metropolitan Airports Commission and in the airport industry as an innovative, knowledgeable professional who doesn’t just follow best practices: He develops them.” 

    As chief operating officer, Fuhrman oversees both the Management and Operations and the Planning and Development divisions. In that role he has oversight over several departments responsible for airport planning, construction and operations, as well as of the Airport Police and Fire departments. 

    “I am extremely honored and humbled to be selected by Mr. Ryks to serve the MAC in this important role,” Fuhrmann said. “The MAC is immersed in a comprehensive modernization of Terminal 1-Lindbergh and expanding parking and other facilities. Additionally, we continue to look at operational changes to increase safety and security for our passengers. I look forward to working with our great staff and our airline and federal partners to improve the passenger experience at MSP as well as explore ways to improve our Reliever Airport system.”

    Fuhrmann first became involved with the MAC as a noise intern technician in 1991. He became a permanent MAC employee in 1994, as an aviation noise/geographic systems specialist. In 1996, he moved to the Reliever Airports Department as assistant manager of tenant relationships and was also responsible for Crystal Airport’s day-to-day operation. 

    Fuhrmann later rejoined the Environment Department as manager of aviation noise and satellite programs before becoming director of that department in August 2001. He has served as vice president – management and operations since 2012, overseeing the operation of all seven MAC airports as well as the Airport Police and Fire departments. 

    In addition to his lengthy service to the MAC, Fuhrmann served more than 20 years as an Army National Guard aviation officer, with deployments to Guatemala, Bosnia and Iraq. Over the course of his service, he commanded three aviation units before retiring from military service in 2009. 

    Fuhrmann holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of North Dakota. He serves on the American Association of Airport Executives’ (AAAE) Unmanned Aerial Systems Committee and as Airports Council International-North America’s (ACI-NA) Operations and Technical Affairs Committee NextGen Working Group Co-Chair. 

    New exit at Terminal 2 adds convenience, security

    A new exit for airline passengers at the north end of Terminal 2-Humphrey will soon provide added convenience and automated security.

    Located next to Checkpoint 1, the new exit installed by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) also features a motion-detecting security system that keeps anyone walking in the wrong direction out of the secure side of the terminal and allows the exit to operate without a constant staff presence.

    The exit has two sets of double doors, each equipped with a "backflow sensor" that can tell if someone is walking in instead of exiting. Once detected, the doors close so that no one can enter the secure side, and an alarm sounds. The doors on the non-secure side will open to allow the person to exit, and audio instructions will tell the person what to do. Flashing lights guide people who are hard-of-hearing to exit into the non-secure area.

    The airport's Emergency Control Center is also notified of the incident.

    The system has undergone extensive testing in recent days, and is currently anticipated to open officially on Tuesday, Jan. 30. 

    A view of the new exit at Terminal 2 from the secure side headed out.

    People walking out the door from the secure side won't notice any difference in the doors' operation.

    Currently, all other exits for passengers out of secure areas at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are staffed by personnel from the Transportation Security Administration. As new and redesigned exits are installed in the future, the MAC will look for opportunities to use technology similar to that used at Terminal 2. 

    Holman's Table offers dining with airfield views in St. Paul

    Holman’s Table opened recently in the historic St. Paul Downtown Airport’s (STP) terminal building, marking the first time the airport has had a restaurant on site since 1997. The restaurant was named for Charles W. “Speed” Holman, a local aviation hero from the early days of flight.

    Located just southeast of downtown St. Paul, the terminal building was built in 1939 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. A recent renovation brought the castle-like building back to life with modern finishes and textures that complement the restored terrazzo floors, Kasota limestone walls and brass railings—the perfect setting for a unique dining experience.  

    Troy Reding, co-owner of Ally Hospitality -- which operates Holman's Table -- says the 90-seat restaurant, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, takes its inspiration from worldly dining hot spots.

    “We’ve created a dining experience that celebrates the spirit of travel, encouraging our guests to relax and embark from the everyday.” 

    The interior of Holman's Table.

    The menu was designed to showcase fresh ingredients, refined techniques and bold flavors. Diners can choose their level of adventure, with dishes ranging from wild boar poutine and seared duck ragout to an iconic burger or organic farro salad. The drink menu shares this inspiration, featuring a draft line exclusively composed of Minnesota brews alongside ingenious craft cocktails and an extensive wine list.

    For customers on the fly, a full-service coffee bar in the lobby will eventually offer grab-and-go food options, like a spirulina breakfast jar and browned butter cinnamon rolls from the in-house pastry chef. The restaurant also offers catering services, a private event space, a conference room and a river walk, all with convenient, free parking.

    During the warmer months, the restaurant will open its doors to a patio that overlooks the airfield, with the Mississippi River bluffs as a backdrop. Minnesotans can get a sneak peek of this experience during the week leading up to the Super Bowl when the patio will be outfitted with heating lamps and benches.

    Holman’s Table is located at 644 Bayfield Street off of Plato Boulevard in St. Paul and open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit

    The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates the airport, along with five other general aviation airports and Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP). 

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