William B. Welstead, A.A.E., Aviation Director
William B. Welstead was promoted to director of the City of Fort Worth Aviation System in May 2012 after assuming the role of acting director in February 2012. He has full management responsibility for the system, supports the infrastructure services assistant city manager and recommends policies to the Aviation Advisory Board and City Council for the city’s three airports.
Welstead is an accredited airport executive, and is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the AAAE Finance and Administration Committee, the AAAE Airport Operations/ Safety/ Planning Committee, the ACI-NA Finance Committee and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Airport Terminals and Ground Access (AVO50).
Prior to joining the city, Welstead has served as an airman in the United States Coast Guard; public information officer for the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics; and operations supervisor at Omaha’s medium hub commercial airport, Eppley Airfield. He also is a graduate of the Academy of Real Estate.
In December 2008, Welstead took the position of airport manager at Meacham International Airport, where he was responsible for operating, regulating and maintaining the airport.
Welstead holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, where he graduated with honors as Aviation Student of The Year. He earned his pilot license in 2001 and continues to enjoy flying today.
The January 2013 edition of The Aviator is out now. In this issue:
- Meacham's airport layout plan goes electronic
- Save the Date: Aviation summit Oct. 10-12
- Director's Note: Customer Experience
- Update on Spinks Airport improvements