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William B. Welstead, A.A.E.


Aviation System Director

Bill Welstead is director of the City of Fort Worth system of airports, where he provides support to the City Manager’s Office. He has full management responsibility for the system and recommends policies to the Aviation Advisory Board and City Council for strategic planning and operation of Alliance, Meacham and Spinks airports.

Prior to serving as director, Welstead served as an airman in the United States Coast Guard at Los Angeles International Airport and Mobile Regional Airport, public information officer for the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics, operations supervisor at Omaha’s medium hub commercial airport Eppley Airfield and airport manager of Meacham International Airport. Welstead is also a graduate of the Academy of Real Estate, where he received his real estate license.

Welstead is an accredited airport executive, 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 provides technical guidance to the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies through the Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Welstead received 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 was selected as a 40 under 40 professional by the Fort Worth Business Press, a National Top 40 under 40 Airport Business Magazine awardee, NATA National Executive Partnership awardee and received the 2013 Reliever Airport of the Year award from the State of Texas. He is also a pilot and continues to enjoy flying today.


201 American Concourse, Suite 330
Fort Worth, TX 76106


Airport System Director
William B. Welstead, A.A.E.