Welcome to Aviation Indiana!

Indiana has a rich aviation history beginning with 19th century glider flights and evolving into transcontinental air travel, airfreight, and general aviation aircraft of all varieties. Aviation Indiana has been an advocate for aviation interests since 1983 and is proud to represent all regions of the state providing a network for general aviation, support industries, aerospace educators, airports, fixed base operators, aircraft owners and operators and pilots at all ratings levels. Mindful that aviation is a critical component of Indiana’s economy, Aviation Indiana will continue to bring to the public and legislative sectors the message of this essential industry.


Aviation Indiana 2024 Airport of the Year Application

Deadline for Airport of the Year is August 15th.  We have modified the application and have asked what interactions your airport has had with state and federal legislators.  In order to be more effective, AI needs airports communicating with their elected officials.  We have also added a new section that asks what your airport is doing as it relates to INDOT’s goals that are listed in the State System Plan.  


AI Quarterly Meeting – April 18

Greensburg Municipal will host the AI Quarterly Meeting on April 18.   The cost to register for the meeting is $25.


Draft Agenda

10:00 am – 10:30 am       Welcome/opening comments                                                

Mayor Joshua Marsh and Greensburg BOAC

 10:30 am – 11:00 am       Legislative Process and 2024 Review

State Senator Jean Leising / Bart Giesler

11:00 am – 11:40 am       Runway 1-19 Project

  John Feister, BF&S

11:40 am – 12:00 pm       IN Indiana – Visit Indiana

David Holt, Indiana Destination Development Corp

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm         Lunch / Committee meetings

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm           Eclipse discussion

Brian Payne, Columbus Municipal Airport

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm           AI Board meeting

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm          Reception for New INDOT State Aviation Director

Marcus Dial, INDOT


La Porte Municipal Airport: Contact Rachel Boulahanis at rachel@laporteairport.com 2-3 days/week, 8 hour days. laporteairport.com deadline to apply: 4/5/2024. The internship program at the La Porte Municipal Airport is an opportunity to learn real-world skills for Airport Management by shadowing the Managers of a General Aviation airport. The intern will shadow airport inspections, complete daily logs, assist with major airport events, and complete a capstone project of their choosing. Requirements: Minimum 18 years old. Must have a valid driver’s license, and means to travel to work. Preferred: Aviation Management student with 1-3 years of school completed.

 Evansville Regional Airport: Contact Jason Gillett at jgillett@flyevv.com or 8124214402. Up to 40 hrs/week, $16.50/hr. Deadline to apply: 4/12/2024. www.flyevv.com This internship program is designed to give students access to many different departments within the airport organizational structure. The goal is to allow students the opportunity to help identify what he or she would like to specialize in post-graduation. Though the intern can expect to interact with various departments within EVV and around the airport.

The internship will provide exposure to several different areas including: Airfield Maintenance, Facilities Maintenance, Airport Operations, ARFF, Finance & Administration, and Marketing & Air Service Development. The goal is to expose interns to all aspects of airport management, help them to use good judgement in carrying out the duties of an airport staff member, and to help them prepare for a career in the field of aviation management.

Will assist in all facets of the Airport to include, but not limited to:

Part 139 operations & inspections, TSR 1542, airport security & badging, ARFF & medical operations, NOTAMs & Vehicle & Pedestrian Training, Wildlife Control & environmental reporting and regulations, Airport finance, budgeting, capital improvement, & grants, Airfield maintenance, marking & lighting requirements, & facilities maintenance, Airport marketing, air service development & customer service FAA, FBO, TSA, & tenant relations.

Minimum Requirements:

Minimum of 18 years old, Meet and maintain qualifications for a valid SIDA badge (TSR 1542 requirements), Valid Driver’s license, Capability to commit to up to 40 hours per week and a minimum 12-week program

South Bend International Airport: Contact Patrick Mac Carthaigh at pmaccarthaigh@sbnair.com or 3214059949. 40 hours/week $15.00 p/hr. Deadline to apply: 4/20/2024. sbnair.com The internship program at the South Bend International Airport is a collaborative and rewarding opportunity where Airport Operations Interns will gain experience in all aspects of airport management. Interns will learn or observe areas such as airside operations, landside operations, terminal operations, access control, airport badging, communications center operations, airport property management, aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF), airport marketing, public relations, air service development, and airport administration. Interns will work closely with Operations Specialists and at times have the opportunity to job shadow the Assistant Operations Manager.

Huntingburg Regional: Contact Travis McQueen at airport@psci.net or 812-683-5454. M-F flexible $11/hour. Deadline to apply: 5/3/2024. www.huntingburgairport.com We prefer to have a student in a collegiate program or recent grad first, then we will consider High School students for the summer Internship. Please reach out for specifics, as we have an intern guidebook.

KASW: Contact Nicholas D King at nking@warsaw.in.gov or 574-453-8990. 20-40 hours/week $10-20/hr. Deadline to apply: 7/1/2024. warsaw.in.gov/airport We offer both high school internships and college internships. HS students are given many opportunities and taught all aspects of day to day airport life. College internships are treated as office employees, if they have gone through our HS internship program, and are given specific tasks or projects that will benefit both the airport and their education. Don’t hesitate to call or email for more info if you would like more detailed information.

If you would like to add an internship, please complete the form:

Wilbur Wright Birthplace Museum Updates

The Museum recently announced a new logo illustrating the mission and spirit of the Museum that is the celebrating of the birth and life of Wilbur Wright and his historical world changing achievements.  A refreshed website that tells the story of Wilbur Wright with maps to help you find them and visit!

Wright Birthplace Announcement

2024 Legislative Recap

AI had a successful 2024 legislative session with both bills (changes to HB 1242 (ELTF) and HB 1092 (aircraft financial responsibility) that we asked to be introduced have passed the legislature.  

For a complete list of bills that passed that we tracked during the 2024 session, please click on the link below:

2024 bills

Legislative Day – January 25

The January Legislative Day will be January 25th and we will start the day with coffee and at the Statehouse from 8:00 – 9:30 am.  We will have coffee on the 3rd Floor South (near Room 336).

We will then go to the Indiana Government Center for an update with INDOT and other presentations. We will finish the day around 11:30 am. If you have any ideas for presentations, please let AI know.

We encourage you to let your legislator know that you are in town and would love to grab lunch after our meeting or meet you for a cup of coffee before the meeting starts. If you need help in contacting your legislator, please let AI know and we can help get you in contact with your legislator.

Cost to register for the meeting is $15.

Registration Link

For those who come in the night before (January 24), we are going to try to arrange a social opportunity for you to invite your legislator to meet in the evening. We plan to meet at the Columbia Club around 7:30 pm. Please invite your legislators to meet up with you to discuss your airport and aviation issues.

We have a limited block of rooms at the Columbia Club (317/767-361) for $131.15 under the Aviation Indiana block. If you plan to attend, please contact Bart at bartgiesler@gmail.com so we can make sure we have adequate space.

Aviation Bills of Interest

Here is a link to bills that Aviation Indiana is tracking this session.  

Aviation Bills of Interest 

2024 Legislative Agenda

AI’s 2024 Legislative agenda includes updating the Indiana Aircraft Financial Responsibility Act (IC 8-21-3). Rep Peggy Mayfield plans to file legislation that would require INDOT to develop a reporting program for aircraft accidents with over $7,500 to other people’s property or personal injury. The current statute says that INDOT may have a reporting program for accidents that have over $100 of damage. The original statue is from 1951 and we are updating a few other items. When the bill is available, we will send it to everyone.

During the 2023 session, the legislature created a program that allowed IDEM to pay for up to 50% for underground storge tank replacement. IDEM’s initial policy is to only allow the replacement tank to be an underground tank, even though the statute says to replace with a new tank and without the underground qualifier. We are trying to see if this can be resolved administratively but will explore legislative options that clarify that the new tanks can be above ground tanks.

Legislative leadership in both chambers have announced that they want a quick session and do not want to have any issues that can be viewed as impacting the upcoming Governor’s race. Session is scheduled to begin a little later than usual (January 8th) and it is expected to end in early March (statutory deadline is March 14).


Record Retention Training

The GA Committee hosted a free training via Zoom on Records Retention on November 16 at 2:00 pm (Eastern).  Amy Christiansen, Records management Liaison for the Indiana Archives and Records administration presentation is below.

Record retention November 2023

Thanks to GA Committee Chair Rachel Boulahanis for her and her committee’s work on putting on this webinar.  

2023 Annual Conference 

The Annual Conference was held at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Ft. Wayne on October 10th – 12th.  We are excited that we are adding a FBO workshop that will be on Thursday afternoon after the conference has concluded.  The cost of the workshop is included in your regular registration or is $50 if only registering for the FBO session.  

We are planning a golf outing and downtown walking tour to benefit AAI Scholarship Fund Inc on Tuesday afternoon.  On Tuesday evening, we will have our Retirement Dinner and committee meetings.  Wednesday we will have sessions all day followed by our Awards Banquet.  Thursday morning we will have sessions with the conference ending around lunch time.  Thursday afternoon we will have the FBO breakout session.

Preliminary AI 2023 Conference Agenda

Sponsorship Information

To enhance the conference and to help support our lobbying and association efforts, please consider being a sponsor.


2023 Sponsorship Drive Packet membership

If you want to know more about some of the items we have worked on over the years, below is a link to some of our accomplishments:

AI Legislative Accomplishments 2023

If you want to be a sponsor:

2023 Sponsorships | Aviation Indiana

Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors:

  • Hanson Professional Services, Inc. – Title Sponsor
  • CHA Consulting, Inc.
  • Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.
  • Weddle Bros. Highway Group, LLC.
  • Titan Aviation Fuels
  • Indiana Chapter ACPA
  • Newhouse & Associates, LLC.
  • Mead & Hunt, Inc.
  • Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc. – Title Sponsor
  • Dave O’Mara Contractor, Inc. – Title Sponsor
  • Woolpert – Title Sponsor
  • Crawford, Murphy, & Tilly, Inc. – Title Sponsor
  • Norris Choplin & Schroeder, LLP.
  • Indianapolis Airport Authority – Title Sponsor
  • Tribbett Law Office
  • Keramida, Inc.
  • Terre Haute International
  • Rex Hinkle / Cook Aviation
  • Veregy
  • CTL Engineering
  • Brooks Construction Company
  • NGC Corp

2023 Legislation affecting aviation

Aviation Indiana had a great legislative session and wants to thank President Brian Payne, Carlos Laverty, Lori Curless, and Eric Livingston for testifying during committees this session.  AI received numerous compliments about their testimony and that it helped to tell our story. 

HB 1001 – Budget bill

  • Contains $3.6 million per year into Airport Development Fund (appropriation is estimated amount of the $0.20 per gallon excise tax on aviation fuel).
  • Contains $5 million per year for direct flight incentives through IEDC
  • Contains $26 million for airport improvements administered by the State Budget Agency. AI is checking to see if any details on how the appropriation will be distributed. 

HB 1069 – Match requirement for State/Local Projects

  • Legislation gives INDOT flexibility in lowering the match requirement for airports down to 25% for the airport match. Legislation requires INDOT to look at airport classification and the type of project in determining match requirement.  AI and INDOT have started discussing the new requirements to find the right balance between lowering the amount for airports who cannot find their match.  The more INDOT matches means there is less money for other projects. 

SB 246 – Excess Liability Fund (ELTF) – Aviation Fuel

  • All fuel – including aviation fuel – pays into the ELTF to be used for cleanup up of underground storage tank leaks/issues.
    • SB 246 tracks the amount of aviation fuel generated fees that are deposited into ELTF and the amount of funds that are used to clean up aviation fuel on an annual basis. The difference is deposited into the Airport Development Fund.  The bill allows IDEM to hold back a reserve so there is always money available in case of a claim.  The requirement to track the funds starts July 1.  It is anticipated that this will generate approximately a little less than $2 million per year. 
    • SB 246 allows the ELTF to be used to also cleanup damage from above ground storage tanks.
    • SB 246 transfers underground storage tank certification from Indiana Department Homeland Security to IDEM.

1067 – Live streaming

  • HB 1067 requires local units to live stream meeting and archive recordings starting July, 2025. The effective date was pushed out after several concerns were raised about who was covered, cost and possible language conflicts in the statute.  AI anticipates this bill will be discussed in the interim.  I

Below is a live link for legislation that passed in the 2023 session affecting aviation:

2023 Aviation related bills

To get more information on legislation – please go to the Indiana General Assembly’s Legislative Page:

Indiana General Assembly, 2023 Session

2023 Legislative Statehouse Day Update

AI is changing our format for our annual legislative day.  On March 16, we will be hosting coffee and doughnuts for legislators and members from 8:00 am- 10:00 am at the Statehouse.  As legislators start their day, we will have an opportunity for you to grab a few minutes of their time. 

For our sessions, we will go to the Government Center and sessions will begin at 10:30 am and last until lunch time.  We encourage you to invite your legislator to go to lunch with you.  Lunch is on your own and we are not having a luncheon. 

Since the day is beginning early, we have booked rooms at the Columbia Club for $130 for March 15.  To make reservations, please contact the Columbia Club direct at 317-767-1361 or email frontdeskres@columbia-club.org.    Please let them know that you are booking with the group name Aviation Indiana.  The reservation block ends February 15.

Annual Conference Recap

We had over 200 participants at this year’s conference plus at least 50 students from Purdue and Indiana State University that participated in our 1st career fair.  AI wants to thank the Purdue staff for all of their help to make the conference a success.  We also want to thank our title sponsors:

  • Woolpert
  • CM & T
  • Dave O’Mara 
  • Clayco
  • Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Urschel Labs
  • BF&S
  • Hanson Professional Services

At the conference, the following awards were announced:

  • Airport of the Year – Indy South Greenwood Airport
  • President’s Special Recognition Award – Bill Sheley – Plymouth Airport Manager
  • Person of Year Award – Jim McKinney – Marion Airport Board 
  • Senator of Year Award – Chris Garten – Charlestown 
  • Representative of Year – Dan Leonard – Huntington

The AAI Scholarship Fund Inc awarded scholarships to:

  • Hanna McIntosh – Mullen Memorial Flight
  • Ellie Tate – AAI SFI Admin
  • Nicholas Hayes  – Rardon Memorial 
  • Pricilla Gatewood – AAI SFI

DLGF Assessment of Airport Property

During the 2022 session, the General Assembly repealed an older Department rule regarding the assessment of airport property because it contained references to regulatory entities no longer in existence. Senate Enrolled Act 382 repealed 50 IAC 1-3-2, a rule more than 30 years old. All statutes regulating property tax and airports remained unchanged.

With approximately 140 airports in Indiana, the Department provides this memo to assist in referencing and applying the many various statutory references found throughout the Indiana code.

Airports are Municipal Property & Airport Zones are Municipal Corporations

Ind. Constitution, Article 10, Section 1 (a) allows the General Assembly to exempt certain property from tax, including municipal property. The General Assembly specifically designated airport authorities as municipal corporations in Ind. Code § 36-1-2-10.

Further, the Indiana Supreme Court held that a district in which an airport authority is established is a municipal corporation. Bailey v. Evansville-Vanderburgh County Airport Authority District, 240 Ind. 401 (1960).

Property Owned by Either Municipalities or Private Owners May be Exempt if Used for a Municipal Airport Purpose

The property owned by a political subdivision or municipal corporation, if used for a municipal purpose, is exempt from property tax. (See Ind. Code § 6-1.1-10-4 and Ind. Code § 6-1.1-10-5.) Additionally, the legislature specifically granted an exemption when the property is used by the public as an airport for a municipal purpose, regardless of whether the airport or maintenance facility is owned and operated by the municipality. Ind. Code § 6-1.1-10-15

Thus, the owner may be a private person or entity. To qualify for an exemption, the owner must have a current and valid public airport certificate granted by the Indiana Department of Transportation (“INDOT”) to operate an airport. The exemption extends only to the land necessary to and reasonably used for public airport purposes. On the other hand, not all property owned or associated with an airport is exempt. If a property is not used for a municipal purpose, it is not exempt. (See Ind. Code § 6-1.1-10-15)

“The owner of any airport . . . who holds a valid and current public airport certificate issued by INDOT, may claim an exemption for only so much of the land as is reasonably necessary to and used for public airport purposes.” (See Ind. Code § 8-21-1-10 et. seq.)

Indiana Code provides for various iterations and configurations of airport ownership and structure. (See Ind. Code § 8-22-2 et. seq.)

Airport Associated Property

When a property is directly used for a purpose that supports public aviation, the property is exempt. (See Ind. Code § 6-1.1-10-15) Examples listed in the statute include:

  • Runways, lighting, access roads, car and aircraft parking areas, and all buildings associated with basic facilities for the traveling public
  • Leased property used for agricultural purposes located within the area that federal law and FAA regulations restricts to aviation activities.
  • Airport/aviation easements
  • Safety areas such as those regulated to prohibit tall structures and concerning safe use of navigable airspace (14 CFR Part 77)
  • Land bought with FAA or INDOT funds
  • Real property and improvements for shelter, storage, and care of aircraft and hangars
  • Housing for weather and signaling equipment, navigational aids, radios, and other aviation related equipment.

Additionally, Ind. Code § 8-22-2-12 is instructive. It provides that:

  • The acquisition, establishment, construction, improvement, equipment, maintenance, control, and operation of municipal airports and landing fields for aircraft under this chapter is considered to be a governmental function of general public necessity and benefit and is for the use and general welfare of all the people of Indiana, including the people residing in the eligible entity.
  • . . . the leasehold estate of any lessee created pursuant to a lease by the board of aviation related property . . . together with any permanent structure constructed by the lessee on the property is exemption from property tax.

Form 136 Property Tax Exemption Applications: (See Ind. Code § 6-1.1-11-4 and Ind. Code § 6-1.1-11-9)

Municipal owners (cities and towns) do not file a Form 136 exemption application. Private owners of airports must file a Form 136 exemption application.

Additional Reading & References

For additional reading and reference, the Indiana Board of Tax Review has issued several cases over the years, interpreting, and applying airport exemption statutes.

Please see:

Montgomery v. Boone County PTABOA (2009) (Private owner and operator)

Steinle v. Newton County (Private owner and operator)

Lake County Trust Company v. Lake County (A determination that a restaurant at the airport was exempt from property tax)

Davidson v. Jefferson County PTABOA (Private owner and operator)

Summer Internships – Indiana Airports

Below is a listing of airports and other organizations that have summer internships available.  If you have internships available, please let us know.

INDOT – Office of Aviation – Questions can be directed to Marty Blake at:  mablake@indot.in.gov


CHA Consulting – CHA – Home (chacompanies.com)

CMT Consultants – Home | Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (cmtengr.com)

CTL Engineering – www.ctleng.com

Columbus Municipal Airport – Airport – City of Columbus, Indiana: Airport

Fort Wayne Airport Authority – Fort Wayne International Airport (fwairport.com)

Indianapolis Airport Authority – Indianapolis Airport Authority (Home) | Indianapolis Airport Authority

LaPorte Municipal Airport – La Porte Municipal Airport – La Porte Municipal Airport (laporteairport.com)

Marion Airport – Marion Municipal Airport (marionairport.net)  – internships are restricted to the students in their high school aviation program.

Jasper County Airport – Home | Jasper County Airport

2022 Indiana General Assembly

AI has created a tracking list of bills of interest we are tracking during the 2022 session.  Session will re-convene in early January and end no later than March 14.  Below is a link for bills of interest as well as the latest status for the bills.


Indiana Public Access Counselor’s Open Door Law Informal Opinion

This informal opinion is in response to your inquiry regarding incivility that many communities are experiencing during public meetings and in relation to public records re-quests as well.

Public Access Opinion

2021 Annual Conference

The 2021 AI Annual Conference was  held October 12 – 14th at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.  We received several requests for the presentation from Sightline regarding the cleaning of airport markings versus repainting.  Here is their presentation:

INDOT Annual Conference 2021 for PDF

Indiana Department of Revenue – Informational Bulletin # 207

The Indiana Department of Revenue updated their Informational Bulletin # 207 to reflect legislation that passed in 2021 that added an exemption for aerial applicators from paying the aviation excise tax.  The process for the exemption appears to be the same as what is in place for the current exemptions ( military, state, federal, commercial exemptions).

The bulletin is available below:

20210728-IR-045210282NRA.xml.pdf (in.gov)

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds – FAQ

This document contains answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSFRF / CLFRF, or Fiscal Recovery Funds). Treasury will be updating this document periodically in response to questions received from stakeholders. 

Click Here for more details:

July 15 Quarterly Meeting – Anderson Airport

AI wants to thank Brian and Rose and the rest of the Anderson Airport staff for their hospitality. 

April Quarterly – FAA Presentation Part 163

Aviation Indiana Section 163 Overview:

Hoosier Employers Who Hire Minors Face New Requirements

Schools will no longer be responsible for issuing work permits effective July 1

 The Indiana Department of Labor’s Bureau of Youth Employment announced that on May 4, 2021 Hoosier employers must adhere to new requirements regarding minor employees younger than 18 years old, beginning July 1, 2021.

The announcement comes just weeks before the school year ends, and the biggest youth-employment season begins. The new requirements will eliminate the need for work permits and replace them with a new employer registration platform known as the Youth Employment System, or YES.

“Schools will no longer be responsible for issuing work permits, or tracking and registering minor employees,” said State Labor Commissioner Joe Hoage. “That latter responsibility will now fall to employers via YES.”

Effective July, employers who employ five or more employees at each individual location who are under 18 years old will be required to register via the new YES online platform.

The new YES requirement will not impact the state’s work-hour requirement for minors, and all employers must still comply with the Teen Work Hour Restrictions and Prohibited and Hazardous Occupation restrictions for minors.

The Benefits of General Aviation’s Investments in Sustainable Fuel and Technologies and the Need for Ongoing Federal and Local Support         

The Alliance for Aviation Across America, and organizations and local leaders from around the country invite you to a panel discussion on the future of aviation. In spite of challenges posed by the global pandemic over the last year, the general aviation industry has made impressive investments in sustainable fuel and technologies.  These developments, along with advancements in new and emerging technologies, all represent important areas of growth at a critical time when recovery and mobility remain more important than ever. 

For more information, click HERE.

Symposium Highlights Industry ‘On the Cusp’ of Widespread SAF Adoption – NBAA

Ice Miller COVID-19 Task Force Update February 2, 2021 – Coronavirus Updates

Stronger OSHA Guidance Released

On Friday, January 29, OSHA released “stronger guidance on identifying coronavirus exposure risks.” The guidance is not a new standard or regulation, but rather is a compilation of information, resources and advisory recommendations for addressing coronavirus in the workplace. Among the recommendations is one that, “workers who are vaccinated must continue to follow protective measures, such as wearing a face covering and remaining physically distant.” Even though the guidance “creates no new legal obligations,” it is worth reviewing to determine whether existing work practices and policies are sufficient or may be enhanced. 

Access full guidance here 

Indiana Senate Passes COVID-19 Civil Liability Immunity Bill

On January 28, 2021, with an approval vote of 40-8, the Indiana State Senate passed Senate Bill No. 1—a COVID-19 civil immunity bill. The legislation, if signed into law, will shield businesses and their staff and virtually any other “person” from coronavirus-related civil lawsuits, except for lawsuits alleging gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct under Indiana law.

Read more 

The State Board of Accounts is offering a training session on how to complete the 100R and AFR on January 27. 


Special Districts – Training on 100R and AFR



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Event address for attendees:


Date and time:

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 9:30 am
Eastern Standard Time (Indiana, GMT-05:00)


1 hour


Please join us for a presentation on how to complete the 100R and AFR.

Event password:


Audio conference:

US Toll


Access code: 178 658 1857

Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame

At the AI Membership meeting last Thursday, there was information regarding the Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame discussed.  Here is some additional information:

  • The INAHOF was established to recognize and honor the memory of those special individuals who made an enduring contribution to aeronautics;
  • the aeronautical efforts of individuals enshrined in the INAHOF left lasting impacts within Indiana and often the world through their achievements and leadership;
  • the INAHOF recognizes the exceptional military or civilian service of enshrinees for the advancement of aeronautics through their courage, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit;
  • many INAHOF enshrinees have made significant contribution to aeronautical education and safety within Indiana;

INAHOF’s goal is to inspire others to recognize, appreciate and honor Indiana’s aeronautical legacy and the men and women who created it through commitment and self-sacrifice.

Please see the link below for the brochure and distribute it on your social media.

The INAHOF is also looking for a location to house the Hall of Fame.

For more information, please go to: https://inahof.org/ or contact Bart Giesler at Aviation Indiana.

Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame Brochure

Virtual Conference Recap

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Ryan M. Bauer, C.M., ACE, Airport Operations Supervisor
Fort Wayne–Allen County Airport Authority:
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SBoA Presentation: 2020 Aviation Indiana Virtual Conference

1. When will the airports be audited on the federal funds received through the CARES Act?

If the airport received COVID federal  grants either from a pass through entity or directly, and the total of all federal expenditures/reimbursement was $750,000 or greater, the airport will be audited by SBOA in 2021 for the period ending 12/31/2020.  It’s likely to occur between May and August, but could be sooner or later depending on staff availability.  If the total of federal expenditures/reimbursements was less than $750,000, the airport will not receive a separate federal audit from SBOA over those funds, however their pass-through entity or the federal granting agency can audit those funds at any time.   If you have any further questions, please call us at 317-232-2513 or send an email to specialdistricts@sboa.in.gov.

2. Explain why the airport is being shown on the financial statements of the county. 

A primary government (county, city) which presents its financial information on a GAAP basis will evaluate whether an airport authority is a component unit under GASB Statement Number 14 as amended.  This evaluation considers the relationship between the two entities based on statutory provisions, operating structure, agreements between the entities, and other factors from GASB Statement Number 14 as amended.  If the airport is considered a component unit then its audited financial information will be presented in the financial statements of the primary government as either a discrete or blended component unit.  If you have any question specific to your airport authority, please give us a call at 317-232-2513 or send an email to specialdistricts@sboa.in.gov.

PPP Loan Forgiveness: SBA Releases Revised Application and “EZ” Application

On June 16, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released new documents related to forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans: (1) a revised PPP loan forgiveness application and Instructions and (2) an “EZ” version of the PPP loan forgiveness application and the EZ Instructions. Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (for loans made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.

This article focuses on the limited changes made to the Forgiveness Application and the EZ Forgiveness Application made necessary by Congress’s adoption of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 and the SBA’s corresponding revisions to its First Interim Final Rule to the PPP. For further information on those changes, please see our summary of the Flexibility Act and our summary of changes to the Interim Final Rule.




Do you have a plan for returning to work?


General Safeguard Protocols for Businesses

All Indiana businesses should take measures and institute safeguards to ensure a safe environment for their employees, customers, and clients. This includes any business that has remained open during the Stay-at-Home order, as well as those opening to employees and customers in the coming days and weeks. The safeguards below are based on the recommendations of the CDC and OSHA guidelines should be followed. These are general safeguard protocols for businesses.


Office settings


More information


4/30/2020 Zoom SBOA Presentations

Please click links below for SBOA presentation from Zoom discussion

Airport COVID SBOA Memos and Policies

SBOA Presentation for Aviation Indiana

AAI SFI – Creakbaum

At the April AI Board meeting, a motion was passed for AI to make a donation to AAI Scholarship Fund Inc. in honor of Larry Creakbaum.  Larry served on AI’s board and was a founding board member for AAI Scholarship Fund Inc.

Larry’s family asked for memorial contributions to go to AAI Scholarship Fund Inc.  Per the motion that passed, AI plans to match these donations – up to $3,000.  We ask that you make your contribution by July 1.

AAI Scholarship Fund Inc. is currently accepting application for aviation management, flight and maintenance.  The scholarship will be announced at the AI Annual meeting in October.

If you would like to make a contribution, please send your check to:
135 N Pennsylvania Street # 1175
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Please make a notation that the check is in Larry’s memory.

Memos from SBOA regarding Corona Virus

Accounting and Appropriation of COVID-19 Grants


updated 4/30/2020

Here are two policies distributed by the State Board of Accounts for Indiana local governments.

Please click on the links below to view documents

Coronavirus Items to Consider

Policy Regarding Coronavirus

Assistance During COVID-19

Continuity of Essential Operations

State Examiner Directive


Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue (Revenue Use Policy)

Click link above for Policy and Procedures

FAA CARES Act – April 14 Presentation


FAA CARES Act – FAQ – April 13


CARES Act Grant Amounts to Airports-April 14


FAA Information for Airport Sponsors Considering COVID-19 Restrictions or Accommodations


NBAA Resources/Links

Thank You Paige Kroner for taking time out to talk to AI members about NBAA Resources during our Zoom discussion on April 16th.
NBAA has a lot of information with guidance and best practices with regard to COVID-19 on their website. Here are the links Paige mentioned:

NBAA guidance and best practices during COVID-19

NBAA Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Database 

NBAA News Hour webinar series

Key Provisions for GA Businesses in the CARES Act

NBAA’s online Contact Congress resource 

Secondly, in regards to Bob Duncan’s question – The FAA  is working to create an SFAR addressing all issues raised in the April 1st letter from NBAA and seven other GA associations, including:

  •  Extension of 14 CFR Part 61 pilot currency requirements, e.g. flight review, IPC, PIC/SIC proficiency checks;·  Guidance that 709 reexaminations or paperwork inspections in person (such as logbook inspections under 61.51, or maintenance record inspections under 91.417) be held off or at least be conducted electronically during the current social distancing safety protocols and directives regarding non-essential activities;·  Extensions for certified flight instructor certificate renewal, expiration, and endorsement periods;·  Extension of knowledge exam expiration period;·  Extensions for applicants on the ability to complete practical examinations;·  Extension for filing documents under 14 CFR Part 13 (Subparts C, D, and G); and·  Extensions for aircraft maintenance and continuing airworthiness requirements with necessary mitigation procedures.

We also confirmed the FAA’s work includes a regulatory solution for expired medical certificates. At this time, we do not have an expected publication date. However, the Flight Standards Division is prioritizing this work, but they remain constrained by administrative checks and balances. I assure you that NBAA continues to increase pressure as delays mount. Here is another resource  we have on this topic: FAA’s COVID-19 Exemption Allows Pilots to Fly with Expired Medical Certificates 

Supplemental Memo on Executive Order #20-005
– Cash Flow Solutions

Below is the full memorandum on cash flow solutions. Please click below:

DLGF Memo – Cash Flow Solutions

Essential Worker Authorization Form

If you have employees that are reluctant to travel to work, attached is a draft authorization letter from NATA.  There is no official form that is currently required – however – this may give them comfort. Please click link below for letter template.

TIER 1 Essential Worker Access Authorization Letter – ASCC Template

Governor of Indiana Executive Orders Updated

Gov. Eric Holcomb has updated Executive Orders. Please click the link below for more information



AIM (Accelerate Indiana’s Municipalities – formerly Indiana Association of Cities and Towns) has posted some of the webinars for local units as it relates to COVID and Open Door Laws – Employments – Approving Claims.

Click here for more information on the webinars:


Public Access Counselor –  FAQ

Please click here for FAQ:


Local Government COVID-19 Roundtables, Purdue Extension

Some local Purdue Extension Community Development Educators are offering a time for regional leaders to meet through Zoom to share information, questions, and ideas with each other in terms of COVID-19 impact and response.  These are open meetings. No registration required.

East Central Indiana
Fridays, 10 am ET
Contact: Cherri Brown, brow1334@purdue.edu
Join here

Northwest Indiana-Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties
Tuesdays, 10 am CT
Contact: Mary Foell, mfoell@purdue.edu
Join here

North Central Indiana
Mondays, 11 am ET
Contact: Tamara Ogle, togle@purdue.edu
Join here

Southeast Indiana- Neighboring counties in Ohio and Kentucky are welcomed
Tuesdays, 12 pm ET
Contact: John Hawley, hawley4@purdue.edu
Join here

Southwest Indiana
Tuesdays, 1pm CT/ 2pm ET
Contact: Amanda Mosiman, bailey1@purdue.edu
Join here

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The President has signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that makes changes to Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Please click below for more information

Families First Coronavirus Response Act


Aviation Indiana 2019 Handbook HERE

Aviation Indiana on Facebook

Make sure that you like and share our facebook page! We will be sharing pictures and event information, and coordinating exciting giveaways through this page!

A Thank You Note

One of the girls in my STEM Club wanted to let someone from the Aviation Association of Indiana know how helpful your ‘aviation links’ page https://www.aviationindiana.com/aviation-links-2/ has been! Meghan has been working on a project about flight & aviation, and when she was doing research she ended up on your page… She found some great information from the links you’ve included on that page, and she thought you’d appreciate hearing it 🙂

Meghan also found a great page on aviation history and the Wright Brothers at https://www.daytonohlawyer.com/blog/2018/10/aviation-history-in-dayton,-oh/

Meg was learning about the Wright Brothers in school & had the idea that we include this our note as a way to say thank you! She thought it would be a good resource for you to add to your page she found… hopefully it’s helpful

Stacey Martin (and Meghan W.)

Ft Wayne Airport Celebrates 10 Years of Growth

Check out this article by Inside Indiana Business in the link below


Aviation Association of Indiana – Strategic Plan

Click HERE for Strategic Plan

How to find your Legislator

Click HERE for the link to find your Legislator

AI COMMITTEES (4/26/2019)

Below is a link to a document that contains AI Committees, Chairperson and Responsibilities.

Click HERE

FAA Commercial Drone Rules

Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace.

The new rule, which takes effect in late August, offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.

The rule’s provisions are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. The regulations require pilots to keep an unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight. Operations are allowed during daylight and during twilight if the drone has anti-collision lights. The new regulations also address height and speed restrictions and other operational limits, such as prohibiting flights over unprotected people on the ground who aren’t directly participating in the UAS operation.

Click Here for the New Rules

FAA Final Policy on Use of Airport Hangars

The FAA’s final policy on the non-aeronautical use of airport hangars appears in today’s Federal Register and will take effect on July 1, 2017. The FAA is issuing the policy to clarify how aviation facilities – including hangars can be used on airports that receive federal funds. The final policy strikes a balance between hangar use for aviation and non-aviation purposes.

The policy ensures hangars are available when there is an aviation need, and if demand is low, allows hangars to be used for non-aviation activities. The FAA recognizes that non-aviation hangar space rental allows airport sponsors to be economically independent when hangars are not being used to fulfill aviation needs. Airport sponsors must receive approval from the FAA before hangars can be used for non-aviation purposes.

In addition, the policy outlines the type of aircraft that can be built in a hangar, the equipment and items that can be stored in hangars, and the role of the airport sponsors to ensure tenants pay fair market value for hangar space.

Read the Policy Here

Sales Tax Information – Replaces Bulletin from February 2016

As a result of questions that were raised at previous Aviation Indiana Quarterly meetings, The Indiana Department of Revenue has updated their Bulletin regarding the sales tax exemption on aviation parts.

Read the full bulletin here.



 Aviation Dedicated Funding Whitepaper

Read the AI whitepaper HERE

AI: 2012 Economic Impact Study

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