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Aviation History

The Aviation Association has had an incredible history thanks to the many extraordinary individuals who have been and are a part of our organization.

We are currently trying to gather biographies on the individuals who have earned the AAI Person of the Year or the AAI’s Presidents Special Recognition Award.

If you have received one of these awards, please send us a short biography detailing your career in aviation. If you know of the career of one of our past members who is no longer with us, please send us that as well.

We are looking forward to reading the responses and sharing them on our site and to our members.

Letter to Legislators

We encourage you to contact your legislators regarding airport funding. Below is a sample letter for you to use. In the second paragraph, please specifically mention a project that would be effected by a lack of state funding.

Dear XXX,

I wanted to take a quick moment to follow-up on an important issue related to funding of our airports system in the state of Indiana. Currently, the funding level in the proposed budget for airport capital improvement projects across the state is $4M. I strongly encourage you to raise that level to at least $4.8M. This money leverages federal grant dollars at a 19:1 ratio – ie. for every $1M we invest, we leverage $18M in federal dollars coming back to the state to improve our transportation infrastructure and create and sustain jobs. This is the highest level of federal match of any transportation investment. This is a low risk investment too, as no dollars are spent without the match being guaranteed.

Specifically, if we don’t restore the state’s portion of the match, we put projects at all airports at risk. (INSERT A SPECIFIC PROJECT FROM THE AIRPORT THE LEGISLATOR REPRESENTS)

I know and understand the many budgetary pressure you are under right now, but this is a relatively small ask with big implications. The ability to bring federal tax dollars back to the state to support local Hoosier jobs is incredibly important. Please don’t put these important projects at risk, instead restore the funding for airport capital improvement projects to at least $4.8M. Thank you for your time.

Terre Haute Airport Engineering RFQ

The Terre Haute International Airport Authority (THIAA) is requesting statements of qualifications (SOQs) for the purposes of seeking qualified engineering firms or teams for the design, bid, award, and construction administration of the Airport’s West Quad Geometry Changes project. Copies of the ALP, 30% Design (by others) and related documents will be available for review at the THIAA offices, and should be reviewed prior to submittal of the SOQ. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ E15-01) documents are available on the THIAA website. Interested parties are required to submit their SOQs in response to RFQ E15-01 by 1 p.m. EST May 4, 2015 to the THIAA Offices at 581 S. Airport Street, Terre Haute, IN 47803.

Audit Question

Dear AAI Member

As a result of not being properly funded, the State Board of Accounts is not able to audit governmental units on a regular schedule. There is legislation that may increase the fees associated to an audit by the SBOA and also language that may decrease the frequency of their audits. An AAI member has asked us to survey our membership with the following questions:

Airport Name

Do you use independent auditors to audit your financial records?

If yes, do you use them every year or just the years when SBOA does not audit the airport?

What are the average independent audit fees?

What are the SBOA fees?

Welcome to the AAI website’s new blog!

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