!Taxiway and Apron Improvements!
As of Friday, April 24, work on taxiways A3, A4, and A5 is complete. Runway 2/20 is now open.
Taxiway A along the east side of apron remains closed.
Access to the hangar is possible from A3, or park on the concrete south of apron and walk to terminal.
From Approximately May 18-May 22, Runway 2-20 will be closed. Taxiways A3, A4, A5, and taxiway A along the apron will have new asphalt laid. Runway 14/32 will remain open for your use as well as the self-serve pumps. Click HERE for a map, refer to the blue markings.
Also beginning May 18, the asphalt pad on the apron will be milled out to be replaced with concrete, leaving an 18″ drop from the pavement during that time. Weather dependent, this work will be completed early June. Click HERE for a map, refer to the green markings.
Lunch on the Fly will return July 10 at Smith Field. All airports will return to the prior schedule:
1st Friday: Goshen
2nd Friday: Smith Field
3rd Friday: Rochester
4th Friday: LaPorte
5th Friday: Elkhart
Certain measures will be taken to comply with social distancing requirements and to provide as safe an environment as possible. We’ll be posting details as we get closer to July 10. We can’t wait to see everyone again! If you would like to be updated by e-mail on new information regarding KPPO and Lunch on the Fly, click HERE.
Professional Flight Simulator Teaches Students About Aviation
The LaPorte Municipal Airport recently took possession of a $33,000 FAA certified Fly Elite PI-1000 Professional flight simulator, which was purchased by Arconic Foundation in order to promote aviation STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education to area students. Students can now experience flying an airplane without ever leaving the ground.
Area schools, scouting groups, and other youth organizations are encouraged to participate in lessons about aviation and using the simulator. The simulator lessons will also be part of the airport’s summer Aviation Camp, which is open to students in 6th – 12th grades. This year, camp will be held June 15 – 19, and includes classes, speakers, a flight, field trip, and a Career Fair.
Tera Grinnell, HR Director, Arconic Engines, and Andy Sickinger, Plant Manager, Arconic LaPorte Operations, facilitated the purchase of the simulator for the airport. Their commitment to empowering area youth with STEM skills prompted the purchase of this high-tech simulator, which can be programmed for both single and twin-engine aircraft.
Sitting in the captain’s chair provides an accurate depiction of an aircraft, with glass cockpit, rudder pedals, and all flight controls. Students can choose to fly from nearly any airport in the world. An instructor’s screen allows the simulator to be used for actual, loggable flight training. While most students will fly VFR (visual), the simulator can also be used for IFR (instrument) training.
Learning to fly requires mastering many STEM skills. Using the simulator makes using those skills a hands-on experience.
If your group is interested in more information, contact Diane Schwarz at email@example.com.
Effective Monday, May 4, Governor Eric Holcomb revealed implementation of Stages 2 – 5 to re-open Indiana. The LaPorte Municipal Airport will be complying with this order as follows:
- Please wash your hands with soap and water after entering building.
- Hand sanitizer is also available at the counter. Please help yourself.
- If you are sick, give us a call instead of coming inside (324-3393).
- Please maintain 6’ separation from each other and employees.
- Lunch-on-the-Fly for all airports is cancelled through May. Airport managers will be evaluating whether or not we can hold Friday lunches in June and comply with state mandated rules for social distancing.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time!
The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Flying Legends of Victory tour will be stopping at KPPO from August 10-16 with their B-17!
Tours are also available of this historical aircraft:
Monday, Friday and Sunday 2pm-6pm
Book a flight on this historic plane HERE.
Monday – Friday 7 am – 5 pm Central Time
Weekends: 8 am – 5 pm Central Time
Christmas and New Years Day
LaPorte airport is conveniently located 3 miles south of the city of LaPorte. It sits less than 20 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan.and a little over an hours drive to down town Chicago.