What’s better than food and airplanes? Maybe lots of food and lots of airplanes? From April to October every year, join us on the 4th Friday of the month between 11 am and 1 pm (Central). In 2019, we averaged 85 people and 18 planes each week! There’s no cost, but a $5 donation is appreciated. Check back in 2020 – and get a Lunch on the Fly schedule. Every week there’s an airport in the Northern Indiana area that hosts a Lunch on the Fly.
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.
Learn To Fly
There are several schools where future pilots can earn their wings:
LaPorte Aviation Services is a local flight school, with two flight instructors and a Cessna 172. Call 219-325-9823 for information.
Region Flyers Flight School has a home base at Porter County Regional Airport but also operates out of the LaPorte Municipal Airport. For information, call 844-435-9694.
Two other flight schools, also based at Porter County Regional Airport, are: Eagle Aircraft (219) 464-0132; and Wings Aviators (210) 462-6622.
Ice Carving Exhibition
On January 26, 2020 Bud Lies and 7 other professional ice carvers created sculptures from 450 lb blocks of ice in preparation for the 2020 World Ice Art Championship in Fairbanks, Alaska. At the actual competition, the final sculpture will be the size of the terminal building! Just in case you’d like to make a trip to Fairbanks in February, full details can be found at www.icealaska.org.
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.