Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the Governor’s travel ban, Lunch on the Fly is cancelled for April 3 and 10. Each airport will make the decision whether or not to have Lunch as their date gets closer.
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.
Effective Wednesday, March 25, Governor Eric Holcomb issued a statewide “stay at home” order in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The Laporte Municipal Airport is considered an essential business and currently has no plans to close the terminal building.
We ask that for the health and safety of our employees and customers:
- Please wash your hands with soap and water after entering building.
- If you are sick, give us a call instead of coming inside (324-3393).
- Limit visits to essential business.
- Please maintain 6’ separation from each other and employees.
- If you need fuel, we are happy to assist but please maintain a safe distance. Our self-serve pumps are available 24/7 and we do sanitize the handles and screens periodically.
- Lunch-on-the-Fly is being evaluated each week on an airport-by-airport basis. Currently, lunch for April 3 and 10 are cancelled. Check each airport’s website, Facebook page, and sites such as socialflight.com for status.
- The Rusty Pilot seminar scheduled for May 16 has been cancelled by AOPA.
- Currently, Aviation Camp in June and Sentimental Journey in July are still going ahead as planned. Updates on the status will be posted on our Facebook page and website (https://laporteairport.com).
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation
during this challenging time!
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.