Volume 55, Number 2
Illinois Aviation Conference held April 15-16
in Cahokia, Ill. Seating for the cruise is
limited so make your reservations early.
The Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame
Induction Banquet will be held at the Holi-
day Inn-Collinsville on April 16th, 2003.
Registration (check-in) for this event be-
gins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception,
evening induction ceremonies and banquet.
Hotel reservations should be made
directly with the Holiday Inn-Collinsville
as soon as possible. Please mention the
Illinois Aviation Conference to receive the
discounted group rate and free continen-
General Aviation Airport Security is once Invited guests from the Transpor-
again a key ingredient of this year’s Illinois Avia- tation Security Administration, Federal
tion Conference. World, national and state Aviation Administration, National Avia- Tickets and registration for both the
events are constantly changing our nation’s se- tion Trades Association, The Illinois Illinois Aviation Conference and the
curity measures and levels of preparedness. Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame Induction
These changes are especially relevant to the others should provide valuable insight to Banquet must be purchased prior to the
management of our state’s airports and their security issues. An afternoon forum dis- event. For registration information, dead-
tenants. cussion on Illinois general aviation secu- lines and updated conference information
This year’s conference will be held at the rity should provide an opportunity for please call 217/785-8380 or visit our web
Gateway Center in Collinsville, Ill., on April airport management and airport busi- site: (http://www.dot.state.il.us/aero/
15th - 16th, 2003. The conference hotel will be nesses to provide contributions to the ef- index.html)
the Holiday Inn-Collinsville. fort. The Illinois Aviation Conference is
The 2003 Illinois Aviation Conference The conference will be highlighted sponsored by The Illinois Public Airport
will be highlighting a number of individuals by an evening dinner cruise on the Association, the Illinois Aviation Trades
that can help bring these issues and concerns Mississippi River on April 15th provided Association and the Illinois Department
into focus and help craft state general aviation by this year’s hosts the St. Louis Down- of Transportation, Division of Aeronau-
security and preparedness guidelines that work town Airport and Midcoast Aviation, both tics.
for all of us. We hope to see you there!
Division of Aeronautics
FAA Recognizes Palwaukee Salem Township Hospital
Airport Manager Named 2002 Heliport
of the Year
by Jon Flickinger
ote from the Director
by Hugh Van Voorst
I would like to welcome our new
Secretary of Transportation, Timothy
Martin, who was recently appointed by
Governor Rod Blagojevich. He is very
personable. The Division of Aeronau- An FAA representative, presents Dennis Rouleau (right)
PalwaukeeAirport manager with an individual Great Lakes
tics will adapt quite easily to his man- Region Partnership in Runway Safety Award for proactive
agement style. We will readily work with airport management and innovative education programs.
him to face the challenges of his term.
The Illinois Aviation Conference The Division of Aeronautics con-
will be held on April 15-16, in Winter Safety Seminars gratulates Salem Township Hospital on
Collinsville, Ill. The theme of this year’s Big Success being named the 2002 Heliport of the Year.
conference is airport security. It will This award is granted to a heliport which
prove to be an extremely valuable con- exemplifies an outstanding maintenance
ference as we have been fortunate to record, promotes aviation’s involvement
attract some top industry leaders and with the community and shows a timely
key governmental officials. The informa- compliance with the division’s rules and
tion contained in the conference is not regulations.
only timely, but necessary in today’s en-
vironment. Please plan on attending. The heliport at Salem Township Hos-
pital is just over a year old and has already
Our winter safety seminar sched-
proven its usefulness to the community. The
ule was full and was extremely success-
heliport is served by two air ambulance ser-
ful. We and the other sponsors of these
seminars want to encourage pilots to vices, Air Evac and Arch Helicopters and
keep up their skills and proficiency. has transported more than 50 emergency
Thank you to all who attended. room patients since its opening. Prior to
the construction of the heliport, air ambu-
Spring will soon be here and it is
lance flights had to use the public airport
a wonderful time to take to the sky and
in Salem, which meant considerable time in
fly. Please take note of all of the avia-
transportation to and from the hospital.
tion events that will be going on in the
Now the helicopters can land just a few
State of Illinois. These activities are for
you and your family’s entertainment. hundred feet from the ER doors.
I would also like to encourage that Luanne Knight, director of ambula-
you ask someone who has never flown tory services, says the heliport has been a
before to take a ride in your airplane. great asset to the hospital, especially in time
Take them to one of our fly-in events or savings in transporting patients. The
Shown above are some of the highlights from the Super Safety
one of our great Illinois airport restau- Seminar and the IFR/VFR Seminar.The Super Safety Seminar
division would like to congratulate Salem
rants while you’re out. held in Springfield had more than 250 in attendance and the Township Hospital for their hard work in
IFR/VFR Seminar held at Lewis University had more than earning 2002 Heliport of the Year.
Happy flying! 300 in attendance.
IFR/VFR Pilot & Flying
Companion Safety Seminar
An IFR/VFR Pilot and Flying Com-
panion Safety Seminar will be held on Sat-
urday, April 12. The seminar will be held at
the University of Illinois Williard Airport,
Champaign, Ill., in the remodeled terminal
building next to the control tower. Regis-
tration will be at 9 a.m., and the program
will start at 10 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.
SAFETY SEMINAR PROGRAM
• Wings Pilot Proficiency Program
John Blohm, FAA
Ed Keiser, Meteorologist
• My GPS Failed - Now What
Gary Stevens, IDOT
• Flying With Rick
Governor Blagojevich Appoints
Rick Weinberg, U of I
• Pilot’s Navigation Thru the WWW
New Transportation Secretary
Eric Cowan, U of I
• Flying Companion Program
Linda Schumm & Rosemary Emhoff
Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed Timothy W. Martin as The program is sponsored by: Legacy
Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation. Aviation, Inc., Chi Chapter of Alpha Eta
Rho, FAA (SPI FSDO), IDOT-Aeronautics,
Martin was the chief operating officer of the Chicago Pub- U of I, U of I Flying Team and U of I Women
lic Schools from 1997-2003. As chief operating officer of the in Aviation.
Chicago Public Schools he was responsible for implementing For further information contact: John
the $3.2 billion capital program, as well as the day to day opera- Blohm at (217) 744-1910, Rick Weinberg at
tions of over 600 schools. The Chicago Public Schools served (217) 244-8646 or David Block at (217) 351-
over 500,000 meals per day and transported approximately
48,000 students. ILLINOIS AVIATION is published bi-monthly by the
Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of
From 1992-1997 he was chief highway engineer at the Aeronautics.
Chicago Department of Transportation. While with CDOT he di- Comments, suggestions, and submission of articles are
welcome and should be directed to:
rected the relocation of Lake Shore Drive and the start of the Jan Draper, Editor
Museum Campus on the city’s lake front, as well as Department #1 Langhorne Bond Drive
of Public Works, The Department of Planning and Development, Capital Airport
Springfield, IL 62707
and Midwest Consulting Engineers. Phone: (217) 785-8516
FAX: (217) 785-4533
Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and an TTY: (800) 526-0844
MBA from the University of Illinois. Permission is granted to reproduce or reprint all
original material appearing in this issue.
Printed by authority of the State of Illinois
03/03 • 26M
U of I Flying Team DeKalb Radio Newsman Flying Salukis Take Second
Wins Regionals Wins Award In Regional Competition
This past October, aviation schools Southern Illinois University (SIUC)
from the Great Lakes and Midwest areas faced Carbondale’s precision flying team, the Fly-
off in friendly competition as part of the ing Salukis, took second place at the Na-
National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s tional Intercollegiate Flying Association’s
(NIFA) Regional SAFECON. The defending Regional Competition SAFECON held in
regional champion, the University of Illi- October at Southern Illinois Airport. How-
nois, once again took home the top honors, ever, SIUC placed first in overall ground
placing first in overall rankings and flight competition.
events. The second-place finish qualifies the
“It was a tough competition,” reported Taken from a AOPA News Release Flying Salukis for the national champion-
Illinois’ Head Coach Eric Cowan. “All of the ship at the University of North Dakota
Chris Lehman of DeKalb’s WNJI Ra-
schools in this region have excellent pilots May 17-21.
dio won top honor in AOPA’s 2002 Max
and excellent programs. No one walks away “We did really well in the ground
Karant Journalism Awards Competition.
with the trophies easily.” In addition to the events,” said Kim Carter, the Flying Salukis
team victory, Illinois team member David The prestigious Karant awards honor
Coach and a lecturer in SIUC’s Department
Penney was awarded Top Pilot honors. the best of fair, accurate and insightful re-
of Aviation Management and Flight. “We
porting on general aviation (GA) in the gen-
The University of Illinois’ Precision missed first place by just five points, so our
eral aviation media. They include categories
Flying Team has been in operation since the team did an outstanding job. Now its time
for print, TV or video and radio and carry
early 1950s. Each year the team has a pan- to start practicing for the nationals.”
an honorarium of $1,000 in each category.
cake breakfast to help with expenses. This Awards won by the Flying Salukis:
The awards were named for Karant, founder
year’s breakfast will be held on April 27 at • William Gersch, Algonquin, Ill.
of AOPA Pilot Magazine and the
the Rantoul Air Museum, Rantoul, Ill. • Adam G. Herbert, Makanda, Ill.
association’s first senior vice president.
University of Illinois Team Members Karant died in 1997. • Michael H. Coffman, Maquon, Ill.
• Edward Balogh, Rosemont, Ill. • Timothy D. Staab, Metamora, Ill.
Lehman’s thoughtful, well-balanced
• Steve Boyd, Mattoon, Ill. • Johathan D. Greene, N. Lenox, Ill.
radio report on the struggle to save
• Jennifer Dille, Antioch, Ill. • Douglas A.Gibbs, Princeville, Ill.
Chicago’s Meigs Field won first place in the
• Brian Hemmersbach, Morris, Ill. • Matthew Clevinger, R. Falls, Ill.
Karant Awards radio category for him.
• Robert Jones, Albuquerque, N.M. • Bryan T. Harrison, Rushville, Ill.
The June 29 report, which aired twice • Thomas J. Emerson, Zion, Ill.
• Alex Kenesson, Waterford, Va.
on the northern Illinois public radio in- • Travis Custer, Convoy, Ohio
• Jason Lahr, Lombard, Ill.
cluded comment and reasoned arguments • Tim Cipolla, Hurrican, W.Va.
• Bryan Lipson,Farmington, Mich.
for all sides. • Jeffry Pelch, Belleville, Ill.
• Adam Nagao, Grayslake, Ill.
• Robert Olsen, Downers Grove, Ill. Lehman, who has worked for WNIJ • Todd Yankel, Wheaton, Ill.
• David Penney, Lake Zurich, Ill. for nearly three years, is originally from The competition meets the aspiration
• Charles Shields, Elgin, Ill. Lancaster County, Pa. After graduating of shaping high-quality undergraduate
• John Slater, Hampshire, Ill. from Temple University with a degree in programs as outlined in the Southern at
• Julie Snyder, Pittsburgh, Pa. broadcast journalism, he served as an arts 150 report, a long-range plan that guides
• Robert Thomas, Frankfort, Ill. reporter for a public radio station in Shreve- the future of the university.
• Wei Zheng, Gaithersburg, Md. port, La. For further information contact
His career goal is to become a public Kim Carter, head coach, by e-mail at
For further information to contact
radio foreign correspondent.Lehman has flyboy2siu.edu or by phone at (618) 453-
Eric Cowan, headcoach by e-mail at
reported on a free-lance basis from Iraq, El 1147.
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (217) 244-
Salvador, Burkina and Faso. His reports
have aired on public radio.
World War I was over and the 1920s were Henry Ford did all he could to cooper-
roaring. Aviation and its vast potential had ate in the development of the air mail sys-
caught the imagination of nearly every- tem in the United States, which he recognized
one. At a time when there was not even a as a key component to the commercializa-
single road reaching across the United tion of aviation. In early 1926, Ford began
States, air travel was beginning to unite flying the first regularly operated contract
the country. U.S. Mail Route.
The potential for air travel did not Without a doubt, Henry and Edsel
escape the minds of Henry and Edsel Ford. Ford knew there was much to be done. Air-
Robert Newhouse in his 1931 Brunnerwinkle Bird.
Henry Ford had already revolutionized craft needed to be well designed and effi-
The National Air Tour 2003 travel on the ground. Having invented the ciently manufactured. Just as a car needed
Robert Newhouse and his aircraft are en- manufactured assembly line, he restlessly good roads, airplanes needed good airports.
tered in the 2003 National Air Tour to be held pursued his dream of making automobile For more information on the National
Sept.10-25. This will be in conjunction with travel affordable to the general public in- Air Tour contact Greg Herrick, President
America’s national celebration on the anniver- stead of just a wealthy few. When the Fords Aviation Foundation of America, Inc., at
sary of 100 years of powered flight. The tour met a man named William Stout they de- (651) 255-1999.
will be a re-enactment of the Ford Air Reliabil- cided to see what they could do in the field
ity Tours that took place from 1925-1931. It of aviation as well. Ford’s impact on the
will comprise of 4000 nautical miles and 26 development of modern aviation in the
cities. One of the stops will be Kitty Hawk, United States has been largely forgotten,
N.C. yet today we enjoy many innovations in One of the Nations Oldest
aviation first developed by Ford.
Newhouse’s aircraft flew in the 1931 Ford Pilot Dead At 103
Air Tour and is one of only 25 antique aircraft The Ford innovations include many The Associated Press
that have been invited to attend. He is accept- of the basic components of our modern
air transportation system. For example, at Ralph Charles who built planes for
ing sponsorship for this historical flight. If
a time when airplanes were landing in Orville Wright and was one of the nation’s
you are interested in helping Newhouse you
farmer’s fields, often getting stuck in ruts oldest pilots died. He was 103.
may contact him at by phone at (815) 965-
8544, or by writing him at 8848 S. Main St., and mud, Ford installed America’s first He last flew in the summer of 2001
Rockford, Ill., or e-mail him at concrete runway. Ford even built one of and appeared on NBC’s Today Show and the
email@example.com. the first airport hotels to accommodate Late Show with David Letterman when he flew
passengers from nearby Ford Airport a plane on his 100th birthday in 1999.
The following article on the National
Shuttle. Charles was a barnstormer in the
Air Tour is from the Aviation Foundation of
America: Prior to Ford’s involvement, virtu- 1920s, copiloted passenger airplanes for
In 2003, we celebrate the centennial of ally every large air-transport aircraft was Trans World Airlines in the 1930s and was a
flight as well as the centennial of the Ford built of wood and fabric. It was Ford who civilian test pilot for the Navy during World
Motor Company. If ever there were a year to disproved skeptics and popularized the all- War II. He also built planes for Wright in
celebrate the development of aviation, 2003, metal transport aircraft with the introduc- 1919, and operated a space shuttle simula-
is it. And there is no better way than to re- tion of the Ford Tri-motor. It was Ford tor after NASA invited him to a launch in
create the National Air Tour. engineers who developed the first radio recent years.
beacons to guide airplanes to their desti- He quit flying after the war at the in-
The National Air Tour 2003 will be
nations. It was a Ford Tri-motor, that on sistence of his wife, Leona, and settled in
held Sept. 10-25, and has been recognized an
Feb.10, 1927, flew the first long distance Columbus, Ohio, where he had an automo-
official event of the Centennial of Flight
flight guided solely by radio signals. In tive repair shop unil the couple retired to
Celebration by the Centennial of Flight
April of 1925, Ford started the first United Perry County in 1965.
States corporate airline carrying material
The years 1925 through 1931 repre- He never lost his passion for flying and
and factory mail to plants in Chicago and
sent a period of incredible growth and ad- took it up again in 1995.
vancement for aviation in the United States.
Airmen Changing June 1
alendar of Events Mercer County Airport (Cff ), Aledo, IL
Certificate Number Contact: (309) 582-5445
by Brenda J. Brennan Youth Academy Program June 3
Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Poplar Grove, IL Monmouth Flying Club Meeting
Contact: (815) 547-3115 Monmouth Airport (C66), Monmouth, IL
The Division of Aeronautics is con- Contact: (309) 343-3951
ducting a quarterly comparison check of May 4
EAA Chapter 22 Fly-In Breakfast June 6-8
Illinois pilots who have registered with the Greater Rockford Airport (RFD), Rockford, IL Quad City Airshow
Contact: (815) 397-4995 Davenport Municipal Airport, Davenport,Iowa
state and those who have not. The FAA Contact: (563) 285-7469
Airmen Certificate Number is used for this May 6
Monmouth Flying Club Meeting June 7
comparison, and as a result a letter is gener- Monmouth Airport (C66), Monmouth, IL National Young Eagle Day
Contact: (309) 343-3951 Decatur Airport (DEC), Decatur, IL
ated to those pilots who have not registered. Contact: (217) 423-0656
However, some letters have been gener- Youth Leadership of Knox County June 7
Lawrencville-Vin. Int’l. Arpt. (LWV), Lawrenceville, IL Olney Area Pilots Spring Fly-In Breakfast
ated to those pilots who are registered, be- Contact: (812) 882-6203 Olney-Noble Airport (OLY), Olney, IL
cause they had a change on their FAA Airmen Contact: (618) 723-2594
Certificate Number and did not report it to EAA Pankcake Breakfast/Young Eagle Flights June 7
Decatur Airport (DEC), Decatur, IL Ultralight Fly-In
the Division of Aeronautics. Contact: (217) 423-0656 Lawrencville-Vin.Arpt.(LWV),Lawrenceville, IL
Contact: (812) 882-5060
The FAA made it effective June 1, May 10–18
2002, that all original airmen certificates be Wabash Valley Soaring Club Flight Week June 7
Lawrencville-Vin. Int’l. Arpt. (LWV), Lawrenceville, IL
issued a unique certificate number. The FAA Contact: (618) 584-3328 or (618) 943-2076 Mt. Carmel Mun. Arpt. (AJG), Mt. Carmel, IL
Contact: (618) 948-2413
Airmen Certification Branch will no longer May 11
assign a Social Security Number (SSN) as the EAA Chapter 22 Fly-In Breakfast June 7-8
Greater Rockford Airport (RFD), Rockford, IL Cavalcade of New Airplanes
certificate number. Contact: (815) 398-5907 Clow Int. Airport (1C5),Bolingbrook, IL
Contact: (630) 378-0479
Airman certificates presently using May 16-18
Midwest Aeronca Festival June 7-15
their SSN as a certificate number will con- Kewanee Municipal Airport (EZI), Kewanee, IL Antique/Vintage Glider Regatta
Contact: (309) 853-8141 Lawrencville-Vin. Int’l. Arpt.(LWV),Lawrenceville, IL
tinue to be issued that number unless the air- Contact: (618) 943-2076
man requests a unique number. You can May 17
Open House June 7
change your Airmen Certificate Number by Casey Municipal (1H8), Casey, IL Museum Open House
Contact: (217) 932-2078 Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Poplar Grove, IL
contacting, FAA, Airmen Certification Contact: (815) 547-3115
Branch, AFS-760, P.O. Box 25082, Okla- May 17-18
Fly-In Breakfast, etc.
homa, City, OK, 73125-0082. Zelmer Memorial Airpark (5K1), Palmyra, IL EAA Chapter 410 Fly-In Breakfast
Contact: (217) 439-7497 Whiteside Co. Arpt.(SQI), Sterling/Rock Falls, IL
After you have contacted the FAA and Contact: (815) 622-3591
received a unique certificate number change, Fly-In Breakfast June 14
Canton Ingersoll Airport (CTK), Canton, IL EAA Young Eagles Day
please contact the Division of Aeronautics Contact: (309) 647-1345 Joliet Regional Airport (JOT), Joliet, IL
and we will update your record with your Contact: (815) 741-7267
new certificate number. Fly-In Breakfast June 15-16
Ogle Co. Barnett Field (C55), Mt. Morris, IL Fly-In Breakfast/Safety Meeting
For further information contact: Contact: (815) 732-7268 Marshall Co. Airport (C75), Lacon, IL
Contact: (309) 246-3700
Brenda Brennan, Supervisor May 18
Pilot & Aircraft Services Fly-In Breakfast June 16
Lewis University Airport (LOT), Romeoville, IL EAA Chapter 153 Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast
Illinois Dept. of Transportation Contact: (630) 243-8213 Schaumburg Reg.Arpt. (f 6C ), Schaumburg, IL
Division of Aeronautics Contact: (630) 830-0559
1 Langhorne Bond Drive May 31
EAA Chapter Breakfast June 21-22
Capital Airport Taylorville Municipal Arpt. (TAZ), Taylorville, IL Air Race Classic
Springfield, IL Contact: (217) 824-9313 Illinois Valley Reg. Airport (VYS), Peru, IL
(800) 554-0247 Contact: (815) 223-8441
firstname.lastname@example.org EAA Chapter 990 Fly-In Open House June 27-29
Greater Kankakee Airport (IKK), Kankakee, IL Canard Wing Fly-In
Contact: (815) 939-1422 Coles Co. Mem. Airport (MTO), Mattoon, IL
Contact: (217) 345-2633
Illinois 2003 Calendar of Events Form
If you are planning any fly-ins, airshows, seminars or any other aviation-related
programs at your airport, please complete and return the form below to ensure that
your events are included in the calendar.
Location : ____________________________________________________
Name of event: ________________________________________________
Date/time of event: _____________________________________________
Planned activities: _____________________________________________ Shown above is the new building at Casey Municipal
Contact name and telephone number: _______________________________
Please return information to: Editor, Illinois Aviation Casey Airport gets new
Illinois Department of Transportation Building
Division of Aeronautics Casey Municipal Airport has a new
1 Langhorne Bond Drive building to house the lobby, office, flight
Springfield, IL 62707-84l5 planning and aircraft maintenance. The
Phone: (217) 785-8516 City of Casey provided most of the money
Fax: (217) 785-4533 and the Airport Boosters provided the rest.
The Airport Boosters is a non-profit cor-
poration set up 40 years ago. It has about
100 members who pay dues and support
April 26-27 the airport in many ways.
Casey’s FBO, Sky’s the Limit, also put
9th Annual Charlie Wells Memorial Fly-In in many hours seeing this project finished.
Drive-In Breakfast They have been in operation at the airport
for 12 years.
Capital Airport, Springfield, Ill.
Contact: Jerry Coleman (217) 483-3201
July 11-13 Aeronautics
has its Website at:
Coles County Airport (MTO) Mattoon, IL
For More Information http://www.dot.state.il.us/
Call (217) 524-5269
IFR/VFR & Flying Companion
Saturday, April 12
University of Illinois Institute of Aviation
1 Langhorne Bond Drive Presorted
Springfield Illinois 62707-8415 Standard
Address Service Requested 1 PAID
Permit No. 897
Springfield, Il 62705
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics provides this publication free of charge in the interest of aviation safety and aeronautical progress.