The Illinois Pilots Association
Support General Aviation in Illinois
Thank you for visiting the Illinois Pilot's Association. We are a statewide organization of both pilots and non-pilots who are committed to preserving and advancing general aviation in the state of Illinois. The IPA is an affiliate of the United States Pilot Association. Currently the IPA consists of five local chapters, as well as additional "at-large" members. Local Chapters hold regular monthly meetings, monitor aviation interests in the their local area, hold social activities, and sponsor safety seminars.
At the state level, IPA monitors aviation issues across Illinois, including pending legislation. A state IPA Board of Directors meeting is held every other month at various airports around the state. The IPA sponsors a scholarship for an Illinois student pursuing a degree in an aviation-related field. The state IPA also holds an annual convention, and from time to time sponsors safety seminars, and various social activities.
Membership is open to both pilots and non-pilots (if you do not hold a Pilot's Certificate you may join as an associate member.) If you would like to join, look for a chapter in your area. If there is no chapter in your area, we encourage you to consider starting one. The board of directors can assist you. For individuals where chapter affiliation is impossible or impractical, an "at-large" membership option is available.
- What's New at IPA -
IPA Annual Meeting, Rochelle Koritz Field, IL (KRPJ), May 17, 2014
The 2014 IPA Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 17, at Rochelle Koritz Field (KRPJ). The morning will feature presentations by the Chicago Skydiving Center (CSC) and Rochelle Avionics. Lunch will be catered by the Flight Deck Restaurant, which is on the field. Illinois Director of Aeronautics, Dr. Susan Shea, will speak at lunch. The afternoon will feature skydiving by the CSC. Participants are invited to take a parachute jump. Click for details on KRPJ.
Mobile Optimized View
A new "mobile optimized" view will now be presented to users who view the Illinois Pilots Assosiation website from an iPhone or other similar mobile device. For now this is being done on a trial basis. If you have comments, please email them to email@example.com
2014 IPA Scholarship Winner Announced
Alex Michael Kwiatkowski of Wheaton, Illinois has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Illinois Pilots Association Memorial Scholarship. Alex is presently a junior at Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois. Congratulations and Best Wishes to Alex from the Illinois Pilots Association. For information about the IPA scholarship (including application information) visit the IPA scholarship web page.
IPA Safety Competition
The First Annual IPA Safety Competition has been completed for 2012. The individual winner was Robert Sugar of the South Suburban Chapter with 77.4 points. The winning chapter was South Suburban with 108.9 points. Certificates for the winners were awarded at the IPA Annual Meeting. The chapter with the most participants was Springfield. The next Competition is now open and will run until the day before the Annual Meeting in 2013. Rules for earning points are published in this annoucement. The form to submit Safety Activities is available here. Submit your entries to your Chapter Safety Representative.
Improved Photo Gallery
A new photo gallery has been implemented. The gallery will display one view for desktop browsers, and a more "smartphone friendly" view if viewed from a mobile device. The new Photo Gallery will allow IPA members to upload photos, please email the webmater if you would like to add content. We hope you enjoy these new changes.
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