The Iowa Aviation Promotion Group (IAPG) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to grow aviation by increasing the number of pilots, aviation users, and aviation supporters within the state.

Why you should belong to IAPG:

  • Help educate others about aviation
  • Grow general aviation awareness
  • Get kids interested in aviation
  • Share your love of aviation with others
  • Enjoy air shows and other aviation gatherings
  • Want a healthy aviation industry in Iowa
  • Share your talents with a growing, thriving organization

IAPG offers a number of programs intended to:

  • Increase awareness of the benefits of aviation
  • Educate the public
  • Increase the activity level of current aviation enthusiasts
  • Increase the number of pilots and aircraft within the state
  • Provide opportunities for young and old to experience aviation in Iowa

We have set measurable goals to monitor the benefit of each of these programs.

In order to meet our goals, we will aggressively work to maximize communication about our activities to inform members and non-members alike by doing the following:

  • Hosting Teleconferences for all IAPG Meetings
  • Host a continuously updated IAPG Web Page

These activities require financial support and volunteer assistance from people like you. There are many levels of membership in IAPG.  Please consider becoming a member and donating to this worthy organization.  Iowa Aviation Promotion Group is a 501(c)3 corporation incorporated in the state of Iowa.  Donations are tax deductible.

Pilot Palooza – Aug 23

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EAA Chapter 75 of the Quad Cities, IA/IL member Brandon Gore has been awarded the the Tinker Murdock Flight Training Award, which is a $7,500 flight training scholarship to complete his private pilot certificate training.

September 17, 2014 - EAA is happy to announce that Brandon Gore of Quad Cities, Illinois, is the recipient of the Tinker Murdock Flight Training Award and will receive $7,500 to complete his private pilot certificate training.

To be eligible for the scholarship provided by the Tinker Murdock Family Fund, applicants must be a Young Eagle and Next Step participant, a program in collaboration with EAA Young Eagles, actively involved in EAA’s online ground school or other training program. Brandon, a high school junior, took his first Young Eagles flight at age 8 and has been hooked on aviation ever since. He’s attended EAA’s Air Academy three times, and plans to return next summer as a camp counselor.

Brandon plans to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University and eventually become a military test pilot. He is a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol and became the youngest person to achieve the rank of second lieutenant, the highest cadet position. He is also the executive officer and leads a group of 30 cadets in weekly drills, lesson planning, physical fitness testing, and aerospace education.

Brandon serves as a volunteer coordinator for the Quad Cities Hot Air Balloon Festival where he helps raise money, secure sponsorships, media coverage, and coordinate volunteers. He also volunteers for Pilots N Paws helping coordinate volunteer flights for animal rescues.

His career goal is to design supersonic jets for the military. Brandon also plans to become a certificated flight instructor, fly Young Eagles, and share his passion for aviation with other people all around the country.

This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Tinker Murdock Family Fund.
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Runway 03/21 is still closed, Runway 15/33 is open.

Updates from Airport Manager, Tom Vesalga.

Update September 29: Fall is now upon us and our Runway 3/21 Reconstruction Project is nearing completion. We have overcome many obstacles to reach this point and we now can see the light at the end of the tunnel. As I write, the last of the concrete is being poured, the area around the runway is being graded, and the new runway lighting system is being installed.

The biggest question on everyone’s mind is when will the runway be opened? Although the contracted date was September 26th, Mother Nature has pushed the completion date out to October 10th. This is not uncommon for big projects like this and we remain hopeful that the fall rains will hold off until this project is completed.

With all major construction projects, there are always unexpected items that pop up. The first was found after the rains in late July and early August. Several areas on the new concrete of both runways have low spots that are causing water ponding. Although this is an unacceptable condition for an airport runway, it’s not uncommon for large concrete pours. To correct this, our consultants and contractor are working diligently to finalize a solution that will allow the runway to drain as planned.

Since some of the ponding is located on the new concrete of Runway 15/33, we have no choice but to close the runway during the corrective process. I have already informed the contractor that we will need five days advanced notice before we close the main runway. I have also informed them that the runway will only be closed during the day while they are working, and will be reopened every night to allow continued operations. I will keep you informed as we get closer to the closure.

The second issue we found involves the runway edge lights. The FAA’s height requirement for edge lighting is 24”. Because of the snow drifting that occurs on our runways, we've found that we need 30” to aid in the prevention of their burial during snow plowing operations. Although 6” doesn't seem like very much, I assure you that it makes a major difference when snow plowing operations are underway. To correct the 6” difference in the height of the runway edge lights and still maintain the manufactures warranty, we've had to ship the lights back to the manufacturer to be retrofitted to the new height. The decision to modify the light height was made by the Airport, and although it will cause a delay in the final installation of the lights, the runway itself will be opened for daylight operations until the new lights are installed.

Although we’ve had to work through many issues, and have lost many hours of sleep, we are confident that the new runway will last 20, or even 30 years. The goal of the Airport has been, and still remains to provide the best facilities possible to our pilots.
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