IAPG Education Mission

YouthAviationRally24x36-OLEducation with a focus on youth is central to Iowa Aviation Promotion Group’s missions.  The IAPG Board is always seeking to improve its educational programs.  There are presently two major initiatives in education: the youth rally program and the cooperative project with the Air Force Association to recognize aerospace education Teachers of the Year.

Iowa Aviation Youth Rallies – Half-Day Programs

2013-Aviation-Youth-Rally-PerryIowa Aviation Promotion Group in partnership with Iowa Space Grant Consortium,  Iowa DOT Office of Aviation, sponsoring airports, and aviation groups such as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), has held half day Iowa Youth Aviation Rallies at various locations in Iowa.  In 75 events held 2006–2016, well over 3000 youngsters have attended.

Content includes instruction on airplanes, aeronautical principles, airports, weather, flight planning, aviation careers, and more.  Where available,  each youngster has the opportunity to take an EAA Young Eagle flight.  Rallies typically conclude with a pizza luncheon and award of a certificate and T-shirt.

These events are absolutely FREE! The target age groups are usually 9–12 or 10–15.

Planned & confirmed Rallies for 2017 include these airport locations

  • Mason City Municipal Airport – June 17
  • Allison MAP – DTB, usually early September  
  • Ankeny Regional AP—July 15
  • Ottumwa RAP – August 5, A Fly Iowa 2017 event

More Sites will be determined as the year 2017 develops.

 If you are interested in being a host airport for a rally please contact Chuck McDonald 

For more information about a camp near you, contact 

Guidelines for Organizing a Youth Aviation Rally

IAPG encourages airports, pilot groups, EAA Chapters, and fixed base operators to organize a Youth Aviation Rally.  Rallies should be offered free of charge and may or may not included flights for participating youth. The materials which follow may be downloaded and/or printed out for use by organizers of youth aviation rally events:

Teacher of the Year Recognition: Cooperative Program of IAPG and Air Force Association

Annually, outstanding teachers who use aviation and space concepts to enhance the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in K–12 classrooms, are identified and recognized with Teacher of the Year awards provided by the Air Force Association. 

The 2015 Teacher of the Year is Lisa Horsch who teaches middle school science at Johnston Middle School.  She was named Des Moines Chapter Teacher of the Year and among her awards was a $250 in cash prize.  She was nominated for the honor by Steve Black, a corporate member of Iowa Aviation Promotion Group.

Aerospace Education Teaching Resources Available for Loan to Iowa Aviation Promotion Group Members

red-single-propMembers of IAPG who are active in teaching aerospace education subjects may request teaching materials which are available for loan at NO COST from the IAPG offices at Ankeny Regional Airport.

This is just one of the benefits of membership! It is anticipated that items could be loaned to any one requester for up to five months, the length of a school semester.

We have two 1/8th scale airplanes, including a SuperCub mock-up which shows control surface rigging, a number of flight and navigation plotters, some video tapes on space and other topics, several “Classroom Activities” binders, and a number of books on various aviation and space subjects. A complete list of available items may be requested by calling Chuck McDonald at the IAPG Offices, (515) 964-1398 or e-mailing him at There may a fee for shipping the items, depending on cost.

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As the 2020 ADS-B deadline looms, there is some relief for operators of many antique aircraft. Details follow, but thanks to efforts by Brent Taylor of the Antique Airplane Association in concert with AOPA, those of us flying Champs, Cubs and whatnot without electrical systems are exempts from much of the ADS-B burden. Basically, the exemptions that applied to the old Mode C rules, apply to ADS-B use. Here's more (in great detail) from the Antique Airplane Association:

Greetings from Antique Airfield,

Back on July 15th, 2015, I sent the following bullet points memo to Mark Baker, President of the AOPA. We had been discussing working together in an attempt to obtain relief for owners of antique & classic aircraft from the upcoming ADS-B requirements slated to go in effect on Jan of 2020.

Based upon the following criteria, exemption from the installation of ADS-B equipment should be granted to the following antique/classic aircraft;

I. ATC & Group 2 aircraft with a pre-1942 approval date (through ATC #748)
II. Plus the following aircraft originally approved via their ATC without installation of an electrical system (passive or active)

A. ATC #749 Ryan PT-22
B. ATC #751 Aeronca O-58
C. ATC #759 Aeronca 7AC
D. ATC #761 Aeronca 11AC
E. ATC #800 Piper PA-15
F. ATC #803 Mooney M-18-L & M-18-C
G. ATC #805 Piper PA-17

III. Reason for exemption;

A. The vast majority of these aircraft were originally issued an ATC without an electrical (passive or active) system installation.
B. In total numbers, make up a small percentage of the active GA fleet.
C. Are flown almost exclusively VFR & during daylight hours only.
D. Are flown primarily for recreation and display at various Fly-ins, Airshows and other aviation events.
E. Are flown a limited amount of hours yearly.
F. Are not flown for hire or commercial purposes.
G. In total, make up a small percentage of aircraft based or flown within class A,B or C airspace.
H. Installation would be difficult based upon;
I. Lack of approved shielded electrical harnesses & spark plugs to replace original/approved non-shielded ignition harnesses & spark plugs
II. Lack of approved electrical systems & components that would have enough capacity for installation.
III. Limited instrument panel & cockpit space.
IV. Would destroy originality and value.
V. Lack of approved & acceptable data would make approvals/installations on an individual basis, time consuming, expensive and difficult.

Brent Taylor
President Antique Airplane Association

Though it has taken time and effort since, I am happy to report a major step forward in those efforts. Following is the current language of FAR 91.225 (the ADS-B FAR). Please note paragraph (e).

§91.225, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment and use.

(d) After January 1, 2020, and unless otherwise authorized by ATC, no person may operate an aircraft in the following airspace unless the aircraft has equipment installed that meets the requirements in paragraph (b) of this section:

(1) Class B and Class C airspace areas;

(2) Except as provided for in paragraph (e) of this section, within 30 nautical miles of an airport listed in appendix D, section 1 to this part from the surface upward to 10,000 feet MSL;

(3) Above the ceiling and within the lateral boundaries of a Class B or Class C airspace area designated for an airport upward to 10,000 feet MSL;

(4) Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, Class E airspace within the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia at and above 10,000 feet MSL, excluding the airspace at and below 2,500 feet above the surface; and

(5) Class E airspace at and above 3,000 feet MSL over the Gulf of Mexico from the coastline of the United States out to 12 nautical miles.

(e) The requirements of paragraph (b) of this section do not apply to any aircraft that was not originally certificated with an electrical system, or that has not subsequently been certified with such a system installed, including balloons and gliders. These aircraft may conduct operations without ADS-B Out in the airspace specified in paragraphs (d)(2) and (d)(4) of this section. Operations authorized by this section must be conducted—

(1) Outside any Class B or Class C airspace area; and

(2) Below the altitude of the ceiling of a Class B or Class C airspace area designated for an airport, or 10,000 feet MSL, whichever is lower.

To cut to the chase:
1. The regulation 14 CFR 91.225(e) allows aircraft not certificated with an electrical system, including balloons and gliders, not equipped with ADS-B Out to operate within 30 nautical miles of a Class B primary airport—basically, within its Mode C veil—while remaining outside of any Class B or Class C airspace. These aircraft can operate as high as 17,999 feet msl except above Class B or Class C airspace; they also can operate beneath Class B and Class C airspace. Operationally the ADS-B Out rules mirror the transponder equipage requirements in 14 CFR 91.215.
2. Per the AOPA; “The legal interpretation confirms that the same aircraft excluded from the transponder requirement are excluded from the ADS-B Out equipage requirement”. “That means aircraft subsequently equipped with batteries or an electric starter would not be required to equip for ADS-B Out.”

While 91.225 will not exempt all antique & classic aircraft, we feel it will provide relief for the majority of those aircraft as listed per my original memo/request. Plus, we will continue to pursue avenues for further exemptions if need be.
We’d like to “Thank” all those involved at the AOPA in this effort, especially Mark Baker (President & AAA #M-25727), Jim Coon (Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy), Justin Barkowski (Director of Regulatory Affairs), and Rune Duke (Director of Government Affairs, Airspace and Air Traffic)
If you have any comments, or questions concerning the above, please feel free to contact me here at AAA Headquarters ( Photo courtesy of Classic Aviation, Pella, Iowa
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