Founded in 1998 by the Iowa Department of Transportation Aviation Office and the Iowa Public Airports Association, the original purpose of IAPG was to recruit, select, and supervise selected airport sites to host the annual Fly Iowa Air Fair. The selected sites would be awarded seed money to develop and hold Fly Iowa. Since its founding, the group has broadened its mission from fly Iowa to other activities which are aimed to grow general aviation activity, participation, knowledge, and appreciation within the State of Iowa.  IAPG is recognized as a 501c (3) not-for-profit entity by the Internal Revenue Service.

IAPG Board of Directors Statement on the Passing of Chuck McDonald

September 9, 2022: Ankeny, IA –


The Iowa Aviation Promotion Group (IAPG) regrets to report the passing of its long-time Executive Director, Chuck McDonald (Charles H. McDonald Obituary). Chuck had a passion for aviation and grew IAPG into an effective non-profit organization providing positive aviation exposure to tens of thousands of Iowans. Programs included the annual Fly Iowa event held at a different Iowa airport each year, the Fly Iowa Challenge promoting air tourism in Iowa, and aviation rallies that exposed youth and their parents to aviation and the possibilities of aviation careers.The most recent initiative was development of an aviation scholarship program that the IAPG board of directors unanimously insisted be named the Chuck McDonald Aviation Training Scholarship.

The IAPG board of directors is comprised of volunteer members who are passionate about promoting aviation in Iowa. In the coming weeks, the Board will be transitioning business operations, communicating with membership, updating its website, and continuing to work on its core programs that support the mission of the association. The annual meeting is planned for November 12th with more details to come. The Board extends its sympathy to Chuck’s family and expresses immense gratitude for the impact he has had on aviation in Iowa. It also thanks IAPG members for their continued support during this time and looks forward to a strong future for IAPG.


More information about IAPG and it programs may be found on the top-line page “About Us”.

That material includes these direct links:

What is Above the Ordinary ?

Most pilots would say it is the experience of flying. Because the pilot population is declining, Iowa Aviation Promotion Group has initiated its “Above the Ordinary” campaign. Based on an exciting video meant for commercial use on TV, theaters, and group gatherings, IAPG is making the video available to aviation businesses that seek to grow and market to a demographic who can make a commitment to learning to fly and perhaps buying an aircraft. For more details, visit www.abovetheordinary.org