Aviation Day 2024: The biggest spectacle in collegiate aviation soars to new heights

Purdue Pete at Aviation Day 2023. (Photo provided)

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN—Purdue Aviation Day presented by Envoy Air is set to return to the Purdue University Airport on Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This annual event draws aviation enthusiasts from around the world, and provides thousands of yearly attendees with a unique opportunity to experience the latest in aviation and new technology at no charge whatsoever.

2024’s showcase also features a lineup of distinguished guest speakers headlined by Shannetta Griffin, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) associate administrator of airports, and Erik Amend, the administrator of the Great Lakes region.

Griffin, a pivotal figure in the FAA, oversees crucial aspects of airport infrastructure, making her invaluable to attendees wanting to learn more about our nation's airports. Amend provides corporate leadership and represents the interests of the FAA to industry, the public and government organizations.

The event also comes at an exciting time for Purdue’s own airport (KLAF), which recently announced a new terminal project and the resumption of commercial air service on May 15.

Getting to Aviation Day 2024

  • Activities will take place in the Niswonger Aviation Technology Building, the Research in Aeromechanics and Propulsion Building, the hangars and throughout the airport grounds


  • The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or registration are required


  • Due to prior years' immense popularity, "fly-in" options for visiting pilots have been withheld for 2024; to drive in to Aviation Day, attendees can find parking both near the airport and on the other available turn off of Highway 52, opposite the airport entrance. The address is:

Attendees at Aviation Day 2023. (Photo provided)

Joining these esteemed administrators are various dignitaries from the aviation industry, including Heather Penney and Laura Savino, both Purdue alumnae. Additionally, the event will host three different panels based on attendees’ diverse interests; a Women in Aviation Panel, a Young Professionals Panel, and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Panel during 2024 festivities.

Attendees will also witness a performance by the Air Combat Command A-10 Thunderbolt II Team. Known as the "Warthog," the A-10 is the Air Force's premier close-air support plane. Spectators will be treated to a display of precision aerial maneuvers, showcasing the Warthog’s formidable capabilities while honoring the dedication of the men and women of the United States Air Force.

The U.S. Army's Golden Knights performed at Aviation Day 2023. (Photo provided)

Purdue Aviation Day will also host numerous aircraft displays, offering an up-close look at commercial, general and military aircraft. Additionally, attendees are welcome to partake in high-tech flight simulator experiences.

Purdue Aviation Day is also a platform for aspiring aviation professionals to explore career opportunities. The event boasts a comprehensive career expo, where students and community members can engage with industry professionals and gain valuable insight into various career paths within aviation.

For young aviators, Aviation Day will offer two youth activity rooms geared toward kids and teens.

For those looking to refuel, Aviation Day will feature a multitude of local food trucks with offerings for the entire family.

Purdue Aviation Day 2024 promises to be an unforgettable experience for aviation enthusiasts, industry professionals and curious minds alike. Attend on Saturday, April 13 to join over 8,200 people who joined Aviation Day just last year, and to witness some unforgettable displays of aviation prowess.

Contact information and queries

  • Organization Contact:

    • Nick Chrysogelos, VP Activities and Communications, Purdue Aviation Day 2024



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