Aviation Day returns April 22 to Purdue Airport

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology announced Purdue Aviation Day will take place April 22, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Purdue University Airport. The event is free, and the public is invited.

Purdue Aviation DayAttendees may fly in, drive in, or walk in to celebrate Purdue aviation and the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology.

“Our theme for 2017 is ‘An Industry That Works.’ Our goal is to make this year’s event a statement of our school’s dedication and long-term impact on the aviation industry,” said Austin Decker, operations director for the event and an unmanned aerial systems major.

PSA Airlines, the presenting sponsor for 2017, will display the CRJ-200 aircraft. Other airlines scheduled to attend include GoJet, SkyWest Airlines, Horizon and Piedmont.

Keynote speakers will include Les Abend, captain for American Airlines and aviation analyst for CNN, and Ian Kirby, aircraft engineer and former pilot for British Airways. Additional representatives from American Airlines and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association will also be speaking.

The event will include interactive activities for all ages, historical exhibits, and a variety of aircraft on display.

Revived in 2016 for the first time in 105 years, the school is now establishing Purdue Aviation Day as an annual celebration of aviation. Last year, the event attracted approximately 2,100 people.

“Community interest last April far exceeded our expectations, so we are very excited to organize Purdue Aviation Day again,” Decker said. “The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology had hosted much smaller fly-in events for alumni in recent years, but none compared in magnitude. Purdue Aviation Day is open to everybody, including families with children. We hope even more people will come this year.”

A full schedule of events, travel directions, and parking instructions are available at polytechnic.purdue.edu/aviationday.

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