Second Purdue Aviation Day planned 105 years after first

Student leaders are planning an aviation celebration April 16 at the Purdue University Airport, and the world is invited.

Purdue Aviation DayThe second Purdue Aviation Day will take place 105 years after the first one. Attendees can fly in, drive in or even walk in to celebrate the past, present and future of Purdue aviation and the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology.

"We think this is the perfect way to celebrate the school’s name change, enhance partnerships with industry, show our appreciation for the local community and inspire young aviators,” said Austin Decker, operations director for the event and an unmanned aerial systems major. The student organizers plan to make Aviation Day an annual event.

Republic Airways is the presenting sponsor for the event, which will include interactive activities for all ages, historical exhibits, and a variety of aircraft on display. The Indianapolis-based regional carrier is the world’s largest operator of Embraer aircraft, providing code-share partner service to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines with more than 1,000 daily departures to 110 cities in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, formerly known as the Department of Aviation Technology, has hosted much smaller alumni fly-in events in recent years. Leaders from the aviation-related student organizations wanted to create a larger event that would showcase the growth of the program to alumni and beyond.

The 1911 Purdue Aviation Day attracted nearly 17,000 spectators to watch two bi-planes in action on a grass landing strip, which is now the location of Elliott Hall of Music.

The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is one of seven academic schools, departments and divisions within the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University.

Keep up-to-date on the 2016 Purdue Aviation Day on its web page or on Facebook.

For more information, contact Casey Hendrickson, recruiting, placement and events coordinator.