December 23, 2009

January 2010 - Meeting Announcement

December 2009 - Meeting Summary

We didn't have a speaker.  We didn't have a business meeting.  We DID have a good time!  While Dave Graf entertained us at the piano we enjoyed each others company, shared holiday plans, and told stories about our loneliest Christmas - to honor those serving our country away from home this Holiday Season. 

Silver Certificates were handed out to 39 people/couples to commemorate and thank them for their loyal service to the Indianapolis Aero Club for the past 25 years (or more). 

Thank you to those who contributed to the Food Pantry once again.  This year there was a tremendous need and thanks to your generosity we were able to do our part. 


The Indianapolis AERO Club will be awarding one EAA aviation camp scholarship for the summer of 2010. The EAA Air Academy sponsored camp will be held in two sessions (July 20-28, 2010 and July 30-Aug10, 2010) at Oshkosh, WI., which overlap the world’s largest fly-in, the annual Oshkosh EAA “Airventure”. This scholarship includes all food and lodging costs of the aviation camp. Transportation to and from the camp is the responsibility of the winning candidate’s parents.
At camp the winning candidate can expect to learn:

  • Fundamentals of flight
  • Flight controls and systems
  • Navigation and weather
  • Flight training requirements
  • Aircraft construction basics
  • Hands-on techniques of builders
  • Flight history
  • Fly simulators
  • Visit the EAA museum
The candidate may possibly even fly with an instructor.
Candidates must be 16-18 years old during the 2010 summer. The candidate should not have attended the aviation camp in any prior year. He or she must be in good health. The winning candidate will be selected based on three selection criteria:
  1. Interest and existing experience in the field of aviation,
  2. Recommendations from teachers, clergy, EAA members, etc.,
  3. School course grades for the Aug-Dec 2009 semester and overall GPA.
Interested candidates should fill out the attached application form, be sure to include
  1. A 1-2 page letter describing your background and interest in aviation,
  2. At least two letters of recommendation (no family member references please),
  3. Scholastic grade information.

Mail the requested information to:
               James L. Bettner
5990 North County Road 550
Pittsboro, In 46167

If the candidate has any questions, please Email me at
The deadline for receiving applications is April 1, 2010. Good luck and happy flying.

Indianapolis AERO Club
2010 EAA Aviation Camp Application Form

Name_____________________________ Date of Birth______________________

Address__________________________________________ Sex__________

City__________________________ State__________ Zip____________________

School__________________________________________ Grade Level_______

Home Phone____________________ Email Address______________________

Please enclose the following:

  1. Completed application with applicant and parent signatures,

  2. Letter-stating aviation interest and experience and career goals,

  3. Letters of recommendation-at least two from teachers, clergy, flight instructors, EAA members, etc,

Please provide course and grade information for Aug-Dec 2009 school semester.

Course Grade
1.______________ ___________________
2. ______________ ___________________
3._______________ ___________________
4._______________ ___________________
5._______________ ___________________
6_______________ ___________________

Over all GPA ____________
Parent Information

“I understand and have completed all requirements to be considered for an aviation camp scholarship”.
Candidate__________________________________ Date_____________________

“We give our son/daughter permission to attend the EAA Aviation camp. Also, we understand the cost of the camp includes food and lodging, but not transportation to and from the camp, which we, as parents, will provide.”
Parent/guardian_______________________________ Date___________________
The deadline for receiving the applications is April 1, 2010.

December 19, 2009

Aviation "television" with ASB.TV

Aviation "television" with ASB.TV: "

Every once in a while something new comes along that makes you sit back and say 'wow!' This is one of those times. With ASB.TV, you get a wide variety of aviation content in a user interface that is like no other I have seen.

First, the content: ASB.TV has a collection of videos that are stunning. This is not low quality amateur stuff - these videos and animations are professional grade in both production quality and subject matter. You'll find airshow and air racing video, historic movies, animations, and more. Here's an example:

The videos are compelling and by themselves could be reason enough for an entire website. But, as they say, there's more. ASB.TV also has photographs, a forum, and a store where you can purchase merchandise. There's lots to see and do here.

Now for the user experience: This site lives within something they developed called Black Box, which is pretty unique. Think of a box or a cube with six sides. By navigating to the right or left, or up or down, you expose different sides of the box which then become your desktop. Within a side of the box, you can have a number panels that hold the content, be it a video player, the forum, or anything else, and these can be rearranged or resized to suit your need. I think of it as little worlds of content that you customize as you go along.

Black Box runs on top of Adobe Air, the same thing powering TweetDeck and other applications. If you don't have it yet, you will after the installation process. That process also involves installing the ASB application on your computer. Now, I know what you're thinking. I also resist installing 'stuff' that just clutters up my PC. Well, this is different. Just do it and you'll see why.

So just who is ASB? Well ASB is Air Show Buzz. They were founded in 2006 to 'deliver the exhilarating aviation lifestyle to millions of consumers worldwide by providing top flight content, thrilling live events, consumer products, social networking and a community that connects a worldwide shared passion for flight and a fearless approach towards life.' Talk about a high bar! Well, I'd say they're rockin' so far.

ASB's tag line is 'Escape Life's Gravity' and they offer a portfolio of branded businesses beyond ASB.TV: animated and live-action film and television entertainment, The Horsemen acrobatic fleet, and lifestyle branded merchandise. ASB also offers innovative branding and marketing for air shows and top-rated performers.

So go get set up with ASB's Black Box application and I guarantee you'll spend some quality aviation time with their content.


December 17, 2009

Metro Airport stays put

Updated: Dec 17, 2009 7:09 PM EST
Chris Proffitt/Eyewitness News
Hamilton County - After four years, the Indianapolis Airport Authority is pulling the plug on a plan for Fishers to relocate Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport. It's a major economic disappointment for the town that hoped Metro's prime acreage would attract a billion dollars in re-development.
Rejected by Noblesville and vigorously opposed by Madison County, Fishers spent four years and $150,000 on a feasibility study in an effort to relocate and expand Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport. But on Thursday, the town said that that effort is over.
"I think we looked at it as an opportunity that would have been great had it come to fruition. I think it's something you have to accept as the way things are given the current economic state of affairs," said Dan Henke, Fishers Town Council.
Built in 1967 and owned by the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Metro is considered a reliever airport for Indianapolis International, used mostly by pilots of small single engine planes. The airport authority agreed to move Metro if Fishers could find a suitable new site. The last best hope was 4,000 acres in southwest Madison County, a plan that ran afoul of property owners who formed a group called the No Fly Zone.
"What we need there is a good, economic, tax paying base for all of Madison county and this would not have been it," said Susan Campbell, a member of No Fly Zone.
While it's a victory for opponents, it's a disappointment for Fishers, which envisioned a billion dollars' worth of development on its last, prime piece of real estate.
Fishers says the 445-acre development would have generated millions of dollars in taxes. But with the airport authority now saying that the time has passed, Metro will stay where it is, as it is.
The airport authority meets Friday and will likely reverse a four-year-old agreement with Fishers to move Metro.

December 1, 2009

The Magazine, by

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The Magazine, by, is now available for downloading. The Magazine features articles and photos about air shows, pilots, military veterans and more. Your free downloadable copy is waiting for you in a .pdf format. Please use Acrobat 7 or later, which is required.

The Premier December issue features: The Best Air Show in 2009 award, from our staff of professionals who attended North American Air Shows in 2009, The Blue Angels, Viper North's Mig-17 UTI and lots of photos from air shows. Enjoy our first of many issues.