May 26, 2010

June 8, 2010 Meeting Speaker: LTC John Klatt

The Indianapolis Aero Club, in association with the Indianapolis Air Show, welcomes LTC John Klatt, Air National Guard and aerobatic performer as it's speaker for the June 8th meeting.

Location:  Marten House, 1801 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260
Date: June 8, 2010

Cocktails: 6:00 pm
- Dinner: 6:30 pm - Speaker:  7:00 pm
Advance or Reservations - $20.00  At Door - $22.00
1st time guest - $10.00
16 or under $10.00

Please RSVP to: John Brill
H: 317-877-7777  C: 317-501-8610

Mail to: 
107-A Knoll Ct,  Noblesville, IN 46062
Lieutenant Colonel John Klatt, Pilot

As a child growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, John Klatt dreamed of learning to fly. And thanks to the Air National Guard, he’s now living the dream as one of the top aerobatic pilots in the country, for the ANG’s “Guarding America, Defending Freedom” aerobatic team.

As the youngest of seven children, John did his early flying by chasing around the house trying to be a part of whatever his older brothers and sisters were up to. He quickly learned that; toy airplanes do not flush well, bee catching is risky business, and dogs pretty much eat anything. However, his favorite pastime was listening to his aircraft mechanic Father’s aviation stories and dreaming about the day when he would be able to fly.

John got his first “hands on” experience in aviation by washing airplanes to earn money for flying lessons. He spent his summers pumping gas to pay for flying lessons, earned his private pilot ratings and graduated from the University of Minnesota.

He has flown a wide variety of aircraft. His commission in the ANG gave him the opportunity to fly C-130 military transports delivering crucial supplies during Operation Desert Storm. John later transitioned from the C-130 into the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” and has completed three combat tours flying F-16’s in Iraq. John has logged more than 2,000 hours at the controls of the F-16, and is assigned to the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, MN.

Along with his military career, John began actively training for the long and difficult journey toward becoming a professional aerobatic performer. He was drawn to the world of aerobatics because of the high-degree of concentration and mental toughness it requires. He is a top performer in unlimited class aerobatics, and is recognized as one of the top ten unlimited class aerobatic pilots in the United States.

May 25, 2010

May 20, 2010

Reminder to RSVP Eagle Flyers Cirrus Open House 5-25-2010 3 to 8 PM

Eagle Flyers Inc




Cirrus Aircraft in conjunction with Eagle Flyers and Montgomery Aviation, invite you to join them at an Open House event.


Stop by, visit with your fellow aviation enthusiasts

while you take a look at the very latest in modern aviation! 



 Wine & hors d' oeuvres will be served



Sit in the pilot's seat and experience the luxury of a new SR22 equipped with the latest avionics technology,


Cirrus Perspective by GarminTM.  

The event will be held at:
Indianapolis Executive Airport [KTYQ]
Montgomery Aviation 
11329 East State Road 32

(6 1/2 miles West of 31 & 2 1/2 miles East of 421)
Zionsville, IN 46077
Tuesday, May 25 · 3 pm - 8 pm

For more Cirrus information, contact:


Tom Sullivan, Regional Sales Director

Tom Sullivan 

 Please RSVP



May 19, 2010

Save the Day: July 10 -- Anderson Indiana Airport's 50th Anniversary

Press release: Airport-adjacent camping, fuel discounts, free pilot breakfast – Anderson Indiana (KAID) wants to make pilots feel especially welcome as the airport celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, July 10.

All the details about this fun day – with events for the entire family – are found in the attached press release. Additional details, like pilot info about our ILS, tower hours, fuel prices (including no-ethanol premium mogas for our LSA friends) are available at

Don’t forget the specials for pilots traveling to Oshkosh later in July (and home in early August)! Stay tuned for details.

May 6, 2010

New Decatur Township charter school to focus on aviation

Today's paper has an article that is related to Tuesday's speaker. 

Have you heard that American kids are behind in science, math and technology? Good news. Curriculum at a new charter school proposed for the Southwestside will focus on just those subjects, believed to be so crucial to the country's future. ...

Here's the meeting information, if needed.

May 5, 2010

Eddie G. Marlen Services

A Celebration of Life for Eddie G. Marlen 88 will be held this Thursday evening,

May 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Post Air Military Heritage Museum (7L8) Hangar. 

Ed was a long time member of EAA and Chapter 900.  
Ed served our country in the U.S. Navy, and later earned his pilot's license.
He was an instrument rated SEL, SES pilot and a member of the Quiet Birdmen. 
His aviation passions included a Globe Swift 48 Temco Swift Airplane, PA-28. 

Ed is survived by his wife Rusty, daughter Cindy Easper, sons James and Roger and grandchildren.

Feb 8, 1922 - April 26, 2010

33 balloons set for Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T May 8 at IMS

Morning race, free Gin Blossoms concert, "glow," fireworks highlight busy day May 8

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - Paying honor to the traditional starting field of 33 cars for the annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, a field of 33 balloons and pilots is set for the Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T on Saturday, May 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hot air balloon pilots hailing from 12 states, stretching from California to New Jersey, will launch from the IMS infield in both corporate-sponsored and unsponsored "sport" balloons. Indiana is well-represented with 13 pilots vying for prize money and the prestige associated with winning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Several balloons have notable ties to the Speedway. The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, founded by Indianapolis 500 veteran and Firestone Indy Lights/Indianapolis 500 team owner Sam Schmidt, sponsors the balloon piloted by Al Hansen of Winamac, Ind. Hansen's balloon has a wheelchair-accessible balloon, and Hansen gives rides throughout the year to guests with disabilities. Schmidt and his two children will fly with Hansen Saturday.

Centennial Era Balloon Festival presenting sponsor AT&T is represented with two balloons for 2010, and popular Bloomington, Ind., wine destination Oliver Winery will have two balloons plus a wine tasting station near the Pagoda Plaza.

The pilots will compete in the Founders Race, scheduled for a 7:30 a.m. (ET) launch on May 8. Although the IMS infield will be closed at that time due to the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, fans can watch the balloons ascend from numerous points outside the IMS grounds.

IMS welcomes the public to walk among the balloons in the Speedway's infield at the Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T balloon "glow" Saturday night. With free admission and a concert by popular rock band the Gin Blossoms, followed by the "glow" at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m., the evening will be filled with entertainment for all ages.

Fans should enter IMS via Gate 9A, located on Georgetown Road just north of 25th Street. Gates open at 5 p.m., with wine tasting courtesy of Oliver Winery, balloons courtesy of "Matt the Balloon Guy" and other attractions opening at the same time. Live music begins at 5:15.

If the Founders Race is rained out on Saturday morning, the race will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 9 at 7:30 a.m. The IMS Grounds will be open via Gate 2 (the main gate/tunnel on 16th Street) and accessible as far as the Hall of Fame Museum parking lot.

May 4, 2010

2010 Midwest Taildraggers’ Rendezvous

EAA Chapter 900 – Post Air Airport 7L8
Central Indiana Sport Flyers Association
1215 S. Franklin Rd, Indy (Autos enter from Franklin Road North of Hwy 52)
·         Indianapolis IN
·         Saturday, June 26, 2010
·         General Aviation Invited
·         Post Air American Military Heritage Museum
·         Young Eagle Program and Flights
·         Door Prizes and Raffle Drawings
·         8:30 am – 2:00 pm
·         Luncheon Cookout
 (Central Indiana Sport Flyers Association, Inc.)

Reserve Your Seat Today for EAA's B-17 Salute to Veterans Tour

Fly the Fortress

Reserve your seat today!
Call 800-359-6217 or
visit our website at

EAA's "Salute to Veterans" B-17 Tour is coming to a town near you! This one-of-a-kind tour brings the beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast to local airports across the nation for flight experiences and walk-through tours. Out of more than 12,000 that were built, this aircraft is one of a handful of airworthy B-17s still flying.

EAA invites you to reserve a seat for a flight aboard this rare WWII bomber and experience "the ride of a lifetime." 

Tour Stops

June 25 - 27
Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Airport

June 29 - 30
Rockford, IL
Chicago/Rockford International Airport

July 2 - 4
Lafayette, IN
Purdue University

July 6 - 7
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo Municipal Airport

July 9 - 11
Champaign, IL
University of Illinois-Willard

September 17 - 19
Romeoville, IL
Lewis University

You can learn more about the flight experience, history, and operation of our B-17 at

Pre-booked flights cost $359 for EAA Members, and $399 for non-Members. Walk-up prices are $385 for EAA Members, and $425 for non-Members. Seats are filling up fast, so pre-book your flight today and save $26 off the walk-up price! It's a great experience you won't want to miss ... plus you'll be helping to support the preservation of aviation history and supporting aviation in your local community.

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