Bureau of Aviation Safety and Education

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The Bureau of Aviation Safety’s focus is to encourage, foster, and assist the development of aviation in Illinois. We provide technical assistance to municipalities, groups, and individuals towards the safe use and operation of aviation facilities around the state. We work closely with FAA, state, and federal government, aviation industry representatives, volunteer groups, and other organizations to promote Safety and Education within Illinois, and complete over 100 aviation landing facility safety inspections every year.

Illinois Aviation at a glance 

  • Over 800 aviation landing facilities
  • 110 public use aviation landing facilities
  • 12 airports with regular scheduled commercial service
  • Over 6,000 registered aircraft
  • Over 15,000 licensed pilots

 

Latest News

NEW!! ILLINOIS AVIATION HALL OF FAME - 2020/2021 BANQUET & INDUCTION CEREMONIES

Thursday October 7, 2021 at 6PM
Hilton Garden Inn St. Charles, Illinois (Near DuPage Airport)
4070 East Main Street,St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-0700

2020 Inductees
Giles Henderson • Jim Klick • Ken Rapier • Wilbur Smith • Lt. Col William Thompson

2021 Inductees
Rob Mark • John Richard “Rick” Reed

2020 Spirit of Flight Awards
Aviation Explorer Post #9 • Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter, Women in Aviation • Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC)

For reservations contact:
Mr. Tom Cleveland
Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame
1117 Foxpointe Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178
Email: tcleveland@dupageairport.com

 

FAA implemented The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) for all recreational drone flyers. Passing this test is required, and you must be able to show proof of completion to authorities when asked. To learn more about the TRUST, visit bit.ly/3gTwrxy#Drones#TRUST

 

NEW!!  ILLINOIS FIRC CLASS

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Aviation Seminars is offering Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) dates for Springfield, IL. If you would like to register, click the link below. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (800) 257-9444.  Find details here.

Nov 5-6, 2021
Price: $65

 

 

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 has forced many annual aviation events to cancel or postpone. Please check back often for updates.

10th Annual Brookeridge (LL22) Fly/Drive-In: September 11

Brookeridge (LL22) Fly/Drive-in

10 am - 3 pm Free admission, large display of airplanes, food, music and open houses.  Fly-in’s receive two free lunches. GPS Address: 760 86th Street, Downers Grove, IL. More information at www.LL22.org

 

DECATUR AIRPORT'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY AIR SHOW: August 14-15, 2021

Decatur Airport's 75th Anniversary Air Show
The airshow is free and open to the public and will have family fun for all ages! Food trucks, displays, interactive activities and a mobile zoo.

“The Decatur Air Show only happens once every twenty-five years,” stated Tim Wright, Director of the Decatur Airport. “We are thrilled to bring an impressive lineup of air show performers to Decatur as a free event for the community and aeronautics enthusiasts to enjoy.”

The event is free and open to the public and will be located on the grounds of the Decatur Airport. Gates open at 10:00 a.m., show is from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and gates close at 5:00 p.m. each day. Paid parking will be available onsite.

The show will consist of civilian and military performers including:

USAF A-10 Demonstration Team
US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
Skip Stewart – Prometheus
Susan Dacy – 450 h.p. Super Stearman – ‘Big Red’
Michael Vaknin – Extra 300
Rob Holland
Jeff Shetterly – Warbird T-6
Phillips 66 Team – Three Ship Formation Aerobatics
Erik Edgren – T-Clips Comedy & Aerobatics

 

DOWNERS GROVE LL22 FLY-IN: September 11, 2021

Downers Gove LL22 Fly-In

10th Annual LL22 Brookeridge Fly/Drive-In, Saturday, September 11, 2021 ~ 10 am - 3 pm Free admission, large display of airplanes, food, music and open houses.  Fly-in’s receive two free lunches. GPS Address: 760 86th Street, Downers Grove, IL. More information at www.LL22.org

We will have hotdogs and hamburgers for sale and feature the musical selections of the famous "DJ Dave". Enjoy a neighborhood tour or just stop by to see what Brookeridge looks like from the ground and meet some of us. Pilots who fly-in receive two free lunches.

If you are driving in, please try to park on only one side of the street to help keep access to neighborhood homes and emergency vehicles.

Flying in to Brookeridge landing on 09.

 

BIENNIAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR REFRESHER COURSE

A Biennial Flight Instructor Refresher Course has been provisionally scheduled for November 5-6 at the Northfield Inn, Suites and Conference Center in Springfield pending guidance from the Governor’s Office. Registration is available at https://www.aviationseminars.com/firc-locations/?loc=Springfield,%20IL

 

IDA Summer Seminars

Due to the pandemic, the IA Renewal Seminars that are normally held in Springfield and St. Louis have been canceled or rescheduled for much later in the year. IAs who need to utilize a “refresher course” acceptable to the FAA for this year’s current cycle can locate free online refresher courses and webinars at www.faasafety.gov under the Maintenance Hanger tab and the Seminars and Webinars tab at the bottom of the home page.

The Chicago Aviation EXPO IFR/VFR Seminar normally held in Itasca at the end of January is in the process of being rescheduled for late spring or early summer.

Safety & Education Resources

Education

FAA Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) Schools

The FAA has created a network of partnerships with educational institutions to prepare students to pursue their goal of a career in aviation with the FAA. This effort is known as the Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI). Successful completion of the degree program(s) mentioned below does not guarantee employment with the FAA, however interested graduates should apply for FAA positions through USAJOBS.

 

Redbird Connect is a New Virtual Training Platform
Redbird Flight Simulations is providing free access to a new product that enables flight instructors to conduct remote flight simulator sessions with students. Redbird is offering the new product for free as flight schools and instructors adjust their operations during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Redbird Connect provides a platform for flight instructors and their students from all over the world to safely resume flight lessons through flight simulation and video conferencing technology. This platform enables remote access to a web-based version of Redbird’s flight simulator operating system, Redbird Navigator, which gives flight instructors full functionality of the system’s instructor tools.

To use Redbird Connect in their flight training, students will be able to download and install the product on any Redbird flight simulator that has the Navigator operating system installed. For more information visit RedBird Flight Simulations.

AeroStar Avion Institute
This is a GREAT Illinois success story.  All of AeroStar’s programs exist with the vision to enhance, promote, and support the academic awareness of aviation and aeronautical career path opportunities for students, particularly female, minority, underprivileged, and at-risk youth. By providing aviation academic curriculum development, programs, activities, and support services for youth Grades K-12, interested in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, AeroStar has paved the way for the future of our industry.

AOPA High School Initiative 
AOPA’s High School Initiative is helping to build and sustain high school aviation programs and to provide flight training opportunities to students. AOPA is developing a 4-year aviation curriculum for 3 career pathways (pilot, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drone), and aeronautical engineering) that will be available for free to high schools. Educators are invited to participate in the development/field testing of the new curriculum.

FAA Educational Resources
The FAA’s Education page provides teachers with a list of aviation-focused activities and experiments for the classroom. Most of the activities and downloadable curriculum ideas can be found under the Activities and Classroom Curriculum links. The page also lists aviation programs and grant and scholarship opportunities.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s educator web page contains activities and resources for lesson planning, including full lesson plans on various topics in aviation and astronautics. It also offers electronic field trips for classes and hosts videoconferencing events. The site includes information about a variety of workshops offering teachers professional development opportunities.

Safety

FAA Novel Coronavirus Updates
Get the latest (and archived) news stories from the FAA.

AOPA Safety and Training
Always a great resource for up-to-date, best-practice training and safety information.

AOPA Rusty Pilots Online
AOPA has put together a fun, interactive online course, modeled after our tremendously popular Rusty Pilots seminar that gives you all the information you need to get current again. 

Sporty’s Free online Flight Instructor Refresher Course
Many lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic and the aviation community has been hit particularly hard. Flight and ground instructors are without students and maybe facing additional hardship when it comes to renewing their flight instructor certificates. That’s why Sporty’s is pleased to offer its online eFIRC FREE as a convenient, effective, online renewal option.

FAA Safety Briefing Archives
The FAA Safety Policy Voice of Non-commercial General Aviation

Pilot Registration

Pilots who reside in Illinois are required to register their federal certificate with the state for a minimal fee. According to Section 14.300 of the Aviation Safety Administrative Rule, 92 Illinois Administrative Code 14, no person shall engage in the operation of aircraft in Illinois unless current and qualified under 14 CFR 61, effective October 1, 2002. (See also, Illinois Aeronautics Act, Section 43) Notable exemptions to pilot registration include military pilots (who only fly government aircraft), non-solo student pilots, pilots flying aircraft exclusively engaged in interstate or foreign commerce, and non-Illinois residents lawfully registered in their home state. For additional information please contact the IDOT Division of Aeronautics or access the Illinois Aeronautics Act, Section 44.

Registration and Fees

All holders of Federal Airman Certificates engaged in the operation of aircraft in Illinois shall complete an Application for Registration of Federal Airman Certificate: AER 1967 form within 30 days after establishing residency in Illinois. Each completed application shall contain at least the same information that is shown on the Federal Airman Certificate, including all ratings attached to the certificate.

Fees

The one-time fee for the registration of each Federal Airman Certificate is $20.00. Remittance shall be payable to the State Treasurer of Illinois and shall be included at the time the application for registration is submitted. (See Illinois Aeronautics Act, Section 42.)

Certificate Issuance

A Certificate of Registration, with no expiration date, will be mailed to the registrant as soon as possible.

Renewal

Pilot Registration Renewals can be completed by mail or by accessing the Illinois Pilot & Plane Registration system.

Compliance

The Federal Airman Certificate and the division’s Certificate of Registration shall be kept in the personal possession of the pilot when he/she is operating an aircraft in Illinois. Both certificates must be presented for inspection upon demand by any passenger, any peace officer of this state, any officer or authorized employee or designee of the division, or any official, manager or person in charge of any airport or restricted landing area in Illinois upon which the airman lands. (See Illinois Aeronautics Act, Section 45.)

In the event of loss, mutilation, correction (e.g., name change) or destruction of a Certificate of Registration, an airman may obtain a duplicate from the division upon notifying the division in writing and submitting a payment of $3.00 to the State Treasurer of Illinois.

For online Pilot Registration click here.

Aircraft Registration

State law requires aircraft owners who reside in Illinois and fly their aircraft in the state to register their aircraft with IDOT. According to Section 14.200 of the Aviation Safety Administrative Rule, 92 Illinois Adm. Code 14, no person shall operate, or authorize to be operated, any civil aircraft in Illinois unless that aircraft has an appropriate effective license, airworthiness certificate or permit issued by the FAA for which a certificate of registration has been issued by the department that is in full force and effect. (See also, Illinois Aeronautics Act, Section 43.) Notable exemptions to the aircraft registration process, including non-airworthy, out-of-state ownership, and aircraft operated solely for interstate commerce. For additional information regarding exemptions, please contact the IDOT Division of Aeronautics or access the Illinois Aeronautics Act, Section 44.

Registration and Fees

According to Section 14.210 of the Aviation Safety Administrative Rule, 92 Illinois Adm. Code 14, all holders of Federal Aircraft Certificates for aircraft engaged in air navigation in Illinois shall complete an Application for Registration of Federal Aircraft Certificate: AER 2048 form within 30 days after establishing residency in Illinois or within 30 days after purchasing an aircraft.  Each completed application shall contain at least the same information that is shown on the Federal Aircraft Certificate.

Fees

The fee for the registration or transfer of registration of each Federal Aircraft Certificate is $20.00 when paid within the first year of the current biennial registration cycle. Persons who register within the second year of the current biennial cycle must pay $10. Remittance shall be payable to the State Treasurer of Illinois and shall be included at the time of the application for registration is submitted. (See Illinois Aeronautics Act, Section 42.)

Certificate Issuance

The division will issue a biennial Certificate of Registration that is required to be carried at all times in or on an aircraft engaged in air navigation in Illinois and that will automatically expire upon transfer of ownership of the aircraft or on the date indicated on the Certificate of Registration. The Certificate of Registration will be mailed to the registrant as soon as possible. Each biennial registration cycle begins January 1 of all even years and expires December 31 of following odd year. Renewal notices are mailed at the beginning of each cycle.

Renewal

Aircraft Registration Renewals can be completed by mail, or by accessing the Illinois Pilot & Plane Registration system.

Compliance

Each Federal Aircraft Certificate and the Certificate of Registration issued by the division shall be carried at all times in or on the aircraft engaged in air navigation in Illinois. Each certificate must be posted where it may be readily seen by passengers or inspectors (i.e., on the pocket of the kick panel) and must be presented for inspection upon demand by any passenger, any peace officer of this state, any officer or authorized employee or designee of the department, or any official, manager or person in charge of any airport or any restricted landing area in Illinois upon which the aircraft lands. (See Illinois Aeronautics Act, Section 45)

In the event of loss, mutilation, correction (i.e., name change) or destruction of a Certificate of Registration, the owner of a registered aircraft may obtain a duplicate from the division upon notifying the division in writing and submitting a payment of $5.00 made payable to the State Treasurer of Illinois.

For online Aircraft Registration click here.