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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 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

 

NEW!! FREE FAA APPROVED AVIATION TRAINING DAY / VIRTUAL IA RENEWAL SERIES ON MARCH 19, 20 & 27, 2021 (Jan 29, 2021)

Presented by Concorde Battery Corporation, FAASTeam, & Westchester Aircraft Maintenance Association
 
WEST COVINA, CA – Concorde® Battery Corporation proudly presents the second event in the 2021 IA Renewal Series with support of the FAASTeam and Westchester Aviation Maintenance Association (WAMA).  
The Northeast Virtual Aviation Training Day / IA Renewal is an opportunity for Mechanics & Technicians to earn 8 hours of recurrent IA training credit and 8 hours of AMT credit.
 
This free event will be held online due to the impact of the pandemic through GoToWebinar. The online training will be completed in 4 hours sessions over two days.  A makeup session will be offered March 27 for anyone who was unable to attend March 19 or March 20. 50 minute training sessions will be presented by experts in aviation including airframe manufacturers, OE parts manufacturers, maintenance professionals and FAA officials.
 

NEW!! FAA Aviation Workforce Development 2021!

The FAA is accepting applications for these grants through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 22, 2021. Consult the Notices of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov for more information:

 

NEW!! AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE WILL NOT OFFER IN-PERSON FIRCS IN 2021 - INSTRUCTORS ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE EFIRC
Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the AOPA Air Safety Institute will not offer in-person flight instructor refresher courses in 2021. Instructors are encouraged to complete the tablet-friendly eFIRC instead.

FAA EXTENDS ADDITIONAL RELIEF TO AVIATION STAKEHOLDERS DURING COVID-19
Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the Federal Aviation Administration is amending the previous Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) issued on April 30, 2020.

The amendment recognizes that even as stay-at-home advisories are lifted, airmen continue to experience difficulty complying with certain training, recency, checking, testing, and duration requirements. The amendment extends some medical certificate relief that the original SFAR provided and expands medical relief to people whose certificates will expire in the coming months. It also expands relief to a new population of airmen who may be unable to satisfy training and qualification requirements due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Those who may be affected by this amendment should carefully review the eligibility, conditions, and duration of each section of relief to ensure compliance.

Upcoming Events

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

2021 Young Eagles Rally and Pancake Breakfast - EAA1414 Poplar Grove Airport (see provisional dates below)

The following lists the tentative dates for 2021 Young Eagles Rally and Pancake Breakfast at EAA 1414 Poplar Grove Airport.  The schedule is predicated upon current Illinois statutes regarding COVID-19 and may be subject to modification or cancellation at any time.

May 9                                                 Aug 8
June 13                                              Sept 12
July 11                                                Oct 10

Come join us for all-you-can-eat pancakes, waffles, eggs, sausage, coffee, milk, juice and good company at beautiful Poplar Grove Airport (C77).
Enjoy the view of our airport and the watch the planes fly in.
Bad weather got you grounded?  Drive on down; breakfast will be here waiting rain or shine.
Free airplane rides for ages 8-17 (with parental consent) offered by the volunteers of the Young Eagles program.
While you are here, visit the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum right next door (separate admission fee applies).
Flying In?  Park on the grass or the ramp at the Museum on the north side of the airport.
Driving In?  Turn into the Museum driveway at 5151 Orth Road, Poplar Grove, IL and follow the signs.

Breakfast served from 7am till 11:30am
Airplane Rides from 8am till noon (weather permitting)
Breakfast:  $7 adults, $4 kids

Proceeds from the breakfast help fund our educational, youth and community-building activities.

Please see our website:  eaa1414.org for updated information.

 

IDA Winter 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

FREE FAA APPROVED AVIATION TRAINING DAY / VIRTUAL IA RENEWAL SERIES ON MARCH 19, 20 & 27, 2021 (Jan 29, 2021)

Presented by Concorde Battery Corporation, FAASTeam, & Westchester Aircraft Maintenance Association
 
WEST COVINA, CA – Concorde® Battery Corporation proudly presents the second event in the 2021 IA Renewal Series with support of the FAASTeam and Westchester Aviation Maintenance Association (WAMA).  
The Northeast Virtual Aviation Training Day / IA Renewal is an opportunity for Mechanics & Technicians to earn 8 hours of recurrent IA training credit and 8 hours of AMT credit. 
 
This free event will be held online due to the impact of the pandemic through GoToWebinar. The online training will be completed in 4 hours sessions over two days.  A makeup session will be offered March 27 for anyone who was unable to attend March 19 or March 20. 50 minute training sessions will be presented by experts in aviation including airframe manufacturers, OE parts manufacturers, maintenance professionals and FAA officials.
Speakers include Dassault® Falcon Jet, Bombardier, CAMP, Champion Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace, JSSI, Michelin Aircraft Tires, Concorde Battery Corporation, FAA Safety Team, WAMA Members and more.
 
Registration is open through March 5, 2021! Online registration is required at www.aircraft-battery.com.
 
Following completion of sessions and confirmation of participation, AMT credit will be applied for each 4 hour session participants complete. A certificate of completion will also be emailed to attendees reflecting the completion of the 8 hour IA Renewal course.
 
Committed to continuing education in aviation, Concorde proudly supports Aviation Maintenance Technicians. Concorde Battery Corporation has been manufacturing lead acid batteries for over 40 years at the corporate headquarters in West Covina, CA and now also in Austell, GA. Concorde Batteries are preferred by global airframe manufacturers as original equipment. Concorde also supplies certified batteries to civilian, business & military markets. www.concordebattery.com .

 

 

FAA Announces Grants for Aviation Careers (Jan 22, 2021)

The FAA is accepting applications for these grants through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 22, 2021. Consult the Notices of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov for more information:

Although not mandatory, we strongly recommend prospective applicants submit a non-binding Notice of Intent to Apply by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 29, 2021, to aid the FAA in conducting a fair and efficient evaluation.

Please declare your intention to apply via e-mail to: Patricia.Watts@faa.gov. We recommend you include the following information, preferably in a separate attachment created using word processing software like Microsoft Word, limited to 2 pages:

  • Grant program(s) of interest (Pilots or Aviation Maintenance)
  • Primary applicant entity’s name and mailing address
  • How this organization satisfies eligibility requirements (for example, type of school, public/private organization, urban/suburban/rural location, state/local government, etc.)
  • Point of contact for primary applicant (name, title, e-mail address, and telephone number)
  • If proposing as a team, list the entities anticipated to be sub-recipients along with how they satisfy eligibility requirements
  • Project overview synopsis (goals, number of students/participants to be served, target audience and activities)
  • Anticipated cost of project/amount proposed

Applications will not be accepted or considered with the Notice of Intent submission.

The FAA is only accepting feedback at AWD-Grants@faa.gov. To ensure a fair and open competition for the grant programs, we may post the answer to your question on program webpages. Please visit www.faa.gov/go/awd often for updates.

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.