DIFCO, Inc.® Commences Construction on America’s first Aero-Medical VTOL and eVTOL Vertiport Facility

DIFCO, Inc.® of Davenport, IA, initiated construction on America’s first electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) vertiport facility in Rock Island, Illinois. Officially named; The Corporal Jason G. Pautsch Vertiport, the site is located centrally within the four Quad Cities metropolitan area and will include corporate hangar facilities for lease, refueling services, an executive […]

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New IDOT Study Highlights Importance of Illinois Airports

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the results of a new study showing that Illinois airports contribute $95.5 billion and more than 490,000 jobs to the state’s economy, reinforcing the importance of aviation on the state’s multimodal transportation system to promote mobility, supply chain movement, job creation and local quality of life. Designed to better […]

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Illinois Airport of the Year Awards Announced

Reflecting the importance and vitality of the state’s aviation system, 12 airports have received Airport of the Year awards from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The awards were presented last week during the Illinois Public Airports Association Fall Conference in Galena. “Aviation is one of the key components that goes into making Illinois the transportation […]

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$94 Million Announced to Revitalize Illinois Airports

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced recently that $94 million will be made available to improve public airports throughout the state through the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. As part of a competitive grant process, IDOT will be seeking proposals for the planning, construction, reconstruction, extension, development and improvement of public airports. The investment […]

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Springfield Airport Authority Welcomes the Return of American Airlines to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI)

American Airlines has resumed its scheduled daily flights at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI). The return follows a pandemic related hiatus, which impacted the SPI to Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) route between October and early January. American Airlines resumed regular service between SPI and Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) on Jan. 5, 2021, marking a highpoint in […]

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SIU Aviation Celebrates Six Decades While Flying to New Heights

Photo above – Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s nationally recognized and comprehensive aviation program is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Since the university purchased a fixed-based operator at Southern Illinois Airport in December 1960, the program’s growth includes multiple degree programs, a state-of-the-industry facility and more than 600 students. By Pete Rosenbery As Southern Illinois University Carbondale […]

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