President's Letter - May 2017

The next meeting of the Chicago Flight Instructors Association will be held MONDAY MAY 8, 2017 at the DuPage Flight Center starting at 7pm.

We are indeed fortunate to have as our speaker local historian Michael Haupt who has been associated with Chicago Executive Airport (much better known as "Pal-Waukee Airport") where he served as coordinator of PACE, the airport's community liaison group. In addition he is one of the leaders of Airport Explorer Post #9 which provides aviation career exposure for area high school and college students. Michael is also involved with the EAA Young Eagle Program.

The presentation this next Monday evening dates back to the early days of Chicago aviation when the airport was little more than an open field, and the airport's development was driven by the dreams of some five different owners, each with his own idea of the role of aviation in our lives.

During Mike's presentation he will show:
   l How Chicago was an early center of aviation activity.
   l How a pair of brothers were willing to bet the farm, or at least part of it, on a new unproven industry.
   l How a rich, roaring-twenties cosmopolitan gentleman turned a tiny airfield into one of the area's most prominent airports.
   l What role Pal-Waukee played in the 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair.
   l Where on State Street you could buy an airplane, thanks to a Pal-Waukee's owner.
   l How a railroad engineer brought Chicago business aviation into the Jet age.
   l How two small municipalities operate an international aviation center that is an economic powerhouse for the local region.

Mike Haupt's presentation will be a program that everyone will find exciting and filled with lots of Chicago knowledge whether one is a pilot or not . . . but pilots will learn the roots of their aviation heritage. Please bring your friends, neighbors, and aviation enthusiasts.

Please remember there is no charge to attend, just enjoy Mike's evening of Chicago aviation history.


Verne Jobst, President