How to Contribute




Thursday June 16, 2022, at 6PM

Registration and social hour begins at 5PM

Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, Champaign, Illinois

101 Trade Centre Drive * Champaign, IL 61820 * (217) 398-3400

2022 Inductees
Doug Kimmel * Donald Kirlin * John Charles Robinson * Lt. Col. Stephen Willis USAF Ret.


2022 Spirit of Flight Award
EAA Chapter 1155 at Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Reservations for the banquet and induction ceremonies: $60.00 (includes tax & gratuity)
Meal choices are BBQ Chicken w/cornbread stuffing, Bone-in Pork Chop or
Grilled Vegetable Skewers on Saffron Rice (Vegan/Gluten free).
Please indicate the meal choice on the registration form

Banquet Registration Form

Please make sure that we have your email address and/or phone number in case we need to reach you regarding any hotel changes. Please forward your registration form and check made out to the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame to:

Mr. Tom Cleveland
Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame
1117 Foxpointe Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178

Questions: contact Tom at 815-895-2102 (Home) or email:
For credit card purchases please contact Tom Cleveland by telephone.
Tickets will be held at the registration desk to be picked up on the evening of the banquet.
Banquet tickets will not be mailed.


Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Hotel at the banquet rate of
$92 per night plus taxes.
Booking through our room block helps us to keep our banquet costs lower.
The reservation link has issues.
Please contact the Holiday Inn Hotel by telephone at (217) 398-3400 and
give them our group code of IL Aviation Hall of Fame to get the banquet room rate

For a printed version of this information click here

Banquet Flyer


Mission Statement 

To preserve the heritage of the founding of aviation and memorialize the efforts of the men and women that  gave their time, experience and expertise to shepherd Illinois aviation from its earliest beginnings to a level where recreational, corporate and airline service  is at the pinnacle of air transportation in the world.  Since 1970 over one hundred Illinois men and women have been inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame.

Do you know a possible candidate who may be nominated and inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame? Candidates for induction into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame should meet the following criteria:

  • The individual must have been involved in some aspect of aviation, principally in Illinois over an extended period of time (15 years or more) rather than consideration for a single event.
  • The individual must have made substantial contribution to the development of Illinois aviation with a high degree of excellence in his/her activities.
  • The individual's involvement should include activity beyond just paid employment.
  • Aviation and community volunteer efforts are essential.
  • The individual should be beyond 'mid-career' point - 50 years of age is a general guideline
  • The individual must be of good character.

The Spirit of Flight Award is presented annually to one or more organizations that have made substantial contributions to aviation in Illinois. Other criteria for this award include:

  • The organization's activities must be Illinois based and continuous over a long period of time
  • The organization's member activities must be above and beyond that of normal paid employment and exhibit a high degree of excellence in their accomplishment.

Click Here for a pdf version of the nomination form. The nomination package may be submitted by email to or by regular mail to:

Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame
C/O Carol Para, Vice President
7745 Ponderosa Drive
Springfield, IL 62707

Illinois Aviation thanks you for your efforts.

January 31, 2023 is the deadline for candidate and Spirit of Flight applications for 2022

The Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) Not for Profit Illinois corporation and is completely self supported by aviation organizations and by those contributing funds to our cause. Your contributions to help the IAHOF continue its efforts to nominate and induct those Illinois individuals who have contributed to Illinois aviation is greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a contribution please visit our CONTRIBUTE SITE on this web site.