How to Contribute


7745 Ponderosa Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62707


THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017 at 6PM

Hilton Garden Inn * 1501 S. Neil Street * Champaign, IL 61820

2017 Inductees 2017 Spirit of Flight Awards
Marshall Knox
Cynthia Madsen
Challenger Learning Center of Normal
Thomas Milton
Lloyd Thomas
Steve & Tina Thomas

AeroStar Consulting Corporation

Challenger Learning Center of Normal


Reservations for the banquet and induction ceremonies: $60.00 (includes tax & gratuity)
Please forward your 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: 815-748-8102 (Office) or 815-895-2102 (Home) or email:

Tickets will be held at the registration desk to be picked up on the evening of the banquet.
Banquet tickets will not be mailed.

When you make your reservations, please tell Tom Cleveland if you are
coming in honor of a particular inductee or award recipient - it helps us plan the seating

Hotel arrangements for this event are arranged jointly with the Illinois Aviation Conference.
Please reference the Room Code shown for the Hilton Garden Inn and register by telephone directly,
or use this link: to obtain the conference hotel rate. Other nearby hotels are the Homewood Suites
next door and the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham just a few blocks south.

Hilton Garden Inn

Room Code: ILAVC

1501 S. Neil St

121.00 plus tax

Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 352-9970
Homewood Suites 1417 S. Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-9960
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham 101 Trade Center Dr. Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-3400


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.

October 1, 2017 is the deadline for candidate and Spirit of Flight applications for 2017

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.