Jasper County Airport hosted the 2nd ever Aviation Career Day on May 11th, 2018. 1,000+ area students, teachers, administrators, parents and locals toured the airport, looked at various aviation static displays and STEM demonstrations, and were rotated through 6 different stations where they learned about various aviation careers. This free, open to the public aims to showcase various careers within government, military, private and commercial aviation.


A special thanks goes out to these aviation professionals that volunteered their services to make this amazing event happen:

Station A: Technical

Marlo Smith -TSA
Mike Buening -INDot
Martin Blake -INDot
Christina Sullivan -FAA
Rob Esquivel -FAA
Brad Cozza -Indy Exec (Airport Mgr)
Steve Sandefur -NGC (Airport Engineering)
Ken Ross -NGC (Airport Engineering)

Station B: Maintenance/Manufacturing               

John Sjaardema -Excel Air Svc (MX)
Mike Gehrich -Vincennes
Roy Fulayter -Zunum Aero

Station C: Aviation Safety

Ed Malinowski -NTSB
Brad Anderson, AC -Purdue University FD

Station D: Aviation Science/STEM/Flight Training

Andy Miller -AOPA
Micah Kirk Ito -Purdue
Mike Gehrich -Vincennes
Ryan Lynch -Indy Ace Academy
Station E: Military

Maj. Robert Jendzio -Guard (Black Hawk)
Dan Beauchamp -Lockheed Martin (UH-60 Systems)
Tom Westbrook -Lockheed Martin (UH-60 Systems)

Station F: General/Commercial Aviation/UAS (Drones)

Greg Ingle -Lutheran Air (Air Ambulance)
John Lemmon -Mission Aviation Fellowship
Brian Kunze -Michiana Balloon Rides
Russell Finnegan -Aerial Application
Eric Roosma -JC Sheriff’s Department
Durral Hale -JC Sheriff’s Department