Indy Airstrip Attack

This event starts on Saturday August 6th and continues onto the next day. They have multiple classes. There is a 6-speed Unlimited by Speed Society, Exotic Shootout, AWD Unlimited, 2WD Unlimited, Naturally Aspired, BMW/AMG Shootout, and Corvette Shootout. The length of the race is one half of a mile. The doors will be open at 7 o’clock in the morning at the Marion Municipal airport. To be a spectator it cost $20 for one day and $30 for both. There is a limited amount of tickets for each day. If one wants to buy tickets they are available on the SHIFT S3ECTOR website, the link is at the bottom for the article. Even if there is rain the event will still be held. If conditions are not conducive or dangerous the races will be made safer.

Participants in these events will be lined up by another car, but they are only racing themselves. They do have the choice of racing with only themselves on the track or to have another car on there with them. Either way will not affect their ability to earn spots in the finals. The finals will be comprised of the top four finishers in each category. Racers must pay extra to be able to compete for a trophy. Racers are advised to race Saturday as well as Sunday. This way they are not as rushed to get qualified if they just tried to qualify on Sunday. They have more breathing room, especially if there is rain on Sunday.

If a participant wants to race at speeds greater than 180 they have to be certified by SHIFT S3CTOR. If they had been previously certified they can be issued a certification without having to go through the process of getting certified again.  They have to make two passes, one in each lane, by SHIFT S3CTOR personnel. If the vehicle appears structurally stable, then it may receive its certification. A participant is not allowed to race at speeds exceeding 180 if they are not certified. They will be forced to leave without receiving their money back if they continue. The same requirements continue if one wants to go higher than 199, except the passes must be completed at 199+.

There are a few things that each and every racer must do make sure that it is safe to race. They must have a helmet. There are a few pages of paperwork they must fill out.  As stated before they must prove that the car is stable enough to exceed 180 and 199. If a racer is using a convertible there should be some form of roll-bar. Participants do not have to have fire suits, gloves, etc., but it is strongly recommended to have them.


Posted on July 21, 2016 .

Marion City Council Approves New Airport Building

On July 7, 2015, the Marion Common Council met with board members of the Marion Municipal Airport and approved the action of constructing a new hangar at the Marion airport. The building will be a multi-functional space that will first be used for snow removal equipment, and possibly used as an airplane hangar in the future. The hanger will measure 42 foot by 80 foot, be steel-framed, and constructed by Morton Buildings. President of the Aviation Board, Jim McKinney, spoke with the Marion Common Council regarding the need for the new storage building. McKinney says “We are hoping to have the building up and running by this winter. It will be a heated building, and a lot of the equipment we use for snow removal, or general maintenance, is diesel operated. In order to keep the equipment in good shape we need to get it inside.”

    Not only will the building be good for the upkeep of the airports equipment, but the financing of the building will be very taxpayer friendly. According to the Marion Aviation Board Attorney, Phil Stephenson, taxpayer money won’t be needed at all. “Five times so far in the past 22 years we have come before the council asking to borrow some additional funds,” says Stephenson, “those funds are never paid for through the budget, we have never involved tax dollars. The statute which we are guided by even prohibits the use of tax dollars.”

    McKinney also informed the council of their excellent track record with past loans they’ve been given, and that they have money on hand to build the equipment building. McKinney also stated that the loan will allow them to save the money and use it for future Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funded projects.

    “The Board of Aviation actually has the cash on hand right now to cover the costs of this building, but we have federal grants in the works at all times,” said McKinney. “We are anticipating the start of three different projects for next year, and we would like to keep this cash on hand to make sure we have enough seed money to cover our portion of any federal projects, and this loan will let us do that.”

    As previously stated, Air Marion is hoping to have the building up and running by this winter. This building will be a great addition to the Marion Municipal Airport as it continues to grow and expand.


Posted on July 10, 2015 .

A Continuing Fifty Year Legacy

     Here at the Marion Airport we shine a lot of light on demonstrating, practicing and teaching every aspect of aviation. These are vital aspects that must be carried forward to keep aviation as a whole safe, professional and fun. The Marion Airport flies these aspects forward by demonstrating and offering professional expertise in all subjects of flying. It takes true experts in aviation to legitimately preform these task as well as show demonstration to aviation enthusiast of all ages. There are many people who partake in aviation but few who can truly say they practice every one of these aspects. If there is one aviator at the Marion Airport that does this all, his name is Richard Darlington. 

    Mr. Darlington has been recently awarded the Masters Pilot Award that recognizes demonstration of professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 years or more. Mr. Darlington has been flying for over 50 years fused with a blend of general aviation flying and corporate flying. Dick Darlington spends a lot of his time flying with the clouds all across the country. He is a corporate pilot for Avis Industrial Corporation and has been safely flying the company in and out of Marion for the past thirty-four years. While he does spend a lot of time with Avis Industries, he spends any remaining time he has at the airport. Mr. Darlington’s passion for aviation goes in and outside of the cockpit. He flight instructs when he can and tends to airport so its stays in top condition. He is definitely an aviator of many virtues. 

    On behalf of the Marion Airport we would like to congratulate you Captain Darlington on all of the hard work and dedication you have put forth in aviation. Your expertise and passion for flying is unquestionably seen by everyone here and outside of the airport. A thousand thank you’s for everything you do and share with us. Like the Master Pilot Award, we hope you too accept our extended well wishes as you continue to fly the world forward. 

Posted on September 11, 2014 .

Two Decades and Counting

    The Marion Municipal Airport is not only a second home for aviation enthusiast but it is also a living, ongoing collector of history. The airport has seen many changes in aviation and in the local community. In addition to these changes, this aviation home has also created some of its own history and traditions to add to its collection. 

    Here at the Marion Municipal Airport there are several of these traditions. One of these traditions include gathering every morning to drink coffee rain or shine. Another includes gathering with old friends to share stories and laughter during some good ole weekend flying. However, there is one tradition that is well known by the local community and even by people from all corners of the country. This prominent tradition has been going down in the books for the past twenty-three years. 

    This Saturday, the airport and aviation admirers will celebrate the 24th annual Fly In Cruise In. If there is one person liable for all the success, dedication and passion for this event it is Ray Johnson. Ray Johnson is an avid flyer and shares a love for aviation much like others that come to the annual Fly In. Mr. Johnson has a particular interest in vintage aircraft and cars. He learned to fly in 1980 and has been doing it ever since then. 

    Ray’s story behind the Fly-In is quite interesting. It all happened many years ago in the Spring of 1991. Ray and his wife, Judy Johnson, were part of the of the Marion High School Band Boosters Program to support the band students including their daughter. After many discussions about fundraisers and different ideas on how to raise money, Mr. Johnson said it just hit him, “What about a Fly In Cruise In?” After Much collaboration, Ray Johnson and his friends Larry Wilson and Mike Vanlandingham turned the idea into a reality. 

    The first Fly In Cruise In that was held served 1,700 pancake breakfast. Weather permitting, Ray is expecting anywhere from five to six thousand people to attend this years Fly In. Having an event like this requires a massive crew. It simply cannot be done by one individual. For the past twenty-three years all of the hundreds of people who have worked are volunteers. This Fly In Cruise In is non-profit and all proceeds go to the Marion High School Band Program. It is a growing tradition that people from all over country come take a part of.

    This Fly In Cruise In is far more than a tradition. Come Saturday it will be twenty-four years of passion and love for general aviation. It’s a day that everyone looks forward to thanks to the help of people like Ray Johnson, Larry Wilson, old friend Mike Vanlandingham, Dr. Arndt Mueller and all of the Marion Airport Staff. 

    If you are reading this article then we hope to see you Saturday for a day of classic planes, cars and tractors. If you are seeking more information or interested in volunteering for the Fly In click on the link below and check us out! Hope to see you all there!

Posted on August 26, 2014 .

New Pilot Moves the World Forward

    While many people pursue aviation in some shape or form, several people get hooked on the excitement of general aviation. Something about hoping in the plane with your friends and just going somewhere appeals many people. Maybe there’s no particular place you want to go but maybe you can fly to a neighboring state to grab some of the best breakfast in town. Maybe you can take a night flight down through the city for some sight seeing. The possibilities are really endless. 

    Many people come here to Air Marion to dedicate and invest time to earn and achieve the goal of getting their pilots license. Out of this handful of people, only a select few continue to study aviation. However, a local high school graduate wants to move the world forward and achieve more than just a pilots license. This individual wants to make her study and practice of aviation more than just a hobby. She wants to make it a career. 

    Macy Cupp is a recent graduate of Mississinewa High School and a newly licensed private pilot. She graduated in the top ten of her class which had a 183 graduates. Not only was she in the top ten of her class, but she graduated with an Academic Honors Diploma and was a member of the National Honors Society. 

    This fall, Macy will be continuing her education at the University of Purdue. She was admitted to the Professional Flight Technology Program and will be on track to receive her commercial rating, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine Rating and much more. Macy will be starting school later this month and begin training to further her knowledge and abilities in aviation. “I chose Purdue because it has some of the best, if not the best aviation programs in the state. I was also leaning towards Purdue because a lot of my family has gone to Purdue. It runs in the Family” said Macy. 

    Macy’s goals following Purdue potentially include getting a job as a copilot but one of Macy’s biggest goals is to keep learning. “I think I’ll always want to learn how to fly something else that I haven’t flown before because there’s just so much one could do” said Macy. 

     Since a Young age, Macy has been captivated by the excitement of flying. Macy believes that aviation can be a challenging subject and wants to become one of the few women who participate and study it. It goes without saying that Macy is doing something outside of the box. 

    Macy we would like to congratulate you on all your hard work thus far and wish you the best of luck with all your future endeavors. We know that you will grasp onto all your goals and not only move the world forward but one day fly the world forward!


Posted on August 14, 2014 .

Unique Pilot Shares His Experiences In Aviation


    Here at the Marion Municipal Airport we have a great variety of aircraft and pilots. We have local pilots that play in the clouds for some good ole weekend flying all the way to corporate pilots that travel the globe to implement strategic business. In the midst of this huge window of aviation, we have pilots few and far between that routinely stop at Marion for business but still make it a point to catch up with their friends and share their stories. In this special crowd of aviators, there is a unique pilot that has seen much in the field of aviation. Needless to say, Kent Mesman was eager to share some of his personal experiences with the airport. 

    Kent Mesman started flying in 1979.  Soon after, he created an aviation career that would continue to grow for the following 26 years. Today, Kent is still flying for a career and is currently employed by POET Biorefining. This is Kent’s sixth year flying for POET. He is one of five pilots that man four different Jets. Based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kent and his fellow pilots fly to and from all corners of the United States, including Marion Indiana. 

    When asked about the importance of air travel, Kent stressed how vital their fleet of jets were to the company. He compared their ways of travel to commercial flying and explained how POET has the upper hand. “Airplanes are essential, but how do you do that with airlines? Airlines could end up being a two to four day trip”, says Mesman. With twenty-seven ethanol plants nationwide, the company can’t afford to waste any time in regards to traveling. Kent does his best to have the workers, managers and executives at two places at once. 

    In addition to his discussion about the company, Kent spoke of all the changes he’s witnessed in aviation. “In 2008, the economy took a dive again and I saw aviation take a big hit. But for POET, it didn’t really affect us” says Kent. While aviation dropped in unison with the economy, the Biorefining company seemed to stay fairly steady. “We were even able to upgrade our fleet. We did have King Airs, but then we transitioned to a fleet of Jets” said Kent. Kent also spoke of his flying experiences before all the technology pilots have available today. He compared it to all of Marion’s modern technology and spoke of how several other airports can’t compete with this kind of equipment. In his discussion, Mesman stated, "Marion offers competitive fuel prices, an ILS approach and better facilities. There’s a reason why we come here, it’s a better airport”. 

    Marion strives to accommodate the needs of pilots like Kent Mesman. We love to have pilots like Kent come in routinely. Because of people like Kent and companies like POET, the Marion Municipal Airport is able to connect with some very interesting people and hear stories and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. 

Posted on June 27, 2014 .

Marion Airport Says Goodbye to Their Newest Retiree

    For the past several years, the Marion Municipal airport has accomplished more than they ever thought possible. The airport has not only been an important part to the city, but it’s been a gateway for the local community. There is so much that visibly goes on here, but there is even more that takes place behind the scenes. Thanks to the help of several employees, this facility is able to keep running day in and day out. However, out of these several workers, there is one person that stands above all. Her name is Cindy Miller. 

    After thirty-three years of exceptional and much appreciated work, Cindy Miller is retiring from the Marion Municipal Airport. Cindy did so much for the airport. She was the airport's “go to” person. If somebody had a question that couldn’t be answered, they must not have asked Cindy because she knew it all. She kept track of all the numbers and finance, and always kept the airport three steps ahead of the game. She was most known at the airport for her sense of humor and for her talented gift of interior designing. Not only did she have a knack for exceptional designing, but she somehow managed to keep everyone in line and on good behavior.

    Cindy was truly someone that everyone at the airport enjoyed to be around. The Marion Municipal Airport would like thank you Cindy for your thirty-three years of hard work. The airport would not be where it is today without your help.

Posted on June 12, 2014 .

World Traveler Expresses Her Love for Aviation

Claire Hadley

      The Marion Municipal Airport has a large array of services to offer the local community and frequent travelers. Though out of all the services and amenities the airport has to offer, the most popular is their flight school. Anyone can come in and if ready, hop in the plane and start training with a flight instructor to get their pilots license.  Having the freedom to travel wherever and whenever you want has captured the attention of many people over the course of several years, but over this course of time, never has the airport captured the attention of such a unique and special individual. 

    Claire Hadley from Midland , Michigan is definitely someone who can say they're never in the same place twice. As a young, intelligent, women with an entire life ahead of her, I sat down with her to hear her story. I wanted to know why she chose to branch out into aviation rather than one of the other countless activities or hobbies she has an interest in. 

    This Fall, Claire will be a Senior at Taylor University earning her degree in Theatre Arts. Claire has a very unique background having spent most of her life on the move. She has been traveling with her parents since she was two years old and has lived in places such as Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, the United States, Kuwait, the Netherlands and even the Philippines. In addition to her love for traveling, Claire has a great love for the linguistics that came along with her travels. She is fluent in Spanish, German, Dutch, Arabic, and Greek. “If I could just go to school the rest of my life I would just love that. I love learning.” says Claire.  

    When asked what started her interest and motivation for aviation I was immersed with a sea of criteria branching out farther than anyones’ I've received before.  The spark that ignited her love for aviation took place years ago. “When I was four or five years old my mom use to read me a book on Nate Saint, who was a famous missionary pilot, and in 2003 my parents took me to Kitty Hawk. I feel like this a calling from God” says Claire. This was another large spike in interest for her. “God has opened all these doors for me. If I get a calling from him, I wanna jump up and go.  Now, I can do this with a Pilots License”. 

    At the moment, Claire doesn’t have any grand plans with regards to a career in aviation. She says it’ll be a great conversation starter and plans on it being a tremendous help for her applications in the job market. Claire stated that the Air Force might be an option for her one day, especially, if they need pilots. After all, her favorite plane is the B-2 Spirit.

    Ms. Hadley has quite a journey in front of her. She sees the opportunities and doors God has opened up for her and plans on keeping an open mind during her journey and travels. Claire shows the attributes of a strong independent woman, and will practice every skill she has on the road to success . It goes without saying that she has leadership skills and will remain humble during her life long excursion.

Posted on June 4, 2014 .