The Terre Haute International Airport is leasing property to Indiana State University’s new Flight Academy as a way to boost revenue and increase the number of flights while bringing attention to the importance of air traffic control.
The Terre Haute International Airport sees 55,000 to 60,000 take offs and landings a year, but officials say that number will increase by 30,000 once the Indiana State University Flight Academy moves in.
Airport Executive Director Bill McKown says the relationship with ISU fits into their equation for keeping flight counts up, which is essential to keeping their air traffic control tower.
“They’re all about the counts,” he says. “If the counts are down, the traffic is down, the tower is at risk.”
The towers are in place for security and safety and important when student pilots are in flight. Indiana State University’s new flight academy is scheduled to open in time for the fall semester.
Aviation Technology Department Chairperson Harry Minniear considers the university’s flight academy a “win win” for everybody.
“To be able to have an asset like the control tower and the departure and arrival control is a real benefit again for future growth at the airport and for our students at the university,” he says.
Ivy Tech is in talk with officials at the Columbus Regional Airport about a similar plan.