Join us for the 9th Annual
Republic Airways Plane Pull
at 9 a.m. April 13, 2019!
Showing trust, respect and care for one another is one of our Guiding Principles at Republic Airways. We’re driven to use our time, talent and treasure to help others – children, in particular – as a strong supporter of nonprofit and charitable organizations that benefit the health and well-being of today’s youth. Our biggest fundraiser is our annual Plane Pull, an epic tug-of-war with a 24-ton aircraft that has raised more than $2.4 million for children's charities since 2011.
Our key partners for this event include Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, Riley Children’s Foundation and A Kid Again. Each year, our event gets bigger and better, and that’s due largely to our army of selfless Associates, volunteers and generous sponsors. Join us!
Top Prize: 10 Roundtrip Airfare Tickets For Fastest Team Pull, Most Spirited Team!
Top Individual Fundraiser: A Discovery Flight Experience!
Team Captains: Register here to create your team. Minimum donation of $2,000 per team is due no later than April 8, 2019, to participate in the Plane Pull. You do not need to have your full donation in order to register. Please note: All teams must consist of a minimum of three women.
Click to purchase tickets to our exclusive Plane Pull Gala on April 12 at Prime47 in Carmel
Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at the $6,000 level. For more information, please contact Amy Arnell at Amy.Arnell@rjet.com or 317-710-4733, Republic's director of Corporate and Community Responsibility. Check donations, at any level, can be made out to Indiana Children’s Wish Fund and sent to Amy Arnell, Republic Airways, 8909 Purdue Rd, suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
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• A minimum donation of $2,000 per team is due no later than April 8, 2019, and is required to participate in the Plane Pull event.
• Fundraising can continue through the end of the event on April 13, 2019.
• Participants must sign a waiver before competing.
• Only 10-person teams are allowed to pull (three must be women) to be eligible for prizes.
• No rope attachments, i.e. Velcro.
• Teams must use gloves supplied at the event.
• Timing begins when the airhorn sounds and stops when the plane travels 15 feet.
• Two primary timers and one backup timer are used. The official time is the average of the primary timers. The backup timer will be used if a malfunction occurs with a primary timer.
• Pullers may remove slack from the rope but may not begin pulling until signaled. The referee will signal the end of the pull and the aircraft’s brakes will be applied.
• Any issues that arise during a team’s pull will be addressed by the referee and overall event supervisor. Their decision is final.
• Any re-pulls will occur 15 minutes after the original pull. A re-pull is awarded only due to a malfunction in timing and/or plane equipment. The decision to allow a team to re-pull is made collaboratively by the event referee and event supervisor.
• All team questions should be directed to J'Lynn Cooper, director of Wish Operations at Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.
Online Registration FAQs:
Are you a team captain?
Thank you for registering as a Team Captain for the 2019 Republic Airways Plane Pull. Here are a few facts you should know:
1) Please create your team FIRST, then start recruiting your team members! Make sure to tell them the Team Name that you have created so that they know which team to join. Have fun and be creative with those names!
2) You DO NOT need to have your full minimum donation of $2,000 to start your team! However, if you would like to kick off your team’s campaign with a donation you can but the minimum donation of $2000 is due no later than April 8. You can continue to fundraise over the $2,000 minimum until April 13, because we know most teams will want to exceed this amount.Once you complete the registration process, you will receive a link to your personalized fundraising page that you can set up and start soliciting
3) All of your team’s individual personalized fundraising pages will roll into your overall team’s total – AUTOMATICALLY!
Are you a member of a team?
Thank you for registering as a Participant on a Team for the 2019 Republic Airways Plane Pull. Some things to keep in mind:
1) Your Team Captain should register FIRST and provide you with your Team Name to join. Please encourage them to do so right away!
2) Once your team has been created, please go on and register as a Member of a Team. During the registration process, you will be able to select your Team’s name from a drop down menu under Join a Team.
3) You DO NOT need to have your full minimum donation of $2,000 to complete your registration. However, if you would like to kick off your team’s campaign with a donation you can, but the minimum donation of $2,000 is due no later than April 8. You can continue to fundraise over the $2,000 minimum until April 13, because we know most teams will want to go exceed this amount. Once you complete the registration process, you will receive a link to your personalized fundraising page that you can set up and start soliciting donations.
4) All of your team’s individual personalized fundraising pages will roll into your overall team’s total – AUTOMATICALLY!
Are you looking to donate to a participant or make a general donation?
If you are looking to Donate to A Participant in the 2019 Republic Airways Plane Pull, please visit: www.RepublicPlanePull.com Along the left side of the page you will see a button “Donate to Participant.” Click this button and search by either last name, first name or email. Once the participant you would like to donate to is found, please click on the “Donate” button next to their name. All of the personalized fundraising pages will roll up into the team’s overall total – AUTOMATICALLY!
Are you looking to make a general donation to the overall goal of the 2019 Republic Airways Plane Pull, please visit: www.RepublicPlanePull.com. Along the left side of the page you will see a button “Donate Now” under the Plane Pull Logo. This will allow you to make a general donation to the overall goal. Thank you!
Are you attending the event to cheer on family and friends?
Thank you for supporting the 2019 Republic Airways Plane Pull & Gala, please visit: www.RepublicPlanePull.comto purchase your Food Tickets, Event Tickets, T-Shirts and Gala Tickets through the “Attending the Event? Register” button in the middle of the page. Your items will be available for you at will call the day of the event.
Can I purchase a Plane Pull t-shirt if I am not attending the event?
Yes, if you will not be attending the event but would like to purchase a t-shirt, you may pick up your order at the Republic Airways Headquarters office, 8909 Purdue Road, Suite 300, at the main Reception Desk. The t-shirts will be available April 11 and after for those not attending the event.
Day of Event FAQs:
Where does the Plane Pull take place?
The 2019 Republic Airways Plane Pull will take place Saturday, April 13, at the Republic Airways Hangar, 3889 S. Hoffman Road, Indianapolis, IN 46241. Follow these directions to the hangar parking lot:
ØTake exit 12B for US-40 West/Washington Street (0.3 mi)
ØGo west on US-40 West/Washington Street (3.0 mi)
ØTurn left at Bridgeport Road (446 ft)
ØTake the first right on North Perimeter Road (0.9 mi)
ØTurn left at the second flashing red stop sign
ØFollow the signs to the public parking area outside Republic’s hangar
Is the Plane Pull rain or shine?
Yes! No matter the weather, the competition will go on! Make sure to watch the weather report though, because if the forecast shows rain or harsh cold temperatures the doors of the hangar will be closed and some activities will be limited.
What time does check-in begin?
Event check-in for participating teams begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13. ONLY Team captains should check in and pick up event t-shirts for the entire team.
How long does the Plane Pull typically last?
After the check-in period, the event usually runs from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Who can pull on my team?
All team members must be registered under the team name on the event website to participate on the day of the event. If there are last-minute substitutes who have not registered, they must fill out an event waiver and present to the ON DECK representative before pulling the plane.
How many people can be on my team?
Ten people are allowed on each team. In order to be eligible for prizes, the team must have at least three female participants. If your team does not meet these requirements, you may still participate, although, your team will not be eligible to place on the leaderboard, or to win prizes.
When should all of my teammates be registered by?
As early as possible! The earlier your entire team is signed up, the more time all participants will have to fundraise!
Once my team is checked in, when do we find out when we pull?
The pulling order will be announced the day of the event and will be in the Plane Pull program so that you can easily find your team’s pulling number in the lineup.
My team has checked in and has found our pulling position. What now?
After you are checked in and have found out when your team will pull, you are free to walk around and enjoy the event until your team is on deck to pull! Around the hangar, you will find the Kids Zone, food vendors, tours of an aircraft, helicopter, ambulance, tiny home, Pacers Fan Van, and more. There will be plenty of photo opportunities with Star Wars characters, various mascots and surprise celebrity guests!
My family and friends want to attend the Plane Pull. Will they have to pay to get in?
No, the Plane Pull is free to the public! While entrance to the event is free and open to the public, face painting, balloon artists, and temporary tattoos are available for purchase with activity tickets. Food/beverage tickets also will be available for purchase. You can order your activity and/or food/beverage tickets ahead of time online at RepublicPlanePull.com and pick them up at the event WILL CALL or purchase them when you arrive at the event.
If I am attending the event in support of a family member or friend, what will there be for me to do?
Before the Plane Pull, be sure to visit the Post Registration Store on RepublicPlanePull.com, where you can buy activity and food tickets to use the day of the event, as well an event t-shirt and tickets for the Plane Pull Gala. Upon arrival at the event, you may purchase activity and food vouchers, watch the competition and explore all of the activities around the hangar. Around the hangar you will find the Kids Zone with games and free prizes, a DJ, cornhole, various mascots, celebrity guests, Star Wars characters, food vendors, and tours of an aircraft, helicopter, ambulance, tiny home, Pacers Fan Van and more
How does the competition work?
The Purdue University ROTC Color Guard will kick off the event with the National Anthem. Once the air horn goes off to signal the start of the first pull round, all of the registered teams will have the chance to show what they’ve got. Once every team has pulled, and their times are recorded, the five teams who had the fastest times will have the opportunity to pull again for the top spot! Following the final round, the awards will be announced. Awards will be given out to the First and Second Fastest Pulling Teams, Best Team Costume and Top Individual Fundraiser.
What was the winning time last year?
At the 2018 Plane Pull, the winning pull time was 6.22 seconds by AAR MRO Services, who holds the all-time event record.
If I am participating in the competition, do I need to bring my own gloves?
No, gloves will be provided and will be the only gloves permitted for use during the Plane Pull.
Which organizations benefits from this event?
The Republic Airways Plane Pull benefits Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, Riley Children’s Foundation, and A Kid Again!
Whether you are new to the Plane Pull or want to relive the excitement, click here to view the 2018 Plane Pull Video.
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