Nick Popovich and his family established the Popovich Family Trust to give back.

The Family Trust mission statement focuses on education, Veterans and First Responders and children with challenges. The Family Trust funds scholarships and an ongoing commitment to aviation schools such as Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College to promote aviation education and source in kind donations of aircraft, engines and equipment. The Trust also donated a Boeing 737 to Ivy Tech for the creation of the only ETL “Emergency Response Training Lab” of its kind in the world. Based at Gary Chicago International Airport, the lab offers hands on training for first responders including law enforcement and SWAT teams, elite military teams, firefighters, dog handlers, TSA, Homeland Security and emergency medical personnel. The ETL is a unique opportunity that attracts international teams to the training program. Other donations include various aviation parts and tooling, including a functional GE CF4-3A turbo fan engine for education purposes.



Nick devotes substantial time and resources to speaking engagements at schools, conferences and mentoring programs where he encourages young people to pursue careers in aviation. He frequently partners with nonprofit organizations that support veterans, education, children with challenges and women in business.

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Upcoming Events

Events hosted by sage-popovich, inc. will be posted here as they become available. Please check this page in the future for any upcoming events.


New SPI hangar opening

When: TBD


Chi-Stat Reception

When: June 5, 2019
Sponsored by the premiere avaiation law firm Vedder Price P.C., Chi-Stat is a Chicago-based group comprising aviation finance, marketing and consulting professionals. In addition to boasting the significant Chicago presence in the aviation community, Chi-Stat's purpose is to provide informal networking opportunities for individuals in the industry. The organization will be celebrating it's 25th year. SPI is a founder and remains one of the hosts.


SPI hosts the Chi-Stat Golf Outing

When: June 6, 2019


Gary Air Show

When: June 2019, further details to follow


Chicago Air and Water Show 2019

When: Saturday, August 17th 2019 - Sunday, August 18th 2019
SPI looks forward to hosting our annual airshow party at our new hangar.


NIISSA Annual Fund Raiser

When: 2019, further details to follow
NIISSA is a public-private partnership established to share security preparedness and resilience information and best practices with a goal to constantly work toward improving the region's posture to resist the impact of all hazards, to recover rapidly when impacted, and to secure the protection of critical infrastructure in the region.


General Richard B. Myers and Walt Fricke present Nick and the SPI staff with the Hero Flight Zero award in recognition for significant contributions to the mission of the Veterans Airlift Command in transportation of America’s wounded warriors.

Walt Fricke, Chairman, CEO and Founder of VAC (pictured right) is a decorated former Army aviator. He received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with the Silver Star (and palm), two Bronze Stars, 21 air medals and a Purple Heart. His vision for the VAC flows from his experience of having spent six months in the hospital after being medevacked out of Vietnam in 1968.

Four-star General Richard B. Myers, Honorary Vice-Chair, National Advisory Board of VAC (pictured left), retired as the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 1 October 2005, where he served as principal military advisor for the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council.

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Meet the guy who repossess airplanes for a living

http://fortune.com/2015/09/29/airplane-repossession/

ir Raider article written by Eric Spitznagel; [This story originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in the December 2017 issue of Maxim]

http://www.ericspitznagel.com/maxim/plane-repo/

Airplane Repo True Stories Exploring fact and fiction in the high-stakes world of aircraft repossession.

https://www.flyingmag.com/aircraft/ownership/airplane-repo-true-stories/

video Extreme Repo Meet the men who take off with planes, ships and ….cattle?

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/extreme-repo-meet-men-off-planes-ships-cattle/story?id=11689461

The Learjet repo man Business has never been better for the fearless pilot who takes back millionaires’ expensive toys

https://www.salon.com/2009/06/06/lear_jet_repo_man/

Flying the unfriendly skies with the “Lear Jet Repo Man”

https://www.wired.com/2009/06/repo-man/

The tycoon owner of this 720 has gone bust. Now a bailiff has to take it back. The only problem? He can't let anyone see him do it

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2024863/Tycoon-owner-720-gone-bust-Bailiff-Kevin-Lacey-back.html

Lakeshore News Tonight reporter joins mercy mission to Haiti By Lakeshore Public Television Relations

http://www.portagelife.com/entertainment/tv-movies-music/6271-lakeshore-news-tonight-reporter-joins-mercy-mission-to-haiti-