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A birthday celebration... the Young Eagles way!

In the few hours before his official 18th birthday, Moose Lake, Minnesota resident Anakin Wilson did something he had never done before. He flew an airplane. "I'm the Young Eagles Coordinator from...

Super bowl brings super air traffic

The Super Bowl hosted in Minneapolis brought air traffic from all over the world. Lynx FBO at Anoka County Blaine Airport had up to 85 jets parked on its runways. Many reliever airports provided...

Is ATC privatization on the horizon?

It didn't take long after Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk in 1903 for humankind to believe we could, indeed, fly. The rate at which aviation grew over the next 20...

Minnesota's Ten Most Significant Aviation Persons

As I mentioned in part eight of this series, my intention is to give the reader a knowledge of the top ten icons of Minnesota aviation through the years. No slights were intended among the state's...

Upcoming Events

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Mystery Airplane

Army Air Force pilot training initially involved three levels: Primary, Basic, and Advanced (single engine and multi-engine). Advanced training was a ten-week course devoting 60 hours to ground...

Aeromedical Forum

A couple of years ago, one of our pilots strolled off the tarmac and ducked behind a tree to relieve himself. Much to his horror he produced a bright red urine stream. He had previously felt great....

See you at GMAG 2018

We hope you have put Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, on your calendars so that you can plan to attend the 2018 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering (GMAG). For those of you who have attended this...

Airport of the Month

M*A*S*H was a movie and TV series about the Korean War (aka "Police Action").The setting is the 4077th Mobil Army Surgical Hospital between 1950 and 1953. In the opening scenes of both the movie and...

Spring! But FROST is still around!

How much can frost affect your plane? According to the NTSB: • Frost the size of a grain of salt, distributed as sparsely as one per square centimeter over a wing's surface, can destroy enough lift ...

AIRA arrives at MSP

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) recently joined the Aira Airport Network, which is the world's fastest-growing assistive technology service for people who are blind or low vision....

Recognizing 75 years of great state/airport partnerships in 2018

We are happy to share the fact that 2018 marked the beginning of our 75th year of partnerships with Minnesota's great publicly owned airports! We have 135 quality, public use airports and 15 public...

Nesting in the spring

Most people are thrilled that spring is just about here. The many super cold weeks of this past December (2017) and January (2018) were, at the least, a test of our resolve to remain as residents in...

Fatigue

Fatigue, Stress, and Memory Flying, whether as a pilot or a passenger, can be an exhilarating and wonderful event most often. But there are times when environmental factors arise that have a...

FAAST

Many of us keep emergency kits in our vehicles to help us deal with the unexpected, but how many of us keep a similar kit with us when we fly? Not many, especially not many renter pilots. I get it,...

Young Eagles fly from Moose Lake Airport

Pilots Michael Grzincich and Mike Miller, and ground crewman Scott Nelson, all with the EAA Young Eagle Program, stand with a group of students from the Moose Lake area who are await- ing their rst...

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