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 By C.M. Swanson    News    May 1, 2018

DroneTECH meets BaseCamp

"Keep it nice and low to the ground. We're going to try it one more time. Ready? All right. You have control." These words spoken by Associate Dean of Aerospace at Northern Community and Technical...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    May 1, 2018

A&Ps at MSP

If the idea of a three-digit income, variety in the workplace, and free airline tickets to anywhere in the world is appealing, becoming an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic for a major airline...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    May 1, 2018

Surprise for Phoenix

Editor's note Grandpa Steve Young reported that grandson Phoenix was delightfully surprised with the cover and feature story in the April Issue of the Minnesota Flyer magazine. "Surprised" is the key...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    May 1, 2018

HOF Inductee Wall finds home at Wings of North Museum

It was a celebratory afternoon and evening April 21 as the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Wings of the North Aviation Museum at Flying Cloud Airport to present...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    April 1, 2018

Lake Area Technical Institute's Learjet Capstone Project

It may seem difficult to make a connection between pheasant hunting and a trip to Arkansas to retrieve a Learjet, but for Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in Watertown, South Dakota, the dots are...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Cover    March 1, 2018

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...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    March 1, 2018

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...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    March 1, 2018

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...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    March 1, 2018

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...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    February 1, 2018

Class is in session...

Since its foundation in 1965, Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in Watertown, South Dakota has been training students for the workforce. That training is now recognized on a national level. In 2017...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Cover    February 1, 2018

Lake Area Technical Institute Aviation Program Thrives

Lake Area Technical Institute aviation program students visit the ANG base in Lincoln, Nebraska....

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    February 1, 2018

Winter flying!

It was one of those events you shouldn't have missed. January 20 presented a perfect day for the Second Annual TrickAir Ski Plane Fly-In at Paul Jackson's Sea Plane Base in McGregor, Minnesota. Over 5...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    February 1, 2018

A gathering of Aeroncas...

It was back in 1960 when LaVern Knoepke drove to the Pipestone Airport in southwestern Minnesota to check out a 1940 pre-war, stick controlled Aeronca Chief he heard was for sale. "The guy who owned...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    February 1, 2018

Isle Airport reports up-tick in activity, membership, community awareness

It's so refreshing to hear good news. That is exactly what Dave Retka, Isle Flying Club President in Isle, Minnesota offers regarding activity at the private grass strip. In his annual report, Retka...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Cover    January 1, 2018

Kinneberg celebrates over 70 years of flying

Spring Grove resident Glenn Kinneberg taxis his 1947 Piper Cub PA-11, heading towards the runway of the Rushford Airport after a Fly-In this past summer. Kinneberg has flown the aircraft for over 70...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    January 1, 2018

Over 70 years of joyful flying!

Spring Grove, Minnesota resident Glenn Kinneberg will be 91 in February. If weather permits, and if he can clear his packed schedule, there is a good chance he will take his 1947 PA-11 Piper Cub out f...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    January 1, 2018

Santa sighted in Lino Lakes

Twas the Season to be Jolly, and Super Cub Santa was certainly that! "Santa's Elves did a super job decorating the super cub again this year!" said Randy Corfman, President of the MN Pilots...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Cover    December 1, 2017

Accelerated Aviation Instruction at your service!

Jim Jacobson, owner of Accelerated Aviation Instruction in Albert Lea, Minnesota does a little holiday kidding around with his Christmas tree atop the Seminole used in multi-engine flight...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    December 1, 2017

Accelerated Aviation Instruction gains space

In 2015, Jim Jacobson entered into an agreement with Albert Lea Municipal Airport FBO owner, Jim Hanson to provide flight instruction from a building on the airport grounds. Both understood plans for...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    December 1, 2017

Sound advice from Tracy Municipal Airport

It's been said the best leaders are not those who gather huge numbers of followers, but those who empower others. Such a man is 91-year-old Homer Dobson. "When you write this article, stress the...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    November 1, 2017

Wheels and Wings

There were some great sights at the Wheels and Wings Fly-In/Drive-In in Osceola, Wisconsin this past September. On the agenda were Wissota Skydivers from the Indianhead Sport Parachute Club,...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    November 1, 2017

Flight Line Gifts

If you've attended an aviation event at Anoka County Blaine Airport over the course of the past 21 years, chances are high you've met Craig Schiller. You may have known him as the first volunteer at...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    November 1, 2017

Cooking American for international crowd

Mark Nesheim has such a passion for cooking Classic American Café that he opened a restaurant serving the international jet set. Kimmy Fox, Nesheim's, business partner serves Nesheim's "amazing food"...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Cover    October 1, 2017

Cover Photo

Newberg Sky Spray's Air Tractor AT-301 with reciprocating engine in the forefront, flanked by a 1993 AT-502 turbo-prop, and a 1989 AT-502. Also seen is the tail of a 1980 Eagle Aircraft-Bellanca...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    October 1, 2017

Second generation Satnan Avionics thrives

Mark Satnan's fond childhood memories of time spent with his father in South Dakota impacted the way he lives today. "He worked nights all the time," said Satnan. "He'd drag me out to the shop at...

 

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