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 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    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    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    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...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    October 1, 2017

Hector Airport does it again!

This year's 75 Annual Fly-In Breakfast and Ping Pong Ball Drop at Hector Municipal Airport offered a close up view of some pretty impressive aircraft. Event organizer Ed Newberg issued an invitation...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    October 1, 2017

Planes, models, cars, community members gather at Windom Airport

Windom Municipal Airport’s August 27 Fly-In Breakfast provided an opportunity for 32 private aircraft beauties to line the field next to the taxiway like models on a spotlit runway. A hearty...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    October 1, 2017

Aviation gift shop opens in Blaine

Flight Line Gifts, a new aviation specialty shop in Blaine, officially opened its doors for business in June. Offerings include books, clothing, cool tech, models, aviation prints, pilot supplies, war relics, and fun toys. In addition, Flight Line...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    October 1, 2017

Vintage aircraft fly-over adds flair to the fair

It was an impressive lineup at the Anoka County Blaine Airport as efforts were coordinated to present attendees of the Minnesota State Fair with a visual treat beyond anything else they may have...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    September 1, 2017

Surfside

This year's MSPA's Annual Picnic saw a record number of attendees, in part due to the duo purpose of a much anticipated pig roast combined with the surprise awarding of a commemorative plaque to...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    September 1, 2017

Elbow Lake Fly-in Open House

Lots of eye catching air traffic, food to salivate over (graciously served by Grant County Lions), an FBO fast becoming famous far beyond its local borders, an energetic, savvy engineering firm...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    August 1, 2017

Starbuck Airport holds 40th Annual Fly-In

Pope County Flyers member, Don Lilienthal submitted several photos of the July 1, Starbuck Airport Fortieth Annual Fly-In Breakfast which was held in conjunction with Starbuck Heritage Days. Eight...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    August 1, 2017

A joyful gathering

Saturday morning, July 15, the skies around Rushford Municipal Airport looked a lot like MSP on a weekend. For at least two hours, planes were stacked up awaiting their turn to land. EAA Chapter 919...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    August 1, 2017

Isle Private Airport welcomes visitors

Isle Airport hosted a most pleasant July 8 evening of under wing camping, a movie, bonfire, popcorn, and beverages in a two-day fly-in event that coincided with Isle City Days in northwestern...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    August 1, 2017

Wings of the North celebrates 20th Annual AirExpo

The theme of this year's Wings of the North AirExpo held at Flying Cloud Airport July 15-16 was Heroes & Legends. An Evening with Eagles Dinner and Symposium was held at the Wings of the North...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    August 1, 2017

Patriot Ride 2017 honors vets/law enforcement

The 12th Annual Dennis Kirk Patriot Ride was held July 8 at the Anoka County Blaine Airport at the Lynx FBO. The Patriot Ride recognizes and remembers the 1,741 American personnel listed by the Defens...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 1, 2017

They just kept coming

It was a day to fly, to be sure. The June Fly-In Breakfast at the Moose Lake Carlton County Airport brought people out in droves, not only to eat pancakes and see the wide variety of aircraft, but to...

 

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