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Agreeable weather brings pilots to Moose Lake

Flying for pancakes makes all the sense in the world

 

C.M. Swanson

This Lancair 235 fixed wing, recirocating single engine airplane showed off its stunning blues in the bright sunshine of the day.

"For over twenty years the Moose Lake Airport has been holding its Fly-In Breakfast on the third weekend in June. As is the norm, the success of the event is heavily weather dependent.

"We haven't had such good weather the last few of years," said chief organizer Larry Peterson. "Last year we had maybe only a half a dozen airplanes or so. The year before that no one could get in."

This year, the sun was shining, a mild breeze kept the heat reasonably moderate, and folks were ready to fly airplanes, see airplanes and eat breakfast. Pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice was the prevailing menu with lots of smiles from volunteer servers on the side.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics was on site to provide children with educational materials and foam airplanes.

C.M. Swanson

A Glastar, fixed wing, 4-cycle, single engine, Stoddard Hamilton Kit Manufactured airplane sits comfortably on the Moose Lake Airport tarmac as folks gather at the Annual Fly-In Breakfast.

"It went really well," said Peterson. "This year, we saw 25 or 30 pilots registered so it's a pretty good turn out. It was beautiful weather in the forecast so that helped.

For those early planners, Peterson noted though there is no FBO, Moose Lake Airport has an Arrival and Departure building, paved 3,200 foot runway, Runway End Identifier Lights and Precision Approach Path Indicators RNAV/GPS approaches, and an automated weather station. Aviation Gas is aviation gas is self serve. The specific date for 2017 will be on the Moose Lake Chamber of Commerce website and the City of Moose Lake website as one of the community events as soon as next year's calenders are posted.

While under wing camping is available on site, Moose Lake RV Park and Campground is a short drive away on the shores of Moosehead Lake. The area is also well known for its four-wheel and snowmobile trails...not that it's time to be thinking about snowmobiles yet.

 

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