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DNR Stocking Effort Features Flying Fish

Humans have been "stocking" fish for a couple millennia. Chinese palaces often featured ponds inhabited by ornamental fish and archaeological evidence suggests several Mediterranean civilizations...

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Navigation History Reveals A Highly Human Touch

Once there were navigators. Not a touchscreen gizmo made by Garmin or the weirdly mutated creatures that got hyped up on drugs to guide the Spacing Guild ships in Frank Hebert's novel "Dune." Actual...

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Minnesota BT-13s Share Texas Connection

Minnesota's commitment to aviation history was well represented when the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas, reopened in early May after completion of a significant renovation and...

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Holiday Tree of Hope Organizing Summer Toy Drive

For 30 years, Holiday Tree of Hope has been collecting toys for children who are hospitalized during the holidays. The non-profit organization has served over 40 hospitals, shelters, and Ronald...

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FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Recipients

The Minnesota Pilots Association honored the 2019-2021 recipients of the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards during the 2021 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering at Buffalo Municipal Airport. The...

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MPA Honors Pilots For Young Eagle Education

The Minnesota Pilots Association recently acknowledged Minnesota EAA chapters and individuals for their enthusiasm and support for getting Young Eagles into the air in 2019 and 2020. Plaques were...

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MPA Recognizes Aviation Mechanics At GMAG

The Minnesota Pilots Association honored a recipient of the FAA's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and the 2021 Minnesota Pilots Association Aviation Technician Award recipient during the 2021...

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Minnesota Flyer Upcoming Events

Please check for date cancellation or change. Send info to editor@mnflyer.com. We will publish when space is available. July 25: Olivia, MN: Olivia Regional Airport (KOVL), Olivia Lions Fly-In...

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Aviation Events Fill Summer Schedule

Summer 2021 in the Northern Hemisphere officially began June 20. Before that date became history, a dozen or more aviation events, namely fly-ins and pancake breakfasts, returned to fill the calendar...

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May Mystery Airplane Contest

James S. McDonnell (1899-1980) qualified as an Army pilot at Brooks Field. With a master's degree from MIT, he worked for Ford, Martin, and Hamilton, before forming McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in...

Oh Say Can You See: Flying with Color Blindness

If you have ever landed at a Class Bravo airport, you know that the runway looks like the Las Vegas Strip. The strobing glide path, PAPI, illuminated runway centerline, side and center line taxi way markers all combine to make a colorful and...

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Association Membership Makes GMAG Awards Possible

We are often asked what benefits are received when joining the Minnesota Pilots Association. It is certainly a fair question. I am not sure about you, but I grew weary of solicitations last year...

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Half The Time Of Powered Flight – Part 2

Flying changed and defined my life. I could do things that others my age could not. I had the ability go places and do things they had never dreamed of. Instead of going off to college as my friends...

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Airport of the Month-Operations Spotlight

Independent flight schools had their "golden age" in the 1960s and 70s when there were four training operations at Crystal and the sky all-around was never still. Two of those operations also had...

Well-Executed Takeoffs Require Planning

“Nice landing.” We sometimes hear that from passengers or fellow pilots after we greased it in with a gusty cross-wind, or pasted the mains on the numbers and made the first turnoff. However, when is the last time someone complimented you on...

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Cover July 2021

Aircraft manufacturers and dealers visited Thunderbird Aviation at Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM) June 4-5 for the US Aircraft Expo. Cirrus Aircraft displayed several...

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