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Memories of Oshkosh

This collection of photo memories was submitted by aviation enthusiast and photographer, Greg Drawbaugh. For myself as a non-pilot and non-aviator, taking images of the event is the main purpose of...

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Honey Bun

John Parker was a pioneer. Growing up on a Southern Minnesota farm, he loved horses, but his fate took him to aviation and the use of aircraft for conservation and wildlife management. From 1949...

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Miss-AirVenture

Paul Jackson of Eden Prairie sent in this story about a "splash" held in lieu of AirVenture. What do you do when a pandemic wipes out the most popular flying event in the world that just happens to...

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The $100 Salmon

Riding my motorcycle to Buffalo Municipal Airport (KCFE), I took in a few deep breaths of fresh country air while basking in the rays of the warm summer sun. The smooth, steady rhythm of the...

Upcoming Events

Check this column each month to see that dates have not been canceled or changed. Send notices six weeks in advance of publication to the Minnesota Flyer, P.O. Box 449, Moose Lake, MN 55767 or, verlena@mnflyer.com. Attention Pilots Be sure to get a...

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Thomas-Morse S-4C Scout

The Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation of Ithaca, NY, built a series of single-seat advanced fighter trainers for the Signal Corps/Air Service beginning in 1917. The S-4B, with the unreliable 100 hp...

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On to College for Aviation: What You'll Need to Get off the Ground

Summer's days are passing by and COVID-19 willing, it will be off to college for a number of aspiring pilots. As Minnesotans we are blessed with a couple of first rate aviation programs at Minnesota...

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

The Minnesota Pilots Association is very much looking forward to seeing 2020 in our rear view mirror... It has been nice to see pilots out, however, flying to destinations across our State and region this summer. We have noticed an increase in the...

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Airport of the Month project Spotlight

More than 375,000 passengers pass through Rochester International Airport in a year, second in Minnesota only to MSP. Lots of those passengers are heading for the famous Mayo Clinic. American, Delta...

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Your Fly Minnesota Airports Passport Adventure Awaits You!

Flying is fun for aviators. The freedom experienced when you fly is little short of absolutely marvelous. And now and then something comes along that makes flying even more fun, or even makes it like...

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Know the Rules for Safe Ground Vehicle Operations at Airports

According to FAA Advisory Circular 150/5210-20A, "Each year accidents, incidents, and runway incursions occur involving aircraft, pedestrians, ground vehicle drivers, and personnel taxiing or towing...

Pilot Culture Modifies a Procedure, Leading to a Mishap

At 10:45 a.m. on April 13, 2018, a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor started its takeoff roll at NAS Fallon in Nevada. NAS Fallon is the home of the famed TOPGUN fighter pilot training course, and the air force fighter was scheduled to fly in a one-on-one...

When do you cancel IFR?

When do you cancel IFR? How do you make that determination? Lets examine a little about what your IFR clearance actually does for you. It means you have a cylinder of protected airspace around you where no other IFR traffic should be. What about...

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Cover 2020

Miss Air-Venture...

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Aviation photo of the Month

Share your photo here - We all like to take pictures. Maybe you have a photo that others would enjoy seeing. Photos can be anything aviation related, an item of interest, i.e. artifact, piece of...

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Let's Get Technical

As Technical Advisor, Mark Manning brings with him over 38 years of aviation experience. He has performed maintenance on over 35 different types of aircraft and has flown more than 25 different...

New Column Coming - Shop Talk with Trent Wallman

This new column by aviation mechanic Trent Wallman, will begin with the October 2020 issue. The following is Trent’s Biography. My name is Trent Wallman. I have been a full-time A&P mechanic for six years. In this column, I plan on discussing a...

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