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 By C.M. Swanson    Cover    December 1, 2018 

December 2018 Cover

A group of Flight Unlimited program participants with the 1973 Piper Cherokee in the background....

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    December 1, 2018 

Benefits beyond flying

Flight Unlimited President, Reverend Linton Scott introduces inner-city kids to general aviation for much more than the thrill of riding in an airplane. Based at Crystal Airport, Flight Unlimited's...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    December 1, 2018 

Eating with history in mind

It takes a man of vision to see potential for a thriving restaurant in a space located away from foot traffic, devoid of retail business, housed in the last building on a dead-end road. However,...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    November 1, 2018

Girls in Aviation Day held at Flying Cloud

During its fourth annual Girls in Aviation Day, 200 Stars of the North volunteers assisted 1,400 attendees at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie where girls experienced STEM and aviation careers...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    November 1, 2018

The L.A. side of Backus

It's all very hush-hush until timing is right for the official announcement. However, Backus residents couldn't help but notice the professional film crew at the Bayside Resort dock on Pine Mountain...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    November 1, 2018

Living where you fly

When it comes to advocating for a permanent resident living at a community airport, Ed and Connie Newberg, have, quite literally, lived their convictions for 38 years. When they got married in 1977,...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    September 1, 2018

Elbow Lake Airport Fly-In supports local Flekkefest

Prairie Air FBO at the Elbow Lake Municipal Airport joyfully joins in uniting their community during Flekkefest, billed by the city as the annual celebration of everything Scandinavian. "Every year...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    August 1, 2018

Wings of the North AirExpo 2018

New to Wings of the North AirExpo for 2018 was Northland Community Technical College Aerospace's DRONE TECH program. UAS Instructor/Program Manager Jon Beck and Boy Scouts of Northern Star Council...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    August 1, 2018

Flying in from the 1920s

Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport was the only stop in Minnesota for the 2018 American Barnstormer's Tour. Area residents took full advantage of all the July 15-17 event had to offer including rides in...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 1, 2018

Moose Lake Fly-In a bit under the weather

As is commonly known, inclement weather tends to put a damper on parades, lemonade stands, and aviation fly-ins. Such was the situation with the Moose Lake Carlton County Fly-In Breakfast, Saturday,...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 1, 2018

Drawing all eyes skyward

If you are looking for a role model to pick up a few pointers on how to be respectful to your heritage, drive or fly to Granite Falls, Minnesota for the next Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow. If you missed...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 1, 2018

Wings of the North Air Museum hosts two-day event

Major Heather Penney held her audience captive recounting her experiences as an F-16 pilot called into action after the Pentagon was struck by terrorists on September 11, 2001. At the conclusion of he...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 1, 2018

Rush City Fly-In draws people of all ages

One of the most positive aspects of community airport events is the family friendliness component. Always the Sunday before Father’s Day, this year’s Rush City Fly-In of June 10, gathered people...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 1, 2018

Buffalo Airport Fly-In Breakfast and Air Show!

Buffalo Airport was the place to be June 10 for the sights and sounds of Mike Wiskus of West Metro Aviation and his Pitts S- 1-11B aerobatics aircraft. Wiskus flew right side up, upside down, tail...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 1, 2018

Discover Aviation Days

Discover Aviation Days at Anoka County Blaine Airport held in June offered a great pancake breakfast, FAA Safety Seminars, a Warbird Fly Over, T-6 Squad Fly-Overs, a K-9 Demonstration, Huey...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 1, 2018

Beating the heat at Crystal Airport - Free ice cream!

Nothing cools off an extremely hot day like free ice cream and taking a turn at letting water escape from an official fire hose. Kids visiting the Crystal Airport Fly-In on an upper 90-degree day for...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 1, 2018

Air show put together through blood, sweat and volunteers

Phil Fisher was drawn into the field of aviation through his certified welding skills and desire to help others. Over 27 years ago, a friend of Fisher's, who was also a member of the Planes of Fame av...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Cover    July 1, 2018

July Cover

The Annual Ray Fagen Memorial Air Show in Granite Falls, Minnesota draws aviation fans in droves, provides an abundance of photo opportunities with wondrous air shows and static displays, pays...

 
 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...

 

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