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  • Where are you based?

    Rick Braunig, MnDOT|Mar 1, 2020

    A few years back the Federal Aviation Administration started a new program to track where aircraft are based. The FAA made a significant investment to gather this information. The FAA now has a database of based aircraft for all airports eligible for federal funds except those with commercial service. It is detailed enough to pick out when the same aircraft is listed as located at two different airports. Occasionally, we will see a snowbird aircraft listed as based at an airport in Minnesota and another airport in Florida. The based aircraft...

  • Cassette Players, Pay Phones, and NDBs

    Rick Braunig, MnDOT Aeronautics|Mar 1, 2019

    It's been a while since I've ridden in a car with a cassette player. I know we have a lot more old aircraft in the system than old cars. One of the Bonanzas that MnDOT operates just turned 40 and though it had an ADF in it when it was new, that panel real estate has given way to a touch screen GPS. I hear from flight schools that their ADF that was working the day before is magically placarded inoperative for flight tests. It's been a while since we at MnDOT have considered NDBs a key navigation...

  • Airport Security without TSA

    Rick Braunig, Manager of Aviation Safety and Enforcement, MnDOT office of Aeronautics|Jan 1, 2018

    If you do a search on airport security you can learn all about what you can bring with you on a Delta flight but it is hard to find information on security for airports without passenger service. With the Super Bowl coming to Minnesota there will be additional security measures at the reliever airports making them more secure and pushing any threat out to the next ring of airports. It has been a long time since we talked about security at general aviation (GA) airports. After 911 there was discu...

  • TZD Initiative -Airside

    Rick Braunig MnDOT|Dec 1, 2016

    I don’t know how many people are still flying that remember seeing Ken Patz and Verdon Kleimenhagen doing safety seminars throughout Minnesota. Probably more of you remember Mark Schreier, Steve Szymanski, Marlan Perhus and me making the circuit, but even that is more years back then I care to talk about. The point is we have a long history of trying to affect the aviation accident rate. We have data that suggests that when we do safety seminars, we are preaching to the choir. People who attend have the right attitude about safety. They are...

  • MnDOT Aeronautics requests data for TZD program

    AvRep Rick Braunig|Oct 1, 2016

    AvRep Rick Braunig I don’t know how many people are still flying that remember seeing Ken Patz and Verdon Kleimenhagen doing safety seminars throughout Minnesota. Probably more of you remember Mark Schreier, Steve Szymanski, Marlan Perhus and me making the circuit, but even that is more years back then I care to talk about. The point is we have a long history of trying to affect the aviation accident rate. We have data that suggests when we do safety seminars, we are preaching to the choir. People who attend have the right attitude about...

  • Drones are being flown everywhere

    Rick Braunig, MnDOT Aeronautics Aviation Repesentative|Sep 1, 2015

    Every pilot should know that drones are being flown in the United States. LeSueur County is flying them at 600 feet, Excel Energy has a COA to fly their power lines, Burlington Northern is flying the rails beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), and the whole of North Dakota is being used by the test site program at the University of North Dakota. And these are the legal operators we are aware of. Countless others are flying illegally as evidenced by numerous You Tube videos. The FAA issued some pr...