Articles written by Tim Franklin

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 By Tim Franklin    News    March 1, 2020

Isle Airport future to be decided in April

Isle Airport Flying Club member Dave Retka terms it a "fight for survival" of the Isle Airport in a letter to airport supporters in early January. After growing membership of the club and making a pos... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    Cover    August 1, 2019

August Cover

Andy Miller, AOPA’s Great Lakes You Can Fly Ambassador, was in Aitkin on Sunday, June 30.... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    August 1, 2019

Fun fly-in despite the weather

Lots of people came out to the Aitkin Fly-in on Sunday, June 30 despite the less than ideal weather. There were lots of displays, wild rice pancakes, and also classic cars. Tractors also gave rides... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    August 1, 2019

50 years of safe flying

During the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering two months ago, the 2018-19 recipients of the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards were announced. These awards mark 50 years of safe ying. They are... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    August 1, 2019

More from GMAG 2019

The 99s is an International organization of women pilots started in 1929 by 99 women who recognized the need for an organization to mentor, educate and support women in their aviation endeavors.... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    August 1, 2019

Gordon Lewis recognized for 300+ Angel Flights

Gordon "Gordy" Lewis receives an award at the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering in May for flying over 300 Angel Flights in his Cirrus SR22. Gordy learned to fly in his 70's and celebrated his 92nd... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    May 1, 2019

A GREAT Minnesota Aviation Gathering

The Minnesota Pilots Association met on Friday and Saturday, April 26-26, at a new location this year, Buffalo Municipal Airport west of the Twin Cities for their Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    March 1, 2019

May your day be joyfully blessed!

Charlotte, in one of the last few precious days, had some moments for laughter. She thought it would be funny I would be writing in this space instead of having her do much of the work. This is a... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    Cover    February 1, 2019

February Cover

Mark Nelson center, owner of Hawk Aviation, along with his two sons, both pilots, Kyle, left, and Kevin, right. In an interwiew with C.M. Swanson, Mark talks about Hawk Aviation ground...

 By Tim Franklin    News    February 1, 2019

Wiley excels both as pilot and business owner

Barb Wiley can be considered a pioneer in aviation in state and nation, but she doesn't want to be considered that. As one of the first commercial women pilots in the nation and the first with North C... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    February 1, 2019

Hawk Aviation grows from passion of flying

Everyone knows where they were on Sept. 11, 2001, Mark Nelson, the owner of Hawk Aviation in Rush City included. Just the day before, he broke ground on a new hangar for his business. This did not... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    March 1, 2015

License to Learn: March 2015

It's hard to think that spring is almost here because, as of this morning’s writing we had a 30 below wind chill, but spring is in our minds. What better way to think about the melting of snow and...

 By Tim Franklin    News    December 1, 2014

License to Learn: December 2014

How did December get here so fast? It must be all the fun we’ve been having at aviation events, and interesting people we’ve met this past year, that have made time fly by at warp speeds! This... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    November 1, 2014

License to Learn: November 2014

As we work to put this latest issue "to bed" as we say in the business, I am once again impressed how many people who either grew up or live here are truly leaders in the industry in the past,...

 By Tim Franklin    News    October 1, 2014

License to Learn: October 2014

Do you hear those autumn leaves calling you? Yes, the autumnal equinox has passed. Leaves are dressing themselves in fall colors. You know what that means. It’s time to get out there and fly! At... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    May 1, 2014

License to Learn: May 2014

It was a pleasure to attend the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, not only for the interesting social hour and delicious dinner, but to offer the respect and support that long-time advocates of... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    April 1, 2014

License to Learn: April 2014

We’re getting pretty excited about hanging up our Mukluks for the few months as we welcome warm air and melting snow. Looks like it’s time to ponder seaplane activity. Now there’s a subject Aero...

 By Tim Franklin    News    March 1, 2014

License to Learn: March. 2014

We all know education is key to furthering all forms of aviation. With that in mind, the Minnesota Flyer visited Thief River Falls recently for a tour of Northern Community & Technical College where... Full story

 By Tim Franklin    News    February 1, 2014

License to Learn: Feb. 2014

Despite the grueling winter folks, you’ll be glad to hear there is hot news in this month’s Minnesota Flyer and sizzling events on the horizon! As always, the list of events begins on page 3 and...


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