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 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

Van's Aircraft Celebrates 50th Anniversary At Oshkosh

he 50th anniversary of Van's Aircraft RV series was a major element of homebuilt aircraft activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022. "While aircraft kits have existed for more than a century, it was...

 By Tim Hennagir    News    August 1, 2022

EAA Mourns Loss of Former President, Chairman

Tom Poberezny, the retired president and chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association, was mourned by the EAA and numerous aviation communities after his death July 25 at age 75, following a...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

EAA Seaplane Base Watermelon Social Returns

The Watermelon Social presented by Wipaire, Inc. is the EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base's big event. The gathering returned this year after a COVID-19 forced absence. First-year EAA Seaplane Base...

 By Tim Hennagir    News    August 1, 2022

Public-Private Partnership Serves Workforce Niche

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Aviation recently reviewed key opportunities and challenges facing the industry. General Aviation Manufacturers...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

AirExpo 2022 Features Return of 'Yankee Lady'

Attendees at Wings of the North's 2022 AirExpo were able to climb aboard an iconic plane of World War II and be transported back in time via big bomber flight. Yankee Air Museum again offered paid...

 By Tim Hennagir    Cover    August 1, 2022

Cover August 2022

This early morning canopy shot of a 2020 Van's Aircraft RV-8 registered to Roger Bestland of Webster, Minnesota, was taken June 26 at the Wings and Wheels Fly-In Breakfast and Classic Car Show at...

 By Tim Hennagir    Cover    July 1, 2022

Cover July 2022

A 1974 Piper PA-32-300 heads down the ramp July 12 during EAA Chapter 1174's fly-in at Fergus Falls Municipal Airport-Einar Mickelson Field. The aircraft is registered to Thomas Long of Benedict,...

 By Tim Hennagir    News    July 1, 2022

Historic Beechcraft Bonanza Gets Avionics Upgrade

An FAA Registry and N-Number inquiry provides the basic information about Jay Schrankler's recently acquired 1965 Beechcraft Bonanza Debonair 35-C33. There a whole lot more to the story, however. The...

 By Tim Hennagir    News    July 1, 2022

Twin Cities Event Features Aircraft, U.S. Navy Pilots

The Minnesota Navy League Council acted early when filing a special flight plan to celebrate the long-awaited sequel to a military aviation cinematic classic. "Top Gun: Behind the Curtain" landed Wedn...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

'Pride of the Pacific' Airshow Wows Crowd

his year's Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow at Lenzen-Roe-Fagen Memorial Airport in Granite Falls was action-packed, spectacular, and filled with U.S. Navy aviation blue. "Pride of the Pacific" featured...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

Fergus Falls Fly-In Features Waffle-Making Effort

Fergus Falls EAA Chapter 1174 took a hands-on approach to solving a perplexing problem. When Dad's Belgian Waffles wasn't available to provide the main fare for a June 12 fly-in, members purchased...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

Father's Day Airshow Beats Hot Weather

Canby Municipal Airport - Myers Field hosts a free regional airshow each Father's Day weekend. The entertainment ranges from off-the-wall aerobatics to high performance aircraft racing and trick...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

Crystal Open House Has Strong Bond

Wrapping up another Crystal Airport Open House provided a bittersweet moment for Luke Gustafson. This year's record-setting event was his last as lead organizer. "I'm only 48 years old, but I started...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

Minnesota Flyer Community Annoucements

Please check with contacts in this column to see if dates have been cancelled or changed. Send your event information to editor@mnflyer.com. We will publish as we have space available. For a full...

 By Tim Hennagir    News    June 1, 2022

Flying Clubs Offer Affordable Aviation Experience

Flying clubs represent an outstanding opportunity to continue aviation adventures. They organize fly-outs and getaways to grassy airstrips and fun destinations. And few things in life are as...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

Minnnesota Flyer Community Annoucements - Events & Fly-Ins

Please check with contacts in this column to see if dates have been cancelled or changed. Send information to editor@mnflyer.com. June 11: Grand Rapids, MN: EAA Chapter 412 Spring Fly-In Breakfast, Gr...

 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 12, 2022

Storm Damages Five Hangars At Crystal

Five hangars were damaged Wednesday, May 11, at the Metropolitan Airport Commission's Crystal Airport after powerful spring storms plowed through the area. Airport Manager Mike Wilson said he...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Honors Seven

The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Induction Ceremony and Banquet honored seven Minnesota Aviation personalities Saturday, April 23, at the InterContinental Minneapolis – St. Paul...

 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 1, 2022

Bollig Engineering Serves Unique Market Niche

Over the last 15 years, Willmar-based Bollig Engineering's expertise has focused on airport projects that are crucial to the financial well-being of rural Minnesota. Smaller GA airports need both...

 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 1, 2022

Fuel System Features Remote City Monitoring

Brooten Municipal Airport/John O. Bohmer Field's recently added fuel system, completed in 2021, includes a 5,000-gallon tank for 100LL. It was provided and installed by O'Day Tank and Steel LLC, based... Full story


Laura Herrmann Named FAASTeam Representative Of Year

For the last five decades, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized professionals for general aviation contributions in flight instruction, aviation maintenance/avionics, and safety. These awar...

 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 1, 2022

Minnesota Navy League Council Welcomes 'Top Gun'

The Minnesota Navy League Council has filed a special flight plan to celebrate the soon-to-be-released sequel to a military aviation cinematic classic. "Top Gun: Behind the Curtain" lands Wednesday, J...

 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

Minnesota Flyer Upcoming Events

Please check with contacts to see if dates have been cancelled or changed. We publish events as print space is available. For a full calendar listing, visit www.mnflyer.com. Click on "Events" tab....

 By Tim Hennagir    News    April 1, 2022

Minnesota Maintenance Tech Conference Returns

The 2022 Minnesota Aviation Maintenance Technician and IA Renewal Conference returned March 28-29 to the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. The two-day, in-person conference attracted...


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