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  • Winter's Coming - Are you Ready?

    V. Jones|Nov 1, 2020

    It’s that time of year again when the comfortable days of fall are giving way to cooler temperatures. Winter is moving in fast and will be here before you know it! As you are going over your checklist to be sure your airplane is ready for winter flying, remember to also look over your winter survival kit. Have you removed anything from the kit and not replaced it? Don’t assume that something is there just because it was the last time you checked. Go over the contents item by item. Are any packages opened or damaged? Look for outdated items (em...

  • Open but Private

    V. Jones, Minnesota Flyer|Jul 1, 2020

    Although there is still much work to be done and funds to be raised, the Isle City Council voted recently to keep the airport open. At the June meeting of the Isle City Council a vote was taken which would determine the future of the Isle Airport. In December of 2019 the city council and the Isle Airport Association received notice from the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics that unless obstructions were removed the Isle Airport would be closed down. The obstructions... Full story

  • Readers Page

    V. Jones, Minnesota Flyer|Jun 1, 2020

    As you are well aware, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to cancel most of the regular aviation events that everyone looks forward to each year. Typically, stories from those events help fill the pages of the Minnesota Flyer throughout the year. We at the Minnesota Flyer want to continue to offer our readers stories and information on Minnesota based aviation news and happenings. We believe this is the perfect time to introduce some fresh new column ideas and we appreciate... Full story

  • Let's Get Technical

    V. Jones, Minnesota Flyer|Jun 1, 2020

    This will be a new regular column where readers who are in the process of building or restoring their own aircraft can send in their questions to be answered in a future issue of the Minnesota Flyer by Technical Advisor Mark Manning. Please submit your questions along with a photo whenever possible to: 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... Full story

  • Memories of Oshkosh

    V. Jones, Minnesota Flyer|Jun 1, 2020

    On May 1st, 2020, came the EAA announcement that the 68th annual Oshkosh fly-in event scheduled for July 20-26th was to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was not an easy decision but for many reasons the organizers felt it was the only option given the uncertainty of the situation. More than half a million people from all over the world head to Oshkosh each summer for the event, the largest fly-in convention in the world. Last year's event hosted people from over 90 countries around... Full story

  • It was a beautiful day for a Fly-In

    V. Jones|Jul 1, 2019

    Good weather is what everyone hopes for when planning an outside event and that is just what Grand Rapids EAA Chapter 412 had for their Fly-In breakfast held on June 1st. After a cool morning, it ended up being a beautiful 70° day. Along with breakfast was a silent auction offering many nice items to bid on. The money raised will go toward a scholarship fund. Each year, they award two or three $750.00 scholarships to students entering the aviation field. Chapter President Robert Bischoff... Full story

  • Another successful Fly-In /Drive-In Breakfast

    V. Jones|Jul 1, 2019

    Once again, aside from a little wind, the weather was perfect for a fly-in event! The Lakes Flying Club Annual Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast on Sat., June 15th, had a lot to offer. Planes, as well as vehicles, full of hungry people came and went all day long. Emergency Responders were there with an ambulance and a fire truck to look over and ask questions about. A Life Flight Helicopter and an Air Care Medical Helicopter were also there. Both of these drew a lot of interest from the crowd.... Full story

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