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Articles from the February 1, 2020 edition

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February 2020

Joelle Peterson's Alaskan journey through her grandfather's flight log....


Mn Pilots Hangar Flying

One of the nice things about cold weather is the opportunity to sit down on the couch, or in our favorite chair, and think about things we would like to do when the weather warms up, when spring... Full story

 By Dan McDowell    News    February 1, 2020

Spatial Disorientation Basics

Spatial disorientation can be defined quite simply as the inability to correctly orient oneself with respect to the earth’s surface. It is caused by a variety of sensory illusions. Pilots are especially vulnerable at night and in certain weather... Full story


Joelle Petersen's Alaskan journey through her grandfather's flight logs

In 1965 Gus DeWeedt was flying over Anchorage, Alaska when he was caught in a sudden storm. He lost control of his plane and crashed, killing him. One year later his granddaughter, Joelle Petersen, wa... Full story


Road Trip

One of the benefits of being a pilot is the ability to see and visit things for yourself. I've managed to visit every state in the U.S., every Canadian Province or Territory, and 83 countries around... Full story



Landing a plane can be an issue if you don’t consider all the variables and understand the airplane characteristics that you are flying. Landing is by far the hardest part to learn when training... Full story

 By Dan McDowell    News    February 1, 2020

Normalcy Bias - When Normal Isn't

This past year we have had the unfortunate opportunity to read about a number of aircraft accidents. Far too many of these accidents were pilot error. Worse yet, a number of these accidents ranging from GA, to corporate, military, and the airlines... Full story


Agnes A. Dansl: Becoming a WASP

This piece was submitted by Agnes A. Dansl Ph.D. It is a compilation of notes from a speaking engagement. Agnes states that she is 92 years old and has worked as a high school math teacher, counselor... Full story


Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame 2020 Inductee

Bill Hazelton was born in Minneapolis, MN. His first airplane ride was at Wold-Chamberlain Field in 1932 in a Travel Air biplane. Following High School graduation, he worked as a telephone lineman... Full story


Aeromedical Forum

What better flying weather than a crisp clear February day in Minnesota. You’d think you were flying a helicopter with the short takeoff runs. The air is smooth and the visibility unlimited in bright sunshine. The reflection from the snow is... Full story


Airport of the Month

Less than seven years after the Wright Brothers first powered flights the air age came to Springfield, Mn. A pilot who called himself Captain Foster (it's true, you cannot make this stuff up) arrived... Full story


The Mystery Airplane

Formed in October 1936, with a new factory at Fishermen's Bend, in Melbourne, Australia, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) gave Australia a much needed national facility for aircraft... Full story

 By Tom Bredeson    News    February 1, 2020

Tree of Hope Update

Thank you for your article on the Tree of Hope which appeared on page 19 of the current issue of Minnesota Flyer. This is a well-written summary of the history and current events with Tree of Hope.... Full story


Charlie Wiplinger Named CEO of Wipaire

Charlie Wiplinger Named CEO, Bob Wiplinger announces semi-retirement and becomes Chairman, effective January 1, 2020. South Saint Paul, Minnesota, January 2020 – Wipaire announces Bob "Wip"... Full story



Paul Van Brunt of Lakeville, MN was awarded the 2020 CFI of the year Minnesota FISDO GL15 and FAAST team award. Paul is a CFII, MEI, IGI, and AGI with over 5,000 hour's instruction given in all types... Full story


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