Articles from the April 1, 2022 edition

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 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...

 

Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering Returns May 20-21 In Buffalo

The 2022 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering is just a month away and we are looking forward to seeing you again this year to celebrate aviation and to cross flight paths with our aviation friends....

 
 By Tim Hennagir    Events   

Five Don't Miss 'Drop-In Destinations' For Fly-In Fun

Hunting the $100 hamburger is likely to cost a bit more this spring and summer because of rising fuel costs, but that shouldn't deter dedicated pilots from exploring new places when making the...

 

Airport Of The Month – Duluth International

In 1929 the city of Duluth purchased 640 acres to build an airport. It opened in 1930 with two, 2,650-foot-long turf runways. Scheduled airline service to Duluth started in 1940. After the beginning...

 
 By Ben Sonnek    News    April 1, 2022

Sauk Centre Pilot Makes Airborne Prom Proposal

Less than three months after getting his pilot's license, Carter Ricard took off from Sauk Centre Municipal Airport to undertake one of his highest-stakes flights so far: asking his girlfriend,...

 

Vertigo: Dizzy Pilots Make Distraught Passengers

Vertigo is a common experience. It's not just a feeling of light headedness but a sensation that the world is spinning around. When you were a kid and spun around you intentionally set off a form of...

 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee Profile

Each year, the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHOF) inductee selection committee meets in June to review nomination submissions and to select the following year's inductees. Selection includes...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    April 1, 2022

Former DNR Chief Pilot Was Avionics Use Pioneer

Forty some years ago an aviation revolution was occurring, one of the biggest changes since Jimmy Doolittle flew without seeing outside the airplane. Point-to-point navigation using VORs and NDBs was...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    April 1, 2022

Minnesota Musician-Aviator Served in South Pacific

Guadalcanal is not a waterway like "Panama Canal." In Arabic the name means "Valley of Stalls," or "Markets." It's also the name of a city in the Spanish region of Andalusia, and thanks to a homesick...

 
 By Heather McNevin    Faast    April 1, 2022

Pilot Report Can Aid Fellow Pilots

The pilot report, or PIREP, is an often appreciated bit of information, but how often do you actually submit one? PIREPs are, generally, only useful in a given area and for a small amount of time....

 

Mystery Airplane Contest April

The Curtiss Hawk series of fighters began with the Army's PW-8 (PW = Pursuit Water-Cooled) in 1924, and evolved from the P-1 to the P-6. The Navy followed with land and carrier-based models called...

 
 By Jim Hanson    News    April 1, 2022

Airport Courtesy Cars Bridge Visitors' Mobility Gap

General Aviation aircraft are not only fun to fly, but (dare I say it?) PRACTICAL for personal and business travel. Yes, they are comparatively fast-enabling not only cross-country trips, but a GA...

 
 By James McCanney    News    April 1, 2022

ForeFlight Content Packs Get Travel Guide Refinements

MnDOT Aeronautics added a new feature to the Minnesota Airport Directory and Travel Guide three years ago. We developed a Foreflight Content Pack and made it available for anyone to download and add...

 

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