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Articles from the July 1, 2015 edition


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  • Discover Aviation Days at Anoka County Airport 2015

    C.M. Swanson|Jul 1, 2015

    Discover Aviation Days 2015 gathered crowds at every aircraft on display at Anoka County Blaine Airport at Jane's Field. The skies were alive with stunning sights, the crowd generous with their ous, ahhs, and other exclamations of delight. Hot buttered syrupy pancakes, with bacon, sausages and eggs were served for breakfast in the comfort of the main hangar while food vendors provided a wide variety of delicious fare. Attendees who stayed the day engaged in the picnic type lunch in the hangar or... Full story

  • Ray Fagen Memorial Air Show spectacular extravaganza

    C.M. Swanson|Jul 1, 2015

    The Ray Fagen Memorial Air Show of June 20 was a day of tribute to World War II Veterans, to commemorate their sacrifices, their contributions to the freedom we hold so dear. The American Legion was on hand to present the flag at the show's opening, a ceremony for which the crowd was on its feet, hands over their hearts. Watching the Japanese Zero maneuver through sunny skies above the Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport caused many to contemplate how folks who experienced seeing the Japanese Zero's... Full story

  • Moose Lake Pilot Bash - Getting together just for the fun of it!

    C.M. Swanson|Jul 1, 2015

    Sometimes people in aviation want to get together just for the fun of it. That is exactly what Larry and Karen Helwig did in June at their hangar at the Carlton County Moose Lake Airport. Of course, fun includes hot dogs, brats and chips, which the Helwig's supplied on the warm, misty, summer day. Attendees enjoyed swapping aviation stories, sharing ideas, and investigating each other's aircraft. Some of the aircraft at the gathering included a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, a Bonanza V35, and an RB8A kit... Full story

  • Sixth Annual Girls Aviation Day draws future (and present) aviationists

    C.M. Swanson|Jul 1, 2015

    Girls Aviation Day, May 2, at Airlake Airport in Lakeville, offered incentives to boys and girls alike. Pilots in EAA Chapter 25 gave free first rides to 53 to youngsters. Aircraft ranged from a J-3 Cub to a Cessna 172. There were also guided tours of the North Memorial helicopter facilities. Representatives from the 99's Flying Club, Air Trek North, Civil Air Patrol, Stars of the North, the Minnesota chapter of Women in Aviation, AirSpace Minnesota, Learning Jet, Minnesota Army Guard Reserve,... Full story

  • Build A Plane program prospers in Princeton

    C.M. Swanson|Jul 1, 2015

    It is not uncommon for a kid to dream of building an airplane. In Princeton, it actually happens. "Right now we're working on a Kitfox," said John Bjornstad, Flight Expo's Build A Plane project manager. "The Kitfox came to us as a donation. Most of the airframe was complete but all the systems needed to be installed and some modifications needed to be put in place so we figured out what we needed to do, then every week we took a task to complete. "We began the program in mid-October last year.... Full story

  • Cirrus "Vision Center" will expand to Knoxville, Tennessee Airport

    Staff Reports, Minnesota Flyer|Jul 1, 2015

    During a special ceremony on May 6, 2015, at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee, Cirrus Aircraft Co-Founder and CEO Dale Klapmeier joined Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and announced the expansion of Cirrus Aircraft to Knoxville with the new Vision Center. This Cirrus Customer Experience Center will be the central location for all Cirrus Aircraft pilot, owner and customer activities. This will also include sales, delivery, training, maintenance, support, personalization, fixed base operations and more for all Cirrus airplanes...

  • Boss 182 Lycoming IO-580 conversion now available for landplanes

    Staff Reports, Minnesota Flyer|Jul 1, 2015

    Wipaire, Inc. is pleased to announce that the most powerful factory-new engine conversion for the Cessna 182 is now available for landplanes. The Boss 182 Lycoming IO-580 engine conversion boasts a 58 pound (26 kg) gross weight increase on wheels. Owners can opt to use their existing engine mount, or can upgrade to Wipaire’s heavy-duty engine mount (required for float installation as well as floatplane gross weight increases). “We’re excited to make the performance of the Boss 182 engine conversion available to owners of wheeled aircraft,...

  • Schweiss expanding

    Staff Reports, Minnesota Flyer|Jul 1, 2015

    Schweiss Doors, a leading manufacturer and installer of liftstrap bifold doors, powerful one-piece hydraulic doors and unique designer doors, has built and opened a new state-of-the-art factory electrical facility. “Recent growth in the door market due to our innovative electrical door engineering concepts and our growing roster of door products made this expansion necessary,” says Mike Schweiss, owner of Schweiss Doors. “This new building, 20,000 square feet, offers assembly space for our engineering purposes. Additionally, the... Full story

  • Cirrus Aircraft celebrates 6000th airplane deliver

    Staff Reports, Minnesota Flyer|Jul 1, 2015

    Cirrus Aircraft on June 15, 2015 announced its latest significant milestone: the customer delivery of its 6,000th new airplane. The accomplishment comes just 16 years after the company delivered its first production aircraft and on the heels of a strong 2014 performance where the SR-series of aircraft maintained its position as the best-selling four/five-place aircraft in the world for the 12th year in a row. “Our customers, partners and employees are rightfully proud of this amazing accomplishment,” said Dale Klapmeier, Co-Founder and Chie... Full story

  • Airport of the Month: Flying Cloud

    Tom Foster, Minnesota Flyer|Jul 1, 2015

    In 1879 John Cummings was farming in what's now the City of Eden Prairie. He built a house just north of today's Pioneer Trail. The "Cummings" house is still there. It's on the National Register of Historic Places and owned by the Eden Prairie Historical Society. Around 1933 the Cummings farm was purchased by two prodigious agriculturalists, Harriet and Edwin Sprague Phipps. Harriet had a huge Peony garden next to the house and you can see that too when you visit. Edwin was known as the... Full story

  • Aeromedical Forum: July 2015

    Dr. James D. Lakin, Minnesota Flyer|Jul 1, 2015

    If someone’s ever buried a hatchet in your head, you know what a migraine headache feels like. At least that’s what patients have told me. They can be devastating, incapacitating events. Unfortunately they are common. Over 30 million Americans experience at least one episode every year. That is estimated to account for over $13 billion in lost productivity annually. They can begin in either childhood or adulthood although it’s unusual for them to start after age 50. To make matters worse,...

  • Mystery Airplane: July 2015

    Tom Lymburn, Minnesota Flyer|Jul 1, 2015

    The de Havilland DH 114 Heron, which first flew at Hatfield on 10 May 1950, proved adaptable to stretching and engine changes. Initially powered by four de Havilland Gipsy Queens of 250 to 340 hp, it was later rebuilt with 260 and 340 hp Lycomings. The ultimate modification came in 1969 when Saunders Aircraft of Gimli, Manitoba, reconfigured a Heron Mk. II with a lengthened fuselage, a reengineered wing, and a pair of 715 hp P & W PT -6A turboprops. The fuselage stretch was eight feet six... Full story