Articles from the July 1, 2019 edition

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 By Lois E. Johnson    Cover    July 1, 2019

July Cover

Michael Lilya on the wing of the Piper Archer he has learned to fly while attending UND.... Full story


Hangar Flying

Just like a good neighbor, Minnesota pilots are there. This modified insurance company jingle came to mind recently when Minnesota pilots were asked to “show some love” for a small airstrip in... Full story

 By V. Jones    News    July 1, 2019

It was a beautiful day for a Fly-In

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... Full story

 By V. Jones    News    July 1, 2019

Another successful Fly-In /Drive-In Breakfast

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... Full story

 By Lois E. Johnson    News    July 1, 2019

His Dreams are Taking Off

Michael Lilya, 19, of Moose Lake always wanted to fly. One of his first words were "plane," said his mother Sheryl. "As long as I can remember, I have wanted to fly," Michael said. In March 2018, he... Full story


ASTM International

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., June 26, 2019 – ASTM International, a global standards leader, today published its first-ever technical report, a new type of offering. The organization’s first technical report serves as a guide, providing a framework for... Full story


Muffler Replacement

New Muffler Replacement Available for Cessna Skyhawks/Cardinals Minneapolis, MN – Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, Inc. (AWI), has been granted a PMA by the FAA allowing them to sell new replacement... Full story

 By Lois E. Johnson    News    July 1, 2019

Being a Medical Helicopter Pilot

Neal McCafferty found the perfect place to live and raise his family when they moved to Baxter, near Brainerd, to pilot helicopters for Life Link III, an air ambulance. "I'm loving my job and family... Full story


New Mid-Year WAI Scholarship Winners Announced

Through a donor who wishes to be anonymous, Women in Aviation International has awarded an additional $73,000 in 17 individual scholarships to be put toward flight and aviation maintenance training. These scholarships winners are: WAI Private Pilot... Full story


Small Electric Aircraft Bring the Future of Aviation

It is easy to say that, although small electric aircraft are at last selling, they are a negligible part of the overall aircraft market. Mistake. They will work up from the bottom to be mainstream. Airbus, Boeing and Rolls Royce know this, but many... Full story



F. Lee Bailey, famed criminal lawyer, former Marine pilot, chats with FLYER editor Sherm Booen at the Helicopter Association Convention at Disneyland, California. Bailey recently purchased... Full story

 By Carl Andersen    Faast    July 1, 2019


The FAA defines Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) as, “…a systematic approach to the mental process used by pilots to consistently determine the best course of action in response to a given set of circumstances….” When the FAA talks about... Full story


Additional Photos from the Moose Lake Fly-In/Drive-In breakfast

With so much to see and so many to talk to, we just couldn't fit all the photos in the original article.... Full story


Aeromedical Forum

Last month we talked about Special Issuances, the route to medical certification when you have a significant medical condition that might affect your flying. This involves getting reports from your... Full story


Airport of the Month

"Wells to go Dry" is a headline that could have happened. In 1913, seven years before the United States government enacted national prohibition, a local election prohibited consumption of alcoholic be... Full story


Upcoming Events

Check this column each month to see that dates have not been canceled or changed. Send notices six weeks in advance of publication to the Minnesota Flyer, P.O. Box 750, Sandstone, MN 55072-0750 or or Full story

 By Sherman P. Booen    News    July 1, 2019

From the Archives August 1972

Old 758B climbed out of FCM into a cloudless sky one Friday in July, and set course for Longville. In the right seat was son-in-law Bill Roberts, his lap full of maps and charts. He was getting his... Full story


The Mystery Airplane

Thomas Octave Murdock Sopwith (1888-1989), later Sir Thomas, formed Sopwith Aviation at Kingston-on-Thames in 1912. Famous as a pilot, balloonist, car racer, and yacht racer, Sopwith, with Fred... Full story


2020 WAI Scholarships Ready for Applications

With new scholarships being posted weekly, WAI is ready to accept applications for dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 85 scholarships offered for flight training, scholastic study, maintenance training, and a variety of scholarships for... Full story



Milaca, MN – Milaca Airport (18Y), north of Minneapolis, will become the site for a new event called the Sodbusters STOL Competition. The event, being organized by Jeff Pohl, will be held on Saturday, August 3 beginning at 10:00 a.m. There will be... Full story


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