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  • End of Era at Flying Cloud

    Staff Reports, Minnesota Flyer|Nov 1, 2014

    On a bright, sunny August afternoon, with Thunderbird's President and CEO, Nancy Grazzini-Olson, at the controls, a bulldozer quickly erased from the landscape a building that was a fixture at Flying Cloud Airport for over 50 years. "We trained 1000's of pilots in that building and it survived tornados, snowstorms and every other type of Minnesota weather, so I thought it was only fitting to be the one to get the first swing of the bulldozer," commented Nancy Grazzini-Olson. With onlookers made...

  • Reno Fury

    Tom Lymburn, Minnesota Flyer|Nov 1, 2014

    I snugged the crotch straps and aligned the shoulder harness - careful to keep the D-ring uncovered. CLIP. And CLIP again. Stage one done. Now for the four-point harness. Another set of shoulder straps - then the wide lap belt with the quick release, locked and set- almost. The plugs for my trusty David Clarks are behind my left elbow. I ease the straps and Wayne deftly reaches under my arm pit and plugs in and I'm good. Good and tight. My old Nomex zipped. Velcro cuffs tight. Flying gloves...

  • Tree of Hope upcoming

    Staff Reports, Minnesota Flyer|Nov 1, 2014

    Can you help us put a smile on the face of a child this holiday season? Tree of Hope has been collecting toys for children in the hospital since 1990. In 2013, 32 hospitals across Minnesota received toys to help make a difficult time for both the children and their parents a little brighter. They are able to celebrate the holidays even though they are away from home. How can you help? Engage your family, friends, flying groups, etc. to help collect toys. Work with your local FBO to have a...

  • Mystery Airplane: November 2014

    Tom Lymbrun, Minnesota Flyer|Nov 1, 2014

    Praised by Lady Mary Heath, Britain's "Lady Lindy" in a February 1929 issue of Aviation magazine for its "ease of handling and balance of the controls," the Aristocrat was a product of General Airplanes Corporation of Buffalo, NY. Powered by a 110 hp Warner Scarab seven cylinder radial, it appeared at the 1929 Cleveland Air Show. Eight were purchased by the General Tire and Rubber Company for its 50,000 mile, four month US tour in late 1929 and one, registered X7511, was donated to polar...

  • Cirrus Aircraft co-founders inducted into National Aviation Hall of Fame

    Staff Reports, Minnesota Flyer|Nov 1, 2014

    Dale and Alan Klapmeier were inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame on October 4, 2014 at a ceremony in Dayton, Ohio. The brothers were honored for their contributions to the industry and join a prestigious group of aviation pioneers in the National Hall of Fame including Orville and Wilbur Wright, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong and Chuck Yeager. “This is a great honor and I am humbled to be part of this group of pioneers,” remarked Dale Klapmeier, CEO of Cirrus Aircraft. “The real credit goes to the entire Cirrus family who has b...

  • Events: November 2014

    Check this column each month to see that dates have not been canceled or changed. Send notices of events at least six weeks in advance of publication to the Minnesota Flyer, P.O. Box 750, Sandstone, MN 55072-0750, or mnflyer@pinenet.com. March 30-31, 2015: Brooklyn Center, MN. Aviation Maintenance Technician's Conference, Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr. April 15-17, 2015: St. Cloud, MN. MCOA Airports Conference, Rivers Edge Convention Center, 10 Fourth Avenue South. July 20-26, 2015: Oshkosh, WI. AirVenture 2015....

  • Airport of the Month: Olivia

    Tom Foster, Minnesota Flyer|Nov 1, 2014

    Olivia claims it's the "Corn Capital of the World". Not just Minnesota or the United States, but the entire world. When you fly into the Olivia Regional Airport in the summer you'll see a lot of corn growing, so the reason for the claim might appear obvious. However, the amount of corn growing isn't the only reason Olivia is the world capital. Olivia is home to no less than nine research facilities dedicated to improving production of the cash crop that's essential to the farm economy in the...

  • Aeromedical Forum

    Dr. James D. Lakin, Minnesota Flyer|Nov 1, 2014

    You are always tired. You can’t remember a darn thing. You can’t concentrate. You always feel cold. Therefore you have, • Lack of sleep • Job and/or marital stress • A hideous life-threatening disease • Low thyroid Trick question! The answer is any or all of the above. Please be reassured, however that Option C rarely is the case. In contrast, low thyroid or hypothyroidism is a fairly common cause of all those complaints. Problem is, choices A and B are even more common causes of feeling lik...

  • License to Learn: November 2014

    Tim Franklin, Minnesota Flyer|Nov 1, 2014

    As we work to put this latest issue "to bed" as we say in the business, I am once again impressed how many people who either grew up or live here are truly leaders in the industry in the past, present, and soon to be future, since that is just one day away. Tom Lymburn wrote another excellent article about Sawbones at Reno, starting on page 5, and gave our readers many photos of what can be seen at Reno each fall. I have always wondered if this could one day be a "day tripper" destination. I...

  • Cirrus upgrades braking system

    Nov 1, 2014

    Cirrus Aircraft in early October announced the availability of its Performance Braking System for operators of Generation 3 and newer aircraft from Cirrus DirectTM. The new Performance Braking system is a high-performance, single-caliper brake system with tubeless tires and re-designed wheel fairings that enables owners to experience a new level of convenience, reliability and braking performance. All 2014 Cirrus SR22T, SR22 and SR20 model aircraft currently come equipped with the new Performance Braking System. In addition to making this...

  • Schweiss offers back-up system in case of power outage

    Staff Reports, Minnesota Flyer|Nov 1, 2014

    Before placing an order for a hydraulic or bifold door, have you given any thought to how you would get that big, heavy door open in case of a power outage. This is an important consideration, not only for knowing how you will get your door opened or closed if you need to, but as a safety precaution as well. Schweiss Doors, the leading manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors, has you covered on this. Schweiss has backup systems that come standard with your door and additional ones you may also consider. Hydraulic tractor fittings c...

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