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Cover November 2020

Ray Johnson flew his 1943 Stearman in for the Sept. 19, 2020 Mora Fly-In....

 
 By Ellen Quist    News    November 1, 2020 

A New Mission for a New Normal

Last summer, the first I spent with a private pilot's license, I used my newfound freedom to hit up a number of Minnesota fly-in events: Rush City, Starbuck, Elbow Lake, Aitkin, etc. I even made my...

 
 By Kim Lueck-Foss    News    November 1, 2020 

Mora Fly-In

The city of Mora hosted its annual fly-in Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Mora Municipal Airport. The day began with the Mora American Legion opening ceremony with the presentation...

 
 By Paul Van Brunt    Faast    November 1, 2020 

Control Tower vs Non-Towered

Whether you fly in a towered environment or non-towered, the two are very different and require you to be aware of other traffic. While the towered environment is much more controlled, you still have...

 

Hangar Flying

Charlie Seitz was my primary flight instructor in Wichita, Kansas, long, long ago. He taught me many long-lasting lessons, not the least of which was to get recurrent training from a flight...

 

September Contest Photo Martin AM-1 Mauler

First flying on 26 August 1944 as the XBTM-1, the Mauler was one of four single-seat bomber/torpedo planes ordered for testing by the Navy in 1943. The Curtiss XBTC-2 and the Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK-1...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    November 1, 2020 

"It's a Good Life.... Especially if you like the woods and outdoors."

Happiness is getting paid for what you love to do anyway. That's especially true if you're a flyer or nature lover. Lots of people spend plenty of money to go flying or get away from it all. Robert Ho...

 
 By V. Jones    News    November 1, 2020 

Winter's Coming - Are you Ready?

It’s that time of year again when the comfortable days of fall are giving way to cooler temperatures. Winter is moving in fast and will be here before you know it! As you are going over your checklist to be sure your airplane is ready for winter...

 
 By Jim Hanson    Jim Hanson    November 1, 2020 

THE PT AND ME

I was in the Army 1966-68-stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. I had started flying in 1962, and had my commercial and Flight Instructor ratings at 18. United Airlines was handing out provisional...

 

Airport of the Month Project Spotlight

In the early 1800s a Catholic Priest mistook a lake for a something else and named a place in Minnesota using the French word "detroit" (that means straight or channel). Soon a village had sprung up...

 

Aeromedical Forum

Headaches and aviation are frequent companions. Anyone who has made a long cross country flight knows why. Hours of engine noise and vibration, traffic, buildups, headwinds that make your fuel consumption jump…any and all are headache generators. T...

 

Shop Talk with Trent Wallman

Winter is almost here, and it’s time again to start shifting to winter operations. I love winter and the advantages and challenges it brings. Being from Minnesota, we know that proper gear is the difference between surviving and thriving through...

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Your Thanksgiving Holiday may look different this year but there is still much to be thankful for. That is why in this season of Giving Thanks we at the Minnesota Flyer would like take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to all of you! Thank You...

 
 By Chad Armstrong    News    November 1, 2020 

Still Finding Thanks

Most of the articles I’ve read throughout the year have discussed the current COVID pandemic at length, and rightfully so – this virus has affected the lives of nearly every person worldwide. The year 2020 has been filled with shutdowns, travel...

 

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