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    Paul Van Brunt, FAASTeam Rep. CFI|Dec 1, 2019

    How do you approach safety while flying? As a flight instructor we get to see and hear lots of issues that come up at the airport and try to be a sounding board for the issues that pilots bring up, but really what is safety? Is it being right or doing the right thing? You can be right and end up with a damaged airplane or worse. The days of going out and starting your plane and dusting off the cobwebs are gone (well for most people). With the high demand for pilots it can get very busy at most a... Full story

  • Flying through a MOA

    Dan McDowell, MnDOT Aeronautics|Dec 1, 2019

    One of the greatest perks of flying is being able to see and enjoy the beauty of the earth below. But while casually enjoying these sights, especially at lower altitudes, pilots must maintain awareness, not only of other airborne traffic, but also their proximity to military operations areas (MOAs) and low level training routes along or intersecting with their route of flight. What is a MOA, one might ask? According to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) MOAs, "consist of airspace of... Full story

  • Directors Column

    Cassandra Isackson, Director MnDOT Aeronautics|Dec 1, 2019

    As I reflect on my visits to International Falls, one constant comes to mind; a warm welcome, a smile, a hug, from Mayor and Airport Commission Chair Bob Anderson. Sadly, a visit to I-Falls will no longer begin with that smile from Bob, as he passed unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Bob was a true statesman with over 50 years of public service to his community, the state and the nation, in a variety of roles representing his many interests and his deep love of the place he called home.... Full story

  • What can we do?

    Dan McDowell, Mn DOT Aeronautics|Dec 1, 2019

    To be a good pilot... The leading causes of general aviation (GA) accidents may come as a surprise to most GA pilots. In a June, 2019 article by Janice Wood, published in the General Aviation News, Wood said: “from 2008 to 2017, fatal accidents from controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) — another leading cause of GA accidents were reduced by about half.” She then included a list of the top 10 causes of GA accidents. The first three items in order on her list are: 1. Loss of control (LOC) in flight, 2. CFIT 3. Engine failure. What seemed to th... Full story

  • Mystery Airplane

    Tom Lymburn|Dec 1, 2019

    Actor Reginald Denny (1891-1967) flew with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, first as a gunner on Bristol Fighters, later as a pilot. After the Great War he came to Hollywood to further his acting career appearing in over 200 silent films and "talkies." He also continued flying, becoming a member of the "13 Black Cats" stunt pilots which included Art Goebel. Denny's interest in radio-controlled model planes led to the founding of a hobby shop and the Radioplane Company that produced... Full story

  • Aeromedical Forum

    James D. Lakin PhD MD FACP, CFI, CFII, MEI, Airline Transport Pilot, FAA Sen. Med. Examiner|Dec 1, 2019

    Aviation training doesn’t come cheap. So, when the FAA offers it for free, you might want to take a hard look. Of course, there’s a catch. Training is done in Oklahoma City, the headquarters of the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) which does take a few gallons of avgas to reach. However, this time of year, odds are it’s a good deal warmer and sunnier than here at home. Now that I’ve almost talked you into it, what training is available? The two big programs are CAMI’s Physiological Training Course and Basic Survival Skills for Gener... Full story

  • Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame 2020 Inductee:

    Brandon Montane|Dec 1, 2019

    Barbara Wiley is a native of Robbinsdale. Her father was the pilot for her first airplane ride at the Crystal Airport. She later soloed a Cessna 150 in 1965 and earned her Private Pilot License a year later. She went on to earn her Instrument, Seaplane and ATP licenses by 1971. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and taught in the Osseo School District. While also working as a chief pilot for charter operations, a flight instruction, private and... Full story

  • Airport of the Month

    Tom Foster|Dec 1, 2019

    Like to see stage shows and maybe play a little "blackjack?" How about staying in a nice hotel, having some good meals and getting away for a few days? You could get an airline ticket to Las Vegas then enjoy a 45-minute wait in the TSA line so you can take a seat without enough leg room. After that you get to stand in line again for a rental car and walk a couple miles to where it's parked. Later you can do it all over again to get home. A private jet with a limo at the other end would be nice... 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 449, Moose Lake, MN 55767 or, Attention Pilots Be sure to get a Flight Service briefing from (800) WX-Brief before every flight and check your destination airport status. Feb 23: Warroad Minnesota, Warroad airport (RRT). Warroad Lions 42nd Annual Ski Plane Fly-In Breakfast. 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon). Ski Planes land on the Warroad River, Wheel Planes at the... Full story

  • MnPilots Hangar Flying

    Randle Corfman, President Minnesota Pilots Association|Dec 1, 2019

    The Holiday Season is upon us and with this wonderful time of the year comes the opportunity to enjoy time with our coworkers, our friends, our families…and even our flying friends. We know that it is a time of giving, not only gifts to signify our affection for loved ones, but also by giving the gift of time spent with one another. The older I get the more I realize that our time is one of my most valuable assets, and choosing to spend time with others is quite a gift in itself. As this year d... Full story

  • One Piece at a time: Wilbur Orson's life as an aeronaut

    Macklin Caruso|Dec 1, 2019

    Wilbur Orson has spent his entire lifetime in aviation. Orson has aged right alongside aviation. At age 78 Orson has served in the U.S. Air Force, worked as an aircraft mechanic and taught aviation engineering in college. As a commercial pilot he as acquired the following certifications: ASEL, ASES, AMEL, F.E.-TJ, AGI, CFI-A and A&P. His history of flying dates back to 1927, when Charles Lindbergh first crossed the Atlantic. In 1927 aviation had captured the imagination of the world, spreading... Full story

  • Saving a runway

    Warren Batzlaff|Dec 1, 2019

    Minnesota Flyer reader Warren Batzlaff sent in this report on the CrySTOL Fly-In held at Crystal Airport, Crystal Minnesota on Saturday September 14, 2019. This was celebration of sorts for being able to save the turf runway at KMIC. I served on several MAC committees about updating the 2020 comprehensive plan to a 2035 plan. The 2020 plan, completed in 2010, called for removal of the turf runways, removal of one of the parallel asphalt runways, as well as other downsizing. I worked closely and... Full story

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