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Articles from the December 1, 2021 edition

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Cover December 2021

This Piper JC3-65 Cub registered to Wally's Flyers, Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, participated in the Oct. 30 fly-in pancake breakfast hosted by EAA Chapter 745. Benson's Airport is located between...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    December 1, 2021

Banquet Attendance Produces Aviation Auld Lang Syne

One of the highlights of the year (ranking next to AirVenture at Oshkosh) is the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Banquet, which inducts new members annually. The COVID-19 pandemic forced a three-time...

 

Association President Completes Seasonal Visit With Santa

Happy Holidays...Happy Holidays...May the Merry Bells Keep Ringing...Happy Holidays to you! In the spirit of the words sung by Andy Williams, we wish our fellow Minnesota Aviators a Merry Christmas...

 

Airport Of The Month – Little Falls

Little Falls/Morrison County-Lindbergh Field is exactly what a General Aviation facility ought to be. Runway 13/31 is 4,000 feet long with all modern lighting systems and the customary RNAV...

 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee Profile

Each year, the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHOF) inductee selection committee meets in June to review nomination submissions and to select the following year's inductees. Selection includes...

 

Minnesota's 'Baron of Beechcraft' Closes Out Career

One of the great things about visiting Anoka County-Blaine Airport (KANE) is you never know what is hidden behind a given set of hangar doors. It could be a Cessna 152, or something exotic like a...

 
 By Tom Lymburn    News    December 1, 2021

Confessions of an Airshow Announcer – The Hawker Sea Fury

"And now ladies and gentlemen, from your right, keep your eyes on the landing lights and the wing tip smoke generators. Cameras ready! Let's rock and roll with Commander Curt Brown and the vortex demo...

 

You Can Fly With Insulin-Dependent Diabetes

There was a time when the diagnosis of diabetes was the prelude to a short life. Then insulin came along in 1922, which gave diabetic patients a reprieve from the immediate effects of a deficiency of that vital hormone. However, as time passed it...

 
 By Kreg Anderson    News    December 1, 2021

Ferry Flight Creates Educational Opportunity

As long as I've been flying I've always enjoyed having the opportunity to fly new planes and experience new places. Matter of fact, one of my favorite services to provide as a professional pilot is...

 
 By Wayne Flury    News    December 1, 2021

An American Stearman Spotted In The U.K.

Regular Minnesota Flyer readers may recall a promise to provide updates on the saga of a 1943 Boeing Stearman, previously owned by Ray Johnson. Johnson had sold his beloved biplane to Paramount...

 

Information Is Best Shared In Both Directions

With the new ADS-B mandate taking effect last year, many people have recently upgraded their aircraft to include ADS-B Out. This meets the requirement but may not be the absolute best outcome when trying to increase your safety. As with many things,...

 

October Mystery Airplane Contest

The de Havilland company got into the jet business with the Goblin powered Vampire. Initially called the Spider Crab, the prototype first flew on 20 September 1943. Too late for service in WWII,...

 

Minnesota Airport Development Funding Overview

As everyone knows, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a whirlwind of new experiences for most people, at work and at home. MnDOT Aeronautics is also no stranger to new tasks. Over the past year, the Airport Development section of Aeronautics has been...

 

MnDOT Aeronautics Signs AWOS Vendor Agreement

It’s 5 a.m., and you’re beginning to hear the birds calling in the beautiful day as you sit outdoors sipping your morning cup of Joe. You’re looking ahead to the 7:15 a.m. tee time with your other flying friends at the city of Buffalo – Wild...

 

How COVID-19 Changed Things For Pilots

In March of 2020 my family and I took a vacation to Mexico. Upon arriving at the airport, I wondered if I was making a big mistake. At the time I wasn’t worried about shortages of meat or paper products. What was troubling me was how this mystery v...

 

Flight Risk Assessment Tools Remain Essential

As aviators, we know flying can be a highly rewarding activity. The sense of accomplishment which results from a well-executed flight is hard to beat. However, flying can also be a high-risk activity. Weather, terrain, aircraft unfamiliarity, pilot...

 

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