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 By Jeremy D. Dando    News    March 1, 2020 

Flash Mob Fly-In 2020

Highlights and photos: Courtesy of aviation writer/photographer Jeremy D. Dando Aviators in Minnesota are hardy folks. They do not let the long cold winters put an end to their flying. Not wanting to...

 
 By Tim Franklin    News    March 1, 2020 

Isle Airport future to be decided in April

Isle Airport Flying Club member Dave Retka terms it a "fight for survival" of the Isle Airport in a letter to airport supporters in early January. After growing membership of the club and making a pos...

 
 By Brandon Montanye    News    March 1, 2020 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

Born in Bremerton, Washington, on June 7, 1945, Hancock lived in Washington until he was 22. This is where he learned to fly and in 1963, soloed in a Cessna 140. He learned to fly in a Cessna 140 and...

 
 By Brandon Montanye    News    March 1, 2020 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

William "Bill" Mavencamp was born in Maple Lake, Minnesota on January 19, 1927. His first airplane ride was with a barnstormer in a biplane at the age of 6 in his hometown. In 1947 he soloed in a J3...

 
 By Macklin Caruso    News    March 1, 2020 

MnDOT releases AirportFinder: a digital Minnesota airport directory

Minnesota is a vast and rural state, with much of it remaining unknown to outside residents. However, with the release of a new app, aiming to familiarize pilots with the state’s airports, flying over Minnesota’s endless forests and prairies...

 
 News    March 1, 2020 

Proposed Remote ID Rule Contains Concerning Requirements

January 16, 2020 - EAA is very concerned that the FAA's proposed rule on Remote Identification (RID) of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) could have a severe detrimental impact on traditional model...

 
 News    March 1, 2020 

Donald Clinton Berndt

Donald Berndt, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, lived to age 95 and passed peacefully after suffering a stroke on December 15, 2019. Donald was born at home near Mayer, Minnesota, prematurely, after his mother suffered a fall on the ice on their farm....

 
 By Dan McDowell    News    February 1, 2020

Spatial Disorientation Basics

Spatial disorientation can be defined quite simply as the inability to correctly orient oneself with respect to the earth’s surface. It is caused by a variety of sensory illusions. Pilots are especially vulnerable at night and in certain weather...

 

Joelle Petersen's Alaskan journey through her grandfather's flight logs

In 1965 Gus DeWeedt was flying over Anchorage, Alaska when he was caught in a sudden storm. He lost control of his plane and crashed, killing him. One year later his granddaughter, Joelle Petersen, wa...

 
 By Dan McDowell    News    February 1, 2020

Normalcy Bias - When Normal Isn't

This past year we have had the unfortunate opportunity to read about a number of aircraft accidents. Far too many of these accidents were pilot error. Worse yet, a number of these accidents ranging from GA, to corporate, military, and the airlines...

 

Agnes A. Dansl: Becoming a WASP

This piece was submitted by Agnes A. Dansl Ph.D. It is a compilation of notes from a speaking engagement. Agnes states that she is 92 years old and has worked as a high school math teacher, counselor...

 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame 2020 Inductee

Bill Hazelton was born in Minneapolis, MN. His first airplane ride was at Wold-Chamberlain Field in 1932 in a Travel Air biplane. Following High School graduation, he worked as a telephone lineman...

 
 By Tom Bredeson    News    February 1, 2020

Tree of Hope Update

Thank you for your article on the Tree of Hope which appeared on page 19 of the current issue of Minnesota Flyer. This is a well-written summary of the history and current events with Tree of Hope....

 

Charlie Wiplinger Named CEO of Wipaire

Charlie Wiplinger Named CEO, Bob Wiplinger announces semi-retirement and becomes Chairman, effective January 1, 2020. South Saint Paul, Minnesota, January 2020 – Wipaire announces Bob "Wip"...

 

Congratulations!

Paul Van Brunt of Lakeville, MN was awarded the 2020 CFI of the year Minnesota FISDO GL15 and FAAST team award. Paul is a CFII, MEI, IGI, and AGI with over 5,000 hour's instruction given in all types...

 
 By Noel Allard    News    January 1, 2020

Continuing the legacy-Part one

Noel Allard shared this excerpt from his "Sherm Booen" files. He promises "more to come." Sherm Booen spent late 1943 and 1944 in Foggia and other US Air Corps bases in Italy. He served as a civilian...

 
 By Macklin Caruso    News    January 1, 2020

Maxwell Aircraft Service:

For 73 years, Maxwell Aircraft Service has been the premiere aircraft service shop of the Upper Midwest. Maxwell Aircraft Service – which is based out of Crystal – specializes in aircraft...

 
 By Macklin Caruso    News    January 1, 2020

From the Editor 2020

My name is Macklin Caruso and I will be taking the reins as the new editor at Minnesota Flyer. It is a real honor to work for such a historic Minnesota publication with longstanding ties to the...

 
 By Tom Lymburn    News    January 1, 2020

Confessions of an Airshow Announcer...

Continuing an ongoing series by Tom Lymburn. Some aircraft look right in the air. Nothing compares to the graceful elliptical wing of R.J. Mitchell's classic Merlin engine Spitfire, Kelly Johnson's...

 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame 2020 Inductee:

Harold H. Brown was born in Minneapolis a graduate of Minneapolis North High School, he took his first airplane ride at Wold-Chamberlain Field in 1941 and soloed at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama...

 
 By Macklin Caruso    News    January 1, 2020

Pilot Gary Black's four-day journey with veterans and a Rocky Mountain wilderness

Four days rafting down the Green River – a tributary of the Colorado River – in the heart of the rugged Rocky Mountain wilderness. Tim Valentine – an international business person, pastor and...

 
 By Macklin Caruso    News    January 1, 2020

Tree of Hope continues to deliver joy in its 30th year

Planes flew in from across the state to deliver toys to the 30th annual Tree of Hope toy drive on Dec. 7. In Hangar 2 of the St. Cloud Regional Airport – the first time the event has ever been held...

 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame 2020 Inductee:

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...

 

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

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...

 

Saving a runway

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...

 

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