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 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 12, 2022

Storm Damages Five Hangars At Crystal

Five hangars were damaged Wednesday, May 11, at the Metropolitan Airport Commission's Crystal Airport after powerful spring storms plowed through the area. Airport Manager Mike Wilson said he...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 1, 2022 

Bollig Engineering Serves Unique Market Niche

Over the last 15 years, Willmar-based Bollig Engineering's expertise has focused on airport projects that are crucial to the financial well-being of rural Minnesota. Smaller GA airports need both...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 1, 2022 

Fuel System Features Remote City Monitoring

Brooten Municipal Airport/John O. Bohmer Field's recently added fuel system, completed in 2021, includes a 5,000-gallon tank for 100LL. It was provided and installed by O'Day Tank and Steel LLC, based...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    May 1, 2022 

Travel Experience Uncovers Aviation Connection

People used to call all facial tissue "Kleenex" because the product invented by Kimberly-Clark was so ubiquitous that the name became generic. Pilots did the same thing with flight simulators calling...

 
 By Tom Lymburn    News    May 1, 2022 

Confessions Of An Airshow Announcer – The Missing Man

"Now Lieutenant," Randy often said. "You know you've been in aviation a long time, when the list of people you knew, is longer than the list of people you know." When he first said that to me over...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    May 1, 2022 

Minnesota DNR Aviation Celebrates 75 Years

By any measure 1947 was an auspicious year. Yes, that was 75 years ago and included some very interesting and historic events. The Brooklyn Dodgers acquired Jackie Robinson, the first African...

 

Laura Herrmann Named FAASTeam Representative Of Year

For the last five decades, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized professionals for general aviation contributions in flight instruction, aviation maintenance/avionics, and safety. These awar...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 1, 2022 

Minnesota Navy League Council Welcomes 'Top Gun'

The Minnesota Navy League Council has filed a special flight plan to celebrate the soon-to-be-released sequel to a military aviation cinematic classic. "Top Gun: Behind the Curtain" lands Wednesday, J...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    April 1, 2022

Minnesota Maintenance Tech Conference Returns

The 2022 Minnesota Aviation Maintenance Technician and IA Renewal Conference returned March 28-29 to the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. The two-day, in-person conference attracted...

 
 By Ben Sonnek    News    April 1, 2022

Sauk Centre Pilot Makes Airborne Prom Proposal

Less than three months after getting his pilot's license, Carter Ricard took off from Sauk Centre Municipal Airport to undertake one of his highest-stakes flights so far: asking his girlfriend,...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    April 1, 2022

Former DNR Chief Pilot Was Avionics Use Pioneer

Forty some years ago an aviation revolution was occurring, one of the biggest changes since Jimmy Doolittle flew without seeing outside the airplane. Point-to-point navigation using VORs and NDBs was...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    April 1, 2022

Minnesota Musician-Aviator Served in South Pacific

Guadalcanal is not a waterway like "Panama Canal." In Arabic the name means "Valley of Stalls," or "Markets." It's also the name of a city in the Spanish region of Andalusia, and thanks to a homesick...

 
 By Jim Hanson    News    April 1, 2022

Airport Courtesy Cars Bridge Visitors' Mobility Gap

General Aviation aircraft are not only fun to fly, but (dare I say it?) PRACTICAL for personal and business travel. Yes, they are comparatively fast-enabling not only cross-country trips, but a GA...

 
 By James McCanney    News    April 1, 2022

ForeFlight Content Packs Get Travel Guide Refinements

MnDOT Aeronautics added a new feature to the Minnesota Airport Directory and Travel Guide three years ago. We developed a Foreflight Content Pack and made it available for anyone to download and add...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    March 1, 2022

Wings Insurance Selected As Cirrus Official Broker

Cirrus Aircraft has selected Eden-Prairie based Wings Insurance as its dedicated insurance broker to provide modern aviation insurance options for customers. "We are thrilled to enter into this new pa...

 

Older Pilots Focus Of Recent AOPA Insurance Survey

Late last fall, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association released the results of a survey of pilots and aircraft owners across the country, confirming what the non-profit political organization has...

 

MAC Reliever Airports See Continued Growth In 2021

Six general aviation airports operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) grew operations in 2021 by 8% collectively-an increase to 352,195, or 26,151 more takeoffs and landings when compar...

 

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...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    March 1, 2022

Flight Experience Includes Marinated Meat

In the 1960s having a "draft card" was a mixed blessing for human males in the United States. The Vietnam War was escalating to a crescendo meaning you were likely to be conscripted by the so-called...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    March 1, 2022

FAA Approves St. Cloud Regional Airport Transfer

The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved a new governance structure involving the St. Cloud Regional Airport, effective Dec. 31, 2021. Governance was transferred from the city to the St....

 

Piper Aircraft Expands Brand Ambassador Program

Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced in earlier this year it would expand its brand ambassador program to include Minnesota State University, Mankato. Piper Brand Ambassadors leverage their social media...

 

Longtime Lake Elmo EAA Chapter Member Dies

EAA Chapter 54 member Dennis Hoffman passed away Nov. 1, 2021. Hoffman, age 75, of Stillwater, was a longtime member of Chapter 54 who flew many Young Eagle flights with the chapter in his lovingly...

 
 By Tom Lymburn    News    February 1, 2022

Confessions Of An Airshow Announcer – The Berlin Candy Bomber

"Of all the famous people you've interviewed in your three decades of airshow announcing, who was your favorite?" She was a serious high school senior working on a paper about World War II flyers....

 
 By Jim Hanson    News    February 1, 2022

Porterfield Collegiate Offers Unique Flight Experience

Regular readers may recall my quest to fly as many unique aircraft types as possible. Enroute to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last year, I was able to add another to my list-the Porterfield. A friend, Bob L...

 
 By Tom Lymburn    News    February 1, 2022

Aircraft Museums and Collections of Minnesota

Editor's Note: This new Minnesota Flyer series memorializes the state's current or past aviation museums and collections. For some of the long-gone museums and collections, it should be a nostalgia...

 

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