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 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...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    February 1, 2022

Kruse Aviation Interior Projects Include Cessna 180s

Kruse Aviation has been an FBO fixture at Princeton Municipal Airport (KPNM) since 2001. Owner Duane Kruse reports he's busy with interior projects. "We have three airplanes in the hangar right now,"...

 

Premier Jet Center Takes Boutique Approach To Interiors

Most aircraft interior design customers have an idea of what they want to achieve. Premier Jet Center provides boutique service and helps steer clients in a direction that works well together....

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    February 1, 2022

Piper Cherokee Shapes Aviation Experience

A beautifully transformed Piper Cherokee Six-300 continues to shape aviation memories for Trent Palm, his wife, Cynthia and the couple's five children. When the time came for a restoration, Hannah,...

 

Bemidji-Based AirCorps Aviation Joins GAMA

General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has announced the addition of Bemidji-based AirCorps Aviation as a member. AirCorps Aviation was founded in 2011 as a Warbird restoration shop. The...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    January 1, 2022

Aviation Collectables Retailer Forges Unique Niche

Donnie Gardner is expanding the world of aviation retail one market niche at a time. He credits his dad for providing the creative spark behind DGPilot Aviation Collectibles & More, located in...

 

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 Noel Allard    News    January 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...

 

IADA Accepts Elliott Aviation As Partner

Elliott Aviation has been verified and accepted as a new products and services member by the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA). "The IADA Board of Directors welcomes Elliott Aviation,...

 

Longtime Forest Lake EAA Chapter Member Dies

Ray Anderson, longtime Forest Lake EAA Chapter 1638 member, died Nov. 21, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 82 years old. Anderson was the owner of General Repair Service in Vadnais...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    January 1, 2022

Renovation Project Features Unique Approach By Aircraft Owner

Ken Snyder kept a simple mantra in mind throughout the course of his Le Sueur Municipal Airport hangar renovation project. "My whole goal was keeping costs in check," he said. "It wasn't hard, even th...

 

Preparation Is Key Before Ordering A Hangar Door

When you decide it's time for you to build a new hangar or replace doors on your current hangar there are steps to take to make this process go smoothly and cost efficient as possible. Contractors,...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    January 1, 2022

Family Company Keeps Hangar Tenants Happy

Osseo-based Wiley Properties has consistently renovated its Crystal Airport hangars to keep pace with market changes in general aviation. Wiley Properties got its start in 1954 with Hap Wiley, who...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    January 1, 2022

Hangar Door Repair Remains A Family Affair

Merle Marshall's attention to detail served him well during his 33-year career as a Teamster. After retiring in 2017 as a Metropolitan Airports Commission senior maintenance worker, it wasn't long...

 
 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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    November 1, 2021

Minnesota B-17 Pilot Had Unique War History

Frank Valesh had a career in military aviation that was brief, interesting, and frequently violent. From September 1943 until August 1944 Valesh flew B-17s for the U.S. Army's Eighth Air Force in Grea...

 

Trio Of Female Pilots Evacuate Afghan Orphans

Twenty-six year old Kaitlyn (LaFrance) Hawkinson sort of fell in to her career as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Even her mother, who thought Kaitlyn (now Capt. Hawkinson) might pursue a career in the...

 
 By Jim Hanson    News    November 1, 2021

Albert Lea Area WWII Vet Gets A Surprise

A WW II open-cockpit biplane dropped into Albert Lea Airport on short notice Aug. 31. Though WW II aircraft are increasingly rare, this wasn't unusual. What WAS unusual is that it made a special trip...

 

EAA Chapter 25 Banquet Features Gary Powers, Jr.

EAA Chapter 25 sponsored a fantastic banquet on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Crystal Lake Golf Club and Banquet Facility in Lakeville, Minnesota. The guest speaker was Gary Powers, Jr., the son of famed Col...

 

Minnesota Air National Guard Recognizes Airmen

The Minnesota Air National Guard hosted its first-ever Flight of Honor induction ceremony in mid-October, recognizing seven inaugural inductees for career accomplishments. Flight of Honor recognizes...

 

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