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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    October 1, 2021 

Minnesota DNR Aviation's 'Go-To Guy' Retires

John Heineman retired from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division's Aviation Unit in early July. His next move was to go fishing. Since that outdoors season is when DNR...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    October 1, 2021 

DNR's First Female Pilot Has Historical Counterpart

Cora Fuller trained in a Stinson "Detroiter" to become the first Minnesota woman to receive a pilot's certificate after 30 hours of instruction at the Fairmont Airport. The Detroiter was a rather...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    October 1, 2021 

Wings Of North Searching For New Home

Wings of the North, the aviation history non-profit that's based at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, hit unexpected organizational turbulence this summer. "We were informed just before July's...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    October 1, 2021 

Sodbuster STOL Returns To Minnesota

The Husky National Sodbuster STOL Short Takeoff & Landing Competition Series Aug. 5 to Aug. 7 at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport featured almost 30 aircraft. "We were excited to bring this event...

 

New Karlstad Airport Is Fully Funded

Karlstad is getting a new airport. The most recent Minnesota state transportation budget signed by Gov. Tim Walz includes grants totaling $5.6 million for the city of Karlstad to relocate and build a new public airport. The city estimates a new...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    October 1, 2021 

Sept. 11 Commemorative Flyovers Featured F-16s

Three large Minnesota events commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with flyovers featuring F-16 fighter aircraft. Planes from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 14...

 
 By Tom Lymburn    News    September 1, 2021

Oshkosh Pilgrimage Contains Constants

Early Sunday morning I negotiated my way around the southern part of the Twin Cities to avoid the orange barrels, cones, and hulking construction equipment. Traffic was light. I crossed the river at...

 

Hartzell Acquires Tanis Aircraft Products

Hartzell Propeller has purchased the assets of Tanis Aircraft Products, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of engine preheat systems for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The Tanis brand will become part...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    August 1, 2021

Battle Lake's 'Tribute To Gerry Beck' Returns

The first Saturday in September the community of Battle Lake will welcome the return of an popular aviation event that will honor two special people. Pat Kostelecky, a driving force behind the Battle...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    July 1, 2021

DNR Stocking Effort Features Flying Fish

Humans have been "stocking" fish for a couple millennia. Chinese palaces often featured ponds inhabited by ornamental fish and archaeological evidence suggests several Mediterranean civilizations...

 

MPA Recognizes Aviation Mechanics At GMAG

The Minnesota Pilots Association honored a recipient of the FAA's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and the 2021 Minnesota Pilots Association Aviation Technician Award recipient during the 2021...

 

FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Recipients

The Minnesota Pilots Association honored the 2019-2021 recipients of the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards during the 2021 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering at Buffalo Municipal Airport. The...

 

MPA Honors Pilots For Young Eagle Education

The Minnesota Pilots Association recently acknowledged Minnesota EAA chapters and individuals for their enthusiasm and support for getting Young Eagles into the air in 2019 and 2020. Plaques were...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    July 1, 2021

Minnesota BT-13s Share Texas Connection

Minnesota's commitment to aviation history was well represented when the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas, reopened in early May after completion of a significant renovation and expansio...

 

Holiday Tree of Hope Organizing Summer Toy Drive

For 30 years, Holiday Tree of Hope has been collecting toys for children who are hospitalized during the holidays. The non-profit organization has served over 40 hospitals, shelters, and Ronald...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    July 1, 2021

Navigation History Reveals A Highly Human Touch

Once there were navigators. Not a touchscreen gizmo made by Garmin or the weirdly mutated creatures that got hyped up on drugs to guide the Spacing Guild ships in Frank Hebert's novel "Dune." Actual...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    June 1, 2021

GMAG's Return Is A Terrific Success

The Seventh Annual Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering (GMAG) made a three-point landing with its May 21-22 return to Buffalo Municipal Airport (KCFE). More than 600 people attended the event, said...

 

Minnesota Pilots Association Honors Achievers

The Minnesota Pilots Association announced its Aviation Achievement Award winners at the 2021 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering at Buffalo Municipal Airport. Tom Lymburn is an aviation historian,...

 
 By Jeremy D. Dando    News    June 1, 2021

Planes, Cars Pack Breezy Point Aviation Day

This year's version of the Breezy Point Aviation Days took place Saturday, May. 1. A sunny and unseasonably warm forecast produced lots of visiting aircraft. A quick count tallied almost 80 total...

 

Minnesota Pilots Association Presents Scholarships

The Minnesota Pilots Association announced its aviation scholarship winners at the 2021 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering at Buffalo Municipal Airport. The recipient of the 2021 Janette Strathy Aviat...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    May 1, 2021

DNR Pilot Has Dual Vocational Title

Professional aviators frequently aspire to fly for an airline. Airlines are a big target, about 110,000 pilot positions exist in the United States. Some pilots want to be in corporate aviation, and ab...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 1, 2021

Wipaire Delivers Milestone Order

A recent milestone amphibious float delivery by South St. Paul-based Wipaire, Inc. brought back fond memories for the company's CEO and president. Chuck Wiplinger recalls when his father, Ben, and...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    May 1, 2021

Town Hall Recaps Crystal Runway Changes

The Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team's popular Saturday morning webinar series serving Flying Cloud Airport (KCFM) recently reached a new audience online. Laura Herrmann, FAASTeam...

 
 News    May 1, 2021

Wings of North Presents Dubay Scholarship

Wings of the North is pleased to announce Alyssa Voit as the non-profit organization's 2021 Dubay Scholarship winner. She was selected from among over 30 applications to receive this $2,000 scholarshi...

 

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