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 News    August 1, 2022 

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Minnesota Lindy Winners

Hundreds of gorgeous, striking airplanes arrive at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh each and every year in hopes of winning a Lindy Award. Few aircraft, in comparison to the field, come away with any sort of...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    August 1, 2022 

EAA Mourns Loss of Former President, Chairman

Tom Poberezny, the retired president and chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association, was mourned by the EAA and numerous aviation communities after his death July 25 at age 75, following a...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    August 1, 2022 

Public-Private Partnership Serves Workforce Niche

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Aviation recently reviewed key opportunities and challenges facing the industry. General Aviation Manufacturers...

 
 News    August 1, 2022 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Names Class of 2023

Each year, a Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHOF) selection committee meets to review nomination submissions and select new inductees. Selection includes evaluation of a candidate's significant aviation contributions to Minnesota, the area of the...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    July 1, 2022

Historic Beechcraft Bonanza Gets Avionics Upgrade

An FAA Registry and N-Number inquiry provides the basic information about Jay Schrankler's recently acquired 1965 Beechcraft Bonanza Debonair 35-C33. There a whole lot more to the story, however. The...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    July 1, 2022

Twin Cities Event Features Aircraft, U.S. Navy Pilots

The Minnesota Navy League Council acted early when filing a special flight plan to celebrate the long-awaited sequel to a military aviation cinematic classic. "Top Gun: Behind the Curtain" landed Wedn...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    July 1, 2022

Flight Experience Included 'Four Course Range'

Back in the 1930s, the primary radio aid for navigating in airplanes was the "Four Course Range." The way it worked is the station sent out two signals which divided the world into four quadrants....

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    June 1, 2022

Flying Clubs Offer Affordable Aviation Experience

Flying clubs represent an outstanding opportunity to continue aviation adventures. They organize fly-outs and getaways to grassy airstrips and fun destinations. And few things in life are as...

 
 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...

 

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