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 By Tim Hennagir    News    April 1, 2021 

Minnesota Pilots Association Gets Ready For GMAG

Minnesota Pilots Association President Randy Corfman received a resounding early indicator scheduling should continue for the Seventh Annual Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering (GMAG) May 21-22 at...

 
 By Jeremy D. Dando    News    April 1, 2021 

Perfect Conditions, Camaraderie Drive ICEPORT 2021

Organizer Mark Priglmeier reports ICEPORT 2021 was a huge success. A record-setting number of airplanes visited Mille Lacs Lake for the early March event. According to Priglmeier, the goal of the ice...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    April 1, 2021 

MAC Airports Buck COVID-19 Trend

The six general aviation airports operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) collectively grew operations in 2020 by two% to total 326,044, or 6,381 more takeoffs and landings than in...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    April 1, 2021 

Aviation Has Critical Wildfire Prevention Role

Smokey Bear's campaign started on Aug. 9, 1944 and is the longest running public service advertisement in U.S. history. Fire safety is just as important today as it was during World War II. The...

 
 By Wayne Flury    News    April 1, 2021 

Buffalo-Based Boeing Stearman Leaves State

The sky over Buffalo this summer will be missing the sight and sound of a 450 hp Stearman biplane. The red with black trim airplane has been a familiar sight in the area for many years. But time...

 
 By Joseph Calandra Jr.    News    April 1, 2021 

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Ride Blackhawks

Forty Minnesota Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets and senior members received an unforgettable hands-on lesson in aerospace education in February as they flew through clear, cold skies circling their...

 
 By Paul Jackson    News    March 1, 2021

Blue Skies, Light Winds Greet TrickAir Flyers

The fly-in season of 2021 got off to a rousing start with the Sixth Annual TrickAir Ski Plane Fly-In at Jackson Seaplane Base in McGregor. The event was postponed twice, pushing the date to Feb. 20....

 
 By Tom Foster    News    March 1, 2021

Mission to MTU

In Upper Michigan there is a delightful place called the Keweenaw Peninsula. Keweenaw is a Native American word that roughly translates as "portage." Over 7,000 years ago the area became a source of...

 
 By Chad Armstrong    News    March 1, 2021

Flight Delay

In January, I wrote an article in which I laid out my flying plans for 2021. Fast forward just a few weeks and my, how things change. The 12th of February was to be the eve of my first long cross-country trip. Not the type of cross country that you...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    February 1, 2021

'Honey Bun 7' Has New Home in Australia

David Berger is a District Medical Officer in Broome, Western Australia. There are nine regions in Western Australia. Broome is in the Kimberly region on the northwest coast. It's a fascinating...

 

Ordained Minster Sharpens Night Flying Proficiency

The reason behind the flight was simple enough, my night currency had lapsed and with Minnesota winters comprised of short days and long nights, I decided that it was a prudent move to take a solo night flight. Not just for the sake of being able to...

 
 By Ellen Quist    News    December 1, 2020

Sharing the Love of Flight, One You Tube Video at a Time

If you asked me to remember my first flight in a small airplane, I'd be dimly able to dredge up some spotty account of a flight with my family in a Cherokee 6 or Bonanza or something similar, piloted...

 
 By Tom Lymburn    News    December 1, 2020

An Oshkosh Retrospective

With thousands of other EAA members and guests, I waited for the arrival. Minolta XG-7, 300 mm lens, skylight filter, Fuji color film all checked. Late afternoon. July 1985. It was unusually and...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    December 1, 2020

Martinus Stenseth

Nellis Air Force Base is a huge facility. It has two 10,000-foot-long runways and is home for more Air Force units than any other military installation. The base is located on the northeast side of La...

 

How to Marry a Pilot (MAP)

Identifying a Pilot Surprisingly this will be the easiest task on your quest to marry a pilot. The pilot will identify itself. Any interaction with a pilot will result in identification within mere...

 
 By Ellen Quist    News    November 1, 2020

A New Mission for a New Normal

Last summer, the first I spent with a private pilot's license, I used my newfound freedom to hit up a number of Minnesota fly-in events: Rush City, Starbuck, Elbow Lake, Aitkin, etc. I even made my...

 

Mora Fly-In

The city of Mora hosted its annual fly-in Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Mora Municipal Airport. The day began with the Mora American Legion opening ceremony with the presentation...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    November 1, 2020

"It's a Good Life.... Especially if you like the woods and outdoors."

Happiness is getting paid for what you love to do anyway. That's especially true if you're a flyer or nature lover. Lots of people spend plenty of money to go flying or get away from it all. Robert Ho...

 
 By V. Jones    News    November 1, 2020

Winter's Coming - Are you Ready?

It’s that time of year again when the comfortable days of fall are giving way to cooler temperatures. Winter is moving in fast and will be here before you know it! As you are going over your checklist to be sure your airplane is ready for winter...

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Your Thanksgiving Holiday may look different this year but there is still much to be thankful for. That is why in this season of Giving Thanks we at the Minnesota Flyer would like take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to all of you! Thank You...

 

Still Finding Thanks

Most of the articles I’ve read throughout the year have discussed the current COVID pandemic at length, and rightfully so – this virus has affected the lives of nearly every person worldwide. The year 2020 has been filled with shutdowns, travel...

 
 By Ray Svobody    News    October 1, 2020

TREE OF HOPE

Due to COVID-19, our event is mostly online this year with a goal of raising $65,000 to provide 6,500 toys to hospitalized children by December 1st. Tree of Hope began in Nary, MN, in 1991 when Dr. Ray and Celeste Shefland noticed many children...

 

Lilya gets FAA Clearance

Danny Lilya is a 2019 graduate of Moose Lake Community High School in Moose Lake, Minnesota. In the fall of 2019, he was accepted and chose to attend the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. His... Full story

 
 By Matt Homan    News    October 1, 2020

"Have you ever thought about becoming a pilot?"

Matt is working towards his Commercial Pilot Certification, flying through Thunderbird Aviation with aspirations to fly for a major airline. The journey to begin flight training started back in early...

 

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