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  • Captain Groebner

    Tom Foster|Dec 1, 2022

    Jim Groebner flies what is surely one of the fastest and certainly the sexiest civilian aircraft ever built. Lear Jet is the airplane and Jim is the captain. His current ride is the Lear 45XR. That's definitely pretty cool. Bill Lear invented his namesake aircraft, but he sold the type certificate to Bombardier who still call it a Lear Jet. The original Model 23 was a little hot rod. The one Groebner flies is much bigger with nine very spacious passenger seats, a gross weight of 21,500 pounds...

  • Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame 2023 Inductee

    Brandon Montanye|Dec 1, 2022

    John Parker was born in Claremont, Minnesota. As a youth, he envisioned himself as a cowboy. His love of the outdoors would later lead him to an extensive career as a conservation officer. After high school he went on to attend Rochester Junior College. Later he joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and received his commission as an officer in 1944. After flight training and earning his wings, he trained in the P-47 Thunderbolt and was deployed to Italy, where he flew 61 combat missions as a member...

  • MN DNR Conservation Officer honored by peers in DC

    Tom Foster|Dec 1, 2022

    In 1962 John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 to be Peace Officer's Memorial Day "in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws." Each year the week in which the 15th of May falls is National Police Week. There have been 21,183 members of the law enforcement services who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. Their names are inscribed on a wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers...

  • Aviation Photo of the Month

    Oct 1, 2020

    Share your photo here - We all like to take pictures. Maybe you have a photo that others would enjoy seeing. Photos can be anything aviation related, an item of interest, i.e. artifact, piece of clothing, collector items, models, paintings, original photo's of aircraft in flight, and so forth. Send your submission to: verlena@mnflyer.com or Minnesota Flyer, PO Box 449, Moose Lake, MN 55767-0449. (Please include a brief explanation with your photo). This month's photo comes to us from Robert...

  • Let's Get Technical

    Mark Manning|Sep 1, 2020

    As Technical Advisor, Mark Manning brings with him over 38 years of aviation experience. He has performed maintenance on over 35 different types of aircraft and has flown more than 25 different models of aircraft. Q: I’m looking at buying a used airplane. Are there any items you typically look for in a pre-buy inspection that I can use to narrow down the list of aircraft I send an A&P to inspect? Bill K. A: It all depends on the type of aircraft and age but I’ll try to cover the basics. I loo...

  • Aviation photo of the Month

    Sep 1, 2020

    Share your photo here - We all like to take pictures. Maybe you have a photo that others would enjoy seeing. Photos can be anything aviation related, an item of interest, i.e. artifact, piece of clothing, collector items, models, paintings, original photo's of aircraft in flight, and so forth. There are some pretty interesting things out there that many of us have never seen before. Please include a brief explanation with your photo. Send your submission to: verlena@mnflyer.com or Minnesota...

  • Let's Get Technical

    Mark Manning|Aug 1, 2020

    If you are in the process of building or restoring your own aircraft you can now send in a question to be answered in a future issue of the Minnesota Flyer by Technical Advisor Mark Manning. Please submit your questions along with a photo whenever possible to: verlena@mnflyer.com. As Technical Advisor, Mark Manning brings with him over 38 years of aviation experience. He has performed maintenance on over 35 different types of aircraft and has flown more than 25 different models of aircraft. I...

  • Aviation Photo of the Month

    Aug 1, 2020

    We all like to take pictures. Maybe you have a photo that others would enjoy seeing. Photos can be anything aviation related, an item of interest, i.e. artifact, piece of clothing, collector items, models, paintings, original photo's of aircraft in flight, and so forth. There are some pretty interesting things out there that many of us have never seen before. Please include a brief explanation with your photo. Send your submission to: verlena@mnflyer.com or Minnesota Flyer, PO Box 449, Moose...

  • Readers Page

    V. Jones, Minnesota Flyer|Jun 1, 2020

    As you are well aware, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to cancel most of the regular aviation events that everyone looks forward to each year. Typically, stories from those events help fill the pages of the Minnesota Flyer throughout the year. We at the Minnesota Flyer want to continue to offer our readers stories and information on Minnesota based aviation news and happenings. We believe this is the perfect time to introduce some fresh new column ideas and we appreciate... Full story

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