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Check this column each month to see that dates have not been cancelled or changed. Send notices of events at least six weeks in advance of publication to the Minnesota Flyer, P.O. Box 750, Sandstone, MN, 55072-0750 or or Attention Pilots: Be sure to get a Flight Service briefing from (800) WX-Brief before every flight and check your destination airport status.

February 10: Buffalo, MN, Buffalo Municipal Airport (KCFE). Chili Feed, 10 am to 2 pm. West Metro Aviation hangar. Live music from 11 am to 2 pm. Snow date alternate, Feb. 17. Hosted by EAA Chapter 878. Contact Wayne Flury, 763-670-6021,

February 17: White Bear Lake, MN, Benson’s Airport (6MN9), EAA Chapter 745 Pop-In/Stop-In Coffee Social, 8 a.m. -11 a.m. Two landmarks for finding Benson’s are the water tower inside the pattern and Bald Eagle Lake just to the west of the airport. The runway has been groomed but not plowed. Contact

February 25:  Warroad, MN, 40th Annual Warroad Lions Ski Plane Fly-In Breakfast. Ski Planes land on the Warroad River, others at Warroad Airport (KRRT), 8 a.m. - noon.  Shuttle service available.  Contact Dave Paulson, 218-386-1818 or 218-386-2098 or

April 27-28: Blaine, MN, Anoka County Blaine Airport (KANE) Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering. Event space, Golden Wings Flying Museum at Jane’s Field entrance. Contact

May 18-20: Brainerd, Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake, MSPA Safety Seminar, contact Steve Guetter, 952-484-9457

May 21- 26: Albert Lea, MN, Albert Lea Municipal Airport (KAEL), Region 7 Soaring Contest. Contact: Soaring Society of America, or Leon Zeug at 612-590-7157,

June 2-3: Blaine, MN, Anoka County Blaine Airport (KANE), Discover Aviation Days 2018, Jane’s Field, Golden Wings Museum. Contact 763-568-6072,

June 9: Brainerd, MN, Brainerd Airport (KBRD) is the starting point for the Grass is a Gas Poker Run to four grass strips. Preflight briefing 8:15 a.m., Contact Mike Petersen 612-750-2981

June 16: Granite Falls, MN, Granite Falls Muni-Lenzen-Roe-Fagan Memorial Field (GDB), Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., contact Evan Fagen at 320-564-3324

June 19-22: Wommen’s 42nd Air Race Classic, Sweetwater, Texas to Freyburg, Maine. Third stop on route is Fairbault Municipal Airport, Liz Wall Strohfus Field (FBL), Details at ARC – Air Race Classic

July 7: Starbuck, MN, Starbuck Municipal Airport (D32). Annual Pope County Flyer’s Camp-In/Fly-In Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Under wing campers welcome July 6-8. Contact Don Lilienthal at 320-760-3033 or MaryJo Brown at 320-392-5869

July 7-8: Isle, MN, Isle Airport (MY72) Isle Airport Flying Club, Saturday night Fly-In/Camp-Out, Sunday Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast 7 a.m.-11 a.m., PIC free, Private air strip, contact Dave Retka,

July 15-17: Brainerd, MN, Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (KBRD), American Barnstormers Tour, 9 a.m. to dusk daily. Contact Mike Petersen 612-750-2981

August 4: Elbow Lake, MN, Annual Flekkefest Fly-In Lunch, with our famous Ribeye Steak Sandwiches, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Elbow Lake Airport (Y63), contact Laura LaRue, 218-685-6594,

August 12: Lino Lakes, MN, Surfside Seaplane Base (8Y4), MSPA Annual Pig Roast, contact Steve Guetter, 952-484-9457


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