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By Tim Hennagir
Minnesota Flyer Managing Editor 

Pleasant Cessna Sunday Summarizes Fly-Ins

Visit To New Subscriber's Hangar Turns Editorial Gears


October 1, 2021

An airport encounter with a new Minnesota Flyer subscriber's vintage aircraft and a subsequent hangar visit took me down a pleasant mental path recently.

The late summer experience was typical of editorial interactions that occurred during an inaugural fly-in season that included more than 25 event visits statewide.

Here's the scoop from Minnesota Flyer command central: In mid-September, I was out and about on a sunny Sunday, making my second fly-in visit of the day. Arriving early at my destination airport, I didn't waste any time. After shooting a batch of file photos, I heard the far-off engine sounds of an approaching aircraft.

It wasn't long before I was quickly rewarded with some nice shots of a pristine and polished Cessna 140 touching down and taxiing to the owner's hangar.

Getting photos was the easy part of the assignment. Learning more about the iconic aircraft I'd just observed in its native element required a bit more work, so I headed to the owner's hangar to introduce myself and start up an aviation conversation.

The experience was extremely rewarding. I learned that the registered owner had recently become a Minnesota Flyer subscriber. After getting the lowdown on the Cessna, I asked about recent hangar improvements. Like the aircraft, the T-hangar was immaculate and showed lots of tender loving care. I listened carefully as the aircraft owner described electrical and overhead lighting improvements, and concrete work that was designed to improve drainage around the hangar.

The conversation was conducted while the proud aircraft owner cleaned and polished the Cessna. I thanked him for his time, and asked him to stay in touch.

As I walked away, I started thinking about the aircraft owner's experience and the information that he had shared. A smile came across my face when I realized I'd found yet another story idea and perfect topic for next year's Minnesota Flyer Editorial Calendar, a concept I've pondered more than once this summer.

In 2022, the magazine is going to ask readers to share their stories and problem-solving approaches to a number of general aviation maintenance topics. Hangar improvement is one example. Others include avionics, aeromedical issues, aircraft finance and purchase, and educational issues such as flight training.

We'll also look at subtopics associated with aircraft operating costs, namely engine overhauls and fuel. The goal is refining the magazine's editorial content while continuing to improve the coverage that our readers love and know best-an extensive calendar of fly-in breakfasts and events, aviation news, columns by aviation personalities and profiles of people and the airplanes that they fly.

A final note: It's been an exciting half-year at the controls as managing editor. Please keep sending your story ideas and suggestions for improvement. Remember, the Minnesota Flyer is your magazine, and we need your input. Happy travels!


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