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The mission of the Minnesota Pilots Association (MNPA) is to promote and protect aviation in our State through advocacy, education, outreach and social activities.  Our association firmly believes that a healthy aviation community is an invaluable asset to the State of Minnesota.  MNPA membership and volunteers join to act as the voice of pilots, aviation enthusiasts and supporters of aviation in Minnesota.

President's Briefing

Congratulations to Gary Black, long time member of the MN Pilots Assn and fervent supporter of general aviation, for selection of a photo he submitted for consideration for use as the backdrop for the 2019 GMAG!  Many thanks to all the great photos that were submitted!  Selection of the photo is based upon not only the beauty of the photograph, but also the photo needs to lend itself for placement of text.  We are also aware of the fact that Cirrus Aircraft Corporation has been a solid supporter of the MN Pilots Assn, and the GMAGs, from our very humble beginnings!  Thanks, Gary, and congratulations!

We will be providing a link for downloading the flyer on our website and Facebook page and ask that you please print it out and post at your local aviation hangout/hangar.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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CAPTAIN EDWARD L. ERICKSON AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Captain Edward Erickson was the consummate professional pilot.  His love of aviation and his professionalism set an example for those who followed in his footsteps. His intense interest in aviation ranged from soloing in a J-3 Cub on his 16th birthday to retiring from a B-757 after a 34-year career as Captain for North Central, Republic and Northwest Airlines (flying over 30,000 hours).  Beyond his career in the airlines he flew virtually any piston-driven aircraft, including many warbirds. He was honored with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2013 and became the very first candidate of the Minnesota Pilots Association to be inducted into the MN Aviation Hall of Fame, in 2016.

His biggest impact during his aviation career was all the people he taught how to fly over the years. He left his mark on aviation at all levels in general aviation. Countless pilots on the airline, in the warbird community, and in general aviation, have benefited from Ed’s wealth of knowledge and experience.  His encouragement and assistance to pilots who were either building or flying their aircraft came with a quiet, unassuming demeanor. Ed loved aviation and wanted to share his enthusiasm with anyone who showed an interest in flying.  Aviation was his true passion and he incorporated it in everything he did throughout his life.

To read all of the details and requirements for this $2000 scholarship, click here.

 

Download, Print and Post 2019 GMAG Flyer!

One of the things you can do to help promote YOUR Great MN Aviation Gathering is to click on the “GMAG” button at the top of the landing page and you will be taken to a place where you can click to download the 2019 GMAG Flyer that was created by Sarah Dickerson, our airline captain/graphic artist extraordinaire.  Please print out a few of these and post in your local FBO, or any FBOs in your area, so that we effectively penetrate MN and surrounding states with this beautiful flyer!  This will save us precious dollars in postage and you will be more effective than we have found many airport managers in getting these flyers in prominent positions!  Thank you!

Randy Corfman

MN Pilots Assn Establishing “ClearingHangar” for Aviation Scholarships in Minnesota!

Patrick Halligan, member of the MN Pilots Assn Board of Directors, has been working with Steve Johnson to establish a unified place on our website where interested people can look for aviation scholarships.  Details will be announced at the 2018 GMAG.  If you are aware of aviation scholarships which may benefit people in Minnesota please contact Patrick at flyinghooligan@gmail.com.

MN Pilots Assn Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Brad Thornberg for having one of the five photos he submitted chosen to serve as our backdrop for the 2018 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering!  Thanks also to Sarah Dickerson, who developed a terrific flyer for our upcoming event!