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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

We recently received a message from a member who wanted to know what he is getting in return for his membership, stating that the only thing he has received since joining is an email reminder asking him to renew his membership.  Well, we feel he has received a lot…

First, the Minnesota Pilots Association has been able to act as a voice for pilots in Minnesota in a number of areas.  We have been acknowledged and seated at the Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA).  Our views have been solicited by members of Congress as they form their opinions and representation of our State.  We have worked hand-in-hand with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at both the State and National levels.  We have worked diligently to promote the General Aviation Protection Act, helping to win over our Congressmen to support this legislation.

Second, we have established a presence in the media.  Our alliance with the Minnesota Flyer has afforded us the opportunity to host a monthly column entitled “MN Pilots Hangar Flying”, in which a discussion is made regarding topics of interest to our membership, and to aviation supporters, in general.  We have established our website at www.mnpilots.org in which timely articles from a variety of sources are reported.  Our website has what we feel to be the most complete and up-to-date listing of aviation events available in anywhere.  Items of State and National interest are presented, permitting our members to be informed and to have an easy Segway for providing input to other organizations and governmental agencies.

Third, we maintain a presence in the social media through our Facebook/MNpilots page.  We use that page to direct people from a variety of groups/special interests to our website, where more complete information can be gained.

Fourth, we sponsored the first annual Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering at the Golden Wings Museum at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport in March of 2014.  We were thrilled with the turnout of over 800 people over the two day event.  This event provided what we felt to be a terrific education program through our “Hangar Flying” sessions.  We had over 30 exhibitors and attendees from across the state, the region and the country.  The success of this event has put our organization on the map, so to speak.  The feedback has been very positive, and we are looking forward to the second annual event to be held, again, at the Golden Wings Museum on Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2015.

Fifth, we have recently achieved 501(c)3 status as a non-profit organization.  This designation will provide a greater opportunity to receive funding from a variety of sources and will, for example, permit your membership dues and contributions to be considered as a donation, for tax purposes.

Lastly, your $35 membership fee gains you free admission into the 2015 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering, a $10 premium.

We think your membership in the Minnesota Pilots Association is a terrific and wise investment which promotes and protects aviation in Minnesota.  So, when your membership renewal notice comes please take time to renew.  The more people join our organization, the greater the power of our voice.  We need you as members.

 

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Flight Expo’s “Build A Plane” Campaign

Sharon Sandberg, with Flight Expo, Inc., asks that we reach out to those who might be willing to contribute to their “Build a Plane” campaign.  Please take a moment to visit their website at www.flightexpo.org and see how you can do just that!

build a plane campaign

3rd Class Medical Reform May Come in January 2015!

Dan Carroll, one of our Board Members, sent this to me and asked me to post it.  This would be terrific news, folks.

http://generalaviationnews.com/2014/11/11/expect-third-class-medical-reform-in-2015/?utm_source=The+Pulse+Subscribers&utm_campaign=a20894f311-TP2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_62525a9780-a20894f311-57277

I can tell you that the MN Pilots Association has been active in getting some action from the FAA, and in Congress.  We appreciate your support, and certainly hope that changes in the 3rd Class medical certificate are soon to come!  Randy Corfman, President, Minnesota Pilots Association

Aviation Fuel Tax Revenues to Go Directly to Aviation

MN Pilots Association Board Member Gregg Strathy has been working with the Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA), and has provided the following communication from the FAA.  Please take a look and email us at info@mnpilots.org with any comments or questions.

Dear State Aviation Officials,

Today, the FAA issued its final policy on aviation fuel tax revenue (See Attached).  The policy states that proceeds from state or local taxes on aviation fuel must be used for airport-related purposes or for state aviation programs. This policy excludes taxes in effect before December 30, 1987.  The FAA will give state and local governments a transition period of three years to amend any state laws and local ordinances to comply with federal law.  State and local governments need to prepare and share an action plan with the FAA within one year that outlines how they will ensure that any funds collected from aviation fuel taxes will be used for airport needs. 

 The final policy is on display today at the Federal Register at http://1.usa.gov/1xciGxg, and a copy is attached for reference.

 Kim J. Stevens

Director of Communications & Member Relations

NASAO

Reagan National Airport

Hangar 7, Suite 218

Washington, DC 20001

Direct: 703-417-1884  
Fax: 703-417-1885

kstevens@nasao.org

Tanis Aircraft Sponsors Free Webinar “Cold Weather Flying – Safety for Piston, Turbine and Rotorcraft”

Tanis Aircraft Products has been a proud sponsor of the MN Pilots Association, and we are pleased to point out that they are introducing a free “Cold Weather Flying – Safety for Piston, Turbine and Rotorcraft” Webinar. For those of you who have not participated in such an event it is extremely easy to do so, in the comfort of your own home.

Doug Evink, President and CEO, is kind enough to provide the following link which permits you to register for the event, which is to be broadcast live on Wednesday, October 15, at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

Please reserve your “seat” now by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/383124647, or visit www.tanisaircraft.com for more information. Seats are limited.