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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 had a very productive Annual Meeting yesterday at Key Air, Inc. Many thanks to Michael Lawrence and the team at Key Air for making room for us!

First, we welcome Randy Schoephoerster to the Board of Directors, and congratulate him and Mike Vivion and Mary Alverson for re-election to the board! We look forward to Randy’s addition, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board.

To those members who took time to vote, thank you. We appreciate your participation. For those of you who attended the meeting, you hopefully recognize that some very good ideas were put forth, ideas that we fully intend to explore in the months to come!

OK, enough elections, already! Let’s get ready for the Holidays!

Randy Corfman
President

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Tree of Hope Brings a Bit of Cheer to Hospitalized Youngsters

Please make note that the Tree of Hope gift drive is soon to occur!

Collection date is Saturday December 3, 2015, 9AM – 1PM at the Maple Lake Airport (KMGG) FBO building.
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If you are new to the Tree of Hope, this wonderful organization helps to collect toys and distribute them to hospitals across Minnesota (since 1990). Tree of Hope is the only group that supplies toys to hospitals.
In 2015, Tree of Hope delivered toys to 38 hospitals across the state of Minnesota for infants to 18 years of age.
See the Tree of Hope website www.holidaytreeofhope.org for more information about of Tree of Hope. Like us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/TreeofHopeMn and see pictures from previous toy collections. You can also read about us in the Minnesota Flyer magazine – Oct and Nov Issues.

If you can participate by organizing a collection in your local airport community, please do so and contact the Tree of Hope via links on their webpage or Facebook page. We hope this will be a state-wide effort, not limited to just the Twin Cities! Please note that www.holidaytreeofhope.org also offers you the option of making a monetary donation, in case you cannot make it out to the airport.

Tis the Season for Giving…Let’s do our best to help bring some happiness to these children’s Christmas!

Thank you!

Randy Corfman
President, MN Pilots Assn

We are delighted that three members of the Minnesota Pilots Association have stepped forward, expressing their interest in being board members for our organization.

Mary Alverson is a native Minnesotan, born in Duluth Minnesota. She is truly an adventurer, travelling around the world both personally and professionally, serving as a flight attendant for North Central Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines for 38 years. Mary has gone on to distinguish herself flying professionally as a flight instructor and Captain for New Mexico Airlines. She has earned her CFI, CFII, MEI ratings along with a single and multi-engine sea class ratings. Mary is the owner/operator of Wings Over Water Seaplane Training.
• FAA Designated Examiner
• FAA FAAST Representative
• Field Director, Seaplane Pilots Association
• President, Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association 2009-2012

Mike Vivion soloed in 1969 and completed the requirements for his private pilot certificate in December of that year. After being released from the military, Mike returned to the University of Montana, completing a degree in Wildlife Biology He subsequently worked for the US Fish & Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Biologist and Wildlife Biologist/Airplane pilot for 31 years. Twenty nine of those years were spent in Alaska, where he worked airplanes on wheels, floats and skis in many regions of Alaska in support of wildlife research and law enforcement operations. In December of 2005, he retired from FWS and accepted a job at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, teaching in the Aviation programs there. In May of 2013, he retired (again) from the U of M system. Mike’s wife of 19 years is Gina Carolan and the couple now resides in Bozeman MT. Mike has recently become a board member of the Montana Antique Aircraft Association, the Sacajawea Audubon Society (the Audubon chapter in Bozeman, MT) and the Montana Audubon Society.

Randy Schoephoerster is an established leader in aviation in Minnesota. He has over 10,000 hours flight time, with over 2000 hours in seaplane time. Randy holds ATP MEL, ATP SEL, ATP SES, CFI, CFII and MEI ratings. He serves as President of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association and is an FAASTeam Lead Representative and Field Director of the National Seaplane Pilots Association. He is owner of Air Trek North Flight School and Maintenance with locations at KLVN, KFCM and KSGS. He has served as Marketing Director and Engineering Director for Emerson Electric and served as a City Commissioner. Randy has a BS degree in electrical engineering and an MBA in marketing. He feels his strengths lie in marketing, mentoring and organizational management. He also emphasizes that he is father of three great young adults.

Ballots were emailed on November 9, 2016 to all active members. If your membership has lapsed and you wish to participate in choosing our board members, please renew your membership. Thanks!

2016 GMAG to Feature “Pinch Hitter” Course!

We are so pleased to announce that the MN Pilots Association is sponsoring a Pinch Hitter course during the Saturday morning hours at the 2016 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering. Cheryl Daml, CFI, CFII, has enthusiastically offered to present this course for those spouses or significant others who would like to know what to do should you, the pilot-in-command, becomes unable to complete the flight. Cheryl has developed her own version of the well-received AOPA course of past years, incorporating aspects of the AOPA course, and we think you will have a wonderful excuse to bring your partner out to the GMAG.

We will be announcing a signup procedure here, so stay tuned…we are anticipating a good turnout for this popular course.

Thanks, Cheryl, for getting this course off the ground!

Planning Domestic Flights in MN? Must have a valid Passport beginning Jan 1!

ATTENTION…PASSPORTS REQUIRED, STARTING JANUARY 1, FOR COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS IN MN. As unbelievable as that might sound, apparently Minnesota is one of four states which has failed to update our ID system by deadline, and you will need a Passport to fly domestically into and out of MN. Please check out http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/14/technology/passport-license-domestic-flights/ for details. MN PIlot Assn members…please pass this on to your family and friends so they can get their passports, if they do not already have one.
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