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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

MN Pilot Association Members, please put Saturday, October 4 on your schedule. We will be holding our first Annual General Membership meeting at the Brainerd Airport (KBRD) in conjunction with a Chili Feed and Fall Color Flyin! The Chili will be provided by the spectacular folks at the Wings Cafe, which is based at KBRD. More details to follow.

We are in the process of making it possible to renew your memberships online, and details will be posted soon.  For those of you who are not yet members, we will be closing “Founding Member” status by October 1, 2014.  We are grateful to have nearly 300 members as of this date, and we thank you for your membership.  MN Pilots Association is making a difference, and we could not do this without your support.

Click here to see previous "President's Briefings"

EAA Chapter Young Eagle Event

Folks, Mark Heule from EAA Chapter 237 is in need of help. 237 is hosting a Young Eagles Rally at Key Air tomorrow morning (Sunday,July 13th) in conjuction with a Collings Foundation event in which some warbirds are making an appearance. There is a major soccer event at the National Sports Center and kids from there may well be attending the Rally. Mark needs ground crew as well as pilots/aircraft. 237 is setting up from 7:30 to 8, flying beginning at 8:30 a.m. If you can help, please contact Mark at 763-234-8428 . This is a terrific opportunity to get some kids in the air!

Thanks.
Randy Corfman

3rd Annual Lake Minnetonka Airshow a Success!

Our very own Mike Wiskus lead a team of aviators for the 3rd Annual Lake Minnetonka Air Show on the 4th of July, and it was a terrific success.  for an interview preceeding the Air Show, please go to KARE 11′s website at http://www.kare11.com/story/entertainment/events/celebrate-summer/2014/06/30/3rd-annual-lake-minnetonka-air-show/11795941/. Congratulations, Mike and crew, for a job well done!

CAMA Pulls Poll on General Aviation Pilot Protection Act

The Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA) has apparently decided to discontinue the poll regarding the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act (GAPPA) and the poll suddenly “disappeared” from their website. However, we were able to document the last appearance of the poll, with the following results:

634 votes total
95.7% voted in support of the relaxed third class medical
3.9% voted against relaxing the rules 
.3% were unsure

Given that CAMA was strongly against the GAPPA it is no big surprise that it was easier for them to get rid of the poll rather than have a poll which goes against their policy.

Pancake Breakfasts Enjoy Great Turnouts!

Tis the Season for Pancake Breakfasts! I had the chance to be with some of my family to enjoy my grandson Jaxen’s first Flyin Pancake Breakfast, at the Buffalo Airport (KCFE). What a great experience! Mike Wiskus and the West Metro crew did a terrific job showcasing the event with flyby’s, with parachute jumpers and the Maple Lake EAA 878 served up some delicious pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs! There was a really nice showing of classic and antique cars at the same event and this is turning out to be a terrific combo. Over 1000 breakfasts were served and the ramp was full of families, young and old. Kudos to the Buffalo aviation community for a job well done. Aviation is alive and well in Buffalo MN!

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