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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 are encouraged by knowing that Representatives Collin Peterson (D, 7th District), John Kline (R, 2nd District), Rick Nolan (D, 8th District) and Betty McCollum (D, 4th District) are on record as supporters of H.R. 3708, the House version of the bill which virtually eliminates the 3rd Class medical certificate, expanding light sport rules.  While this is good news, there are three who have not yet supported the bill, and these are: Tim Walz (D, 1st District), Erik Paulsen (R, 3rd District), and Keith Ellison (D, 5th District).  If you live in these districts, please take a moment to contact them and urge their support of H.R. 3708.

We are also looking to have Senators Al Franken (D) and Amy Klobuchar (D) to support the companion bill in the Senate, S.2103.  Please take a moment to contact these Senators.

This legislation is very important, and we need all the support for H.R. 3708 and S.2103 we can get.  Given the importance of aviation in Minnesota, we feel that these bills will greatly promote aviation without a negative impact upon aviation safety.  Please click on the “Support the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act” button on the upper right of our Home page to get more information.  This is vitally important.  Thank you!

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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.

Gregg Strathy, Steve Thibault and Mike Wiskus Re-elected to the Board

We are most pleased to announce that Gregg Strathy, Steve Thibault and Mike Wiskus were re-elected to 3 year terms on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Pilots Association.  Ballots were counted and results announced at the first annual Business Meeting of the Association, held at the Brainerd Regional Airport.

Jeff Wig and his team at the Airport worked diligently to make our event a success.  Thank you, Jeff!

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The staff at the Wings Cafe were terrific in providing brats/hot dogs/chili for those who braved the cold and wind to attend the meeting.  Thank you, Mark and Kimmy Kay!

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First Annual Business Meeting of the MN Pilots Assn & Brat/Hot Dog?Chili Flyin This Saturday!

Heads up, folks! The weather and Fall Colors are looking great for the Saturday, October 4, Brat/Hot Dog/Chili Flyin at the Brainerd Regional Airport (KBRD), and the annual business meeting of the Minnesota Pilots Association. The food part of the Flyin will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with the business meeting commencing at 1:00 p.m.

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(photo courtesy of Brad Thornberg, photographer extraordinaire)

Ballots have been sent out/mailed out for those who will not be able to attend.  Please take a moment to fill these out.  Also, we are looking forward to hearing your ideas/thoughts/etc on future projects and how we can better serve each other to promote aviation and pilots in Minnesota.

See you there!

Randy Corfman, President

“Ed Erickson Memorial Aviation Scholarship” Established by MN Pilots Assn

The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Pilots Association voted unanimously to establish our first scholarship fund, to be named the “Ed Erickson Memorial Aviation Scholarship”. Details of the scholarship will be released later, and will be presented for the first time at the 2nd Annual Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering, April 10-11, 2015. We are so excited to honor Ed for all he did for aviation in Minnesota. We thank Barb Mack, Ed’s wife, for initiating this scholarship.

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