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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

This is an urgent call to reach out to Senators Klobuchar and Franken and ask them to support Third Class Medical reform by voting in favor of the Manchin Amendment to the highway bill (Amendment #2267). This amendment adds third class medical reform language to the highway bill (#PBOR2). Please also urge our Senators to co-sponsor the Pilot’s Bill of Rights (S. 571).

To date, neither of our Senators has co-sponsored the bill.

How can you do this?

1. Call 202-224-3121, ask to speak to your Senator’s office. Inform them that you reside in their district and that you are calling to urge their support of the Manchin Amendment; or call directly to Senator Al Franken, (202) 224-5641, or Amy Klobuchar, (202) 224-3244; or,
2. Email Senator Franken at www.franken.senate.gov/?p=contact and Senator Klobuchar at www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/contact-amy.

Folks, this is important. Time is of the essence, as the vote is tomorrow!

I just phoned these Senators and spoke to real live people who stated that they will pass the message to the Senators.

Thank you.

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MN Seaplane Pilots Association Annual Safety Seminar, May 16-17

The MN Seaplane Pilots Associations annual Safety Seminar is coming soon! Please make plans to attend this terrific meeting on Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, at Madden’s Resort. For details, check out the MN Seaplane Association website at http://www.mnseaplanes.com/. While you are at it please consider joining our sister (or brother) organization as yet another way to support aviation in Minnesota!

Flying In to the GMAG? Check Out Tips for Flying In to KANE

At the risk of rattling the weatherman’s cage, it looks like the weather will be gorgeous Friday and Saturday…Great Flying Weather! Please take a moment to visit our website at http://www.mnpilots.org/gmag/acparking.php to see how to navigate to the South end of the airport and tie down for the events!

Please bring your own tie down ropes and stakes, as there are no tie down spots on the ramp. Aircraft will be able to park in the grass right along the ramp just North of the event area.

Hope to see you there!

“Getting Found: ELT, PLB and SAR/SAT” Hangar Flying Session

“Getting Found: ELT, PLB and SAR/SAT”

Mike Vivion, US Fish & Wildlife Service-retired

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were so unfortunate as to actually need to USE that Emergency Locator Transmitter mounted in the back of your airplane? But, you live in the upper Midwest, and it’s not like you’re flying over untracked wilderness all the time, right? Mike Vivion flew in Alaska for nearly 30 years, and has spent a number of nights out, as well as having coordinated his own rescue after a crankshaft failure in northern Alaska. After extensive research on the 121.5 vs 406 ELT functionality, he firmly believes it is time to make the switch to a 406 ELT in your airplane. In this presentation, he’ll discuss in detail the advantages and details of the 406 system, why it is so much better than the old 121.5 system, and discuss other devices and tools the smart aviator can carry and use to facilitate his or her own rescue in the event things don’t go quite as planned.

Mike Vivion grew up in Montana, but learned to fly in Hawaii in 1969, and his first checkride experience wasn’t the prettiest. He is a graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in Wildlife Biology. He served as a Wildlife Biologist and Airplane Pilot in Alaska for nearly 30 years, working and flying in many remote parts of Alaska. After his retirement from the Fish and Wildlife Service, he accepted a position at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, teaching and advising in the aviation program there. Mike “re-retired” in 2013, and he and his wife Gina moved to Bozeman, Montana, where they currently reside. Mike has been a flight instructor for over thirty years, and has written for numerous aviation publications. He has been a regular presenter at Montana Aviation Conferences for over ten years. Mike kindly became a founding
Board member of the Minnesota Pilots Association, which he serves as Vice-President. He is now our “out state” board member.

“Check rides: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Hangar Flying Session

“Check rides: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Mike Vivion, Alaska Fish and Game-retired

Check rides often strike fear into the hearts of the most stalwart of aviators. While check rides are intended as a tool to evaluate the aviator, significant learning opportunities nearly always occur simultaneously. For over 30 years, the presenter was subjected to anywhere from one to four check rides a year…..and many lessons learned. In this presentation, Mike will discuss some of those check rides, the lessons learned and just how funny some of these things can be—-in retrospect.

Mike Vivion grew up in Montana, but learned to fly in Hawaii in 1969, and his first checkride experience wasn’t the prettiest. He is a graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in Wildlife Biology. He served as a Wildlife Biologist and Airplane Pilot in Alaska for nearly 30 years, working and flying in many remote parts of Alaska. After his retirement from the Fish and Wildlife Service, he accepted a position at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, teaching and advising in the aviation program there. Mike “re-retired” in 2013, and he and his wife Gina moved to Bozeman, Montana, where they currently reside. Mike has been a flight instructor for over thirty years, and has written for numerous aviation publications. He has been a regular presenter at Montana Aviation Conferences for over ten years. Mike kindly became a founding
Board member of the Minnesota Pilots Association, which he serves as Vice-President. He is now our “out state” board member.