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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 less than 3 weeks out from the 2019 GMAG, the schedule of events is published now and we hope you will take a look and plan to attend BOTH days of our event.  I think the key word here is “our” event.  This event is truly a result of your commitment to aviation shown through your willingness to be current members of the Minnesota Pilots Association.

This year we have moved the venue to the Buffalo Municipal Airport (KCFE), a non-towered airport just west of the MSP Class B airspace.  While we are excited about the move, we know that this will mean a little more of a drive for those living on the east side of the Twin Cities, but we think you will find it worth the drive!  Flying in should be a breeze and we think that if we have the beautiful weather that we are due for this will set records for the number of pilots who fly in!  A Fly In GMAG…what a beautiful thing!

Stay tuned, please plan on joining together with fellow members and hey, bring along a friend!  We are confident you will all find something that you will enjoy at the GMAG!

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Meet and Greet Added to 2019 GMAG!

We are kicking off a “Meet and Greet” as a way of bringing together our Exhibitors and aviators who attend our 2019 GMAG.  The Meet and Greet will follow the last Hangar Flying Session and be held from 4:15 to 5:00 pm.  We hope you will be able to visit with the fine exhibitors who have spent a long day in the exhibit hangars, and share beverages with them, letting them know how much we appreciate their support of aviation in Minnesota!

Smokin’ Bonz’ BBQ will be available for exceptional BBQ cuisine immediately following the Meet and Greet, and this will be followed by none other than the live music of the Sawtooth Brothers bluegrass band.  Rain, Snow or Shine, we will have a hangar available to enjoy fine, lonesome bluegrass music and who knows, there may be a bonfire to share while we tell hangar flying lies and tales!

Can’t afford a hotel room for that night?  Fear not!  We have arranged for a hangar to be used as the Minnesota Pilots Sleeping Quarters, so bring your cot, your folding chair and your sleeping bag to spend Friday night…and be awoken by the roar of aircraft engines Saturday morning!

We are excited about the possibilities we enjoy at the Buffalo Municipal Airport.  Stay tuned here, and check out our Facebook/mnpilots page for details.  Remember…current members of the MN Pilots Assn gain free admission to both days of the GMAG!

Click on the GMAG button at the top of this page for updates for housing, fly in instructions and parking instructions.  It is going to be a terrific event!

2019 GMAG Schedule of Events

We are pleased to roll out what we think is another outstanding group of speakers and presentations for the 2019 Great MN Aviation Gathering!  Many thanks to the speakers who are donating their time to provide you, our members, with presentations which we feel will add to the excitement that we all feel as pilots.  Please visit the GMAG section of our website to learn more details.

Captain Edward L. Erickson Scholarship Recipients

Patrick Halligan, the MN Pilots Association Scholarship Chairman, would like to
thank all the pilots who applied for the Captain Edward L. Erickson Scholarship. Pat
says “not only was I impressed with the application letters, but the recommendation
letters that were sent, spoke highly of each individual.” We could of easily awarded
half a dozen scholarships, if we had the money, because there were that many
qualified applicants. The pilot chosen for the Captain Erickson Scholarship is Joseph
Taylor. Just before picking the winner, the MN Pilots BOD decided to add a second
scholarship. We used the applications from the Captain Erickson Scholarship to pick
that winner. So, the recipient of the MN Pilots Association Scholarship is Samantha
Ripley. You can read about Joseph and Samantha in their respective articles, on our
website. They will be awarded their two thousand dollar aviation scholarship at the
Great MN Aviation Gathering (GMAG) on April 27 th . The GMAG runs April 26 and
27 th at the Buffalo Airport, west of Minneapolis. On behalf of the scholarship
committee and the MN Pilots Assoc. thanks to everyone who took the time to apply.
You young pilots have a lot going for you and according to the letters of
recommendation; you are on the right track and have already made a network with
good people.

Download, Print and Post 2019 GMAG Flyer!

One of the things you can do to help promote YOUR Great MN Aviation Gathering is to click on the “GMAG” button at the top of the landing page and you will be taken to a place where you can click to download the 2019 GMAG Flyer that was created by Sarah Dickerson, our airline captain/graphic artist extraordinaire.  Please print out a few of these and post in your local FBO, or any FBOs in your area, so that we effectively penetrate MN and surrounding states with this beautiful flyer!  This will save us precious dollars in postage and you will be more effective than we have found many airport managers in getting these flyers in prominent positions!  Thank you!

Randy Corfman