The Mission of the Minnesota Pilots Association

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

If you are looking for a way to spend a little over an hour watching beautiful scenery, please hit this link, turn up the volume, sit back and relax!

Steve Johnson, at Supercub.org, arranged for Bill to give a presentation to us via Zoom video last Wednesday evening and it was recorded.

Bill Rusk, who has spoken at our Great MN Aviation Gathering in the past, is a Captain at Southwest Airlines. He built a beautiful Javron Super Cub, put it on floats (as a matter of fact, his airplane is featured on the cover of Midwest Flyer magazine this quarter…photo taken by MN Pilots Assn member Brad Thornberg), and over the course of 4 years has visited most parts of Alaska. You will see many things, including the monument to Will Rogers and Wiley Post near Barrow, AK, where they met their demise. Bill documents not only the beauty of Alaska, but also the beauty of friendships that can be made through aviation.

Bill will be speaking at the 2021 GMAG, sharing not only his experiences flying in AK but also the flight planning that we might consider if we make this trip.

I hope you will enjoy this!

Click here to see previous "President's Briefings"

2020 MNPA Scholarship Recipients Announced!

The recipient of the Captain Edward L. Erickson Scholarship is Michael Ochsenbauer from Forest Lake, MN. Michael is a highly motivated young adult that willingly participates or volunteers for opportunities he hears about. He’s attended MN Aviation Career Education Camp and has been involved in EAA AirVenture, CAP, Young Eagles, H.S. Ski Team, is an Eagle Scout and was a National Honor Society Officer. While in H.S. Michael took AP classes and earned college credits from the U of M and Century College. He is attending Southern Illinois University on an academic scholarship. He is working on his commercial pilot license and plans to use the scholarship money to defray the cost of completing the training course. He achieved first place in the 2019 NIFA Flight Team Short Field Landing competition. Not only does he loves flying, but also Michael loves aviation mechanics. A letter of recommendation, that accompanied his application, is from an A&P with IA authorization that said Michael helped him restore a North American T6. 

On behalf of the MN Pilots Association we want to congratulate Michael on receiving this scholarship and wish him well in the field of aviation.

 

The recipient of the Janette Strathy Aviation Scholarship is Chelsea Montgomery, from Bloomington, MN. While at Thomas Jefferson H.S. Chelsea participated in speech club, was a member of the National Honor Society and did volunteer work. She also took Post-Secondary Enrollment Option classes during her last two years of H.S. She then attended the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management majoring in entrepreneurial management and political science. While in business school and working three different jobs, she purchased a share in a flying club at Crystal Airport in 2018 and received her Private Pilot license in 2019. Upon graduating from the U of M she was accepted in the flight-training program at ATP Flight School in Mesa, AZ. She is currently working on her commercial ticket and says the Janette Strathy Scholarship will help her accelerate the pace of flight training. She wants to get her CFI and instruct at ATP. Her ultimate goal is to one day fly commercially, volunteer to fly with the Veterans Airlift Command, and start an aviation related business, using her background in business.
Congratulations Chelsea, from the MN Pilots Association, and continued good luck.