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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 have had the good fortune of finding some terrific photos, each year, to grace the cover of our Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering program guide, and to use for the posters and advertising for the event.  We are rapidly approaching the drop dead date for getting a photo to showcase our event.

This year we would like to ask you, as current members (paid up, so to speak), to submit photos which you think would be appropriate for this noble purpose.

Checklist for submitting photos:

  1. Choose up to 5 photos for submission. I know, this will be a challenge, given many photos you have taken in 2017.  Photos need to be shot within the 2017 calendar year.  They should have some relevance to flying in MN.
  2. Photos should be in files no greater than 25 megabytes. If your email will not allow this size file to be sent, submit the largest it will support and we will find a way to obtain a bigger file for use.
  3. Email photos as attachments to photos@mnpilots.org
  4. Email submitters name, submitters email address, where the photo was taken and when the photo was taken, along with a description of the photo.

The deadline for submission is Friday, January 19, at noon.  The person who submits the winning photo will be honored at the 2018 GMAG Awards Ceremony on Saturday afternoon, April 28, and will be asked to sign release for use of the photograph by the Minnesota Pilots Association in materials which support the 2018 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering and the Minnesota Pilots Association.

We think this will be a great way to promote our interest in our event.  Thanks for giving this some thought.  I hope you will be able to submit some awesome photos!

Randy Corfman

President, Minnesota Pilots Association

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‘Sully’ Sullenberger wants to save the FAA…Opposes Privitization

Please take a moment to read this reporting of an interview with Captain Sullenberger.  If you have followed his story, and seen the movie, you will know that he has seen both sides of the airline industry, and understands their political agenda.

https://www.yahoo.com/katiecouric/sully-sullenberger-wants-save-faa-123442350.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb

I am not a fan of Katie Couric, but she seems to have asked the right questions.

Please pick up the phone and call your Congressman tomorrow (Monday) and register your opposition to H.R. 2997.  It is important.  Thank you.

Randy Corfman, President, MN Pilots Assn

Rushford airport (55Y) adds 24 hour fuel options!

We are pleased to announce that the City of Rushford has installed a brand-spanking new aircraft fueling system, offering 24 hour access to 100LL and Jet A fuel! You won’t find a more scenic area of Minnesota to visit by aircraft or car or bicycle! Congratulations to the pilots and administrators who helped make this a reality!

Tree of Hope Brings a Bit of Cheer to Hospitalized Youngsters

Please make note that the Tree of Hope gift drive is soon to occur!

Collection date is Saturday December 3, 2015, 9AM – 1PM at the Maple Lake Airport (KMGG) FBO building.
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If you are new to the Tree of Hope, this wonderful organization helps to collect toys and distribute them to hospitals across Minnesota (since 1990). Tree of Hope is the only group that supplies toys to hospitals.
In 2015, Tree of Hope delivered toys to 38 hospitals across the state of Minnesota for infants to 18 years of age.
See the Tree of Hope website www.holidaytreeofhope.org for more information about of Tree of Hope. Like us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/TreeofHopeMn and see pictures from previous toy collections. You can also read about us in the Minnesota Flyer magazine – Oct and Nov Issues.

If you can participate by organizing a collection in your local airport community, please do so and contact the Tree of Hope via links on their webpage or Facebook page. We hope this will be a state-wide effort, not limited to just the Twin Cities! Please note that www.holidaytreeofhope.org also offers you the option of making a monetary donation, in case you cannot make it out to the airport.

Tis the Season for Giving…Let’s do our best to help bring some happiness to these children’s Christmas!

Thank you!

Randy Corfman
President, MN Pilots Assn