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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

The state aviation offices in Kansas and Iowa are pursuing the possibility of opening lakes owned by the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers to those pilots flying float-equipped aircraft. This petition is circulated to measure the level of interest from the aviation community to opening said Corps lakes to seaplane activity. This is the first step in a long process. Once demand is established, several additional steps will need to be accomplished prior to opening up lakes; however, it is important for us to know the level of interest and support to open Corps owned lakes in Kansas and Iowa to seaplane activity.

The undersigned are not obligated to pursue their seaplane rating, nor are they to be held personally liable for any business that may use this list as a measure of potential market demand. Your personal information will not be shared publicly. Those signing below are simply stating that they support the effort to have the Corps consider opening up their lakes in Kansas and Iowa to boaters and pilots alike.

This petition needs 1000 signatures to move ahead. Here is a link to sign and learn more about this petition:

This was posted on AircraftOwner Online on November 12, 2014.  Please take a moment to support efforts of our Iowa and Kansas friends and sign and learn more about this petition.  Thanks to Ben Thuringer, from Madden’s Resort, for bringing this to my attention, and to Greg Herrick for bringing this to Ben’s attention!


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3rd Class Medical Reform May Come in January 2015!

Dan Carroll, one of our Board Members, sent this to me and asked me to post it.  This would be terrific news, folks.

I can tell you that the MN Pilots Association has been active in getting some action from the FAA, and in Congress.  We appreciate your support, and certainly hope that changes in the 3rd Class medical certificate are soon to come!  Randy Corfman, President, Minnesota Pilots Association

Aviation Fuel Tax Revenues to Go Directly to Aviation

MN Pilots Association Board Member Gregg Strathy has been working with the Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA), and has provided the following communication from the FAA.  Please take a look and email us at with any comments or questions.

Dear State Aviation Officials,

Today, the FAA issued its final policy on aviation fuel tax revenue (See Attached).  The policy states that proceeds from state or local taxes on aviation fuel must be used for airport-related purposes or for state aviation programs. This policy excludes taxes in effect before December 30, 1987.  The FAA will give state and local governments a transition period of three years to amend any state laws and local ordinances to comply with federal law.  State and local governments need to prepare and share an action plan with the FAA within one year that outlines how they will ensure that any funds collected from aviation fuel taxes will be used for airport needs. 

 The final policy is on display today at the Federal Register at, and a copy is attached for reference.

 Kim J. Stevens

Director of Communications & Member Relations


Reagan National Airport

Hangar 7, Suite 218

Washington, DC 20001

Direct: 703-417-1884  
Fax: 703-417-1885

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, or visit 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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