We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering will be held at the Buffalo Municipal airport (KCFE) on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, 2019!

Thanks to the generosity of Mike Wiskus and West Metro Aviation, and the pilots and hangar owners of the Buffalo airport, we will likely be able to have all the sessions, the exhibits and dining areas in nice, quiet warm hangars!  We are excited to be rid of tents and the challenges/expense that they demand!

As you may be aware, the Buffalo airport is just outside of the MSP Class B airspace, and will represent the first year we will be able to fly into a non-towered airport.  We are thankful for the kindness and professionalism of the Anoka County-Blaine airport Tower folks for the great direction they gave us for the first 5 GMAGs, but we look forward to having more airplanes flying in for the events.

We will be pleased to recognize those who receive the Master Pilots Award, given by the FAA.  Please join us to honor our mentors and colleagues who greatly deserve the awards.  While the awards are presented by our FAAST leaders, please know that the actual plaques are donated by non other than you, members of the MN Pilots Association.

We are looking forward to presenting our very first Ed Erickson Aviation Scholarship to a deserving pilot who is planning a career in aviation.

We are also happy to announce that Smokin’ Bonez BBQ food truck will be back this year, and for those of you who attended last year you may recall that the food was terrific!  We will be incorporating the MN EAA Leadership Summit as a part of our Hangar Flying sessions, rather than in the evening, with the hopes that more EAA leaders will be able to fly in for each of the days.

For those of you who will drive to the events, parking will be a breeze.  The airport is really a short, beautiful drive from the western suburbs.

An added bonus…please mark your calendars, and register, for the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Banquet to be held immediately following the 2019 GMAG on Saturday evening, April 27.  Please see their website for registration information.  We think it will be a great weekend for aviation in Minnesota!

Please mark those dates down on your calendar.  We hope to see you there!

Randy Corfman
President, MN Pilots Assn