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MN Seaplane Pilot’s Assn Safety Seminar May 19-21!

We hope you will take time to attend the Minnesota Seaplane Pilot’s Assn Safety Seminar this coming weekend, May 19-21, at Madden’s Resort near Brainerd.  Please check out our calendar for details on this terrific event.  Please consider flying in…the East Gull Lake (9Y2) airstrip is one of the most beautiful grass fields in Minnesota, and transportation is provided by the Thuringer’s and Madden’s Resort!  Better yet, book a room there and take in the ambiance of the Lakes area!

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!

Fellow MN Pilot Assn members, we are only a few weeks away from the 4th Annual Great MN Aviation Gathering!  As you flight plan for your event, please click on the link at the top of this page and go to the Schedule of Events.  You will find a lineup of speakers and presentations that we feel will fill your two days at the GMAG with great information and experiences.

Planning to fly in?  We are offering gifts to the Weather Gods, hoping that we will have two CAVU days.  This is the only major aviation conference that I can think of into which we can literally fly to and park right at the event venue!  How lucky are we!

Need lodging?  Mary Alverson, one of our board members, has arranged special rates for our event, and you may want to take advantage of this.

See you at the GMAG!

We are proud as punch of the lineup of speakers and topics for the 2017 GMAG!  Please click the top of this page to go to the schedule of events.  There exists a major problem, however.  Problem with such a great lineup, you ask?  Yes, because you will have to choose carefully between presentations, and you will not want to miss a single session!  Many thanks to the sponsors of your event, including:  Metropolitan Airport Commission, Minnesota Department of Transportation-Aeronautics, Minnesota Flyer Magazine, WipAire, Cirrus Aircraft Corporation, Tanis Aviation Products, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, West Metro Aviation, Appareo, Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association, AVEMCO, Horizon (Bolduc) Aviation, FAAST, Golden Wings Flying Museum, Hartzell Propeller, North Star Flyers, Park Rapids Avionics, and Twin Cities Aviation.  What great support we have from these governmental and corporate organizations!  Please visit Facebook/mnpilots for more updates, as we highlight speakers for our Gathering.

Folks, we are gearing up for a terrific 4th Annual Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, at the Golden Wings Flying Museum on the Anoka County-Blaine airport.  We have over 12 Platinum Sponsors and the Hangar Flying presentations we have in store for you are top notch!  Please visit the link at the top of this page as we begin rolling out more details about the GMAG.

Ringing in the New Year provides us the opportunity to see what we liked and disliked in the previous year while making plans to make the New Year better. That is true for the Minnesota Pilots Association. We had much to be thankful for and proud of in 2016, but are really looking forward to some changes in 2017. First, we have responded to those who really wanted the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering to be on a Saturday and Sunday, rather than Friday and Saturday. This year, for the first time, we will be able to celebrate aviation in Minnesota on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30! We hope you will find this to be a good change, and we are appreciative of the feedback that our members have provided.

Please stay tuned here and on our Facebook/MNPilots/ page as we roll out the schedule of events for the 2017 GMAG. Members will be getting an email asking for your ideas on subjects and/or speakers for our 2017 event. We will continue to be responsive as we strive to make the GMAG a must-see event.

Happy New Year to you all!

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

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We had a very productive Annual Meeting yesterday at Key Air, Inc. Many thanks to Michael Lawrence and the team at Key Air for making room for us!

First, we welcome Randy Schoephoerster to the Board of Directors, and congratulate him and Mike Vivion and Mary Alverson for re-election to the board! We look forward to Randy’s addition, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board.

To those members who took time to vote, thank you. We appreciate your participation. For those of you who attended the meeting, you hopefully recognize that some very good ideas were put forth, ideas that we fully intend to explore in the months to come!

OK, enough elections, already! Let’s get ready for the Holidays!

Randy Corfman
President

We are delighted that three members of the Minnesota Pilots Association have stepped forward, expressing their interest in being board members for our organization.

Mary Alverson is a native Minnesotan, born in Duluth Minnesota. She is truly an adventurer, travelling around the world both personally and professionally, serving as a flight attendant for North Central Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines for 38 years. Mary has gone on to distinguish herself flying professionally as a flight instructor and Captain for New Mexico Airlines. She has earned her CFI, CFII, MEI ratings along with a single and multi-engine sea class ratings. Mary is the owner/operator of Wings Over Water Seaplane Training.
• FAA Designated Examiner
• FAA FAAST Representative
• Field Director, Seaplane Pilots Association
• President, Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association 2009-2012

Mike Vivion soloed in 1969 and completed the requirements for his private pilot certificate in December of that year. After being released from the military, Mike returned to the University of Montana, completing a degree in Wildlife Biology He subsequently worked for the US Fish & Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Biologist and Wildlife Biologist/Airplane pilot for 31 years. Twenty nine of those years were spent in Alaska, where he worked airplanes on wheels, floats and skis in many regions of Alaska in support of wildlife research and law enforcement operations. In December of 2005, he retired from FWS and accepted a job at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, teaching in the Aviation programs there. In May of 2013, he retired (again) from the U of M system. Mike’s wife of 19 years is Gina Carolan and the couple now resides in Bozeman MT. Mike has recently become a board member of the Montana Antique Aircraft Association, the Sacajawea Audubon Society (the Audubon chapter in Bozeman, MT) and the Montana Audubon Society.

Randy Schoephoerster is an established leader in aviation in Minnesota. He has over 10,000 hours flight time, with over 2000 hours in seaplane time. Randy holds ATP MEL, ATP SEL, ATP SES, CFI, CFII and MEI ratings. He serves as President of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association and is an FAASTeam Lead Representative and Field Director of the National Seaplane Pilots Association. He is owner of Air Trek North Flight School and Maintenance with locations at KLVN, KFCM and KSGS. He has served as Marketing Director and Engineering Director for Emerson Electric and served as a City Commissioner. Randy has a BS degree in electrical engineering and an MBA in marketing. He feels his strengths lie in marketing, mentoring and organizational management. He also emphasizes that he is father of three great young adults.

Ballots were emailed on November 9, 2016 to all active members. If your membership has lapsed and you wish to participate in choosing our board members, please renew your membership. Thanks!