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Message from Jay FAAST

Here are some links that you may find useful…they are the most frequently requested!

Aircraft Security Agreement

Affidavit of Ownership Light-Sport Aircraft Manufacturer’s

Affidavit of Ownership for Amateur-Built and Other Non-type Certificated Aircraft

Certificate of Repossession of Encumbered Aircraft

Aircraft Bill of Sale

Aircraft Registration Renewal Application

Aircraft Registration Application

Thanks to Jay Flowers from the ND FAAST for this information!

Randy Corfman

 

 

Kurt Pennuto, our RAF State Laison, sent me this summary of the events at the Bowstring Airfield meeting last Wednesday. Apparently approximately 20 aircraft flew in. I think this helps demonstrate the influence we can have on issues such as this. Our challenge now is to keep on using these airfields, and not simply let the airport go unused.

This summary is from our very own Jeff Russell (the Wisconsin version)…
I flew up to Bowstring airport in northern Minnesota yesterday to support Kurt Pennuto in representing the RAF. It is really a beautiful airport in a great location. It’s in the heart of the Minnesota northwoods and lakes area that is truly a special place. Kurt did a great job identifying this strip as one with high recreational value and one that the RAF should be involved with. 

The Bowstring airport was rumored to be under threat of closure. Yesterday’s meeting included Itasca county commissioners, airport commissioners, Mn-DOT, and about 45 or so interested pilots and citizens.

The meeting went very well. The county commissioner opened the meeting saying that they were really not considering closure but that there were issues that need to be addressed. The county’s biggest issued appeared to be related to their airport ownership and the perception that this ownership was exposing them to liability. At the root of the matter was that they had airport inspection from MN-DOT two years earlier wherein Mn-DOT noted 17 obstructions at the airport (trees) that needed to be removed. There was typical poor communication between the airport commission and the county commissioners. Upon belatedly learning of the non-conformance of the airport, the county (especially the county attorney) appeared to have gotten a bit agitated. 

The county commissioners were actually quite surprised by the turnout to the meeting. They specifically noted the RAF’s attendance and appreciated us being there. In the end, the meeting served to re-establish communications between the county and the airport commission along with MN-DOT. The perceived threat of closure is now gone and the airport even learned of additional funding that was available from MnDOT. It appears that the future of the airport is on an even better path.

Many thanks to those of you who attended the meeting, or contacted the Commissioners.  You made a difference!

We are only days away from the 5th Annual Great MN Aviation Gathering, folks and the weather forecast is looking TERRIFIC for the event this year (….it is about time!).  Please click on the link at the top of the page and look for the schedule of events, and please plan to attend both days!

We will be posting instructions for those who choose to fly in on the GMAG page.  If you choose to fly in, please bring your own tiedowns!  We hope you will fly in, as this is one of the great perks of our event…YOU CAN FLY IN AND TAXI RIGHT UP TO THE GOLDEN WINGS FLYING MUSEUM VENUE!

We will be holding a silent auction for some very big items (Garmin equipment and Float Plane rating/resort lodging), as well as a big raffle, on Saturday noon.

We will also be selling tee shirts with the 2018 GMAG Photo winner on the shirt!  …and posters of the same!

Hope to see you there!

MN Pilots Assn Works with Duluth NWS to Develop Website

Thanks to Gregg Strathy and Jim Peterson, board members of the MN Pilots Assn, for helping the Duluth National Weather Service design their webpage! Here is a note we received from Geoffrey Grochocinski, of the Duluth NWS…

NWS Duluth, surrounding NWS aviation focal points, and our aviation partners,

I’m happy to share NWS Duluth has a new aviation weather webpage after several months of work by our aviation team, including partnering with aviation partners for feedback, looking for ideas and inspiration from other NWS offices across the country, and building the page. This was a team effort by Justin, Bryan, and I of our aviation team. This new page will be more useful and user-friendly for our typical aviation users than our previous page. The new design is an inspiration from NWS LaCrosse’s aviation page. Our partners really liked NWS LaCrosse’s tabs and thumbnails design.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our FAA partners in Duluth and pilots with the Minnesota Pilots Association for their time in discussing our old website and the design of a future webpage with us. Thank you very much to Justin Schultz for his work into assembling potential options for the page and to Bryan in building the page.

Thank you,

Geoff

https://www.weather.gov/dlh/dlh_aviation

MN Pilots Assn…making a difference in Minnesota Aviation

We are pleased to announce that Patrick Halligan has been elected to serve a three year term on our Board of Directors, and that Gregg Strathy and Steve Thibault have been re-elected to the Board to serve another three years.

Congratulations to them, and thanks to them for making the commitment to serve our members to further general aviation in Minnesota!

Please review this nicely organized document which succinctly outlines why we continue to be firmly against ATC Privitization. Our Representatives are home for recess, and tomorrow will be a perfect time to CALL them and ask them to vote AGAINST H.R. 2997! Kudos to AOPA for leading the charge against this change!

‘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

I just watched the AOPA Live link in which they describe the urgency of calling your Congressman NOW to urge them to vote against H.R. 2997. They also did a nice story about Roger and Darren Meggers, who are building the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub in Baker MT. Nicely done!

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/…ign=170713ALTW

They offer a good summary, at the end, as to why it is important to stop the House version (H.R. 2997), which includes privitization. The Senate version does NOT contain this language, hence the lack of push to stop that bill. The danger lies in what happens in a conference committee, should the House and Senate versions pass…the devil would be in the compromise that would be reached.

They also point out that we should not be intimidated by the staff person who picks up the phone at your Congressman’s office. That person wants to know: 1. your address with zip code; 2. the bill you are calling about (H.R. 2997); and 3. whether you want them to vote yes or no. I found this to be true when I have called my Congressman and our (worthless) Senators Klobuchar and Franken. They don’t want a discussion about why you want them to vote yes or no, they want bottom line. Give it to them.

You can find out who to call by googling “who is my Congressman”. Call them right now.

I just received an urgent request from Peter J. Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) regarding Shuster’s FAA Reauthorization Bill (H.R. 2997).  Peter states, amongst other things, “Throughout my years at GAMA, I have never witnessed a time where direct engagement with members of Congress is more critical to the future health of general and business aviation than it is this week.”

I will provide the entire text of his letter below, but want to urge you to do your own research, quickly, and if you agree with Peter, please contact your Representative, or their Chief of Staff, and voice your strong opposition to H.R. 2997.

We try not to bug you with extraneous emails, but we feel it is vitally important to shut this bill down. Please contact your Congressperson now.  Thank you.

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!