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!
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!
Attention MN Pilots Assn Members in good standing…The Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Pilots Association will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Key Air at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport beginning at 11:00 a.m. Thanks to Michael Lawrence and Key Air for being willing to host the meeting.
We will be ordering pizza for those who attend. Active (paid up) members have received email ballots yesterday. We would appeciate emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you will be attending…so we can order enough pizza!!!
There are three board member positions to be filled, as indicated on your ballots. If you are not current on your membership dues and wish to cast a vote, please renew your membership so that a ballot can be emailed to you.
The nominees to fill the open board positions are: Mary Alverson, Mike Vivion and Randy Schoephoerster.
We are pleased to announce that the dates have been set for the 2017 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering! Please mark your calendars for Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017!
Greg Herrick has kindly offered his beautiful Golden Wings Flying Museum for the fourth consecutive year, and we continue to be grateful for his kindness and support of our event and the Minnesota Pilots Association.
In response to many requests, the event will be on Saturday and Sunday, rather than Friday and Saturday. Also, we will be trying a different approach to the Hangar Flying sessions. Stay tuned, folks!
It was such welcome news yesterday…reform of medical certification has been passed by the Senate and the House and is on it’s way to the President to sign! We are so thankful for the untiring efforts of Mark Baker and AOPA in getting this important legislation passed. Here is a link to the announcement from AOPA:
There will be many details to work out, folks, but I can tell you that your efforts in supporting AOPA and in contacting your Representatives and Senators paid off. Thank you.
The Minnesota Pilots Association thanks you for your letter writing and for your support. Your support of the Minnesota Pilots Association and your actions have helped make this important event happen.
We had a wonderful time at the 2016 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering, and thank you to all who attended YOUR GMAG! We had a bit over 900 walk through the doors of the event, and the feedback has been very positive. Our thanks goes out to all the speakers at our Hangar Flying sessions and to all who worked hard to make this a valuable and successful event. We thank our sponsors for providing funds which made the GMAG possible, and to the exhibitors who provided much information to those who spent time in the exhibit area.
It was particularly gratifying to see so many pilots milling around the Golden Wings Flying Museum, randomly visiting with other pilots, getting to know officials from a number of governmental organizations, speaking with the many vendors who exhibited at the GMAG. We are finding that the Gathering is achieving one of our missions, that of providing a social aviation event in our state. How nice it was to see people visiting with friends from other parts of the state that they hadn’t seen for some time.
We also want to give praise to Cheryl Daml, CFI, CFII, for the wonderful job she did with her Pinch Hitter course at the GMAG. She had excellent attendance and the feedback was quite positive. Similarly, Steve Thibault, CFI, CFII, gave a wonderful AOPA Rusty Pilot session at the GMAG and it, too, drew rave reviews from attendees.
Overall, it was a terrific event. We are blessed with many outstanding speakers and contributors to our GMAG, eliminating the need to pay big bucks to bring in speakers from outside the state. This translates into considerable cost savings for us, and serves as a point of pride that we have it all in Minnesota!
Thanks, again, for your membership in the Minnesota Pilots Association, and for your support of the 2016 GMAG!
Head on out to the GMAG! The weather is looking great for the next two days…the soil drains nicely and it should be no problem for parking if you decide to fly in. We have an awesome Gathering for you, so please fly or drive in to enjoy Minnesota Aviation at its best!
Please check out our GMAG page on this website for taxiing and parking directions.
This word just in from AOPA…
The Senate has passed FAA reauthorization legislation, including third class medical reform, on a 95-to-3 vote with strong bipartisan support. The measure would authorize FAA programs until Sept. 30, 2017. Final passage on April 19 followed a procedural vote the previous day.
“This is a solid bill for general aviation,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “The third class medical reform language goes far beyond the AOPA-EAA 2012 petition and means that hundreds of thousands of pilots will never need another FAA medical exam. Getting these reforms is vital to the entire general aviation community. Add to that the fact that there are no user fees for general aviation in this bill and there are provisions to continue research into unleaded fuels and increase grants for improvements to GA airports, and it’s all good news for GA.”
We salute Mark Baker and AOPA for their hard work in getting this important legislation passed. We will have more details revealed at the Great MN Aviation Gathering when Mark addresses attendees on Saturday afternoon. Thanks, Mark and AOPA!
Please take a look at our website www.mnpilots.org/gmag and check out the schedule of events for the Great MN Aviation Gatheing! We have put together a terrific program that will have you wanting to be there for both days of the GMAG. Seriously.
Driving in to the GMAG? Check out the reduced hotel rates we have arranged with local hotels.
Flying in? You can taxi right up close to the GMAG and park in the designated parking area…but BRING YOUR OWN TIEDOWNS! Instructions are posted on the website, and updates will be posted as the event approaches.
Please also take a look at our Facebook.com/mnpilots page. We are frequently updating that page with new information and announcements that will be of interest to you.
Remember, with a paid-up membership you gain free admission to the GMAG! What a great deal!
By the way, the GMAG would not be happening without your membership and without your support. This event is yours and we hope to see you there.
Great News from AOPA!
The Senate has unfurled it’s own version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill! The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S. 2658) was introduced March 9 and would authorize FAA funding for approximately 18 months through September 2017. The bill contains third class medical reform language that passed the Senate in December but does not include user fees for general aviation, instead relying on the current system of excise taxes on fuel. In addition, the legislation would authorize annual increases in Airport Improvement Program funding, streamline certification for light GA aircraft, support a transition to unleaded aviation fuel, and make it easier to install modern safety equipment in legacy aircraft.
Please refer to http://www.aopa.org/…/Senate-unveils-FAA-reauthorization-pl… for more details.
Thank you to all MN Pilots Assn members who have done due diligence and contacted your Senators and Representatives. For the record, we STILL DO NOT HAVE THE SUPPORT OF SENATORS KLOBUCHAR AND FRANKEN. Please contact them and urge their support.