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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!