The Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering
Saturday April 29th & Sunday April 30th
Anoka County-Blaine Airport, Blaine, MN

Flying to the Gathering

Location, Parking and area information

Meet hundreds of Minnesota and Wisconsin pilots and aviation enthusiasts!

Admission $5.00 per person - per day. Free to MNPilots members and attendees 18 and under.

The Gathering will feature educational sessions and a variety of vendors of aviation-related products. Educational sessions will cover a broad range of topics, including owner-assisted maintenance, seaplane operations, ski plane operations, survival medicine, single pilot IFR, Minnesota aviation history, winter operations, engine management, how to promote your local airport and much more.

Scheduled Sessions

Saturday, April 29 Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m., Close 4:00 p.m.

Time Location Speaker Title
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. GW Flying Museum Gregg Strathy Boy Scouts of America Aviation Merit Badge Program
9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. GMAG Tent Andy Miller, AOPA AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar
EAA 237 Hangar Kevin Morris, FAAST Things CFI’s Probably Don’t Know (but should)
GW Classroom Cheryl Daml Pinch Hitter: A Safety Course for Non-flying Pilot Companions (3 hours) Please Click Here to Register
Golden Wings Flying Museum Gregg Strathy Boy Scouts Aviation Merit Badge Program
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. GMAG Tent Andy Miller, AOPA AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar
EAA 237 Hangar Mark German Preparing for the First Flight...Experimental Aircraft
GW Classroom Cheryl Daml Pinch Hitter: A Safety Course for Non-flying Pilot Companions (continued)
Golden Wings Flying Museum Gregg Strathy Boy Scouts Aviation Merit Badge Program
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. GMAG Tent Andy Miller, AOPA AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminar
EAA 237 Hangar Mike Vivion Ski Plane Flying
GW Classroom Cheryl Daml Pinch Hitter: A Safety Course for Non-flying Pilot Companions (continued)
Golden Wings Flying Museum Gregg Strathy Boy Scouts Aviation Merit Badge Program
12:15 p.m.-1:00 p.m. GW Flying Museum Enjoy exhibits and lunch
1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. GW Flying Museum Greg Herrick Our Passion for Aviation
1:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Golden Wing Flying Museum MN Pilots Assn FAAST Awards
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. GMAG Tent Gary Black Cirrus SF50 Vision --Overview of the First Personal Jet
EAA 237 Hangar Jonathan Beck Drones Go to School
2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. GW Flying Museum Enjoy exhibits
3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. GMAG Tent Steve Bruss Insuring Your Aircraft: Impact of BasicMed and Other Considerations
EAA 237 Hangar John Chmiel Expanding Aviation Culinary Arts: Fly In Hamburger Socials and Your Aviation Community
4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. GMAG Tent Randy Corfman BasicMed vs 3rd Class Medical: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
EAA 237 Hangar Rylan Juran State Aviation System Plan (SASP) Project: Making MN Airports Even Better!
5:00 p.m. Adjorn
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. EAA 237 Hangar Minnesota EAA Leadership Summit

Sunday, April 30 Exhibits Open 9:00 a.m., Close 3:30 p.m.

Time Location Speaker Title
9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. GMAG Tent Neil Otey Flying Into a Towered Airport: Tips, Tricks and Other Tidbits
EAA 237 Hangar Kevin Morris Aeronautical Decision Making and Risk Management for UAS operators
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. GMAG Tent Woody Minar The Engine Failure Emergency: A Survival Guide
EAA 237 Hangar Paul Jackson Pilot Self-Assessment and Risk Management: Confidence vs Competence
10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. GW Flying Museum Enjoy exhibits
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. GMAG Tent Kris Garberg ADS-B In/Out options from Stratus by Appareo
EAA 237 Hangar Tim Hieb, Kevin Dunrud Tips for a Long Term Relationship with Your Aircraft Engine
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. GW Flying Museum Visit Exhibits and Enjoy Lunch
1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. GMAG Tent Doug Evink Using Data Logging to Understand Aviation Preheat
EAA 237 Hangar Rick Braunig Zero Deaths in Aviation
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. GMAG Tent Steve Thibault IFR Procedures: A Review of Common Scenarios
EAA 237 Hangar Mike Vivion Ski Plane Flying
2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. GW Flying Museum Visit Exhibits
3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. GMAG Tent Randy Corfman BasicMed vs 3rd Class Medical: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
EAA 237 Hangar TBA TBA
4:00 p.m. 2015 GMAG Closes, See You Next Year!

Location and Amenities

Click here for automobile parking information.

Click here for information on flying in.

Hotels near KANE offering special rates for the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering (be sure to mention MN Pilots Association):

  • The Country Inn and Suites of Shoreview
    5995 Rice Creek Pkwy
    Shoreview, MN 55126
    651-784-6000
    2.8 miles from KANE
    Deadline for discounted rate April 1
    • Two Queen suites w/sofa sleeper - $109.00
    • King Suite - $109.00

  • Best Western Plus Blaine at the National Sports Center
    10580 Baltimore St. NE
    Blaine, MN 55449
    3.5 miles from KANE
    763-792-0750
    Deadline for discounted rate April 14
    • Two Queen bed suites - $110.00
    • Single King bed suite - $110.00

  • Super 8 Blaine
    9410 Baltimore St NE
    Blaine, MN 55449
    1.5 miles from KANE
    763-786-8888
    Deadline March 28, After that Ask for "Military Discount"
    • Two Queen bed suites - $107.00

The Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering will be held at the Golden Wings Museum on the Anoka County Airport.


Golden Wings Museum
8797 Airport Road
Blaine, MN 55449

Exhibitors

More to be announced...

Click Here for Information on Becoming an Exhibitor!