Today I had the pleasure of visiting with Dick Fechter, from Rochester, who helps guide the Southeast Minnesota General Aviation Action Team. After visiting their website at www.rstga.com one can see that this organizations focus is greatly aligned with that of the MN Pilots Association!
They are hosting a banquet this coming Saturday night (sorry, the event is sold out) as a fund raiser for scholarships aimed at getting young people into aviation.
The MN Pilots Assn looks forward to promoting the SEMNGA Action Team, and we hope they may choose to exhibit and become more engaged with us at the 2018 Great MN Aviation Gathering!
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!
We have had the good fortune of finding some terrific photos, each year, to grace the cover of our Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering program guide, and to use for the posters and advertising for the event. We are rapidly approaching the drop dead date for getting a photo to showcase our event.
This year we would like to ask you, as current members (paid up, so to speak), to submit photos which you think would be appropriate for this noble purpose.
Checklist for submitting photos:
- Choose up to 5 photos for submission. I know, this will be a challenge, given many photos you have taken in 2017. Photos need to be shot within the 2017 calendar year. They should have some relevance to flying in MN.
- Photos should be in files no greater than 25 megabytes. If your email will not allow this size file to be sent, submit the largest it will support and we will find a way to obtain a bigger file for use.
- Email photos as attachments to email@example.com
- Email submitters name, submitters email address, where the photo was taken and when the photo was taken, along with a description of the photo.
The deadline for submission is Friday, January 19, at noon. The person who submits the winning photo will be honored at the 2018 GMAG Awards Ceremony on Saturday afternoon, April 28, and will be asked to sign release for use of the photograph by the Minnesota Pilots Association in materials which support the 2018 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering and the Minnesota Pilots Association.
We think this will be a great way to promote our interest in our event. Thanks for giving this some thought. I hope you will be able to submit some awesome photos!
President, Minnesota Pilots Association
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.
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!
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.