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The mission of the Minnesota Pilots Association (MNPA) is to promote and protect aviation in our State through advocacy, education, outreach and social activities.  Our association firmly believes that a healthy aviation community is an invaluable asset to the State of Minnesota.  MNPA membership and volunteers join to act as the voice of pilots, aviation enthusiasts and supporters of aviation in Minnesota.

President's Briefing

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering will be held at the Buffalo Municipal airport (KCFE) on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, 2019!

Thanks to the generosity of Mike Wiskus and West Metro Aviation, and the pilots and hangar owners of the Buffalo airport, we will likely be able to have all the sessions, the exhibits and dining areas in nice, quiet warm hangars!  We are excited to be rid of tents and the challenges/expense that they demand!

As you may be aware, the Buffalo airport is just outside of the MSP Class B airspace, and will represent the first year we will be able to fly into a non-towered airport.  We are thankful for the kindness and professionalism of the Anoka County-Blaine airport Tower folks for the great direction they gave us for the first 5 GMAGs, but we look forward to having more airplanes flying in for the events.

We will be pleased to recognize those who receive the Master Pilots Award, given by the FAA.  Please join us to honor our mentors and colleagues who greatly deserve the awards.  While the awards are presented by our FAAST leaders, please know that the actual plaques are donated by non other than you, members of the MN Pilots Association.

We are looking forward to presenting our very first Ed Erickson Aviation Scholarship to a deserving pilot who is planning a career in aviation.

We are also happy to announce that Smokin’ Bonez BBQ food truck will be back this year, and for those of you who attended last year you may recall that the food was terrific!  We will be incorporating the MN EAA Leadership Summit as a part of our Hangar Flying sessions, rather than in the evening, with the hopes that more EAA leaders will be able to fly in for each of the days.

For those of you who will drive to the events, parking will be a breeze.  The airport is really a short, beautiful drive from the western suburbs.

An added bonus…please mark your calendars, and register, for the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Banquet to be held immediately following the 2019 GMAG on Saturday evening, April 27.  Please see their website for registration information.  We think it will be a great weekend for aviation in Minnesota!

Please mark those dates down on your calendar.  We hope to see you there!

Randy Corfman
President, MN Pilots Assn

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MN Pilots Assn Establishing “ClearingHangar” for Aviation Scholarships in Minnesota!

Patrick Halligan, member of the MN Pilots Assn Board of Directors, has been working with Steve Johnson to establish a unified place on our website where interested people can look for aviation scholarships.  Details will be announced at the 2018 GMAG.  If you are aware of aviation scholarships which may benefit people in Minnesota please contact Patrick at flyinghooligan@gmail.com.

MN Pilots Assn Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Brad Thornberg for having one of the five photos he submitted chosen to serve as our backdrop for the 2018 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering!  Thanks also to Sarah Dickerson, who developed a terrific flyer for our upcoming event!

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

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