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Captain Edward L. Erickson Scholarship Recipients

Patrick Halligan, the MN Pilots Association Scholarship Chairman, would like to
thank all the pilots who applied for the Captain Edward L. Erickson Scholarship. Pat
says “not only was I impressed with the application letters, but the recommendation
letters that were sent, spoke highly of each individual.” We could of easily awarded
half a dozen scholarships, if we had the money, because there were that many
qualified applicants. The pilot chosen for the Captain Erickson Scholarship is Joseph
Taylor. Just before picking the winner, the MN Pilots BOD decided to add a second
scholarship. We used the applications from the Captain Erickson Scholarship to pick
that winner. So, the recipient of the MN Pilots Association Scholarship is Samantha
Ripley. You can read about Joseph and Samantha in their respective articles, on our
website. They will be awarded their two thousand dollar aviation scholarship at the
Great MN Aviation Gathering (GMAG) on April 27 th . The GMAG runs April 26 and
27 th at the Buffalo Airport, west of Minneapolis. On behalf of the scholarship
committee and the MN Pilots Assoc. thanks to everyone who took the time to apply.
You young pilots have a lot going for you and according to the letters of
recommendation; you are on the right track and have already made a network with
good people.


Captain Edward Erickson was the consummate professional pilot.  His love of aviation and his professionalism set an example for those who followed in his footsteps. His intense interest in aviation ranged from soloing in a J-3 Cub on his 16th birthday to retiring from a B-757 after a 34-year career as Captain for North Central, Republic and Northwest Airlines (flying over 30,000 hours).  Beyond his career in the airlines he flew virtually any piston-driven aircraft, including many warbirds. He was honored with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2013 and became the very first candidate of the Minnesota Pilots Association to be inducted into the MN Aviation Hall of Fame, in 2016.

His biggest impact during his aviation career was all the people he taught how to fly over the years. He left his mark on aviation at all levels in general aviation. Countless pilots on the airline, in the warbird community, and in general aviation, have benefited from Ed’s wealth of knowledge and experience.  His encouragement and assistance to pilots who were either building or flying their aircraft came with a quiet, unassuming demeanor. Ed loved aviation and wanted to share his enthusiasm with anyone who showed an interest in flying.  Aviation was his true passion and he incorporated it in everything he did throughout his life.

To read all of the details and requirements for this $2000 scholarship, click here.


MSP Class B Airspace Changes

The FAA has finalized changes to the Minneapolis Class B Airspace due to take effect on January 9, 2014 and is in the process of disseminating details to pilots and aviation groups. The following is a summary of those changes and a diagram of the MSP Class B Airspace which were provided by the Minnesota DOT Office of Aeronautics. All changes to the boundaries and the floors of the airspace will appear on new aeronautical navigation charts due to for release January 9, 2014. It is highly recommended that all active pilots update GPS databases and study the new limits to the Class B airspace.

  • All changes are between the 20nm and 30nm rings (see attached diagram)
  • Lowered the floor from 7,000 ft. to 6,000 ft. in four areas
    • Area G from the GEP 111° to the GEP 121° between 20nm and 30nm
    • Area H from the FCM 124° to the GEP 164° between 20nm and 24nm and
    • Area H from the GEP 164° to the GEP 176° between 20nm and 30nm
    • Area J from the FCM 271° to the FCM 295° between 20nm and 30nm
  • Area E from the GEP 301° to the GEP 358° between 20nm and 30nm
    • Area H from the GEP 176° to the GEP 164° Radial
  • Adjusted the MSP south downwind areas to the south 1.5 miles
    • Area D from the GEP 121° to the FCM 124° between 20nm and 30nm and
    • Area D from the GEP 301° to the FCM 295° between 20nm and 30nm
  • Shortened the area by Stanton, MN (SYN) from 25nm to 24nm
    • Area H between the FCM 124° and the GEP 164°

Class B Poster 2013_1

Mission Statement

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.