Author Archives: Randy Corfman

Southeast MN General Aviation Action Team

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 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!

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,


MN Pilots Assn…making a difference in Minnesota Aviation

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 submit photos for cover of 2018 GMAG program guide

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Email photos as attachments to
  4. 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!

Randy Corfman

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!

‘Sully’ Sullenberger wants to save the FAA…Opposes Privitization

Please take a moment to read this reporting of an interview with Captain Sullenberger.  If you have followed his story, and seen the movie, you will know that he has seen both sides of the airline industry, and understands their political agenda.

I am not a fan of Katie Couric, but she seems to have asked the right questions.

Please pick up the phone and call your Congressman tomorrow (Monday) and register your opposition to H.R. 2997.  It is important.  Thank you.

Randy Corfman, President, MN Pilots Assn

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!…ign=170713ALTW

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.

MN Seaplane Pilot’s Assn Safety Seminar May 19-21!

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!