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Meet and Greet Added to 2019 GMAG!

We are kicking off a “Meet and Greet” as a way of bringing together our Exhibitors and aviators who attend our 2019 GMAG.  The Meet and Greet will follow the last Hangar Flying Session and be held from 4:15 to 5:00 pm.  We hope you will be able to visit with the fine exhibitors who have spent a long day in the exhibit hangars, and share beverages with them, letting them know how much we appreciate their support of aviation in Minnesota!

Smokin’ Bonz’ BBQ will be available for exceptional BBQ cuisine immediately following the Meet and Greet, and this will be followed by none other than the live music of the Sawtooth Brothers bluegrass band.  Rain, Snow or Shine, we will have a hangar available to enjoy fine, lonesome bluegrass music and who knows, there may be a bonfire to share while we tell hangar flying lies and tales!

Can’t afford a hotel room for that night?  Fear not!  We have arranged for a hangar to be used as the Minnesota Pilots Sleeping Quarters, so bring your cot, your folding chair and your sleeping bag to spend Friday night…and be awoken by the roar of aircraft engines Saturday morning!

We are excited about the possibilities we enjoy at the Buffalo Municipal Airport.  Stay tuned here, and check out our Facebook/mnpilots page for details.  Remember…current members of the MN Pilots Assn gain free admission to both days of the GMAG!

Click on the GMAG button at the top of this page for updates for housing, fly in instructions and parking instructions.  It is going to be a terrific event!

We are less than 3 weeks out from the 2019 GMAG, the schedule of events is published now and we hope you will take a look and plan to attend BOTH days of our event.  I think the key word here is “our” event.  This event is truly a result of your commitment to aviation shown through your willingness to be current members of the Minnesota Pilots Association.

This year we have moved the venue to the Buffalo Municipal Airport (KCFE), a non-towered airport just west of the MSP Class B airspace.  While we are excited about the move, we know that this will mean a little more of a drive for those living on the east side of the Twin Cities, but we think you will find it worth the drive!  Flying in should be a breeze and we think that if we have the beautiful weather that we are due for this will set records for the number of pilots who fly in!  A Fly In GMAG…what a beautiful thing!

Stay tuned, please plan on joining together with fellow members and hey, bring along a friend!  We are confident you will all find something that you will enjoy at the GMAG!

2019 GMAG Schedule of Events

We are pleased to roll out what we think is another outstanding group of speakers and presentations for the 2019 Great MN Aviation Gathering!  Many thanks to the speakers who are donating their time to provide you, our members, with presentations which we feel will add to the excitement that we all feel as pilots.  Please visit the GMAG section of our website to learn more details.

Download, Print and Post 2019 GMAG Flyer!

One of the things you can do to help promote YOUR Great MN Aviation Gathering is to click on the “GMAG” button at the top of the landing page and you will be taken to a place where you can click to download the 2019 GMAG Flyer that was created by Sarah Dickerson, our airline captain/graphic artist extraordinaire.  Please print out a few of these and post in your local FBO, or any FBOs in your area, so that we effectively penetrate MN and surrounding states with this beautiful flyer!  This will save us precious dollars in postage and you will be more effective than we have found many airport managers in getting these flyers in prominent positions!  Thank you!

Randy Corfman

2019 GMAG Flyer

Congratulations to Gary Black, long time member of the MN Pilots Assn and fervent supporter of general aviation, for selection of a photo he submitted for consideration for use as the backdrop for the 2019 GMAG!  Many thanks to all the great photos that were submitted!  Selection of the photo is based upon not only the beauty of the photograph, but also the photo needs to lend itself for placement of text.  We are also aware of the fact that Cirrus Aircraft Corporation has been a solid supporter of the MN Pilots Assn, and the GMAGs, from our very humble beginnings!  Thanks, Gary, and congratulations!

We will be providing a link for downloading the flyer on our website and Facebook page and ask that you please print it out and post at your local aviation hangout/hangar.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Captain Edward L. Erickson Aviation Scholarship

We are delighted to announce the inauguration of the Captain Edward L. Erickson Aviation Scholarship! Ed was our first nominee to the prestigious Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, and the scholarship will be awarded in his memory to a pilot who is pursuing advanced ratings and certifications on their way to becoming a professional pilot. We are thankful for the donations to the scholarship fund, and to members of the MN Pilots Assn, whose membership dues are being put to good use! Thank you! Please review the following flyer for details on the award.

Application letters and Letters of Recommendation should be sent to Patrick Halligan at flyinghooligan@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is March 24, 2019.

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

KBFW

We have been made aware of the closure of KBFW, the Silver Bay MN Municipal Airport. I have reached out to MN DOT Aeronautics to find out more about the action, but would appreciate learning anything you might have to share to provide insight into what is going on there.  Please email me at info@mnpilots.org.

We can’t afford to lose any airports in Minnesota, and any help you can offer will be appreciated.  Thank you!

Message from Jay FAAST

Here are some links that you may find useful…they are the most frequently requested!

Aircraft Security Agreement

Affidavit of Ownership Light-Sport Aircraft Manufacturer’s

Affidavit of Ownership for Amateur-Built and Other Non-type Certificated Aircraft

Certificate of Repossession of Encumbered Aircraft

Aircraft Bill of Sale

Aircraft Registration Renewal Application

Aircraft Registration Application

Thanks to Jay Flowers from the ND FAAST for this information!

Randy Corfman

 

 

Kurt Pennuto, our RAF State Laison, sent me this summary of the events at the Bowstring Airfield meeting last Wednesday. Apparently approximately 20 aircraft flew in. I think this helps demonstrate the influence we can have on issues such as this. Our challenge now is to keep on using these airfields, and not simply let the airport go unused.

This summary is from our very own Jeff Russell (the Wisconsin version)…
I flew up to Bowstring airport in northern Minnesota yesterday to support Kurt Pennuto in representing the RAF. It is really a beautiful airport in a great location. It’s in the heart of the Minnesota northwoods and lakes area that is truly a special place. Kurt did a great job identifying this strip as one with high recreational value and one that the RAF should be involved with. 

The Bowstring airport was rumored to be under threat of closure. Yesterday’s meeting included Itasca county commissioners, airport commissioners, Mn-DOT, and about 45 or so interested pilots and citizens.

The meeting went very well. The county commissioner opened the meeting saying that they were really not considering closure but that there were issues that need to be addressed. The county’s biggest issued appeared to be related to their airport ownership and the perception that this ownership was exposing them to liability. At the root of the matter was that they had airport inspection from MN-DOT two years earlier wherein Mn-DOT noted 17 obstructions at the airport (trees) that needed to be removed. There was typical poor communication between the airport commission and the county commissioners. Upon belatedly learning of the non-conformance of the airport, the county (especially the county attorney) appeared to have gotten a bit agitated. 

The county commissioners were actually quite surprised by the turnout to the meeting. They specifically noted the RAF’s attendance and appreciated us being there. In the end, the meeting served to re-establish communications between the county and the airport commission along with MN-DOT. The perceived threat of closure is now gone and the airport even learned of additional funding that was available from MnDOT. It appears that the future of the airport is on an even better path.

Many thanks to those of you who attended the meeting, or contacted the Commissioners.  You made a difference!