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 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.
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
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
MN Pilots Assn…making a difference in Minnesota Aviation
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