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Randy Corfman
We had an excellent Annual Meeting last night via Zoom.  Thank you to all who attended on a cold night! It is a pleasure to welcome Michael Bergeson and Andy Brown to the Board of Directors of the MN Pilots Assn!  As you were able to see from their bios they bring a wealth and […]
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Randy Corfman
Invitations for accessing tonight's Zoom session for the Annual Meeting were sent last evening to those who are members in good standing (i.e., current with membership dues).  A number of members have found the link in their "junk" folder, or "spam" folder, so please look there for the link permitting access to the Zoom meeting.  […]
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President's Briefing 1 24 2021

Randy Corfman
The 2021-2022 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Pilots Association is set for Tuesday evening, January 25, 2022 commencing at 7:30 p.m.  All members in good standing are welcome to attend the meeting. Please mark Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2022 to your calendars for the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering at the Buffalo Municipal Airport!  AOPA […]
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2021 Edward L. Erickson Aviation Award

Randy Corfman
The recipient of the 2021 Captain Edward L. Erickson Aviation Scholarship is Wyatt Jones.  Wyatt Jones is a Commercial Aviation student at the University of North Dakota.  He has received numerous recognitions in academia, athletics and the arts and has had a thirst for aviation since his first aircraft ride in a two-seat ultralight over […]
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2021 Janette Strathy Aviation Award

Randy Corfman
  The recipient of the 2021 Janette Strathy Aviation Scholarship is Alicia Cerney. Alicia is studying Commercial Aviation at the University of North Dakota.  She is very aware that college is expensive, and that majoring in aviation only adds to those costs.  She is very grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship.  She works […]
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2021 GMAG Flyer

Randy Corfman
Please take a moment and mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2021 Great MN Aviation Gathering!  We have a terrific lineup of presentors and presentations and we hope you can join us for BOTH days at the GMAG.  We will be providing listings of hotels in the area, and we are planning to […]
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2021 GMAG is a Go!

Randy Corfman
We are most pleased to let you know that the 2021 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 21-22, 2021 at the Buffalo Municipal Airport (KCFE).   The Board of Directors met and developed what we felt to be a sound plan to make the event Covid-Safe and thanks to the […]
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Bill Rusk AK Presentation

Randy Corfman
If you are looking for a way to spend a little over an hour watching beautiful scenery, please hit this link, turn up the volume, sit back and relax! Steve Johnson, at Supercub.org, arranged for Bill to give a presentation to us via Zoom video last Wednesday evening and it was recorded. Bill Rusk, who has […]
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Why We Moved the GMAG to May in Future Years

Randy Corfman
Some of our members have asked why the decision was made to move the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering (GMAG) annually to mid-May. In response please accept this as a description of our reasons for making this move. Before the first GMAG, in 2014, the MN Seaplane Pilots Association’s Safety Seminar was the only viable outlet […]
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2020 MNPA Scholarship Recipients Announced!

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The recipient of the Captain Edward L. Erickson Scholarship is Michael Ochsenbauer from Forest Lake, MN. Michael is a highly motivated young adult that willingly participates or volunteers for opportunities he hears about. He’s attended MN Aviation Career Education Camp and has been involved in EAA AirVenture, CAP, Young Eagles, H.S. Ski Team, is an […]
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2020 GMAG Cancelled

Randy Corfman
It is with regret that the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Pilots Association has decided to cancel the 2020 Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering. We have followed the COVID-19 (Corona virus) situation closely, as we are sure you have, as well.  The precautions that have been put in place by State and Federal officials have […]
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2019 MPA Scholarship Recipients Report In On Their Progress!

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Samantha Ripley and Joe Taylor, recipients of the 2019 Minnesota Pilots Association Scholarships, gave us an update at the end of the year on their progress. The MPA is proud to support these young folks in pursuit of their aviation careers! Samantha Ripley Checks In My name is Samantha Ripley and I was one of […]
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Aviation Events Propelled By 'People-Power'

Minnesota Flyer
Fly-in events are upon us as the trees are putting out their leaves, the flowers are blooming and, thank heavens, the threat of snow is behind us. I know that aviators in Minnesota and throughout the country are looking forward to a great summer of flying, without the threat of cancellation due to things other […]
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Airport Of The Month – International Falls

Minnesota Flyer
Charles Lindbergh was an environmentalist. After his many accomplishments in aviation, he became an enthusiastic steward of the planet. In 1969 the proposed Voyagers National Park had his attention and Mr. Lindbergh traveled to International Falls to see for himself. He called Einarson's Flying Service to rent an aircraft. Francis Einarson took the request and […]
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Flying Clubs Offer Affordable Aviation Experience

Minnesota Flyer
Flying clubs represent an outstanding opportunity to continue aviation adventures. They organize fly-outs and getaways to grassy airstrips and fun destinations. And few things in life are as satisfying as venturing to a new place, camping under an aircraft wing, and swapping flying stories with pilots from different backgrounds. That mantra was re-echoed by AOPA […]
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FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Recipients

Minnesota Flyer
The Minnesota Pilots Association honored the 2022 recipients of the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards during the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 61. This award is […]
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Industry Organizations Visit St. Paul For Aviation Day

Minnesota Flyer
Representatives from the Minnesota Business Aviation Association, Minnesota Council of Airports, and Minnesota Aviation Trades Association attended morning and afternoon briefings with state legislators and MnDOT Aeronautics officials Wednesday, April 20, at Holman's Table in St. Paul during this year's "Aviation Day at the Capitol." House Speaker Rep. Melissa Hortman...
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Glaucoma: Early Detection Keeps You in the Cockpit

Minnesota Flyer
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. In the U.S. it's estimated that some three million people have it but only half of them know it. The tragedy is that if left untreated blindness can result. As a matter of fact, some 10% of all blindness is caused by this disease. […]
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Taking Responsibility For Engine-Out Proficiency

Minnesota Flyer
Think back to the last time you practiced engine failure procedures. Was it your most recent FAA checkride or Flight Review? Then ask yourself how PROFICIENTLY you'd perform today if your engine suddenly stopped making that wonderful growling noise. As aviators, we have a responsibility to our passengers, the aircraft owner, and ourselves to be […]
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Dassault Falcon Sponsors MBAA Luncheon

Minnesota Flyer
Minnesota Business Aviation Association members gathered Wednesday, May 11, for a luncheon sponsored by Dassault Falcon. Attendees had the opportunity to see a Falcon 2000EX, a wide-body, transcontinental twin-engine aircraft that carries up to 19 passengers. Dassault Aviation Regional Sales Director Chad Winings and Dassault Aviation Regional Sales Manager Tom Carling discussed the...
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Instrument Approach Briefings Have Key Elements

Minnesota Flyer
The purpose of an instrument approach procedure is to allow pilots to transition from the instrument environment to the visual environment. Instrument approaches come with clearly defined procedures that allow pilots to navigate to a point near a destination airport, ideally allowing the pilot to visually acquire the runway for landing. The part that is […]
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Mystery Airplane Contest

Minnesota Flyer
Although it has appeared under multiple company names, the Kitfox can claim over 7000 kits sold in over 40 countries. Capable of flying off wheels, skis, or floats, the Kitfox's wings can be folded to allow storage in your garage and towing behind your car. A side-by-side two-seater, it possesses excellent STOL performance, and has […]
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Change Is In The Air At MnDOT Aeronautics

Minnesota Flyer
If you are a regular customer or partner of MnDOT’s Office of Aeronautics, then you are likely already aware of the long-term staffing transition that began several years ago and is very much still in process today. My goal in writing this is to bring you up to speed regarding these changes, but also to […]
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