AOPA: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
CAP: Civil Air Patrol
AAAA: Alliance for Aviation Across America
South Dakota AOPA Contacts
- The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has several volunteers
at South Dakota airports as part of AOPA’s Airport Support Network
The AOPA Great Lakes Regional Manager is Bryan Budds
Based in Michigan
Web site: http://www.aopa.org/advocacy/airports/region/greatlakes.html
Airport Support Network
South Dakota Airports & Volunteers
||Forrest D. Wixon
||Jerry L. Densmore
Sioux Falls (Joe Foss Field)
Scott C. Christensen
Tea (Skie-Lincoln Co.)
Ronald C. Keenihan
||Yankton (Chan Gurney)
Vernon “Skip VanDerhule
Airport Watch Program
Security Checklist: Use your eyes and ears to keep our airports safe.
to look for:
- Pilots who appear under the control of someone else.
- Anyone trying to access an aircraft through force — without keys,
using a crowbar or screwdriver.
- Anyone who seems unfamiliar with aviation procedures trying to check out
- Anyone who misuses aviation lingo — or seems too eager to use all
- People or groups who seem determined to keep to themselves.
- Any members of your airport neighborhood who work to avoid contact with
you or other airport tenants.
- Anyone who appears to be just loitering, with no specific reason for being
- Any out-of-the-ordinary videotaping of aircraft or hangars.
- Aircraft with unusual or obviously unauthorized modifications.
- Dangerous cargo or loads — explosives, chemicals, openly displayed weapons — being
loaded into an airplane.
- Anything that strikes you as wrong — listen to your gut instinct,
and then follow through.
- Pay special attention to height, weight, and the individual's clothing
or other identifiable traits.
your common sense.
Not all these items indicate
When in doubt, check it out!
Check with airport staff or call
the National Response Center
South Dakota Civil Air Patrol
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has several squadrons in South Dakota, which are listed below. The SD CAP Wing is headquartered in Rapid City.
For more information about the CAP go to http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/
For more information about the South Dakota CAP, go to http://www.sdcap.us.
South Dakota Wing, and its ten Squadrons across the state, are organized in a rapid response structure, ready to meet the needs of the U.S. Air Force, the State of South Dakota and local government.
The civilian volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol meet in regular local meetings, train in their local air and ground teams and in statewide exercises using the Incident Command System, and serve the public in a variety of programs and activities. Most South Dakota units are "Composite Squadrons," offering both the CAP Senior Program and the Cadet Program youth organization.
Go to http://www.sdcap.us/squadrons.shtml to learn more about the location of CAP squadrons in South Dakota and contact information and meeting times and places:
- SD Wing Headquarters, Rapid City, 605-393-4215, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aberdeen Composite Squadron, Aberdeen
- Rushmore Composite Squadron, Rapid City Airport
- Pierre Composite Squadron, Pierre
- Sioux Falls Composite Squadron, Sioux Falls
- Big Sioux Composite Squadron, Brookings
- Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron, Spearfish
- Crazy Horse Composite Squadron, Custer
South Dakota EAA Chapters
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has four active chapters in South
Black Hills/ Rapid City
Darrel Sauder, President (2012)
Tea/ Sioux Falls
Bruce Beecroft, President (2013)
Rick Alter, President
Serves Sioux City, IA, South Sioux
City, NE, and North Sioux City, SD
Craig Mickelson, President (2012)
John Lillevold, President (2013-2014)
Charles Olson, newsletter editor
Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA)
SDPA became a member of the AAAA in March 2010.
AAAA was formed in 2007 as a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 5,500 members including individuals, businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.
The goal of AAAA is to protect this economic lifeline to rural and small communities, which a crucial resource for business, medical care, disaster relief and a key transportation asset to residents in isolated areas.
To accomplish those goals, AAAA supports:
- Modernizing the Air Traffic Control System with Satellite Technology.
- Rejecting “User Fees” in any Form.
- Opposing Unworkable and Counterproductive Provisions of TSA’s “Large Aircraft Security Program” (LASP).
- Supporting Rural America through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and Essential Air Service (EAS).
To join AAAA, go to http://www.aviationacrossamerica.org/ and click on “Join Now.”