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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

Know of an aviation event you want listed, or a restaurant on or near an airport, then email it to skyhawk@iw.net and we will add it to the newsletter and web site.


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Aviation Events

2/1/2015 to 2/28/2015
SD Civil Air Patrol meetings
 
Location: 
Various airports
 
Time: 
Various days & times
 
Details: 

Seniors and cadets meet monthly at Brookings Airport, Custer County Airport, Ellsworth AFB, Pierre Airport, Sioux Falls Airport, and Spearfish Airport. For meeting times, specific locations, and contact information, go to http://sdcap.us/squadron-locations/

    http://sdcap.us/squadron-locations/
 
2/5/2015 to 2/26/2015
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
2/6/2015 to 2/27/2015
Weekly Friday Gathering of HSR Wind Socks
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HSR), SD
 
Time: 
9:30-11:30am
 
Details: 

Coffee, treats & conversation. Come join us for some hangar flying. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

 
2/7/2015
Monthly fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
York (JYR), NE
 
Time: 
8:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Featuring custom-made omelets, burritos, eggs, sausage, and of course, airplane shaped pancakes if so desired. Free-will donation. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 1055. Always the first Saturday of the month. email Rod Matlock at redoakrod@stewireless.com

 
2/10/2015
Black Hills EAA Chapter 39 meeting
 
Location: 
Chapter 39 Clubhouse on the Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

6:30pm Hangar talk.
7:00pm Meeting.
To get to the EAA Chapter 39 Clubhouse, take Highway 44 east to RC Regional Airport. Then follow Airport Road to Hangar Road. A gate card is required to get in. If you don’t have a gate card, contact an officer ahead of time to arrange entry.

    http://www.39.eaachapter.org/
 
2/14/2015
Monthly meeting of the Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force
 
Location: 
Maverick Air Center on Joe Foss Field – Sioux Falls Airport (FSD), SD
 
Time: 
10:00am
 
Details: 

2nd Saturday. Contact Rick Tupper at rick@cafjoefoss.com or rick.tupper@augie.edu

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com/CAF-JoeFoss_Splash.html
 
2/15/2015
Monthly YRAA potluck meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Meet in the terminal. Bring a dish or two to share, plus a side dish of hangar stories. Contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

 
2/21/2015
Monthly fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
Crete (CEK), NE
 
Time: 
8:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Plane talk & great food. All you can eat for suggested donation of $4.00. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 569. Always the 3rd Saturday.

    http://eaa569.org
 
2/21/2015
Monthly fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

3rd Saturday. Featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage, with juice, coffee, or milk for a suggested donation of $6.00; fly-in PIC free. Bring a friend and join the breakfast guests for a good time. Contact Gary Pelach at 605-310-9984.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
 
3/1/2015 to 3/3/2015
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Fargo, ND, at the Holiday Inn
 
Details: 

Three days of speakers and sessions coverings current aviation topics for mechanics, pilots, and airport managers. March 3: Awards and ND Aviation Hall of Fame banquet. For more information please contact North Dakota Aeronautics Commission at 701-328-9650

 
3/1/2015 to 3/31/2015
SD Civil Air Patrol meetings
 
Location: 
Various airports
 
Time: 
Various days & times
 
Details: 

Seniors and cadets meet monthly at various airports including Brookings Airport, Custer County Airport, Ellsworth AFB, Pierre Airport, Sioux Falls Airport, and Spearfish Airport. For meeting times, specific locations, and contact information, go to http://sdcap.us/squadron-locations/

    http://sdcap.us/squadron-locations/
 
3/5/2015 to 3/26/2015
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
3/6/2015 to 3/27/2015
Weekly Friday Gathering of HSR Wind Socks
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HSR), SD
 
Time: 
9:30-11:30am
 
Details: 

Coffee, treats & conversation. Come join us for some hangar flying. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

 
3/7/2015
Sioux Falls Hot Air Balloon Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
8:00am to 5:00pm
 
Details: 

For information about registration, cost, and details, email info@sfballooning.org.

 
3/9/2015
Sioux Falls Ballooning Club meeting
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
3/14/2015
Monthly meeting of the Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force
 
Location: 
Maverick Air Center on Joe Foss Field – Sioux Falls Airport (FSD), SD
 
Time: 
10:00am
 
Details: 

2nd Saturday. Contact Rick Tupper at rick@cafjoefoss.com or rick.tupper@augie.edu

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com/CAF-JoeFoss_Splash.html
 
3/15/2015
Monthly YRAA potluck meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Annual Chili Feed. Bring a dish or two to share, plus a side dish of hangar stories. Contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

 
3/18/2015 to 3/19/2015
SD Airports Conference and SD Aeronautics Commission meeting
 
Location: 
Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

March 18: SD Aeronautical Commission meeting (8:00-9:00am). SD Airports Conference will begin at 10:00am on March 18 and finish on March 19 at noon. $85 registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch, dinner & breakfast buffet. This year’s conference will include a wide variety of topics that will appeal to both airport sponsors and engineers. Presentations that we are currently planning include Wetland Mitigation, LIDAR Mapping & Stringless Paving, NextGen 101, Right of Way Procedures & Policies, Green Concrete Sawing and AOPA. The Holiday Inn City Centre has a block of rooms reserved under the name “SD Airports Conference”. Rooms will be at group rate of $83.00 (plus tax) for March 17-18th. Conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Reservations can be made at 605-339-2000 or Holiday Inn Brand Reservations Number, 1-800-Holiday (be sure to mention you are with the “SD Airports Conference” group). The block will be released February 23, 2015. Call 605-773-4430 for information on the SD Airports Conference.

 
3/21/2015
Monthly fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

3rd Saturday. Featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage, with juice, coffee, or milk for a suggested donation of $6.00; fly-in PIC free. Bring a friend and join the breakfast guests for a good time. Contact Gary Pelach at 605-310-9984.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
 
3/21/2015
Monthly fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
Crete (CEK), NE
 
Time: 
8:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Plane talk & great food. All you can eat for suggested donation of $4.00. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 569. http://eaa569.org Always the 3rd Saturday.

    http://eaa569.org
 
3/24/2015
Pilot Safety Meeting
 
Location: 
Carroll (CIN), IA
 
Time: 
6:30pm - 10pm
 
Details: 

Contact Chris Manthe or Joe Quiring at 515-289-3840.

 
3/28/2015
Safety seminar
 
Location: 
Executive Air Taxi Corporation (2301 University Drive, Bismarck, ND)
 
Time: 
2:00pm
 
Details: 

Topics: ADS-B, Ballistic Rockets and chutes, and Automation Dependency. Speakers: Cirrus - Mr. Gary Black; Garmin - Mr. Wayne McGhee; FAASTeam - Jay M Flowers. Factory Reps will be on hand from Garmin and Cirrus as well as the FAAST team along with Executive Air service technicians to present information on upcoming mandates and technologies. Bring a friend as well and enjoy burgers and brats. Contact Jay Flowers at (701) 492-5809 or jay.m.flowers@faa.gov

 
4/7/2015
annual Runway Safety Action Team meeting
 
Location: 
Terminal Main Conference Room (just off the hallway between the airport restaurant and the luggage area)
 
Time: 
9:00am
 
Details: 

Sioux Falls Regional Airport, and the Sioux Falls ATCT will hold their annual Runway safety Action Team meeting. All pilots, who operate into, or out of FSD are welcome to attend, and discuss any issues they may encounter in conducting a safe flight. There will be a discussion of this construction project, and which runways and taxiways will be impacted.

 
4/10/2015 to 4/11/2015
Second Annual Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering
 
Location: 
Golden Wings Air Museum, Anoka Airport (ANE), MN (about 10 miles north of Minneapolis)
 
Details: 

Future details at http://www.mnpilots.org

    http://www.mnpilots.org
 
4/11/2015
SDPA meeting
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
11:00am-2:00pm
 
Details: 

11:00am: Program by Morris Riggin about the Madison Airport, FBO services, and DPE observations / thoughts. Noon: pizza & pop lunch ($5.00 per person). 1:00pm: SDPA meeting. For more information, contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

    http://www.sdpilots.com
 
4/13/2015
Sioux Falls Ballooning Club meeting
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street) Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
4/15/2015
Safety seminar
 
Location: 
Bellevue, NE
 
Time: 
7:00pm
 
Details: 

“After the Crash: Surviving an Aircraft Accident” presented by AOPA Air Safety Institute. Of the millions of GA flights every year, only a few end with unplanned off-airport landings. But even though the odds of a crash are slim, the potential consequences are harsh—which is why smart pilots prepare and take basic precautions. That’s where our new seminar comes in. From route planning and emergency rations to signal mirrors and sat phones, our presenters take a user-friendly, common sense approach at maximizing your chances of survival and rescue after a crash. . Bellevue West High School , 1501 Thurston Avenue, Main Cafeteria, Bellevue, NE 68123

 
4/17/2015
Fargo Air Museum's Celebrity Dinner and Auction
 
Location: 
Fargo, ND
 
Time: 
5:00pm –10:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact: Courtney Ficek at 701.293.8043.

    http://fargoairmuseum.org
 
4/17/2015 to 4/19/2015
“Ground Launch” of gliders program
 
Location: 
Watertown (ATY), SD
 
Details: 

Presented by Lake Area Technical Institute – Aviation Maintenance Technology Program. Several gliders will be involved in the event. For more information contact Greg Klein at kleing@lakeareatech.edu or 605- 882-6311.

 
5/1/2015
South Dakota State University Aviation Program Spring Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
SDSU Campus in Wagner Hall (332 Campanile Avenue), Brookings, SD
 
Time: 
1:00pm
 
Details: 

1:00pm to 2:30pm – presentations on Automation in the cockpit and accident analysis. 2:30pm to 3:00pm - Refreshments and networking with SDSU Aviation Industry Board members. Wagner Hall is located on the campus of SDSU and is the building connected to the Rotunda Hall. Parking is available on the east side of the student union and visitor passes are available at Info Exchange in the Student Union. Contact Cody Christensen at (605) 688-4983 or cody.christensen@sdstate.edu

 
5/9/2015
Aviation Poker Run ends at Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Location: 
Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Details: 

Aviation Poker Run ends at Mandan, (Y19), ND, at noon. Contact at Shae Helling at 701.223.4754.

 
5/9/2015 to 5/10/2015
Quad City Air Show
 
Location: 
Davenport Airport (DVN), IA
 
Time: 
8:00am to 5:00pm
 
Details: 


    http://www.quadcityairshow.com
 
5/16/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Orange City (ORC), IA
 
Details: 

Shuttle rides to downtown for Tulip Festival.

 
6/6/2015
State Fly-in
 
Location: 
Hebron (HJH), NE
 
Details: 

Breakfast and air show, plus many other activities being planned for the all day event.

    http://www.hebronairport.com
 
6/7/2015
“Planes & Pancakes” Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Time: 
8:00-11:30am
 
Details: 

Open House. Free transportation to downtown Mandan's annual Buggies-n-Blues festival. Enjoy 500 classic cars, live music and great food! Contact Jim Lawler at 701-391-1394.

 
6/7/2015
Flight breakfast
 
Location: 
Audubon (ADU), IA
 
Time: 
6:30-10:30am
 
Details: 

FREE to all fly-ins. Contact Barbara Smith at 712-563-3780 or audchmbr@iowatelecom.net

 
6/13/2015
Fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
Johnson Lake (2NE0) located just south of Lexington, NE
 
Details: 

Contact Dan Keller a 308-325-5657 or dan.keller@doranpost.com

 
6/14/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Denison (DNS), IA
 
Time: 
7:00am-noon
 
Details: 

Fly-ins eat free. Contact John Amdor at 712-265-1608.

 
6/21/2015
Father’s Day airport breakfast and airshow
 
Location: 
Canby (CNB), MN
 
Details: 

Dad’s Belgian Waffles breakfast 7:30am to 1:00pm (PIC FREE); St. Peters Burger Feed 11:00am-2:00pm. Bouncy House for kids. Marshall R/C Airplane Club display. FREE airshow at 1:00pm featuring Aeroshell Squadron and many other acts. Airplane and helicopter rides available. For more information, contact Matt Wagner at 507-828-0323. CHECK NOTAMS FOR AIRPORT CLOSURE FOR AIRSHOW starting at 1:00pm. http://www.canbyairshow.com (web site will be updated in the future)

    http://www.canbyairshow.com
 
6/25/2015 to 6/27/2015
International Aerobatic Club’s East/West Challenge
 
Location: 
Seward (SWT), NE
 
Details: 

Over 50 competitors. Contact Ed Bowes at edbowes@windstream.net or 402-785-1060.

 
6/28/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Red Oak (RDK), IA
 
Time: 
8:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Contact Gail Ernst at 712-623-6523.

 
8/14/2015 to 8/16/2015
Annual Great Plains Balloon Race
 
Location: 
Kenny Anderson Park, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

Launches at Aug 14 at 7:00pm; Aug 15 at 6:30am & 7:00pm, also Balloon Glow at 8:30pm; Aug 16 at 6:30am – all depending on weather. http://www.sfballooning.org

    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
9/20/2015
Camp of the Cross Ministries breakfast
 
Location: 
Garrison (D05), ND
 
Details: 

Contact Janis Sloka at 701-337-2246.

 

 

Web sites to check for events

Restaurants on or next to airports

South Dakota

  • Huron (HON), SD, Ryan’s Hangar Restaurant located in terminal building: breakfast, lunch, dinner, everyday except opens at 4:00pm on Saturdays. (605-352-1639)
  • Parkston (8V3), SD, Boom’s located across highway (1 block) from Cliff Adkins place (use the gravel taxiway off the end of runway 15 and park next to Cliff’s hangars). (Sat. 8:00am-8:30pm; Sun. 8:00am-8:30pm) (605-928-3525)
  • Tea (Y14), SD, Tea Steak House, call for reservations & ride from Tea Airport (605-368-9667) 605-368-9077
  • Wall (6V4), SD, Wall Drug Store or Cactus Café located about 5 blocks from airport, 6:30am-8:00pm daily except certain holidays, 605-279-2175

Iowa

Minnesota

  • Litchfield (LJF), MN: Peter's on Lake Ripley – use courtesy car at the airport for the short (about 1.5 miles) drive to Peter’s on Lake Ripley  (http://www.petersribs.com/)
  • Ortonville (VVV), MN, Matado Supper Club located across from turf strip runway (open Sunday evenings).

Nebraska

  • Norfolk (OFK), NE:  Barnstormers Restaurant (402-371-8050) located in old airport terminal.  Park on ramp in front of restaurant.  (4100 South 13th Street, Norfolk, NE 68701)
  • York (JYR), NE, Chances “R” Restaurant (402-362-7755); use city’s courtesy car at airport – easy to find restaurant (2.5 miles).

 


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