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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.


Be sure to get a standard Flight Briefing from 800-WX-BRIEF (800-992-7433) before every flight and check your destination airport status, NOTAMS, and TFRs.

Aviation Events

9/1/2019 to 3/31/2020
Hunters’ Special
 
Location: 
Fly Jet Center, Huron (HON), SD
 
Details: 

Hunter game bags filled with snacks and necessities. Hats and t-shirts for hunters. Late model SUV transportation provided by Iverson Auto. Fuel discount for all aircraft bringing in or dropping off hunters. Modern facilities and amenities. Free soda, popcorn, cookies, and muffins. All hunters landing at Fly Jet Center will be entered into a $500 gift card drawing! http://www.flyjetcenter.com

    http://www.flyjetcenter.com
2/1/2020 to 2/29/2020
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, Lincoln County Airport, Miller Airport, Mitchell Airport, 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/
2/6/2020 to 2/27/2020
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying. Contact Morris Riggin at 605-256-9774 or Charlie Keppen at 605-480-1312.

2/7/2020 to 2/28/2020
Weekly Friday Gathering of HSR Wind Socks
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HSR), SD
 
Time: 
9:30-11:30am
 
Details: 

Weekly Friday Gathering of HSR Wind Socks for coffee, treats & conversation. The first Friday of the month we have fresh baked Carmel rolls. Come join us for some hangar flying. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

3/1/2020 to 3/3/2020
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Minot, ND, at the Grand Hotel
 
Details: 

Three days of speakers and sessions coverings current aviation topics for mechanics, pilots, and airport managers. For more information please contact North Dakota Aeronautics Commission at 701-328-9650 or http://www.ndac.aero/umas.htm

    http://www.ndac.aero/umas.htm
3/1/2020 to 3/31/2020
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, Lincoln County Airport, Miller Airport, Mitchell Airport, 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/
3/5/2020 to 3/26/2020
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts for food, fun, and flying. Contact Morris Riggin at 605-256-9774 or Charlie Keppen at 605-480-1312.

3/6/2020 to 3/27/2020
Weekly Friday Gathering of HSR Wind Socks
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HSR), SD
 
Time: 
9:30-11:30am
 
Details: 

Weekly Friday Gathering of HSR Wind Socks for Coffee, treats & conversation. Come join us for some hangar flying. The first Friday of every month we have fresh baked Carmel rolls. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

3/7/2020
Monthly Airport 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

3/10/2020
Carroll Area Pilots Safety Meeting with FAA Ramp Check
 
Location: 
Carroll (CIN), IA
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

The meeting will be held in the maintenance hangar following a soup supper. All are invited, soup at 6:00pm and meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Chris Manthe at (515) 289-4821 or chris.manthe@faa.gov

3/10/2020
Monthly meeting of Norfolk EAA Chapter 918
 
Location: 
Norfolk (OFK), NE, in the FBO building
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Bruce Zimmerrman at 402-675-7765 or bzimmerman@bcmutual.com

3/10/2020
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
Black Hills EAA Chapter 39 Club House on the Rapid City Airport (RAP), SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

6:30pm hangar talk and 7:00pm program followed by meeting. Please bring a salad, dessert, or munchies to share. To get to the EAA Chapter 39 Club House, take Highway 44 east to Rapid City 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. President John Glasford: 605-718-7352 or president@eaa39.org

    http://www.39.eaachapter.org/
3/11/2020 to 3/12/2020
SD Airports Conference, Sponsor meetings and SD Aeronautics Commission meeting
 
Location: 
Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza, Rapid City, SD
 
Details: 

Sponsor meetings on Tuesday, March 10. SD Aeronautics Commission meeting the morning of March 11th. Registration fee $100 includes breaks, lunch and the social on Wednesday and breakfast and break on Thursday. For more information, contact Jennifer Boehm at 605-773-4430 or email jennifer.boehm@state.sd.us Registration information will be mailed out in early January.
A block of rooms for conference attendees and exhibitors has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza under the name 2020 SD Airports Conference or user name "AIR" ($79/night plus tax).
**NOTE: The social on Wednesday night, March 11, will be held at the Journey Museum in Rapid City and include drinks and appetizers. The Journey Museum will have a display called Planes, Trains & Motorcycles, which will be highlighted with a presentation by the Museum that night.

3/14/2020
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
3/15/2020
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
terminal at Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Theme: "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 skyhawk43v@gmail.com Yankton Regional Aviation Association.

3/21/2020
Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

Featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage, with juice, coffee, or milk for a suggested donation of $7.00; fly-in PIC free. Bring a friend and join the breakfast guests for a good time. Contact Gary Pelach at 605-310-9984. Always the THIRD Saturday of the month.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
3/21/2020
Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Crete (CEK), NE
 
Time: 
8:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Plane talk & great food. Suggested donation of $5.00. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 569. http://eaa569.org Always the 3rd Saturday.

    http://eaa569.org
4/1/2020 to 4/30/2020
SD Civil Air Patrol Meetings
 
Location: 
Vaious Airports
 
Time: 
Various dates & times
 
Details: 

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

    http://sdcap.us/squadron-locations/
4/2/2020 to 4/30/2020
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts for food, fun, and flying. Contact Morris Riggin at 605-256-9774 or Charlie Keppen at 605-480-1312.

4/3/2020
“Airports of Rapid City” program
 
Location: 
Journey Museum, 222 New York Street in Rapid City, SD
 
Time: 
noon
 
Details: 

“Airports of Rapid City” program presented by Norma Kraemer at the Journey Museum, 222 New York Street in Rapid City, SD. Catered soup and program starts at noon. Reserve your seat now! Call 605-394-6923. Adults $12, Seniors $10 (half off for members of the Journey Museum).

    https://www.journeymuseum.org/visit/2020-exhibits/planes-trains-motorcycles
4/3/2020 to 4/24/2020
Weekly Friday Gathering of HSR Wind Socks
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HSR), SD
 
Time: 
9:30-11:30am
 
Details: 

Weekly Friday Gathering of HSR Wind Socks for Coffee, treats & conversation. Come join us for some hangar flying. The first Friday of every month we have fresh baked Carmel rolls. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

4/4/2020
Annual Chili Fly-in
 
Location: 
Greenfield (GFZ), IA
 
Time: 
11:00am-2:00pm
 
Details: 

Price for chili lunch includes tour of the Iowa Aviation Museum. Proceeds to museum. Contact Greg Schildberg at 641-343-7184.

    http://flyingmuseum.com/
4/4/2020
Monthly Airport 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

4/4/2020 to 4/5/2020
Hot air balloon ground school
 
Location: 
Hot Springs, SD
 
Details: 

Ground school taught by Rick Jones of Liberty Balloon Company. Registration is $365 per person if you register at least 30 days in advance or $50 for alumni (or repeating students). If you register less than 30 days from the date of the course, the price goes up to $395. For more information and to pay directly online for this course go to www.libertyballoonschool.com If you are interested in participating in this 2-day ground school, please contact Petra Wilson at 605-413-7106 or by email at petra.wilson@live.com for more information.

    http://www.libertyballoonschool.com
4/11/2020
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: 

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

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com/CAF-JoeFoss_Splash.html
4/11/2020
SDPA Meeting & Presentation
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HSR), SD, in the airport terminal
 
Time: 
11:00am
 
Details: 

11:00am: Program -- Petra Wilson (lighter-than-air pilot with commercial rating) will talk about hot air ballooning in the Black Hills. Noon: Pizza & pop for $5.00 per person. 1:00pm SDPA meeting with cookies. Contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk43v@gmail.com.

4/14/2020
Monthly meeting of Norfolk EAA Chapter 918
 
Location: 
Norfolk (OFK), NE, in the FBO building
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Bruce Zimmerrman at 402-675-7765 or bzimmerman@bcmutual.com

4/18/2020
Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

Featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage, with juice, coffee, or milk for a suggested donation of $7.00; fly-in PIC free. Bring a friend and join the breakfast guests for a good time. Contact Gary Pelach at 605-310-9984. Always the THIRD Saturday of the month.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
4/18/2020
Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Crete (CEK), NE
 
Time: 
8:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Plane talk & great food. Suggested donation of $5.00. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 569. Always the 3rd Saturday.

    http://eaa569.org
4/19/2020
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Theme: "Spring is Here". Bring a dish or two to share, plus a side dish of hangar stories. Contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk43v@gmail.com Yankton Regional Aviation Association.

6/6/2020
Airport Appreciation Day
 
Location: 
Scottsbluff (BFF), NE
 
Details: 

Breakfast 8:00-10:00am. Lunch 10:30am – noon. Hosted by EAA Chapter 806. Military displays from the Nebraska and Wyoming Air National Guards. Home Builts, Medevac aircraft. Static displays. Young Eagle rides.

6/7/2020
“Planes & Pancakes” Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Time: 
7:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Contact Jim Lawler at 701-391-1394 or manager@mandanairport.com.

6/13/2020
SDPA Meeting & Presentation
 
Location: 
Wagner (AGZ), SD, in Boom’s Restaurant (west of downtown on Highway 46 (605-304-5567)
 
Time: 
11:00am
 
Details: 

11:00am: presentation by Richard “Skyraider” Hall of Scotland talking about his experiences flying missions in A-1 Skyraiders out of Laos during the Vietnam War. Noon: lunch order off menu at own expense. 1:00pm SDPA meeting with cookies. Contact Steve Hamilton for more information at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk43v@gmail.com.

6/20/2020
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Barnes County (BAC), Valley City, ND
 
Time: 
7:00 to 10:00am
 
Details: 

In conjunction with “Rally in the Valley.” Contact bryn@ictc.com

6/26/2020 to 6/28/2020
Midwest Aerobatic Championship contest
 
Location: 
Seward (SWT), NE
 
Details: 

Contact Lynn Bowes at lynn.bowes@hotmail.com or 402-540-6089. https://www.facebook.com (MidwestAerobaticClub)

7/4/2020 to 7/5/2020
Let Freedom Fly International Airshow
 
Location: 
Pierre (PIR), SD
 
Details: 

Featuring the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, seven civilian performers, plus four P-51s Mustangs, a P-40 Warhawk, a British Spitfire, a Grumman Wildcat, and a B-25. (looking real good for an A-10 Warthog for a full tac demo as well as F-18 Hornets from the Navy).

7/12/2020 to 7/15/2020
South Dakota ACE Camp
 
Location: 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
 
Details: 

Typically $350 / student. Tours include Sioux Falls FAA Control Tower and Radar Approach Control Facility, Sioux Falls Air National Guard, Brookings Municipal Airport, model rocket building & launching, star gazing, demonstrations of aircraft, glider, helicopter & R/C models, and more. Contact Sam Bjornestad at SDSU 605-688-5196 or acecamp@sdstate.edu. Application deadline is typically June 30. Requests for tuition assistance on application is typically mid-June. Tuition scholarships from the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Yankton Regional Aviation Association. Applications and more information at https://www.sdstate.edu/consumer-sciences/ace-camp

    https://www.sdstate.edu/consumer-sciences/ace-camp
7/20/2020 to 7/26/2020
EAA AirVenture
 
Location: 
Wittman Field (OSH), Oshkosh, WI
    http://airventure.org/

 

Web sites to check for events

Restaurants on or next to airports

South Dakota

  • Huron (HON), SD, Ryan's Hangar Restaurant & Ace Lounge has moved off the Huron Airport and is located at the Crossroads Hotel and Convention Center, 100 4th St SW, Huron. Their web site reports, Ryan provides FREE limousine rides to and from the restaurant. The limousine can comfortably hold ten adults, so bring some friends and family! We’ll pick you up, and take you home after your meal. Call us to book the limousine for your next visit to Ryan’s Hangar Restaurant & Ace Lounge! (605) 352-1639. Hours are 4:00pm to 10:00pm.
  • 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

  • Cherokee (CKP), IA, Danny’s Sport Spot located about 1-2 blocks from airport (easy walk).
  • Mason City (MCW), IA, Them People at the Airport Café.
  • Paulina (1Y9), IA:  Mill Creek Concession located at Mill Creek Park adjacent to airport.  Open Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend. 

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/)
  • Closed Ortonville (VVV), MN, Matado Supper Club located across from turf strip runway (open Sunday evenings).

Nebraska

  • Norfolk (OFK), NE: Barnstormers Family Bar & Grill (402-316-4099) located in old airport terminal. Park on ramp in front of restaurant. (4100 South 13th Street, Norfolk, NE 68701) REOPENED ON APRIL 15, 2017 (check them out on Facebook)
  • 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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