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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

1/30/2016
FAASTeam Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
Rapid City Regional Airport Fire Station #8 (4440 Kitty Hawk Road), Rapid City, SD
 
Time: 
9:00am
 
Details: 

Topic: “Best Glide Speed and Distance” by Steven R. Hoogerhyde, FAASTeam Program Manager. Select Number: GL2766480. Phone: (605) 737-3024 or steven.hoogerhyde@faa.gov

 
1/31/2016
13th Annual Ground School Course
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
1:30pm
 
Details: 

In the terminal starting at 1:30pm. FREE. Taught by Denny Martens. Sponsored by YRAA. Refreshments and cookies provided.

 
2/1/2016 to 2/29/2016
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/
 
2/4/2016 to 2/25/2016
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
2/5/2016 to 2/26/2016
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.

 
2/6/2016
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

 
2/8/2016
FAASTeam Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
Fargo Airport, ND
 
Time: 
7:00pm
 
Details: 

Title: “It's all good, the benefits of flying into a Tower Controlled Airport” presented by Jay Flowers. Step by step operations into and out of a tower controlled airport. Controllers from the Fargo Airport Control Tower, will join this event in talking about the Fargo ATCT, the airspace around the Fargo area, and operations in the Class D controlled airspace. Location of Seminar: 'Old' Fargo Airport Terminal Building - NOT CURRENT TERMINAL (2801 32nd Ave. NW, Fargo, ND).

 
2/9/2016
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
EAA Chpater 39 Club House on Rapid City Regional Airprot, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39 on the Rapid City (RAP), SD. 6:30pm hangar talk and 7:00pm meeting. To get to the EAA Chapter 39 Club House, 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. President John Glasford: 605-718-7352 or president@eaa39.org
Program will be Bill Eldridge speaking about his B2 experiences.

 
2/9/2016
IMC Club meeting
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 building on the Lincoln County Airport (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
7:00-9:00pm
 
Details: 

This is not a lecture, but an interactive discussion between pilots. Scenarios will be presented where the group will discuss Aviation Decision Making. While this is geared towards IFR pilots, student, and VFR pilots could benefit from the experience of others. The event is free, and WINGS credit is available.

 
2/13/2016
SDPA Meeting
 
Location: 
Oacoma, SD, in a meeting room at Al’s Oasis.
 
Time: 
1:00pm
 
Details: 

Arrive early and have lunch. Cookies & coffee will be provided during the SDPA business meeting. For more information, call Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or check http://www/sdpilots.org.

    http://www/sdpilots.org
 
2/13/2016
Monthly Meeting of the Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force
 
Location: 
Maverick Air Center (4201 Maverick Place), Sioux Falls, 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
 
2/20/2016
Monthly Airport 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
 
2/20/2016
Annual Pilot & Airport Users Meeting
 
Location: 
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), SD, in the conference room in the Airport Fire Station #8 (4440 Kitty Hawk Road)
 
Time: 
9:00-11:30am
 
Details: 

This event also includes information from the Local Runway Safety Action Team (L-RSAT). Contact Steven R. Hoogerhyde, Phone: (605) 737-3024, steven.hoogerhyde@faa.gov

 
2/20/2016
Monthly Airport 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
 
2/21/2016
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

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

 
2/23/2016 to 2/25/2016
Tri-State [Ag Sprayer] Convention (SD Aviation Association, ND Agricultural Aviation Association, MN Agricultural Aviation Association
 
Location: 
Convention Center & Sheraton Hotel, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

Room reservations can be made at the following: Sheraton (attached to the convention center). Contact Andrea Barber Goebel, SDAA, 605-690-3477;
Email: sdagaviation@gmail.com

 
2/25/2016
FAASTeam Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
7:00-9:00pm
 
Details: 

(Thursday) John Lillevold will be presented the GA Award for CFI of the Year. Contact Steven Hoogerhyde (FAASTeam Program Manager – Operations, Rapid City at 605-737-3024 or email: steven.hoogerhyde@faa.gov

 
3/1/2016 to 3/31/2016
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/
 
3/1/2016 to 3/31/2016
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.

 
3/3/2016 to 3/31/2016
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
3/5/2016
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

 
3/5/2016 to 3/6/2016
FAA Approved Flight Instructor Refresher Course
 
Location: 
Ramkota Inn (800 South 3rd Street,) Bismarck, ND
 
Time: 
starts at 8:00am
 
Details: 

Earn A CFI Certificate Renewal in Only Two Days. Speaker: Allan Skramstad

 
3/6/2016 to 3/8/2016
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Bismarck, ND, at the Best Western Ramkota
 
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

 
3/12/2016
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
 
3/15/2016
FAA Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
Best Western Ramkota conference room (1400 8th Avenue, NW), Aberdeen, SD
 
Time: 
7:00-9:00pm
 
Details: 

Steve Hoogerhyde, FAASTeam Manager – Operations, FSDO, Rapid City. Details at www.FAASafety.gov/SPANS/events.

 
3/17/2016
6th East River Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Aviation Complex (SDSU Hangar, 201 W. 2nd Street South, Brookings, SD
 
Time: 
all day
 
Details: 

On Brookings Airport. This event is an FAA Accepted IA Training Event. This event is FREE to the Public and is intended for Aircraft Technician Training. HOWEVER, There will be pilot sessions from 1:00 to 3:00pm. For more information please contact Zach Boyle at (605) 688-5771, (605) 351-1407, or zachary.boyle@sdstate.edu or Chris Funk (605) 270-9774.

 
3/17/2016
2016 SDSU East River Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
SDSU Aviation Complex, 201 West 2nd Street South, Brookings, SD
 
Time: 
7:30am to 5:30pm
 
Details: 

This Event is Free to the public and is intended for Aircraft Technician recurrent training. However, there is a concurrent Pilot Training session from 1:00 to 3:00pm.
The schedule of activities is as follows:
7:30 – 7:45: Opening remarks, SDSU, FAASTeam, FSDO.
7:45 – 8:35: Concord Battery - Mike Abrams / Lead Acid Aircraft Battery Airworthiness.
8:35 – 9:35: Dan Czarnecki - Central Cylinder Service / Engine systems.
9:35 – 9:50: Break.
9:50 – 10:50: Dave Czarnecki - Central Cylinder Service / Fuel System Maintenance.
10:50 – 11:50: Conrad Maxwell - Maxwell Prop / Propeller Maintenance.
11:50 – 1:00: Lunch Break (on site freewill donation to support future safety meetings)
Concurrent Session – IA Training (Downstairs)
1:00 – 2:00: Vern Rodgers - Parker Hannifin Corporation, Parker Aerospace, Aircraft Wheels & Brakes Division / Wheels and Brakes.
2:00 – 3:00: Ben Vissor - Aircraft Lubricants and Fuels / Fuel and Lubricant compatibilities.
Concurrent Session – Pilot Training (Upstairs)
1:00 – 2:00: Warren Hovland - airworthiness responsibilities and requirements; and Dan Moerke - The New Airman Certification Standards.
2:00 – 3:00: Wayne Kelm and Bob Huggins - Flying Safe with ATC.
3:00 – 3:15: Break
3:15 – 5:15: Jeff Boe and Gary Kwasniewski, FAASTeam – Maintenance Publications, Mechanic Privileges and Limitations, General Observations.
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Sponsored by South Dakota Aeronautics Commission, Parker Hannifin Corporation / Parker Aerospace, Omaha Airplane Company Central Cylinder, Maxwell Propeller, Concord Batteries, and South Dakota State University.
Please Register at FAASafety.gov
For more information contact Chris Funk or Zach Boyle at 605-688-5771.

 
3/19/2016
Monthly Airport 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.
**We have a special event scheduled following our breakfast this month, we're going to have a 'drive out' to the Sioux City, IA MidAmerica Aviation and Transportation Museum located at the Sioux City airport. It's open from 10:00 to 4:00, admission is $6.00, $5.00 for those of us over 65, it's an easy drive with directions and museum details at the following link: http://www.midamericaairmuseum.org/visitor-information.html Hope you can join our group to spend a couple hours at the museum, I'm sure there will be some ride sharing with friends available. Because of photo radar speed traps I advise adhering to posted speed limits in Sioux City.

If we happen to have a record snowfall on the 15th or 16 and wonder about a possible cancellation due to road conditions feel free to call me at 605/310-9984

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
 
3/19/2016
Monthly Airport 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
 
3/20/2016
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Monthly potluck meeting in airport terminal. 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 skyhawk@iw.net

 
4/2/2016
Annual Chili Fly-in
 
Location: 
Greenfield (GFZ), IA
 
Time: 
11:00am-2:00pm
 
Details: 

Typically Adults $4, under 12 $2.00; price includes tour of the Iowa Aviation Museum (641-343-7184). Proceeds to museum. http://www.flyingmuseum.com

    http://www.flyingmuseum.com
 
4/5/2016 to 4/7/2016
2016 SD Airports Conference
 
Location: 
The Lodge in Deadwood
 
Details: 

April 5 (Tuesday) will be sponsor meetings, and April 6&7 will be the conference. April 5: Sponsor meeting between FAA, SD DOT and Airport sponsors and consultants: 8:00am to 5:00pm. April 6: SD Aeronautical Commission meeting (8:00-9:00am). SD Airports Conference will begin at 10:00am on April 6 and finish on April 7 at noon. $45 registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch, dinner & breakfast buffet. The Lodge has a block of rooms reserved under the name “SD Airports Conference”. Rooms start at the group rate of $84.00 but you have to specifically ask for a "Standard Double Queen room." ($89 -- Standard King; $89 -- Double Queen Deluxe; $99 -- Double Queen (Family) Suite; $179 -- King Spa Suite; all plus tax) for April 5-6. Conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Reservations at The Lodge can be made at 605-584-4800 (be sure to mention you are with the “SD Airports Conference” group). Call 605-773-4430 for information on the SD Airports Conference.

 
4/26/2016
FAASTeam Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
Sioux Falls Airport (FSD), SD, in the main terminal conference room
 
Time: 
7:00pm
 
Details: 

Local Runway Safety Action Team (L-RSAT) event.

 
5/7/2016 to 5/8/2016
Guardians of Freedom Air Show
 
Location: 
Lincoln (LNK), NE, at NE Air National Guard base
 
Details: 

Typically gates open 9:00am-5:00pm. Airshow at 10:00am. BUT CHECK for updates at http://www.lincolnairshow.com

    http://www.lincolnairshow.com
 
7/21/2016 to 7/24/2016
South Dakota ACE Camp
 
Location: 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.
 
Details: 

Tuition $350 / student. Tours include Sioux Falls FAA Control Tower and Radar Approach Control Facility, Sioux Falls Air National Guard, Sioux Falls Air Show, Brookings Municipal Airport, model rocket building & launching, star gazing, demonstrations of aircraft, glider, helicopter & R/C models, and more. Contact Cody Christensen at SDSU 605-688-6291 or cody.christensen@sdstate.edu.

 
7/23/2016 to 7/24/2016
Sioux Falls “Power on the Prairie” Air Show
 
Location: 
Sioux Falls (FSD), SD
 
Details: 

Air show will include the Blue Angels, Sioux Falls Air Guard F-16 fighter, and much more. Details later.

 
7/23/2016 to 7/24/2016
Sioux Falls “Power on the Prairie” Air Show
 
Location: 
Sioux Falls (FSD), SD
 
Details: 

Air show will include the Blue Angels, Sioux Falls Air Guard F-16 fighter, and more. Details later.

 
7/23/2016 to 7/24/2016
AirVenture Cup Cross-Country Air Race
 
Location: 
Mitchell (MHE), SD
 
Details: 

Racers arrive on 7/22-23 and the race starts at ~9:00am on Sunday, 7/24. July 23: Open house at Mitchell Airport. Food & drink available. Young Eagle rides will be given from 10:00am to 4:00pm by EAA Chapter 289. Sponsors include Wright Brothers Aviation and Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau. (http://www.airventurecup.com)

    http://www.airventurecup.com
 
8/31/2016 to 9/5/2016
Antique Aircraft Association Fly-in
 
Location: 
Blakesburg (IA27, Antique Airfield), IA
 
Details: 

HOME of the Antique Aircraft Association. The Blakesburg fly-in requires membership in the AAA.

    http://www.antiqueairfield.com/
 
9/11/2016
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Bismarck (BIS), ND
 
Time: 
7:30am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Bismarck Aero Center. Pancake breakfast, cool cars, sweet airplanes. Contact Shae Helling at 701-770-4725.

 

 

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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