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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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Aviation Events

9/1/2016 to 9/29/2016
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

9/1/2016 to 9/30/2016
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/
9/2/2016 to 9/30/2016
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.

9/13/2016
Monthly Meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
EAA Chpater 39 Club House on Rapid City Regional Airprot, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm burger burn, 7:00pm meeting
 
Details: 

Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39 on the Rapid City (RAP), SD. 6:00pm Burger Burn & hangar talk and 7:00pm meeting.
Please bring a salad, dessert, or munchies to share. A donation to cover the cost of the burgers, buns, & other supplies is also appreciated.
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 The meeting will start at 7:00pm. Rehash of the Rapid City Airport Open House.

9/21/2016
Monthly “Third Wednesday” Potluck Cookout
 
Location: 
Vermillion (VMR), SD (Denny Martens hangar)
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Storytelling and world problem solving. Bring some food to share. 3rd Wednesday.

9/24/2016
FLY-IOWA
 
Location: 
Clinton (CWI), IA
 
Time: 
7:00am-4:00pm
 
Details: 

(rain day Sep 25). State-wide Air Fair and Air Show. Fly-in/drive-in breakfast, exhibits. concessions, and air show. Contact Chuck McDonald at 515-964-1398. http://www.flyiowa.org

    http://www.flyiowa.org
9/24/2016
Nebraska Wing of Ercoupe Owners Club meeting
 
Location: 
Wayne (LCG), NE
 
Details: 

Donuts and coffee for arrivals at 9:00am, lunch at noon. Contact Scott Morgan at 402- 369-6099

9/25/2016
Auction with 1946 Ercoupe 415CD for sale
 
Location: 
Audition held at Auditorium, 820 Chestnut Street, Kadoka, SD
 
Details: 

1946 Ercoupe 415CD. 75 HP Continental engine, 1364 total tach time, always stored inside. Serial number 1907. Motor number C07542F. Two passenger. Last annual June 1996. Last flown December 1996. More information: Dan Piroutek Auction Service 605-544-3316.

9/27/2016
Great Planes Expo
 
Location: 
Lincoln (LKN), NE
 
Time: 
1:30-4:30pm
 
Details: 

The Great Planes Air Expo is the perfect opportunity to see numerous General Aviation aircraft and other aviation related companies in one convenient location near you. Whether youre looking to do a side-by-side comparison of your favorite aircraft or you would like to learn more about current aviation tax laws, financing, insurance, etc., we hope you can join us for this free event. Contact Carrie at 866-359-5222

9/27/2016
Great Planes Expo
 
Location: 
Ankeny (IKV), Iowa
 
Time: 
8:30-11:30am
 
Details: 

The Great Planes Air Expo is the perfect opportunity to see numerous General Aviation aircraft and other aviation related companies in one convenient location near you. Whether youre looking to do a side-by-side comparison of your favorite aircraft or you would like to learn more about current aviation tax laws, financing, insurance, etc., we hope you can join us for this free event. Contact Carrie at 866-359-5222 or info@kcac.com

9/28/2016
Great Planes Expo
 
Location: 
Millard Airport (MLE), Omaha, NE
 
Time: 
9:00am-4:00pm
 
Details: 

The Great Planes Air Expo is the perfect opportunity to see numerous General Aviation aircraft and other aviation related companies in one convenient location near you. Whether youre looking to do a side-by-side comparison of your favorite aircraft or you would like to learn more about current aviation tax laws, financing, insurance, etc., we hope you can join us for this free event. Contact Carrie at 866-359-5222 or info@kcac.com

10/1/2016
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

10/1/2016 to 10/31/2016
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/
10/6/2016 to 10/27/2016
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

10/7/2016 to 10/28/2016
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.

10/8/2016
Black Hills Veterans Writer’s Group meeting
 
Location: 
SD Air & Space Museum, Box Elder, SD (always the second Saturday)
 
Time: 
0900 social followed at 0930 to 1130 by meeting
 
Details: 

Rapid City architect Dick McConnell will speak about his Vietnam War experiences as a lieutenant in the Mekong Delta with the US Army. Wounded by an RPG and airlifted to Japan, two weeks later he learned that all other members of his unit, about 30, had been ambushed and killed. http://battlestory.org/

    http://battlestory.org/
10/8/2016
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 [always 2nd Saturday]

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com/CAF-JoeFoss_Splash.html
10/15/2016
Chili Fly-in / Drive-in
 
Location: 
Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Time: 
11:00am–2:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by EAA Chapter 1008. Contact Jim Lawler 701-391-1394.

10/15/2016
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 $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. Always the THIRD Saturday of the month.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
10/15/2016
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
10/19/2016
Air Safety Institute Seminar
 
Location: 
Bellevue West High School (1501 Thurston Avenue, Main Cafeteria, Bellevue, NE)
 
Time: 
7:00-8:30pm
 
Details: 

FREE to all pilots. No registration. Seminar Time: Topic: “Trivia Night!” From vintage navaids to aerodynamics and little-known aircraft, we’ve put together a collection of questions sure to put your knowledge to the test—and make you a safer pilot. Contact: 800-638-3101.

11/5/2016
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

11/12/2016
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
11/12/2016
Black Hills Veterans Writer’s Group meeting
 
Location: 
SD Air & Space Museum, Box Elder, SD (always the second Saturday)
 
Time: 
0900 social followed at 0930 to 1130 by meeting
 
Details: 

Jim Dugan (USAF ret) of Rapid City will talk about his Vietnam war experiences as a dog handler. It is estimated that combat dogs saved the lives of 10,000 US military. He later was assigned in the nuclear weapons and missile industry at the Nevada Test site. Dugan also served on the Honor Guard at JFK's funeral. http://battlestory.org/

    http://battlestory.org/
11/19/2016
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
11/19/2016
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 $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. Great Plains Streetrodders wil be on display. Young Eagle rides. Discovery flights by Legacy Aviation. Multiple hangars open for tours. Always the THIRD Saturday of the month

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
12/10/2016
Black Hills Veterans Writer’s Group meeting
 
Location: 
SD Air & Space Museum, Box Elder, SD (always the second Saturday)
 
Time: 
0900 social followed at 0930 to 1130 by meeting
 
Details: 

Mel W. Gunderson of Black Hawk will talk about his combat in the Ia Drang Valley, early in the Vietnam War, as part of the US Army 1st Cavalry Division, 1965-1966. He was with Joe Galloway who co-authored We Were Soldiers Once...and Young about the experience of surviving near annihilation as their unit landed in the middle of a vastly outnumbered enemy. http://battlestory.org/

    http://battlestory.org/

 

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: open 4:00-10:00pm daily. (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

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

Nebraska

  • Closed 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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