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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

9/1/2019 to 9/30/2019
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/
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
9/5/2019 to 9/26/2019
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.

9/6/2019 to 9/27/2019
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.

9/17/2019
Watermelon feed & fly-in
 
Location: 
Boone (BNW), IA
 
Time: 
6:00pm – 8:30pm
 
Details: 

Contact Dale Farnham at 515-432-1018 or farnhamaviation@outlook.com

    http://www.farnhamaviation.com
9/18/2019
Third Wednesday Potluck Cookout
 
Location: 
Vermillion (VMR), SD (Denny Martens’ hangar)
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

LAST GATHERING OF THE YEAR!! Storytelling and world problem solving. Bring some food to share. Denny Martens at 605-677-8159.

9/18/2019
FAASTeam safety seminar
 
Location: 
Bismarck (BIS), ND, at 6:30pm in the second floor conference room of the Air Carrier Terminal Building
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

Topic will be managing various electrical and mechanical issues to reduce the risk. Contact Jay M Flowers at 701-492-5809 or jay.m.flowers@faa.gov Parking will be validated at the meeting.

9/19/2019
EAA VMC Meeting
 
Location: 
Fargo, (FAR), ND, in the Fargo Jet Center 3802 N. 20th Street, Passenger Terminal 1st floor conference room
 
Time: 
7:00pm
 
Details: 

We will be viewing a short video based on an actual event happening in VFR conditions. The scenarios present challenges that will be discussed based on your experience.Contact Douglas G. Grant at 701-540-8968 or dggrant@labrat.com

9/20/2019 to 9/22/2019
Fly-in event
 
Location: 
Kimball Airport (6A6), SD
 
Details: 

(Fri evening -noon Sun) This event started as a mainly ultralight event, but over the course of years has become a gathering for all folks who want to commit, watch and visit about aviation. This is not a BFR year for PPC pilots. As in the past, Jerry Konechne and his chef/farmer friend will provide the meat and drinks on at noon. Participants' salads and desserts are encouraged. Non-modern camping is available. Outdoor toilet facilities provided. Monitor email for any weather-related schedule adjustments (jerrys@midstatesd.net).

9/21/2019
Belle Fourche Fly-In & Job Fair
 
Location: 
Belle Fourche (EFC), SD
 
Time: 
starts at 7:00am
 
Details: 

Sponsored by the Belle Fourche Flight Center Breakfast 7-9AM; Lunch 12-1:30PM. Free Events: Aviation career information. Regional job openings (all sectors). Innovative flight simulator. Eagle flights (free youth flight training). Emergency responder display. Vintage car show. Kid’s games & activities. The Belle Fourche FFA Chapter is offering Plane Wash fundraiser. Contact JD or Kyli Deranleau at 605-892-6345.

9/21/2019
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
9/21/2019
SDPA Meeting & Presentation
 
Location: 
Sioux Tribal Airport (SUO), Rosebud, SD, in the conference room of the new medevac hangar
 
Details: 

11:00am presentation by the medevac team (unless they are on a flight in which case we will have an alternate program). Noon lunch: pizza & pop for$5.00 person. 1:00pm SDPA meeting with cookies. Contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

9/21/2019
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
9/28/2019
Fly-in lunch
 
Location: 
Mitchell (MHE), SD, at Dakota Flight Center
 
Time: 
10:00am to 1:00pm
 
Details: 

Free will donation for sloppy joes, chips, dessert, and drink. Fund raiser for the Mitchell Flight of the SD Civil Air Patrol. Contact 2dLt Matt Healy at matt.healy@sdwg.cap.gov or 605-999-9796

9/28/2019
Airport Burger Feed
 
Location: 
Stuart-Atkinson (8V2), Atkinson, NE
 
Time: 
10:00am to 2:00pm
 
Details: 

Featured attraction: Tandem Skydiving (weather permitting and if enough interest is shown) Call Jack, 402-340-0283, if interested in skydiving. Lunch available at Lion’s Cook Shack. Pilots who fly in eat free. Everyone is encouraged to come out to see the planes, cars, and improvements to the airport and to support the Local Lion’s Club. Sponsored by Sandhills EAA Chapter 804. Contact Jack Flannery at 402-340-0388.

10/1/2019 to 10/31/2019
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/
10/3/2019
Props & Hops
 
Location: 
Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Time: 
6:00–10:00pm
 
Details: 

Props & Hops at Mandan Aero Center is a fun filled evening of local microbrew beers, airplanes on display, hors d'oeuvres, and live music from Ben Suchy.

10/3/2019 to 10/31/2019
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.

10/4/2019 to 10/25/2019
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.

10/5/2019
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

10/8/2019
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
Black Hills EAA Chapter 39 Club House on the Rapid City Airport (RAP), SD
 
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

10/12/2019
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
10/14/2019
Meeting of the Sioux Falls Ballooning Club
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street) Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

We invite you to browse our many pages of information and pictures. Have a question? Want to join our group? Contact us at info@sfballooning.org.
(typically 2nd Monday)

    http://www.sfballooning.org
10/19/2019
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. Young Eagle flights.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
10/19/2019
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
10/20/2019
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. Yankton Regional Aviation Association.

11/1/2019 to 11/29/2019
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.

11/1/2019 to 11/30/2019
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/
11/2/2019
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

11/6/2019 to 11/7/2019
SDAMA / AAND (South Dakota Airport Management Association/ Airport Association of North Dakota) Fall Airports Seminar
 
Location: 
Aberdeen, SD
 
Details: 

A block of rooms for conference attendees has been reserved at Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 1400 8th Avenue Northwest, Aberdeen (605-229-4040). When calling for reservations please use the Group Name “SDAMA & AAND 2019 AIRPORTS FALL SEMINAR” to get the group rate of $99.99 plus tax for single and double occupancy. All reservations must be received by October 5, 2019. Registration and Agenda information will be available soon.

11/7/2019 to 11/28/2019
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.

11/9/2019
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
11/11/2019
Meeting of the Sioux Falls Ballooning Club
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street) Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

We invite you to browse our many pages of information and pictures. Have a question? Want to join our group? Contact us at info@sfballooning.org.
(typically 2nd Monday)

    http://www.sfballooning.org
11/12/2019
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
Rapid City Airport (RAP), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

6:00pm burger burn 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

12/9/2019
Safety meeting
 
Location: 
Sidney (SNY), NE
 
Time: 
12:30 - 2:00pm
 
Details: 

At airport terminal. The U.S. Air Force out of Cheyenne, Wyoming, will talk about Mid Air Collision Avoidance. Contact George Lapaseotes, L&L Aviation LLC at lnlaviation@gmail.com

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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