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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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Aviation Events

1/1/2017 to 1/31/2017
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/
1/5/2017 to 1/26/2017
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

1/6/2017 to 1/27/2017
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.

1/7/2017
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

1/14/2017
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
1/15/2017
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Theme: "Men Cooking." 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.

1/19/2017
FAA Wings and CAP Annual Safety Day Training Event
 
Location: 
Sioux Falls CAP Composite Squadron, Sioux Falls Airport, 3401 Aviation Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
7:00pm
 
Details: 

Topic: Topics of Presentation:FAA Regulations, Operational Risk Management, Winter Survival Techniques, Single Pilot CRM. Select Number: GL2772969 Description: This meeting will be jam-packed with great information for both pilots and aircrew. Discussion Topics: General aeronautical information and regulation review, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) survival kit overview and ontents, Operational Risk Mgmt (ORM) from both CAP and FAA viewpoints, Winter survival techniques and building a personal survival kit (taught by SD Air Nat'l Guard), and FAA Topic of the Month Discussion - Single Pilot CRM.

1/21/2017
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
1/21/2017
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
1/25/2017 to 1/28/2017
Annual Nebraska Aviation Council Symposium and Maintenance Technicians IA Renewal
 
Location: 
Kearney, NE, at the Holiday Inn (308-237-5971, 110 South 2nd Avenue)
 
Details: 

Big number of presentations on variety of topics. http://www.nebraskaaviationcouncil.org

    http://www.nebraskaaviationcouncil.org
1/27/2017
2017 Nebraska Aviation Maintenance and IA Renewal Seminar
 
Location: 
Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 110 South 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE
 
Time: 
08:00 Central Standard Time
 
Details: 

Select Number: CE0973084 Description: This seminar provides a means for FAA Inspection Authorization "IA" Renewal on the basis of 14 CFR 65.93 (a)(4) through completion of appropiate sections of this seminar and credit for participation in the FAA AMT Awards Program. Persons attending for IA Renewal must attend at least 8 hours of this seminar to be eligible for renewal of their certification.

2/1/2017 to 2/28/2017
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/
2/2/2017 to 2/23/2017
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

2/3/2017 to 2/24/2017
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.

2/4/2017
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

2/11/2017
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
2/12/2017
14th Annual Ground School Course
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
1:30pm
 
Details: 

FREE. Taught by Master Pilot & CFI Denny Martens. Sponsored by YRAA and SDPA. Refreshments and cookies provided.

2/18/2017
Bismarck RC Club Fly-in
 
Location: 
Bismarck Golf Dome, Bismarck, ND
2/18/2017
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
2/18/2017
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
2/19/2017
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Theme: "Valentine's." 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.

2/20/2017 to 2/22/2017
Nebraska Aviation Trade Association Conference
 
Location: 
Kearney, NE, at Holiday Inn (308-237-5971, 110 South 2nd Avenue)
 
Details: 

Annual Convention & Agricultural Aviation Exposition. More information at 402-475-6282 or http://www.gonata.net

    http://www.gonata.net
3/5/2017 to 3/7/2017
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Minot, ND, at the Holiday Inn
 
Details: 

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

3/5/2017 to 3/7/2017
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Minot, ND, at the Holiday Inn Riverside
 
Details: 

Three days of speakers and sessions coverings current aviation topics for mechanics, pilots, and airport managers. Special guest speaker: Howie Franklin – the man who made history serving five presidents on Air Force One. 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
3/16/2017
6th East River Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Aviation Complex (SDSU Hangar, 201 W. 2nd Street South, Brookings, SD) on Brookings Airport
 
Time: 
7:30am to 5:30pm
 
Details: 

This event is an FAA Accepted IA Training Event. This event is FREE to the Public and is intended for Aircraft Technician Training. Pilot sessions 1:00-3:00pm. For more information please contact Chris Funk (605) 270-9774.

3/29/2017 to 3/30/2017
SD Airports Conference
 
Location: 
Highland Conference Center, 2000 Highland Way, Mitchell, SD, located south of I-90 and east of Highway 37.
 
Time: 
all day
 
Details: 

Mar 29-30, 2017: SD Airports Conference will be held The Highland Conference Center is connected by breezeways to both the Comfort Inn & Suites and the Hampton Inn. Both hotels have a block of rooms reserved under “SDDOT.” Rooms will be a the group rate of $89 (plus tax) at both hotels for the week of the conference. Conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. A $85 registration fee includes breaks, lunch, dinner and breakfast for each person on Wednesday & Thursday. Questions? Call 605-773-4430 or email Jennifer at Jennifer.Boehm@state.sd.us

Sponsor meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Registration information will be mailed out in early January. Conference topics being planned include NOTAM Manager System, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Powder River Update, Small Community Air Service Working Group, Aeronautics Commission roles, and Aviation Industry in South Dakota.

4/29/2017 to 4/30/2017
Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering
 
Location: 
Golden Wings Air Museum (8797 Airport Road), Anoka County-Blaine Airport (ANE), MN (about 10 miles north of Minneapolis)
 
Details: 

April 29: 9:00am-9:00pm; April 30: 1:51pm-2:51pm. Email info@mnpilots.org; 763-494-7744; www.facebook.com/mnpilots;

    http://www.mnpilots.org
6/18/2017 to 6/21/2017
Minnkota Convention for the Flying Farmers and Ranchers
 
Location: 
Thunderstik Lodge, Chamberlain, SD. (http://www.thunderstik.com)
 
Details: 

Contact Marilyn Arneson (newsletter editor) at arnesonfarms@invisimax.com

7/9/2017
Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Flandreau (4P3), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am to noon
 
Details: 

Young Eagles Rally hosted by Sioux Falls / Tea EAA Chapter 289.

7/9/2017
Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Flandreau (4P3), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am to noon
 
Details: 

Young Eagles Rally hosted by Sioux Falls / Tea EAA Chapter 289.

7/9/2017 to 7/12/2017
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, 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.

7/24/2017 to 7/30/2017
EAA AirVenture
 
Location: 
Wittman Field (OSH), Oshkosh, WI
    http://airventure.org/
7/26/2017 to 7/28/2017
Cessna 150-152 Club National Fly-in and Convention
 
Location: 
Clinton (CWI), IA
 
Details: 

Lots of activities. Contact Mark Buchner at 301-275-2476. More details at http://www.cessna150152flyin.org/

    http://www.cessna150152flyin.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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