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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

7/1/2015 to 7/31/2015
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/
 
7/2/2015 to 7/30/2015
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
7/3/2015
Potluck supper gathering
 
Location: 
Clark Airport (8D7), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Bring some food and hangar stories to share, and maybe a little flying. Everyone welcome. Just follow the smell of burgers and brats to a hangar in the northwest corner of the airport. Contact Harvey Spieker at 605-233-0408.

 
7/3/2015 to 7/31/2015
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.

 
7/4/2015
Monthly fly-in 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

 
7/8/2015
Second Wednesday Cookout
 
Location: 
Martin Field (7K8), NE
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Siouxland EAA Chapter 291. Starts at 6:00pm in the FBO building. Hamburgers, buns, and toppings provided by the Chapter. Bring some food and hangar stories to share. Contact Rick Alter at 712-233-1552 or ralter@cableone.net

 
7/11/2015
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
 
7/13/2015
Sioux Falls Ballooning Club meeting
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street) Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
7/15/2015
Monthly Potluck Cookout
 
Location: 
Vermillion (VMR), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Denny Martens' hangar for Storytelling and world problem solving. Bring some food to share.

 
7/17/2015 to 7/27/2015
Oshkosh Special
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney "Yankton" Airport (YKN), SD
 
Time: 
all day
 
Details: 

Chan Gurney “Yankton” Airport (KYKN), SD, is a great place to stop on your way to and from Oshkosh. 390NM W/SW of OSH. Yankton EAA Chapter 1029 and the Yankton Regional Aviation Association are sponsoring FREE FOOD AND DRINKS from Friday, July 17 through Monday, July 27 for flyers. Avgas will be $4.50 / gallon from July 17 through 27. We have 24-hour charge card fuel for Avgas and JetA, 24-hour restrooms, Internet computer / printer, WiFi, cable TV, shower in “crash building” next to terminal (bring your own towel & soap), “on-airport” camping allowed, 6 tie-downs in front of the terminal (2 in the grass) and 3 more North of the barrel hangar (NO TIE DOWN FEES), ramp space for large aircraft (i.e., DC-3s), and two crew cars. Local hotels include Kelly Inn Best Western (shuttle) 605-665-2900; Holiday Inn Express (605-665-3177); Econ Lodge (605-689-3400). Airport phone 605-661-9223.

 
7/18/2015
Monthly fly-in 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
 
7/18/2015
Monthly fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

Great Plains Streetrodders will be on display. Young Eagle rides. Discovery flights by Legacy Aviation. 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
 
7/25/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Arlington Airport (3A9), SD
 
Time: 
8:00 – 11:00am
 
Details: 

In conjunction with Arlington Days; parade in afternoon – shuttle from airport to downtown for activities. Contact Jerry Runia at cell 605-690-1587 or home 605-873-2702 or jrunia@itctel.com us

 
8/1/2015
Monthly fly-in 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

 
8/1/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Robert Odegaard Field Airport (K74), Kindred, ND
 
Time: 
7:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Contact Ron Lundquist at 701-388-2126.

 
8/1/2015 to 8/31/2015
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/
 
8/2/2015
21st annual airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Red Cloud (7V7), NE
 
Time: 
7:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

FREE to fly-ins. Contact Jim at 402-746-4132.

 
8/5/2015
Monthly
 
Location: 
Brookings (BKX), SD
 
Time: 
5:30pm
 
Details: 

In the farthest east hangar (McLaughlin’s) at 5:30pm – potluck supper (those that fly-in aren’t required to bring anything).

 
8/6/2015 to 8/27/2015
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
8/7/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Humboldt (0K7), IA
 
Time: 
7:00am-noon
 
Details: 

PIC FREE; others $6. Contact Dave Dodgen at 515-368-1714.

 
8/7/2015
Potluck supper gathering at Clark Airport
 
Location: 
Clark Airport (8D7), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Bring some food and hangar stories to share, and maybe a little flying. Everyone welcome. Just follow the smell of burgers and brats to a hangar in the northwest corner of the airport. Contact Harvey Spieker at 605-233-0408.

 
8/7/2015 to 8/28/2015
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.

 
8/8/2015
Mid Air Collision Avoidance meeting
 
Location: 
185th Air Refueling Wing, Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX), Sioux City, IA
 
Time: 
9:00am to noon
 
Details: 

Presentations by FSDO FAASTeam, Airport Manager, and 185th ARW Chief of Safety. Tours of the facility, and display aircraft including a KC-135 tanker, A-10 Thunder Bolt (Warthog), and F-16 Fighting Falcon. If you fly-in, a shuttle will be available from JetSun Aviation to the 185th event. After the event there will be a free lunch. There is a limit of 80 participants, sooooo, RSVP to save a seat by contacting Major Eric “Owitz” Kilburg at 712-233-0568 or email eric.kilburg@ang,af,mil

 
8/8/2015
Meet and Greet
 
Location: 
Centennial Airport (APA), Denver, CO
 
Time: 
4:00-8:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by the Colorado Pilots Association and Arapahoe T-Hangars Association. The event will be held at the Arapahoe T-hangar area. Park at the Denver Jet Center West, and shuttles will bring you to the location. Food, Live Music, Aviation Discussions.

 
8/8/2015
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
 
8/12/2015
Second Wednesday Cookout
 
Location: 
Martin Field (7K8), NE
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Siouxland EAA Chapter 291. Starts at 6:00pm in the FBO building. Hamburgers, buns, and toppings provided by Chapter. Bring some food and hangar stories to share. Contact Rick Alter at 712-233-1552 or ralter@cableone.net

 
8/14/2015 to 8/16/2015
Annual Great Plains Balloon Race
 
Location: 
Kenny Anderson Park, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

Launches at Aug 14 at 7:00pm; Aug 15 at 6:30am & 7:00pm, also Balloon Glow at 8:30pm; Aug 16 at 6:30am – all depending on weather. http://www.sfballooning.org

    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
8/15/2015
Monthly fly-in 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
 
8/15/2015
Monthly fly-in 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
 
8/15/2015 to 8/16/2015
Dakota Thunder Airshow
 
Location: 
Ellsworth AFB, Box Elder, SD
 
Details: 

 
8/16/2015
Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Vermillion (VMR), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am-noon
 
Details: 

Free-will donation to Lions Club for breakfast – fundraiser for the Senior Citizens Center in Vermillion.

 
8/16/2015
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

 
8/19/2015
Monthly Potluck Cookout
 
Location: 
Vermillion (VMR), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Denny Martens' hangar for Storytelling and world problem solving. Bring some food to share.

 
8/22/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Canton (7G9), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am-noon
 
Details: 

FREE to PIC, others $5.00. CTAF 123.0 Sponsored by Sunset Aviation and Canton Airport Board. Served by Boy Scouts. Contact Bill Nelson at 605-940-2241 or thepilot2000@yahoo.com

 
8/23/2015
Airport BBQ supper
 
Location: 
Milnor (4R6), ND
 
Time: 
4:00pm to dark (rain or shine)
 
Details: 

Contact: Mark Gainor at 701-680-1001.

 
8/23/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Hartington (0B4), NE
 
Time: 
7:00am-12:30pm
 
Details: 

“BEST sausages in a 100 miles.” PIC & co-pilot FREE, adults $6.00, Kids age 5-10 $4.00, under 5 free. Served by Holy Trinity Grade School. Sponsored by Becker Flying Service.

 
8/25/2015
FAASTeam Safety Seminar (Critical Thinking Skills)
 
Location: 
Pierre (PIR), SD
 
Time: 
7:00pm CDT
 
Details: 

Presentation in the conference room on the 2nd floor of the new airport terminal building (3800 Airport Road). Register at www.faasafety.gov. Contact Steven R. Hoogerhyde at Phone: (605) 737-3024 or email: steven.hoogerhyde@faa.gov

 
8/27/2015
FAASTeam Safety Seminar (Critical Thinking Skills)
 
Location: 
Lincoln County Airport (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
7:00pm CDT
 
Details: 

Presentation in the EAA Chapter 289 building (47014 Great Planes Place). Register at www.faasafety.gov. Contact Steven R. Hoogerhyde at Phone: (605) 737-3024 or email: steven.hoogerhyde@faa.gov

 
8/30/2015
French toast and pancake fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
Windom (MWM), MN
 
Time: 
8:00am-12:30pm
 
Details: 

PIC FREE. Sponsored by Windom Eagles Model Airplane Club / Windom Lions Club.

 
9/2/2015
Monthly
 
Location: 
Brookings (BKX), SD
 
Time: 
5:30pm
 
Details: 

Held in the farthest east hangar (McLaughlin’s). Potluck supper (those that fly-in aren’t required to bring anything).

 
9/5/2015
Airport breakfast & Open House
 
Location: 
Council Bluffs (CBF), NE
 
Time: 
8:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

PIC free. Open House at Great Plains CAF Wing Museum 8:00am-1:00pm. Web site: http://www.greatplainswing.com

 
9/12/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Pipestone (PQN), MN
 
Time: 
8:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Kiwanis.

 
9/13/2015
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.

 
9/13/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Faribault (FBL), MN
 
Time: 
7:00am - noon
 
Details: 

PIC free; adults $7.00, kids $3.50, under 5 free.

 
9/20/2015
Camp of the Cross Ministries breakfast
 
Location: 
Garrison (D05), ND
 
Details: 

Contact Janis Sloka at 701-337-2246.

 
9/20/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Enderlin (5N4), ND
 
Time: 
8:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Contact Bobby Geske at 701-799-6082. "Best pancakes and sausage at the best lil-airport in North Dakota!"

 
9/26/2015
Grand opening of new visitor center for the Minuteman National Historical Site
 
Location: 
Wall, SD
 
Details: 

 
10/7/2015
Air Safety Institute Seminar
 
Location: 
Bellevue West High School (1501 Thurston Avenue, Main Cafeteria, Bellevue, NE)
 
Time: 
7:00-9:00pm
 
Details: 

FREE to all pilots. No registration. Topic: “Cross Country Challenge.” Contact: 800-638-3101.

 
10/18/2015
Monthly YRAA potluck meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Monthly potluck meeting in airport terminal. 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

 

 

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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