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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.


Be sure to get a standard Flight Briefing from 800-WX-BRIEF (800-992-7433) before every flight and check your destination airport status, NOTAMS, and TFRs.

Aviation Events

10/20/2017 to 1/7/2018
"Wild Blue Yonder" exhibit
 
Location: 
The Journey Museum and Learning Center, Rapid City, SD
 
Details: 

The free exhibit pays respect to Ellsworth AFB and the servicemen and women stationed there in the past and present. The pictures, models and plaques showcase the unique relationship between the base and the local community. This free, temporary exhibit is open until January 7th, 2018, and is open to any and all who are interested in the history of Ellsworth.

12/1/2017 to 12/29/2017
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. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

12/1/2017 to 12/31/2017
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/
12/5/2017
FAASTeam Evening Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
Airport Main Terminal Conference Room (second floor), 3800 Airport Road, Pierre
 
Time: 
7:00pm
 
Details: 

Topic: Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) & Uncontrolled Airport Operations. Contact Steven Hoogerhyde at (605) 737-3024

12/7/2017 to 12/28/2017
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.

12/9/2017
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: 

Contact Rick Tupper at rick@cafjoefoss.com or rick.tupper@augie.edu [2nd Saturday]

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com/CAF-JoeFoss_Splash.html
12/16/2017
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
12/16/2017
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
1/1/2018 to 1/31/2018
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/
1/4/2018 to 1/25/2018
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.

1/5/2018 to 1/26/2018
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. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

1/6/2018
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

1/13/2018
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
1/20/2018
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
1/20/2018
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
1/21/2018
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
terminal at Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Meeting 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.

2/3/2018
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

3/4/2018 to 3/6/2018
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Fargo, ND, at the Delta Hotels by Marriott
 
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, contact North Dakota Aeronautics Commission at 701-328-9650 or http://www.ndac.aero/umas.htm

    http://www.ndac.aero/umas.htm
3/15/2018
East River Safety Symposium
 
Location: 
Brookings Airport (BKX), SD
 
Time: 
all day
 
Details: 

Currently being planned. More later.

4/11/2018 to 4/12/2018
SD Airports Conference
 
Location: 
The Lodge at Deadwood Gaming Resort, Deadwood, SD
 
Details: 

Airports conference on Wednesday & Thursday. Sponsor meetings on Tuesday, April 10. Registration information will be mailed out in January 2018. MORE INFORMATION LATER.
The current list of proposed agenda topics:
•Project Justification: Presentation on what’s justified, what’s not, and why?
•Integration of UASs into the Airspace: Presentation would include information on UASs, how they operate around an airport.
•Compatible Land Use Around an Airport: Why It’s Important (could include zoning, detention ponds from development in the area, etc.).
•Aviation Project Life Cycle: What is it, sequencing of events and the effect on the process.
•The Value of Planning: The presentation does evolve around the value of planning / why plan?

4/14/2018
Annual SDSU Flying Jacks airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Brookings (BKX), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am until noon
 
Details: 

Free-will donation (pancakes, sausage, eggs, water, juice, coffee). Contact: flyingjacks.sdsu@gmail.com

4/14/2018
Presentation on SDSU Aviation Program, lunch & SDPA meeting
 
Location: 
Brookings Airport (BKX), SD, in the second floor of the SDSU Aviation Complex.
 
Time: 
11:00am
 
Details: 

11:00am presentation on the SDSU Aviation Program. Noon lunch: pizza & pop $5.00 each. 1:00pm SDPA meeting with cookies. Contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net.

4/16/2018
Wilbur Wright’s birthday
 
Location: 
every where
 
Details: 

Happy Birthday Wilbur!! (born April 16, 1867, died May 30, 1912, at age 45 years old). Go out and commit “aviation.”

5/6/2018
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Grafton (GAF), ND
 
Time: 
8:00am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by EAA Chapter 380. Free will donation. Contact Andy Tibert at 701-520-9174.

7/23/2018 to 7/29/2018
EAA AirVenture
 
Location: 
Wittman Field (OSH), Oshkosh, WI
 
Details: 

    http://airventure.org/
9/3/2018
(Monday) US – Canada International Fly-in
 
Location: 
Dunseith (S28; International Peace Garden Airport), ND
 
Time: 
10:00am to 1:00pm
 
Details: 

Short program at 11:00am, Buffet lunch.

 

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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