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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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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

6/1/2017 to 6/29/2017
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

6/1/2017 to 6/30/2017
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/
6/2/2017 to 6/30/2017
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.

6/27/2017 to 6/29/2017
Large Forge Exercise (Combat Raider) in the Powder River Training Complex
 
Location: 
Montana-North Dakota-South Dakota
 
Time: 
CHECK NOTAMS
 
Details: 

Combat Raider, a large force exercise involving various military aircraft. These LFEs provide joint and coalition training under realistic scenarios that support full spectrum operations against modern threats and replicate today’s combat operations. During this period, people living under the following PRTC military operations areas can expect to see multiple types of aircraft utilizing the areas simultaneously. There is also potential for loud noises associated with sonic booms. All B-1 supersonic activities will occur above 20,000 feet Mean Sea Level and all transient fighter supersonic activity will occur above 10,000 feet Above Ground Level. As a reminder, non-military aircraft should thoroughly review the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notices to Airmen, or NOTAMs, and review flight plans to avoid these areas and altitudes where aircraft will be participating. This can be done by calling 1-800-WXBRIEF, or online at https://sua.faa.gov/ and http://www.1800wxbrief.com. The NOTAMs for the exercise, issued by the FAA 72 hours prior to its start, will act as the final official notice.

7/1/2017
Young Eagles Rally
 
Location: 
Gregory (9D1), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am to noon
 
Details: 

Hosted by Sioux Falls EAA Chapter 289. Contact YE Coordinator Steve Christensen at 605-337-9875 or sksk@midstatesd.net

7/1/2017
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

7/1/2017 to 7/31/2017
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/
7/2/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Emmetsburg (EGQ), IA
 
Time: 
7:00am–noon
 
Details: 

Pancakes, omelets, sausage, drink. Contact Mark Evans at 712-260-5651.

7/4/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Atlantic (AIO), IA
 
Time: 
7:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Free to Fly-ins. Contact Barry Reid at 712-243-3056.

7/4/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Hay Springs (4V6), NE (“Best Turf Runway in the Panhandle” -- about 20 miles east of Chadron -- a real nice grass strip)
 
Time: 
7:30-9:30am
 
Details: 

Contact Dave Carlson at 306-638-7402 or cell 308-430-8887.

7/4/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Corning (CRZ), IA
 
Time: 
7:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Free to Fly-ins. Contact Wendy Boswell at 641-322-3243.

7/4/2017
Midwest Aerobatic Club Air Show
 
Location: 
Seward (SWT), NE
 
Time: 
Airshow 11:00am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

Lunch available on grounds with lots of fun and aerobatic flying. More info contact Greg Whisler at 402-643-2226. CHECK NOTAMs for airport closure times.

7/6/2017 to 7/27/2017
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

7/7/2017
FAASTeam Safety Seminar and Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award presentation
 
Location: 
terminal at Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
7:00–9:00pm
 
Details: 

The safety seminar will be given by Steve Hoogerhyde, FAASTeam Program Manager-Operations, Rapid City, and John Lillevold, FAASTeam Representative. The Master Pilot Award will be presented to Roger Huntley of Yankton. Dr. Darla Edinger (Mitchell), DPE, will talk about BasicMed, Medical Certification for Pilots, Medications To Avoid, MedXPress, and New Advancements in Medical Technology,

7/7/2017
Wine gala & auction fund raiser for Midwest Honor Flight
 
Location: 
Calico Skies Vineyard & Winery, Inwood, IA
 
Time: 
7:00pm
 
Details: 

Proceeds to benefit Midwest Honor Flight. Wine tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, and silent auction. For tickets ($40) visit Midwesthonorflight.org or call 712-463-2020. Tickets on sale on May 1 at noon. Applications for veterans for the Honor Flight on the web site.

    http://midwesthonorflight.org
7/7/2017 to 7/28/2017
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.

7/8/2017
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
7/8/2017 to 7/9/2017
Chicken Days
 
Location: 
Wayne (LCG), NE
 
Details: 

Saturday: 7:00-9:00am coffee & rolls at Airport. Free rides between airport and town for the Chicken Days omelet feed 7:30-9:00am downtown on Main Street (free omelets to fly-ins). Chicken Days Parade at 9:30am. Young Eagle rides 8:30 am to 2:00pm. Sunday: 9:00am-1:00pm food available at airport – Fly-ins FREE. Crowing Motors Car Show 9:00am-1:00pm at airport. Poker Run at 1:00pm; sign up at airport at 11:30 am. Contact Nancy Braden for airport information at 402-375-1733. Check out www.chickenshow.com for information about other activities during the celebration. Sponsored by Wayne Airport Authority, Becker Flying Service, and Wayne Chicken Show.

    http://www.chickenshow.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 to 7/12/2017
South Dakota ACE Camp
 
Location: 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
 
Details: 

Registration deadline June 30, 2017. Scholarship assistance deadline for registration is June 14, 2017. Tuition $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.

    https://www.sdstate.edu/consumer-sciences/ace-camp
7/15/2017
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
7/15/2017
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
7/16/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Greenfield (GFZ), IA
 
Time: 
7:30-11:00am
 
Details: 

PIC FREE. Free admission to Iowa Aviation Museum with paid breakfast. Contact Greg Schildberg at 641-343-7184. http://www.flyingmuseum.com

    http://www.flyingmuseum.com
7/19/2017
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.

7/22/2017
Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Northwood (4V4), ND
 
Time: 
7:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Suggested donation adults $7.00, kids 5-12 $4.00.

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/
7/29/2017
Airport breakfast by Vicki
 
Location: 
Ainsworth (ANW), NE
 
Time: 
8:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Fly-ins eat free. Lunch by Loins Club 11:00am-1:00pm $3-5.00 per person. Classic car show. Harry Barr’s P-51, Lincoln Sport Parachute Club with tandem parachute jumps, and a hot air balloon. More information contact Lance Schipporeit at 402-387-1491.

7/30/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Genoa (97Y), NE
 
Time: 
7:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Genoa Lions Club. PIC & passengers free. Runway 11-29, 2500’ turf. Contact Don Pearson at 402-948-0067.

8/1/2017
CFI Open Forum on Issues and Best Practices
 
Location: 
Vic's Aircraft Sales, 1631 19th Ave. N., Fargo, ND
 
Time: 
5:30pm
 
Details: 

Jay Flowers will discuss issues CFIs may be seeing and how the issues can be fixed or improved upon.

8/5/2017
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

8/5/2017
First annual Wheatland Aviation Fly-on Lunch
 
Location: 
Clark (8D7), SD, Hangar 12
 
Time: 
noon
 
Details: 

Lunch: Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Chips, Nikki’s Award Winning Macaroni Salad, and Drinks. RSVP to 605-844-6007 (text or call).

8/6/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Humboldt (0K7), IA
 
Time: 
7:00am-noon
 
Details: 

PIC FREE. Contact Dave Dodgen at 515-368-1714.

8/11/2017 to 8/13/2017
Doug Yost Challenge Aerobatic Competition
 
Location: 
Spencer (SPW), IA
 
Time: 
9:00am-9:00pm daily
 
Details: 

Hosted by Chapter 78 of the International Aerobatic Club. Check NOTAMs. http://www.iac78.org

    http://www.iac78.org
8/12/2017
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
8/18/2017 to 8/20/2017
Annual Great Plains Balloon Race
 
Location: 
Kenny Anderson Park, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

Launches at Aug 18 at 7:00pm; Aug 19 at 6:30am & 7:00pm, also Balloon Glow at 8:30pm; Aug 20 at 6:30am – all depending on weather.

    http://www.sfballooning.org
8/19/2017
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
8/19/2017
Orville Wright’s birthday
 
Location: 
every where
 
Details: 

Happy Birthday Orville!!” (born August 19, 1871 – died January 30, 1948 at age 76 years old) Go out and commit “aviation.”

8/19/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Loup City (0F4), NE
 
Time: 
7:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Larry Reiter at 308-383-0352.

8/19/2017
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
8/19/2017
National Aviation Day
 
Location: 
every where
 
Details: 

Go out and fly – celebrate the freedom to fly. Why is National Aviation Day observed on August 19? It's Orville Wright's birthday. Celebrate the day by sharing your love of aviation. In 1939 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed August 19 - birthday of first pilot Orville Wright - as America's first National Aviation Day celebrating the development of aviation. 2017 marks the 79th observance of National Aviation Day.

8/20/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Mankato (MKT), MN
 
Time: 
7:00am-12:30pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by EAA Chapter 642. Rain or shine. Eggs to order, sausages, pancakes, juice, milk, and coffee. PIC Free. Adults $8.00. Children under five Free.

8/20/2017
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.

8/26/2017
Nebraska Chapter Antique Airplane Association annual fly-in
 
Location: 
Seward (SWT), NE
 
Details: 

Breakfast of biscuits & gravy, and eggs) and noon lunch of burgers and chips. More information call Todd Harders at 308-380-5079.

8/26/2017 to 8/27/2017
Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival
 
Location: 
Hot Springs Airport (HSR), SD
 
Details: 

Balloon launches at sunrise. More activities being planned like a glider rides, sky diving demo, art walk. On Facebook, search on Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=640535772737693&substory_index=0&id=503088723149066
8/27/2017
French toast and pancake Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Windom (MWM), MN
 
Time: 
8:00am-12:30pm
 
Details: 

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

8/27/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Fremont (FET), NE
 
Time: 
8:00am 1:00pm
 
Details: 

Boy Scout Troup 109 fixing pancakes & sausage; hosted by Fremont Rotary Club. Contact Brian Newton at 765-894-6845 or newt@bright.net

9/9/2017
Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Canton (7G9), SD
 
Time: 
8:00-11:30am
 
Details: 

FREE to PIC, adults $5.00; kids $4.00. 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

9/9/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Pipestone (PQN), MN
 
Time: 
7:30-11:00am
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Kiwanis. Young Eagle rides by Sioux Falls EAA Chapter 289. For more information, please contact 507-825-3316.

9/10/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Carroll (CIN), IA
 
Time: 
6:30am-12:00pm
 
Details: 

Fly-ins free. Contact Don Mensen at 712-792-4980.

9/10/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Bismarck (BIS), ND
 
Time: 
8:00am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Bismarck Aero Center. Pancake breakfast, cool cars, sweet airplanes. Contact Shae Helling at 701-770-4725.

9/16/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Council Bluffs (CBF), IA
 
Time: 
8:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

PIC Free. Others freewill donation. Sponsored by Great Wing CAF. Contact Jeff Hutcheson at 402-981-4633. Web site: http://www.greatplainswing.com

    http://www.greatplainswing.com
9/16/2017
CAF HANGAR DANCE – Party Like It’s 1945!
 
Location: 
Maverick Air Center (4201 Maverick Place), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
7:00-11:00pm
 
Details: 

Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is hosting a “CAF HANGAR DANCE – Party Like It’s 1945!.” Relive the excitement and glamour of the big band era at the areas only 1940s-style hangar dance. Live Big Band. Dance goes till 11:00pm! Period dance is FUN and optional. Cash bar and light appetizers available. $15 per person in advance / $20 at the door. WWII aircraft and vehicles will be on display!

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com
9/16/2017
Airport breakfast & Open House
 
Location: 
Council Bluffs (CBF), NE
 
Time: 
7:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

PIC free. Open House at Great Plains CAF Wing Museum 8:00am-1:00pm. Web site: http://www.greatplainswing.com Contact Jeff Hutcheson at 402-981-4633.

9/17/2017
Monthly meeting of the Iowa 99’s
 
Location: 
LeMars Airport (LRJ), IA
 
Time: 
11:00am – 3:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Jenny Myren at 563-650-0342 or email: iowa@ncs99s.org Website: http://iowa.ncs99s.org

    http://iowa.ncs99s.org/
10/15/2017
Monthly meeting of the Iowa 99s
 
Location: 
Fort Dodge (FOD), IA
 
Time: 
11:00am – 3:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Jenny Myren at 563-650-0342. http://iowa.ncs99s.org

    http://iowa.ncs99s.org
10/21/2017
Chili Fly-in / Drive-in
 
Location: 
Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Time: 
4:00–8:00pm
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.”

 

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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