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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

8/1/2019 to 8/29/2019
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.

8/1/2019 to 8/31/2019
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, 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/
8/2/2019 to 8/30/2019
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.

8/21/2019
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. Denny Martens at 605-677-8159.

8/24/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Hay Springs (4V6), NE (about 20 miles east of Chadron – “Best Turf Strip in the Panhandle” – Runway 11-29, 2,750’ x 300’)
 
Time: 
7:00-9:30am
 
Details: 

PIC free, others “free-will” donation. Contact Dave Carlson at 308-638-7402 or Vern Platt at 308-638-7491.

8/24/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Luverne (LYV), MN
 
Time: 
7:00am - noon
 
Details: 

PIC eat free. Skydive Adventures, Inflatables for kids, Classic Cars, Air Ambulance and Aircraft on Display. New Fuel System. Contact: Ben Baum, Sierra Delta Aviation, 605-413-5028.

8/24/2019 to 8/25/2019
Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HSR), SD
 
Details: 

Balloon launches at sunrise (~6:00am)from Hot Springs Airport. Activities being planned include an Balloon Fest Walk (5K & 10K), night glow (7:00pm) during which balloonists let their balloons rise to an upright position before simultaneously igniting their heater flames to light up the night, and MORE. The Saturday night glow is tentatively set for the Hot Springs Airport. For current status of activities, check Facebook, search on Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival or go to hotsprings-sd.com/events/frhab

8/25/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Greenfield (GFZ), IA
 
Time: 
7:30-11:00am
 
Details: 

Free admission to Iowa Aviation Museum with paid breakfast. Contact Greg Schildberg at 641-343-7184.

    http://www.flyingmuseum.com
8/25/2019
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. Denny Martens at 605-677-8159.

8/25/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Canton (7G9), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

FREE to PIC, adults $5.00; kids 5-10 $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

8/25/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Fremont (FET), NE
 
Time: 
7:00am 1:00pm
 
Details: 

PIC free; others $5.00 to Rotary Club for breakfast. Contact Brian Newton at 765-894-6845 or newt@bright.net

8/25/2019
CLOSED Fly-in Breakfast Special
 
Location: 
CLOSED Barnstormers Family Bar & Grill in the old airport terminal, Norfolk (OFK), NE
 
Time: 
CLOSED as of August 10
    https://www.barnstormersfamilybargrill.com/
8/25/2019
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.

8/28/2019 to 9/1/2019
Commemorative Air Force “Air Power” Tour
 
Location: 
Rapid City (RAP), SD
 
Details: 

Aircraft attending: B-29 Superfortress FIFI; C-45 “Bucket of Bolts;” T-6 WASP Original; PT-13 Stearman; P-51 “Gunfighter.”
Wednesday, August 28, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* Aircraft tours available starting at 9:00 a.m.
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day
Thursday, August 29, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* Aircraft tours available starting at 9:00 a.m.
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day
Friday, August 30, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* Aircraft tours available starting at 9 a.m.
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day
Saturday, August 31, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* B-29 flies at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
* Aircraft tours available after 12:00 p.m.
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day
Sunday, September 1, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* B-29 flies at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
* Aircraft tours available after 12:00 p.m.
* Supporting aircraft available for rides all day
Access to the ramp will be $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5 to 17.

    http://www.airpowersquadron.org/rapidcity-southdakota
8/31/2019 to 9/1/2019
Yankton Airshow
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Municipal Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
10:00am-4:00pm
 
Details: 

Gates open at 10:00am to 4:00pm. Airshow 1:00pm-3:00pm. $10.00 day pass, $15 weekend pass. VIP tickets $100 (Admittance both days. Admittance Friday evening practice from 5:00pm-7:00pm with lite meal provided. Access to large hangar with tables & chairs. Beverages & snacks available both days. Social hour with meal on Saturday evening 5:00pm-10:00pm when you will be able to meet and mingle with the performers.) No Refunds. No coolers. Bring your own chair. Parking at Yankton Middle School (2000 Mulberry Street) with free shuttle service. Performers: Gene Soucy in his “Showcat;” Matt Younkin in his twin-engine Beech 18 “Miss Ellie;” Vanguard Squadron; Carol Pilon – wingwalker; Red Baron dogfight with Pitts; Misty Blues All-Woman Skydiving Team. Static displays. Food trucks. For information and VIP tickets, contact Jacob Hoffner at 605-661-7525 or Mike Roinstad at 605-661-9223. The mission of the Yankton Airshows is to educate the public about America’s aviation history, provide family entertainment, and promote our community.

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, 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/
9/2/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Sheldon (SHL), IA
 
Time: 
6:30-11:00am
 
Details: 

PIC free, adults $6.00, kids 5-10 $3.00; under 5 free. Sponsored by Sheldon Sky High Flyers, EAA Chapter 1295, and Sheldon Boy Scout Troop 155; assisted by Midwest Flying Service. Contact David Larsen at 605-934-2434.

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.

9/7/2019
SD Aviation Hall of Fame
 
Location: 
Black Hills Airport – Clyde Ice Field (SPF), Spearfish, SD. All activities at Black Hills Aero Hangar.
 
Time: 
all day
 
Details: 

7:30am: Pancake breakfast.
9-10am: Spearfish Civil Air Patrol Squadron: Drone Demonstrations.
10-11am: Denny Martens: BFR Ground School Course.
11-noon: Spearfish Fire Department: Emergency Response.
Noon-1pm: Lunch: pulled pork sandwiches provided by Taildraggers Flight Club with donations accepted to the flight club.
1-2pm: Matt Guthmiller: Soloed around the World at age 19.
5-6pm: Social hour.
6-7:30pm Steak dinner.
7:30pm: Post Colors by CAP followed by SD Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony and Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards.
Contact Ted Miller at 605-642-0277 or Nick Weyrich at weyrichnick@gmail.com or 605-920-9352.

9/7/2019
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

9/7/2019
Fly-in lunch
 
Location: 
Spearfish (SPF), SD, at Black Hills Aero
 
Time: 
1:00pm
 
Details: 

In conjunction with the SD Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony. Lunch will be pulled pork sandwiches provided by Taildraggers Flight Club with donations accepted to the flight club. Activities and some classes to follow. 6:00pm steak fry provided by SDAHF with donations accepted. Contact Nick Weyrich at weyrichnick@gmail.com or 605-920-9352.

9/7/2019 to 9/8/2019
75th anniversary (1944-2019) of the Norfolk Airport (OFK), NE
 
Location: 
Norfolk Airport (OFK), NE
 
Details: 

Both days: Crete Sky Dive Team – tandem jumping all day. Call 402-610-4358 or 402-826-3939 to schedule a preferred time. Walk-ins welcome. SUNDAY: Airport breakfast 7:00-11:00am hosted by EAA Chapter 918. 10:00am 75th Anniversary Presentation. 11:00am to 4:00pm Uncle Jarrol’s BBQ Food Vend on field. 1940-50s era aircraft on display. Airport history photo wall. 75th Anniversary T-shirts available. No Admission fee.

9/7/2019 to 9/8/2019
Glendo Fly-In and Camp Out
 
Location: 
Thomas Memorial (76V), Glendo, WY
 
Details: 

The 14th Annual Glendo, WY, Fly-In and Camp Out is a grass roots fly-in held on a well maintained grass airstrip next to Glendo Reservoir and State Park. This event is the largest grass roots fly-in in Wyoming with fly-in events and more than 40 aircraft attending from Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and as far away as Arizona. There is a Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning, a BBQ Saturday night with gathering and music, then a BBQ on Sunday to end the event. Contact Tom Jones at 307-253-9462.

9/8/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Jackson (MJQ), MN
 
Time: 
7:30am-12:30pm
 
Details: 

PIC FREE. Adults $7.00, 12 and Under $5.00, Preschool and younger free. Contact Paul Sanders at 507-847-3599.

9/8/2019
Tommy Martin Memorial Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Martin Field (7K8), NE
 
Time: 
8:00am–1:00pm
 
Details: 

Adults $7.00; 12 years and under $5.00. Young Eagles rides by EAA Chapter 291. Contact Rick Alter at 712-490-0324.

9/8/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Carroll (CIN), IA
 
Time: 
6:30am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Don Mensen at 712-792-4980.

9/8/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Algona (AXA), IA
 
Time: 
7:00am 12:30pm
 
Details: 

PIC free. Contact Greg Mullins at 515-320-5501.

9/9/2019
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
9/10/2019
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

9/14/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Sturgis (49B), SD
 
Time: 
~7:30 to ~10:00am (rain or shine)
 
Details: 

Free-will donation. Sponsored by CB&B Aviation. Contact Roger Burnham 605-347-1050 or Bruce Bowen 605-490-1139.

9/14/2019
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
9/14/2019
Airport lunch
 
Location: 
Willmar (BDH), MN
 
Time: 
10:00am-2:00pm
 
Details: 

Free-will donation for hotdogs, baked beans, chips, cookie, watermelon, water, coffee. Contact 320-214-9669.

9/14/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Pipestone (PQN), MN
 
Time: 
7:30-11:00am
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Kiwanis. Young Eagle rides by Sioux Falls EAA Chapter 289. Contact Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at 507-825-3316

9/15/2019
Fly-in, Drive-in, Walk-in, Dragged-in airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
8:00am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

PIC FREE, adults $5.00; kids 5-10 $3.00; under 5 free. Sponsored by Yankton Regional Aviation Association and Crop Dusters LLC. Contact Steve at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net.

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: 

Storytelling and world problem solving. Bring some food to share. Denny Martens at 605-677-8159.

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

9/21/2019
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
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
9/21/2019
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

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, 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 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

10/12/2019
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: 
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
10/19/2019
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
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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