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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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Aviation Events

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/
 
8/6/2015 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 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
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
 
8/11/2015
Black Hills EAA Chapter 39 meeting
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 39 Club House on Rapid City Airport
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Monthly meeting: 6:00pm hangar talk and 7:00pm meeting. Rapid City Airport (to get to the EAA Chapter 39 Club House, take Highway 44 east to RC 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 Darrel Sauder: 605-431-9609

 
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

 
8/15/2015
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
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
 
8/16/2015
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.

 
8/25/2015
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

 
8/29/2015
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: 

Breakfast followed by the community celebration, "Friendly Festival". PIC free, others “free-will” donation. Contact Dave Carlson at 308-638-7402 or Vern Platt at 308-638-7491.

 
8/30/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Genoa (97Y), NE
 
Time: 
7:30-11:30am
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Genoa Lions Club. PIC & passengers free. Contact Don Pearson at 402-948-0067 or megavision.com

 
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.

 
9/1/2015 to 9/30/2015
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/
 
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).

 
9/3/2015 to 9/24/2015
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
9/4/2015 to 9/25/2015
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.

 
9/5/2015
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

 
9/5/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Fuller Airport (4D8), Milford, IA
 
Time: 
8-11:00am
 
Details: 

Breakfast at the Milford Fire Station. Served by the Milford Boy Scouts Troop 170. Pancakes & sausage or biscuits & gravy. PIC free, adults $6.00, children 5-11 $4.00, under 5 free.

 
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

 
9/7/2015
Fly-in pancake breakfast
 
Location: 
Sheldon (SHL), IA
 
Time: 
6:30-11:00am
 
Details: 

PIC free, adults $6.00, kids 5-10 $3.00. Sponsored by Sky High Flyers EAA Chapter 1295 and Sheldon Boy Scout Troop 155.

 
9/8/2015
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
Rapid City (RAP), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

6:00pm hangar talk and 7:00pm meeting. To get to the EAA Chapter 39 Club House, take Highway 44 east to RC 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 Darrel Sauder: 605-431-9609

 
9/9/2015
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

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

Sponsored by Kiwanis.

 
9/12/2015
Santa Maria BBQ and Auction
 
Location: 
VFW Post 1273 (420 Main Street, Rapid City)
 
Time: 
5:30 to 8:00pm
 
Details: 

The Ellsworth Heritage Foundation presents Santa Maria BBQ and Auction at the VFW Post 1273 (420 Main Street, Rapid City). Featuring Deadwood Express Bluegrass Band. Proceeds benefit the SD Air & Space Museum. Tickets $25 per person in advance ($40 per couple) at the SD Air & Space Museum gift shop (605-385-5189).

 
9/12/2015
SD Aviation Hall of Fame meeting
 
Location: 
Black Hills Airport – Clyde Ice Field (SPF), Spearfish, SD
 
Time: 
all day
 
Details: 

SDAHF Event Chairman Ted Miller, Black Hills Aero (605-642-0277). All activities at Black Hills Aero Hangar.
7:00am Airport breakfast by EAA Chapter 806.
10:00am: Powder River Training Complex by Lt. Col Matt Martin.
11:00am: FAASTeam safety presentation titled “The Concerns with FAA Medical Certification” by Dr. Robert Allen.
Noon: Lunch by EAA Chapter 806.
1:00pm South Dakota Pilots Association meeting.
5-6:00pm Social hour hosted by EAA Chapter 806.
6-7:00pm Steak fry by EAA Chapter 806.
7:00 pm SD Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony and FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards.
If flying in, reserve rooms at the Holiday Inn (Spearfish) through Eagle Aviation (1-800-843-8010). Car rentals available at Eagle Aviation.

 
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: 
Martin Field (7K8), NE
 
Time: 
8:00am – noon
 
Details: 

PIC free, others $5.00

 
9/13/2015
Fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
Carroll (CIN), IA
 
Time: 
6:00am-12:00pm
 
Details: 

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

 
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.

 
9/13/2015
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.

 
9/13/2015
Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Thief River Falls Airport (TVF), MN
 
Time: 
8:00am - 1:00pm
 
Details: 

Pancake and sausage served with a scoop of ice cream by the local Kiwanis. Free for PIC. Adults $7.00, Kids 12 and under $4.50. The Northland Aviation Campus is open for tours. Contact Joe Cornelius 218-681-5585

 
9/14/2015
Sioux Falls Ballooning Club meeting
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
9/16/2015
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.

 
9/17/2015
FAAST safety seminar
 
Location: 
second floor conference room of the Air Carrier Terminal Building, 2301 University Drive, Bismarck Airport (BIS), ND
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

"Managing Flight Risks with a Flight Risk Assesment Tool or FRAT.” The 'FRAT' assists airman in recognizing risk levels given current environmental preflight conditions. Presented by Jay Flowers.

 
9/18/2015 to 9/19/2015
Hog Roast and Campout
 
Location: 
Heyde Field (8ND4 -- private), Manvel, ND. Unicom: 122.9. Turf Runway 35/17, 2500 x 50 feet.
 
Details: 

Underwing camping is available both nights. Cook-out and bonfire Friday evening at 6:30pm. Donuts and Coffee 9am Saturday Morning. Hog Roast at Noon on Saturday (Roasted pig and all your favorite sides will be served as a free will offering).
Horseshoe Tournament Saturday at 2pm. 8-12 teams of 2, $10 per team. Pre-Register by emailing David Leiting (davidleiting47@hotmail.com) For questions, contact Kreg Anderson (320-760-7175) or David Leiting (262-914-4278)

 
9/18/2015 to 9/20/2015
3rd annual SuperCub Black Hills Fly-in
 
Location: 
Belle Fourche (EFC), SD
 
Details: 

Friday meal. Saturday fly out to ranch strip for breakfast, then visit various back country strips, Supper fly-out. Need a head count. Contact Clint Busenitz at 605-891-1290 or Jim Anderson at 605-892-6345.

 
9/18/2015 to 9/20/2015
North Central Plains Ultralite Club fly-in
 
Location: 
Kimball (6A6), SD
 
Details: 

Contact Jerry Konechne at 605-778-6527 or jerrys@midstatesd.net

 
9/19/2015
Nebraska Wing of Ercoupe Owners Club meeting
 
Location: 
Fremont (FET), NE
 
Time: 
10:00am
 
Details: 

Meet at 10am with lunch at noon at local restaurant. Return to the airport for awards for participants. Contact Scott Morgan at 402-833-8907.

 
9/19/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Gothenburg (GTE), NE
 
Time: 
7:30-10:30am
 
Details: 

PIC free. GTE is the home of the first turf runway in Nebraska.

 
9/19/2015
Safety seminar
 
Location: 
Mandan Airport (Y19), Mandan, ND
 
Time: 
11:00am
 
Details: 

“Powder River, Operations in the MOA plus Medicated Pilots, how safe are you.” Speaker is Lt. Col. Matthew Martin USAF, Ellsworth AFB. Also be discussed will be Pilots and Medications. This presentation will be given by Dr. Dale Kline, AME, from the Mandan area. He will discuss how common over the counter drugs or medications can affect you as an Airman.

 
9/19/2015
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.
Rob Broin of Sioux Falls, Chairman of Swift Fuels LLC, West Lafayette, Indiana, will give a presentation on September 19 morning at the Sioux Falls EAA Chapter 289 building. The talk will occur between 9:00 and 11:00am during the breakfast, and will be an update on the status of Unleaded Av-Gas.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
 
9/19/2015
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
 
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: 

 
10/3/2015
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1945 ~ CAF HANGAR DANCE 2015
 
Location: 
Maverick Air Center (4201 Maverick Place), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is hosting a "dance." Relive the excitement and glamour of the big band era at the areas only 1940s-style hangar dance. Door Opens at 6:00pm. Free Swing Dance Lessons provided by Date Night Dance at 7:00pm. Dance begins at 7:30pm and goes till midnight! Cash bar and some food/snacks available. WWII era attire encouraged (both civilian and military) but not required. Music by The Gale Pifer Orchestra. $15 per person at the door. History Flights available (day of dance) weather permitting. WWII aircraft and vehicles will be on display!

 
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.

 
10/12/2015
Sioux Falls Ballooning Club meeting
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
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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