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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

9/1/2018 to 9/30/2018
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/
9/6/2018 to 9/27/2018
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. Contact Morris Riggin at 605-256-9774 or Charlie Keppen at 605-480-1312.

9/7/2018 to 9/28/2018
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.

9/10/2018
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.

    http://www.sfballooning.org
9/12/2018
Second Wednesday Cookout
 
Location: 
Martin Field (7K8), NE
 
Time: 
Starts at 6:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Siouxland EAA Chapter 291. 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 rick.alterii@gmail.com

9/15/2018
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
9/16/2018
Brunch
 
Location: 
Thief River Falls Airport (TVF), MN, (Commons area of the NCTC Airport Campus)
 
Time: 
9:30am - 2:00pm
 
Details: 

Meatballs, parsley potatoes, green beans, and more for the Thief River Falls Fly in/Drive in. Meal will be served by the local Kiwanis Club with proceeds going to their local youth programs. $12 for adults; $8 for 12 and under. Tours of the Northland Aviation Campus and the Airport will be available. Flight line open to the public. For more information please call 218-681-5585

9/16/2018
Fly-in, Drive-in, Walk-in, Dragged-in airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
8:00am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

(always the 3rd Sunday in September) 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.

9/18/2018
Potluck supper and movie night
 
Location: 
Boone (BNW), IA
 
Time: 
6:00pm – 9:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Dale Farnham at 515-432-1018 or farnhamaviation@outlook.com
Website: www.farnhamaviation.com

    http://www.farnhamaviation.com
9/19/2018
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.

9/22/2018
CAF 1940s Hangar Dance
 
Location: 
Maverick Air Center (4201 Maverick Place), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm to 11:00pm
 
Details: 

Hosted by Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force. Relive the excitement and glamour of the big band era at the areas only 1940s-style hangar dance. Door Opens at 6:30pm. Live “Kickin’ Brass Big Band.”. Dance lessons at 6:30pm. Band starts at 7:00pm and goes till 11:00pm! Cash bar and light appetizers available. $15 per person in advance. 1940s dress attire is encouraged, but optional. WWII aircraft and vehicles will be on display! For tickets and more information go to http://www.cafjoefoss.com

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com
9/22/2018
Monthly Aviator’s Breakfast
 
Location: 
Chadron (CDR), NE
 
Time: 
7:30-10am
 
Details: 

A&M Aviation. Free-will donation. Contact 308-432-8128

9/22/2018
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Norfolk (OFK), NE
 
Time: 
7:00 to 11:00am
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Norfolk EAA Chapter 918. PIC free. Contact Bruce Zimmerman at 402-675-2311 or bzimmerman@bcmutual.com

9/23/2018
Fly-in Breakfast Special
 
Location: 
Barnstormers Family Bar & Grill in the old airport terminal, Norfolk (OFK), NE
 
Time: 
4th Sunday of the month, 10:00am – 3:00pm
 
Details: 

PICs at the controls get 50% off meal price. Barnstormers at 402-316-4099 (from Nebraska PIREPS newsletter Dec 2017-Jan 2018; Aug-Sep 2018).

    https://www.barnstormersfamilybargrill.com/
9/23/2018
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Enderlin (5N4), ND
 
Time: 
8:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

10/1/2018 to 10/31/2018
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/
10/4/2018 to 10/25/2018
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. Contact Morris Riggin at 605-256-9774 or Charlie Keppen at 605-480-1312.

10/5/2018 to 10/26/2018
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.

10/6/2018
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

10/6/2018
Airport Burger Feed
 
Location: 
Stuart-Atkinson (8V2), Atkinson, NE
 
Time: 
10:00am to 2:00pm
 
Details: 

Featured attraction: Harry Barr with his P-51 Mustang (arrive around 19 or 1030am, weather permitting). Lunch available at Lion’s Cook Shack. PIC free. Sponsored by Sandhills EAA Chapter 804. Contact Jack Flannery at 402-340-0388.

10/8/2018
Meeting of the Sioux Falls Ballooning Club
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street) Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

    http://www.sfballooning.org
10/9/2018
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
Rapid City (RAP), SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

6:30pm hangar talk and 7:00pm meeting. 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

10/13/2018
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Sidney (SNY), NE
 
Time: 
7:00am-noon
 
Details: 

Hosted by Western Nebraska Community College's Voc-Air Flying Club at NE's only Airframe and Powerplant School. Free to PIC. Adults $8; children under 12 $4.00 Open house, Young Eagle flights for kids 8-17 years old. Contact 308-254-7448.

10/13/2018
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: 

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

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com/CAF-JoeFoss_Splash.html
10/20/2018
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. Always the 3rd Saturday.

    http://eaa569.org
10/20/2018
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. Always the THIRD Saturday of the month.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
10/21/2018
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
terminal at Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Meeting theme: "Fall Fling" 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.

10/24/2018
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: “ASI Investigates Weather Accidents.” Weather is often blamed as the cause of accidents when, in reality, it’s poor decision making that’s the culprit. Arm yourself to make the right weather choices at crucial moments before and during flight.

10/28/2018
Fly-in Breakfast Special
 
Location: 
Barnstormers Family Bar & Grill in the old airport terminal, Norfolk (OFK), NE
 
Time: 
4th Sunday of the month, 10:00am – 1:30pm
 
Details: 

PICs at the control's get 50% off the meal price. Barnstormers at 402-316-4099 (from Nebraska PIREPS newsletter August-September 2018).

    https://www.barnstormersfamilybargrill.com/
11/1/2018 to 11/29/2018
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.

11/1/2018 to 11/30/2018
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/
11/2/2018 to 11/30/2018
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.

11/3/2018
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

11/10/2018
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
11/10/2018
SDPA Meeting
 
Location: 
Mitchell Airport (MHE), SD, at Dakota Flight Center
 
Time: 
11:00am
 
Details: 

11:00am: Scott Dorwart will talk about the Dakota Flight Center. Noon: lunch with pizza & pop: $5.00 per person. 1:00pm SDPA meeting with cookies. Contact Steve Hamilton for more information at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

11/13/2018
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
Rapid City (RAP), SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm hangar talk and 7:00pm meeting
 
Details: 

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

11/17/2018
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. Always the THIRD Saturday of the month

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
4/13/2019
Annual SDSU Flying Jacks airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Brookings (BKX), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am until noon
 
Details: 

Free-will donation (pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee, water). Contact: flyingjacks.sdsu@gmail.com [2018-2019 Flying Jacks President Jacob Fouberg]

6/1/2019 to 6/2/2019
“Defenders of Freedom” Air show
 
Location: 
Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue, NE
 
Details: 

Featuring U.S. Thunderbirds. More information in the far, far, future at http://www.offuttairshow.com.

    http://www.offuttairshow.com

 

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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