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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

3/1/2017 to 3/31/2017
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/
3/2/2017 to 3/30/2017
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

3/3/2017 to 3/31/2017
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.

3/18/2017
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
3/19/2017
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Theme: "Annual Chili Feed." 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.

3/21/2017
Pilot Safety Meeting
 
Location: 
Carroll (CIN), IA
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Potluck soup at 6:00pm; safety meeting at 6:30-9:00pm. Contact Chris Manthe at 515-289-4821.

3/21/2017
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 39 Club House, Rapid City Airport (RAP), SD
 
Details: 

6:30pm 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 John Glasford: 605-718-7352 or president@eaa39.org

3/22/2017
Inspection Authorization Renewal seminar
 
Location: 
WestJet Air Center (4220 Westjet Drive), Rapid City, SD
 
Time: 
starts at 8:00am
 
Details: 

8-hour seminar starting at 08:00 Mountain Daylight Time. Various speakers. There is a cost for this event which includes lunch and all other fees. $30 if registered before March 15th. $35 if registered after March 15th. Registration can be completed at: https://www.maf.org/iarenewal-rc Contact Jeffry Boe at (701) 492-5817 or email jeffry.r.boe@faa.gov

    https://www.maf.org/iarenewal-rc
3/25/2017
Rusty Pilots Program
 
Location: 
Leading Edge Aviation at Spencer (SPW), IA
 
Time: 
9:00am to noon
 
Details: 

Free for AOPA members, $69 for non-members. Contact: RustyPilots@AOPA.org

3/29/2017 to 3/30/2017
SD Airports Conference
 
Location: 
Highland Conference Center, 2000 Highland Way, Mitchell, SD, located south of I-90 and east of Highway 37.
 
Time: 
all day
 
Details: 

Mar 29-30, 2017: SD Airports Conference will be held The Highland Conference Center is connected by breezeways to both the Comfort Inn & Suites and the Hampton Inn. Both hotels have a block of rooms reserved under “SDDOT.” Rooms will be a the group rate of $89 (plus tax) at both hotels for the week of the conference. Conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. A $85 registration fee includes breaks, lunch, dinner and breakfast for each person on Wednesday & Thursday. Questions? Call 605-773-4430 or email Jennifer at Jennifer.Boehm@state.sd.us

Sponsor meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Registration information will be mailed out in early January. Conference topics being planned include NOTAM Manager System, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Powder River Update, Small Community Air Service Working Group, Aeronautics Commission roles, and Aviation Industry in South Dakota.

4/1/2017
Annual Chili Fly-in
 
Location: 
Greenfield (GFZ), IA
 
Time: 
11:00am-2:00pm
 
Details: 

Adults $7.50, under 12 $4.00; price includes tour of the Iowa Aviation Museum (641-343-7184). Proceeds to museum. http://www.flyingmuseum.com Contact Greg Schildberg at 641-343-7184.

    http://www.flyingmuseum.com
4/1/2017
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

4/1/2017 to 4/30/2017
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/
4/6/2017 to 4/27/2017
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

4/7/2017 to 4/28/2017
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.

4/8/2017
SDPA meeting & presentation by Brian Utley
 
Location: 
Sioux Falls (FSD), SD, at Maverick Air Center (4201 North Maverick Place)
 
Time: 
11:00am
 
Details: 

11:00am: Program by Brian Utley about officiating for Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space. Felix is best known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on 14 October 2012. Doing so, he set world records for skydiving an estimated 39 km (24 mi), reaching an estimated top speed of 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph), or Mach 1.25. He became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power relative to the surface on his descent. He broke skydiving records for exit altitude, vertical freefall distance without drogue, and vertical speed without drogue. Brian’s talk would include a video of Felix’s jump.
Agenda: 11:00am Brian Utley; Noon: pizza & pop lunch ($5.00 per person); 1:00pm presentation about the Joe Foss Squadron to guests; 1:30pm presentation about the SDPA to the Joe Foss Squadron; 2:00pm SDPA meeting. For more information, contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

    http://www.sdpilots.org
4/8/2017
Monthly Meeting of the Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force
 
Location: 
Maverick Air Center (4201 Maverick Place), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
10:00am
 
Details: 

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

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com/CAF-JoeFoss_Splash.html
4/12/2017
AOPA Air Safety Institute safety seminar title “Nontowered Case Studies”
 
Location: 
Bellevue West High School , 1501 Thurston Avenue, Main Cafeteria , Bellevue, NE 68123
 
Time: 
7:00pm – 9:00pm
 
Details: 

Presented by Jeanne Willerth, AOPA Air Safety Institute. Flying at nontowered fields is a balancing act. Especially on busy days, it demands concentration, communication, sharp eyes, solid stick-and-rudder skills, and the ability to improvise at a moment’s notice. Sometimes the margin for error can be very slim. With that in mind, ASI’s new seminar turns a spotlight on real-life accidents in the nontowered environment. Together with our expert presenters, you’ll play the role of accident investigator—starting at the crash scene and working backwards through physical evidence, eyewitness testimony, and other leads to figure out what went wrong, and why.

4/15/2017
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. Always the 3rd Saturday.

    http://eaa569.org
4/15/2017
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. Always the THIRD Saturday of the month.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
4/16/2017
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.

4/21/2017 to 4/22/2017
Soaring Days
 
Location: 
Watertown (ATY), SD
 
Details: 

Sponsored by LATI Aviation Maintenance Technology Program staff & students and glider owners & pilots. The goal of the event was to introduce people to soaring and aviation. Friday, April 21 will be dedicated to glider safety briefings for air and ground crew, ground launch training, and rides for the A&P students. April 22 will be public relations rides. A brochure / agenda for the event is being developed. Contact Greg Klein at 605-882-6311 or email kleing@lakeareatech.edu

4/22/2017
Annual SDSU Flying Jacks Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Brookings (BKX), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am until noon
 
Details: 

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

4/29/2017 to 4/30/2017
Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering
 
Location: 
Golden Wings Air Museum (8797 Airport Road), Anoka County-Blaine Airport (ANE), MN (about 10 miles north of Minneapolis)
 
Details: 

April 29: 9:00am-9:00pm; April 30: 1:51pm-2:51pm. Email info@mnpilots.org; 763-494-7744; www.facebook.com/mnpilots;

    http://www.mnpilots.org
5/6/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Pella (PEA), IA
 
Time: 
7:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Pella Tulip Festival. PIC FREE. Also free shuttle to town on May 4, 5, 6.

    http://www.pellatuliptime.com
5/6/2017
Fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
Boone Airport (BNW), IA
 
Time: 
7:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Pilot in command eats free. Contact 515-432-1018 or email: defarnham@msn.com

5/6/2017
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

5/7/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Grafton (GAF), ND
 
Time: 
8:00am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

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

5/13/2017
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
5/20/2017
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
6/4/2017
Flight breakfast
 
Location: 
Audubon (ADU), IA
 
Time: 
6:30-10:30am
 
Details: 

FREE to all fly-ins. Contact Barbara Smith at 712-563-3780 or audchmbr@iowatelecom.net

6/18/2017 to 6/21/2017
Minnkota Convention for the Flying Farmers and Ranchers
 
Location: 
Thunderstik Lodge, Chamberlain, SD. (http://www.thunderstik.com)
 
Details: 

Contact Marilyn Arneson (newsletter editor) at arnesonfarms@invisimax.com

6/24/2017
25th Nebraska State fly-in
 
Location: 
Norfolk (OFK), NE
 
Details: 

EAA chapter will host an airport breakfast. Airshow being planned. More information at airportofk@cableone.net or 402-841-5130.

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
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: 

Typically $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.

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/
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
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

9/16/2017
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/

 

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: open 4:00-10:00pm daily. (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

  • 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/)
  • Ortonville (VVV), MN, Matado Supper Club located across from turf strip runway (open Sunday evenings).

Nebraska

  • Closed 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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