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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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Aviation Events

7/3/2014 to 7/31/2014
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
7/4/2014 to 7/25/2014
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.

 
7/12/2014 to 7/13/2014
Chicken Days
 
Location: 
Wayne (LCG), NE
 
Details: 

Saturday 7: free rides to town for the Chicken Days omelet feed 7:30-9:30am at Bressler Park (free omelets to fly-ins). Chicken Day Parade at 9:30am. Young Eagle rides 10:00 am to 1:00pm.
Sunday 10:00am-1:00pm food available at airport – Fly-ins FREE. Introductory flights available. Sunday: food available from 10:00am to1:00pm (Free to fly-ins). Growing Motors Car Show 9:00am-1:00pm at airport. Last Cluck 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 s during the celebration.

    http://www.chickenshow.com
 
7/13/2014 to 7/16/2014
South Dakota ACE Camp held
 
Location: 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
 
Details: 

$350 / student. Tours include Sioux Falls FAA Control Tower and Radar Approach Control Facility, Sioux Falls Air National Guard, 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.

 
7/14/2014
Sioux Falls Ballooning Club meeting
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
7/16/2014
Monthly Potluck Cookout
 
Location: 
Vermillion (VMR), SD (Denny Martens hangar)
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Storytelling and world problem solving. Bring some food to share.

 
7/17/2014
Plane Fun
 
Location: 
Hillsboro (3H4), ND
 
Time: 
5:00pm to sundown
 
Details: 

Brats, Burgers & Beans. Contact Larry Mueller at 701-430-1444 or Aimee 701-636-1113

 
7/19/2014
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
 
7/19/2014
Monthly fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

All you can eat pancakes plus a serving of eggs, sausage, with juice, coffee, or milk for a suggested donation of $5.00. Bring a friend and join the breakfast guests for a good time. Contact Gary Pelach at 605-310-9984.

 
7/19/2014
FAA Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
Custer County Airport (CUT), SD
 
Time: 
9:00-11:30am
 
Details: 

Steven R. Hoogerhyde, FAASTeam Program Manager – Operations, Rapid City, will present "Effective Communications" and "The Benefits of Registering with www.FAASafety.gov". Register at www.faasafety.gov. Contact Hoogerhyde at (605) 737-3024.

    http://www.faasafety.gov
 
7/19/2014
Camping, Picnic and Flix Movie: ‘The High and The Mighty’
 
Location: 
Mandan Airport (Y19), ND
 
Details: 

6:00-7:00pm Burgers-salad, 8:00pm Movie, 10:00pm Plane-side tent camping. You don’t need a plane! Contact: Jim Lawler (701) 391-1394

 
7/19/2014 to 7/20/2014
Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show
 
Location: 
Offutt AFB, Bellevue, NE
 
Time: 
Gates open 9:00am to 5:00pm
 
Details: 

Lots of performers and displays. Food and beverages available – NO COOLERS, BACKPACKS, or PETS.

    http://www.offuttairshow.com
 
7/25/2014 to 8/4/2014
AirVenture Poromiton
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney “Yankton” Airport (KYKN), SD
 
Details: 

Chan Gurney “Yankton” Airport (KYKN), SD, is a great place to stop on your way to and from Oshkosh. 390NM W/SW of OSH. Yankton EAA Chapter 1029 and the Yankton Regional Aviation Association are sponsoring FREE food and drinks from Thursday, July 25 through Monday, August 4 for flyers. We have 24-hour charge card fuel for Avgas and JetA, 24-hour restrooms, Internet computer / printer, WiFi, cable TV, shower in “crash building” next to terminal (bring your own towel & soap), “on-airport” camping allowed, 6 tie-downs in front of the terminal (2 in the grass) and 3 more north of the barrel hangar (NO TIE DOWN FEES), ramp space for large aircraft (i.e., DC-3s), and two crew cars. Local hotels include Kelly Inn Best Western (free shuttle) 605-665-2900; Holiday Inn Express (605-665-3177); Super 8 (605-665-6510); Days Inn (605-665-8717). Airport phone 605-661-9223.

 
7/26/2014 to 7/27/2014
AirVenture Cup Race
 
Location: 
Mitchell (MHE), SD
 
Details: 

Pilots then set course, throttle wide open, to the finish line in Wausau, WI. Racers arrive on 7/24-25 and the race starts at ~9:00am on Sunday, 7/27. Airport breakfast from 8:00 to 10:30am, and brats & hamburgers from 11:00am to 3:00pm. SDPA will have displays. Young Eagle rides will be given on July 26 from 9:00am to 5:00pm by EAA Chapter 289. Sponsors include Wright Brothers Aviation, Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the SD Aeronautics Commission (http://www.airventurecup.com)

 
7/30/2014 to 8/1/2014
Cessna 150-152 Club National Fly-in and Convention
 
Location: 
Clinton (CWI), IA
 
Details: 

Confab in the Corn: You can attend a Seminar, go for a Spin, or fly in our Nerf Drop and Spot Landing Contest. We also have a Poker Run, Performance Rally, and an Aerial Scavenger Hunt. Trophies and prizes for the winners. Camp under the wing, or stay in one of the many hotel rooms nearby, with free transportation. Good Food, Good Flying, Great Fun. Contact Mark Buchner at 301-275-2476.

    http://www.cessna150152flyin.org/
 
8/1/2014 to 8/29/2014
Weekly Friday Gathering of HSR Wind Socks
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HSR), SD
 
Time: 
9:30am to 11:30am
 
Details: 

Coffee, treats & conversation. Come join us for some hangar flying. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

 
8/2/2014
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. email Rod Matlock at redoakrod@stewireless.com

 
8/7/2014 to 8/10/2014
Fly-in at North Dakota Badlands
 
Location: 
Grassy Butte, ND, 15 miles West
 
Details: 

Camping available (rough camping, no faculties). Location: 301 Canyon Creek Road, Grassy Butte, ND 58634 is located between north and south units of Theodore Roosevelt Park. Contact Jerry Stenehjem at 701-590-0803 or jrs@ndsupernet.com

 
8/7/2014 to 8/28/2014
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
8/8/2014 to 8/10/2014
Webster / Waubay Water World Fly-In
 
Location: 
Webster (1D7), SD
 
Details: 

Contact Wes Williams at wjwms@abe.midco.net or 605-345-3480.

 
8/9/2014
Young Eagles Rally
 
Location: 
Flandreau (4P3), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am to noon
 
Details: 

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

 
8/9/2014 to 8/10/2014
Quad City Air Show
 
Location: 
Davenport Airport (DVN), IA.
 
Details: 

Featuring F-22 Raptor and numerous air show acts. Advance tickets prices start at $5.00 for youth (4-10 years old; under 3 free) and $15 for adults.

    http://www.quadcityairshow.com
 
8/11/2014
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
 
8/15/2014 to 8/17/2014
Annual Great Plains Balloon Race
 
Location: 
Kenny Anderson Park, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

Launches at 6:00am and 7:00pm – depending on weather. (A backup flight if Saturday’s flights are cancelled is scheduled for Sunday at 6:00am.

    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
8/16/2014
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
 
8/16/2014
Monthly fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

All you can eat pancakes plus a serving of eggs, sausage, with juice, coffee, or milk for a suggested donation of $5.00. Bring a friend and join the breakfast guests for a good time. Contact Gary Pelach at 605-310-9984.

 
8/16/2014
Camping, Picnic and Flix Movie: ‘High Road to China’
 
Location: 
Mandan Airport (Y19), ND
 
Details: 

6:00-7:00pm – Burgers-salad, 8:00pm – Movie, 10:00pm – Plane-side tent camping. You don’t need a plane! Contact Jim Lawler at 701-391-1394.

 
8/16/2014
Open House
 
Location: 
Ellsworth AFB, SD
 
Details: 

Point of Contact: Lt Shawn "Puffy" Combes 34th Bomb Squadron/DOT at 605-385-6072.

 
8/17/2014
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Mankato (MKT), MN
 
Time: 
7:30am-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. Live music complements the Mary Guentzel Quintet. Contact: John Barsness at 507-345-1510.

 
8/20/2014
Monthly Potluck Cookout
 
Location: 
Vermillion (VMR), SD (Denny Martens hangar)
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Storytelling and world problem solving. Bring some food to share.

 
8/22/2014 to 8/24/2014
Nebraska Chapter of the Antique Aircraft Association fly-in
 
Location: 
Minden (0V3; Nebraska Pioneer Village Field), NE
 
Details: 

Friday – noon lunch; 2:00pm registration opens; 7:00pm free “Cream Can” supper for registered guests. Saturday – 8:00am fly-in BIG breakfast (biscuits & gravy, eggs, hash browns, etc) and lunch burgers & chips, 1:30pm NE Chapter of AAA meeting. 3:00pm judging closes: all planes will be judged. 6:00pm social hour followed by banquet and awards. Sunday is fun flying and departure day -- breakfast on your own. Contact Todd Harders at 308-380-5079.

    http://neantiqueairplaneminden.com/
 
8/23/2014
Iowa PilotPalooza
 
Location: 
Boone Airport (BNW), IA.
 
Time: 
2:00pm – 8:00pm
 
Details: 

For pilots, by pilots: Socialize, pilot forums, aircraft for sale, homebuilt projects, food available for purchase, overnight camping, laugh and learn! Bring potential pilots! Contact Chuck McDonald at 515-964-1398 or Email: chuckdsmcc@aol.com

 
8/24/2014
Open House & BBQ supper
 
Location: 
Milnor (4R6), ND
 
Time: 
4:00pm to dark (rain or shine)
 
Details: 

Contact: Mark Gainor (701) 680-1001.

 
8/24/2014
Fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
Fremont (FET), NE
 
Time: 
7:30am 11:30am
 
Details: 

PIC free; others $6.00. Sponsored by Fremont Rotary Club.

 
8/24/2014
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Greenfield (GFZ), IA
 
Time: 
7:30-11:00am
 
Details: 

PIC FREE. The Iowa Aviation Museum is on the field. Contact Lee Ann Nelson at 641-343-7184. [always the last Sunday in August]

    http://www.flyingmuseum.com
 
8/24/2014
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.

 
8/27/2014 to 9/1/2014
Antique Aircraft Association Fly-in
 
Location: 
Blakesburg (IA27, Antique Airfield), IA
 
Details: 

HOME of the Antique Aircraft Association. The Blakesburg fly-in does require membership in the AAA.

    http://www.antiqueairfield.com/
 
8/31/2014
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

 
9/3/2014 to 9/6/2014
398th Bomb Group Reunion
 
Location: 
Rapid City, SD
 
Details: 

Details at http://www.398th.org/

    http://www.398th.org/
 
9/4/2014 to 9/25/2014
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
9/5/2014 to 9/26/2014
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.

 
9/6/2014
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. email Rod Matlock at redoakrod@stewireless.com

 
9/6/2014
Airport breakfast & Open House
 
Location: 
Council Bluffs (CBF), NE
 
Time: 
Breakfast 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
 
9/6/2014
Wheels & Wings Air Show
 
Location: 
Valley City (BAC), ND
 
Details: 

(Rain Day Sep 7) Contact Shawn Anderson at 701-840-2029 Or Dennis Helland at 701-840-0105.

 
9/6/2014
Young Eagles Rally
 
Location: 
Watertown (ATY), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am to noon
 
Details: 

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

 
9/6/2014
Young Eagles Rally
 
Location: 
Watertown (ATY), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am to noon
 
Details: 

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

 
9/12/2014 to 9/14/2014
North Central Plains Ultralite Club fly-in
 
Location: 
Kimball (6A6), SD
 
Details: 

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

 
9/13/2014
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Lisbon (6L3), ND
 
Time: 
8:00am-noon
 
Details: 

Contact Larry Ketterling at 701-680-2115.

 
9/13/2014
75th Anniversary celebration of the
 
Location: 
Joe Foss Field – Sioux Falls Airport (FSD), SD
 
Details: 

Vintage aircraft fly-in and open house at Maverick Air Center. Tours of aircraft and aircraft rides will be available. Vintage civilian and military aircraft will be on static display. Saturday night a 1940s theme hangar dance will be hosted by the Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force. More details in the future.

 
9/14/2014
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.

 
9/20/2014
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Beulah (95D), ND
 
Time: 
8:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Free breakfast. Contact Kevin Lee at 701-870-2311.

 
9/20/2014
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
 
9/20/2014
Monthly fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

All you can eat pancakes plus a serving of eggs, sausage, with juice, coffee, or milk for a suggested donation of $5.00. Bring a friend and join the breakfast guests for a good time. Contact Gary Pelach at 605-310-9984.

 
9/21/2014
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Enderlin (5N4), ND
 
Time: 
8:00am-noon
 
Details: 

In conjunction with Enderlin's Sun-Fest Days. Contact Bobby Geske at701-799-6082.

 
9/22/2014 to 9/23/2014
2014 AAND/SDAMA Fall Airports Seminar
 
Location: 
Bismarck, ND
 
Details: 

Location: Radisson Hotel. Registration will take place at a later date via this link:
http://www.faa.gov/airports/great_lakes/about_airports/bis_ado/bis_ado_web/
Contact: Tim Thorsen at 701-355-1808.

    http://www.faa.gov/airports/great_lakes/about_airports/bis_ado/bis_ado_web/
 
10/2/2014 to 10/30/2014
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
10/3/2014 to 10/31/2014
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.

 
10/4/2014
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. email Rod Matlock at redoakrod@stewireless.com

 
10/18/2014 to 10/19/2014
FAA Approved Flight Instructor Refresher Course
 
Location: 
Fort Pierre, SD, at the Holiday Inn Express - Ft Pierre (110 E Stanley Road)
 
Time: 
8:00am to 6:00pm each day
 
Details: 

This course has a cost. Renew your flight instructor certificate quickly and easily, earn a CFI certificate renewal in only two days (8:00am to 6:00pm each day). Course taught by Allan Jerome Skramstad (Phone: (701) 238-6304 or email: askramstad@ideaone.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

  • Cherokee (CKP), IA, Danny’s Sport Spot located about 1-2 blocks from airport (easy walk).
  • Mason City (MCW), IA, The Lighthouse, located on the field. 5:00am-11:00pm (515-421-9553).

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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