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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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Aviation Events

5/1/2016 to 5/31/2016
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/
5/5/2016 to 5/26/2016
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

5/6/2016 to 5/27/2016
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.

5/9/2016
Sioux Falls Ballooning Club Meeting
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street) Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

(typically 2nd Monday)

    http://www.sfballooning.org
5/10/2016
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
EAA Chpater 39 Club House on Rapid City Regional Airprot, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39 on the Rapid City (RAP), SD. 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 The meeting will start at 7, followed by a presentation by Rob Burton about the Freeman Company. He will also have some freebiess you can look over and take if you wish..

5/15/2016
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. "FLY-A-MEMBER event. Pilots are encouraged to park their planes in front of the terminal prior to the YRAA meeting if they are willing to give rides to YRAA members starting at about 7:00pm. Contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

5/18/2016
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. 3rd Wednesday.

5/21/2016
Monthly Airport 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
5/28/2016
“Aviation Appreciation” Lunch
 
Location: 
Spencer (SPW), IA
 
Time: 
10am to 1:00pm
 
Details: 

Promoting the Spirit of Aviation. Burgers, cold salads, and drink. Free-will donation accepted. Held in the hangars northeast of the fuel pumps. General discussion begins 8:00am. Lunch served 10:00am to 1:00pm. Static displays: Zenith 750 Project, T-Bird, Alon Aircoupe, Stinson 108, Cessna, Piper, Beech, and many others. Leading Edge Aviation giving 10-cent discount on avgas. Contact Layton Vick at 712-320-5282 or lcvii@movindirt.com.

6/1/2016 to 6/30/2016
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/
6/2/2016 to 6/30/2016
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

6/3/2016 to 6/24/2016
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.

6/4/2016
Airport Breakfast & Dedication of new General Aviation / SRE building
 
Location: 
Clark (8D7), SD
 
Details: 

Planning a breakfast with free-will donation.

6/4/2016
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

6/5/2016
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

6/10/2016 to 6/11/2016
Airport Weekend
 
Location: 
Alexandria (AXN), MN
 
Details: 

June 10: 7-11pm; Live classic rock music by The Issue ; Food and drinks available for purchase by Angelina's. June 11: 8am-12pm ; Pancake breakfast served by EAA Chapter 702. Airplane rides available through Alexandria Aviation. Local airport businesses on display. Static aircraft displays . Overnight camping is permitted - "primitive" camping (no showers available). Terminal will be open for restroom use. Contact: Kreg Anderson (320) 760-7175.

6/10/2016 to 6/11/2016
24th Annual Nebraska State Fly-In and Air Show
 
Location: 
Cozad (CZD), NE
 
Details: 

June 10: Pre-show Dinner & Entertainment 6:30 - 9:00pm, airport grounds. Funds raised from ticket sales will be used to help fund expenses. Tickets: $30 per person. Checks made out to "Nebraska State Fly-In" and mailed to Mid-State Aviation, P.O. Box 458, Cozad NE 69130. Hotel Accommodations: Rodeway Inn 308-784-4900, Special rate. Overnight camping available on airport premises.

June 11: Breakfast 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. for fly-in's. Event Opens to Public: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. Off-site parking with shuttle. Exhibitors & Vendors. Tribute to all service men and women. Tandem skydiving. Air Show. Souvenir T-shirt w/ logo for sale. Youth activities: rock climbing wall, jumping castle, face-painting.

6/11/2016
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
[2nd Saturday]

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com/CAF-JoeFoss_Splash.html
6/11/2016
Young Eagles Rally
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), 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

6/11/2016
“Airport Family Fund Day”
 
Location: 
Scottsbluff (BFF), NE
 
Details: 

Breakfast 8:00-10:00am. Lunch 10:30am – 1:00pm. Hosted by EAA Chapter 806. Nebraska KC-135 and USAF helicopters. Static displays. Young Eagle rides.

6/11/2016
SDPA meeting & program
 
Location: 
SD Air & Space Museum, Box Elder, SD
 
Details: 

Eat lunch on your own or join us at 11:30am at Hardee’s at the Love’s Truck Stop at exit 67 off Interstate 90: I-90 eastbound traffic use Exit 67B and follow the signs to the museum. I-90 westbound traffic use Exit 67 and follow the signs to the museum. 12:30pm presentation by Chuck Childs of Rapid City on his experience during the Berlin Airlift following WWII. 1:30pm SDPA meeting with cookies.

6/12/2016
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Fergus Falls (FFM), MN
 
Time: 
8:00am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

Dad’s Belgian Waffles, sausages & beverage. Cost: Adults 13 & up $8.00, Ages 6-12 $6.00, Ages 5 and under eat Free!

    http://eaa1174.com
6/12/2016
“Planes & Pancakes” Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Time: 
8:00-11:30am
 
Details: 

Open House. Free transportation to downtown Mandan's annual Buggies-n-Blues festival. Enjoy 500 classic cars, live music, and great food! Contact Jim Lawler at 701-391-1394.

6/12/2016
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Spencer (SPW), IA
 
Time: 
7:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Free to fly-ins. Contact: Gayle Brandt (712-262-1000).

6/12/2016
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Denison (DNS), IA
 
Time: 
8:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Contact John Amdor at 712-265-1608.

6/13/2016
Sioux Falls Ballooning Club Meeting
 
Location: 
Oak View Branch Library (3700 E. 3rd Street) Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

(typically 2nd Monday)

    http://www.sfballooning.org
6/18/2016
Monthly Airport 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
6/18/2016
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
6/19/2016
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Annual Hamburger & Hot Dog Grill Out. 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

6/20/2016 to 6/22/2016
Flying Farmers & Ranchers MINNKOTA Convention
 
Location: 
Jackson, MN
 
Details: 

Convention at the American Inn (507-847-2444). Tours being planned include Ametek Engineered Medical Components, and Hitch Doc. Contact Gloria Reed at 605-349-8313.

6/25/2016
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Hastings (HSI), NE
 
Time: 
7:30 to 10:30am
 
Details: 

Free to PIC; others free-will donation (suggest $5.00). Sponsored by Hastings Airport Association (not Authority). Contact Aaron Schardt at 402-363-1526.

    http://www.flyhastings.com/
6/25/2016 to 6/26/2016
Quad City Air Show
 
Location: 
Davenport (DVN), IA
 
Time: 
8:00am to 5:00pm
 
Details: 


    http://www.quadcityairshow.com
6/26/2016
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Fairmont (FRM), MN
 
Time: 
7:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

PIC Free. Pancakes, eggs, sausage. Wayne Kahler at 507-236-3604.

6/26/2016
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Pender (0C4), NE
 
Time: 
8:00am-noon
 
Details: 

FREE to PIC. Contact Paul Peters at 402-380-9882 or ppeters@skyww.net

7/2/2016
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

7/9/2016
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
7/10/2016
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

7/16/2016
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
7/21/2016
Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is hosting a “PARTY LIKE IT'S 1945 ~ CAF HANGAR DANCE 2016.”
 
Location: 
Maverick Air Center (4201 Maverick Place), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

Relive the excitement and glamour of the big band era at the areas only 1940s-style hangar dance. Door Opens at 7:00pm. Free Swing Dance Lessons provided by Date Night Dance Company at 7:00pm. Dance goes till 11:00pm! Cash bar and light appetizers available. Music by The Gale Pifer Orchestra. $20 per person in advance / $25 at the door. WWII aircraft and vehicles will be on display! For tickets and more information go to www.cafjoefoss.com

7/21/2016 to 7/24/2016
South Dakota ACE Camp
 
Location: 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.
 
Details: 

Tuition $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.

7/23/2016 to 7/24/2016
Sioux Falls “Power on the Prairie” Air Show
 
Location: 
Sioux Falls (FSD), SD
 
Time: 
8:30am - 5:00pm
 
Details: 

Featuring the Blue Angels. Other performers include Jack Link's Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco, Kent Pietsch’s Comedy Small Single Engine Aircraft, U.S. Marine Corps Harrier Demo of VSTOL (Vertical Short Takeoff and Landing), Vanguard Squadron, South Dakota Air National Guard (F-16s), and U.S. Air Force F-16 demo. 2016 is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the South Dakota Air national Guard (SDANG).
Gates open at 8:30am and shuttles begin both days; gates close at 5:00pm. Free admission.
There is a long list of historic aircraft lined up for display: B-17, B-25, F4F, P-40, P-51, PBM, and more. Should be a great air show to go see.
DO’s: The following items will be allowed into the SDANG open house / airshow: Lawn Chairs in bags (subject to search), Sun screen, Earplugs, Brimmed Hats, Sunglasses, Camera or Video Camera, Small Purses, Hand Bags and Fanny Packs (all will be subject to hand search at security checkpoints), Umbrellas, Strollers, and Cell Phones.
DON’TS: The following items will not be allowed into the SDANG open house / airshow: Coolers (no outside food or beverage are allowed), Backpacks, Weapons, Hand held Laser Pointers, Boom Boxes, Canopies or tents, 2-Way Communication Devices, Pets (service animals are allowed), Large Purses or Tote Bags, Don’t bring wagons or other child carrying items that are non-collapsible.

    http://siouxfallsairshow.com/contactus.html
7/23/2016 to 7/24/2016
AirVenture Cup Cross-Country Air Race
 
Location: 
Mitchell (MHE), SD
 
Details: 

Racers arrive on 7/22-23 and the race starts at ~9:00am on Sunday, 7/24. July 23: Open house at Mitchell Airport. Food & drink available. Young Eagle rides will be given from 10:00am to 4:00pm by EAA Chapter 289. Sponsors include Wright Brothers Aviation and Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau. (http://www.airventurecup.com)

    http://www.airventurecup.com
7/27/2016 to 7/29/2016
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/
8/19/2016 to 8/21/2016
Annual Great Plains Balloon Race
 
Location: 
Kenny Anderson Park, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

Launches at Aug 19 at 7:00pm; Aug 20 at 6:30am & 7:00pm, also Balloon Glow at 8:30pm; Aug 21 at 6:30am – all depending on weather.

    http://www.sfballooning.org
8/28/2016
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Fremont (FET), NE
 
Time: 
7:00am noon
 
Details: 

PIC free, others $10. Sponsored by Fremont Rotary Club. Contact Brian Newton at 765-894-6845 or newt@bright.net

8/31/2016 to 9/5/2016
Antique Aircraft Association Fly-in
 
Location: 
Blakesburg (IA27, Antique Airfield), IA
 
Details: 

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

    http://www.antiqueairfield.com/
9/10/2016
Fly-in / Drive-in Supper
 
Location: 
Barnes County Airport (BAC), Valley City, ND
 
Time: 
3:00 - 5:00pm
 
Details: 

free-will donation supper. Contact bryn@ictc.com

9/11/2016
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.

10/15/2016
Chili Fly-in / Drive-in
 
Location: 
Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Time: 
11:00am–2:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by EAA Chapter 1008. Contact Jim Lawler 701-391-1394.

 

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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