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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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Aviation Events

5/1/2020 to 8/31/2020
CHECK FOR CANCELATIONS BEFORE GOING TO AN EVENT OR MEETING
 
Location: 
EVERYWHERE
 
Time: 
CANCELATIONS
 
Details: 

Check the status of meetings or events with the contact or organizer before going -- due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe.

7/1/2020 to 7/31/2020
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, Lincoln County Airport, Miller Airport, Mitchell Airport, Pierre Airport, Sioux Falls Airport, and Spearfish Airport. For meetings times, specific locations, and contact information, go to https://sdwg.cap.gov/command/squadrons

    https://sdwg.cap.gov/command/squadrons
7/1/2020 to 7/31/2020
CLOSED -- SD Air & Space Museum: inside galley and gift shop
 
Location: 
SD Air & Space Museum, Box Elder, SD
 
Details: 

Until further notice the inside gallery & gift shop of the SD Air & Space Museum is closed. The outside air park displays will remain open to the public Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For further information, contact John Mollison at 605-261-6070 or john@johnmollison.com

7/2/2020
RESCHEDULED TO FUTURE DATE;;;;;Unveiling of “The Eagles Gallery”
 
Location: 
Pierre Regional Airport, SD
 
Time: 
RESCHEDULED TO FUTURE DATE;;;;;5:00 PM
 
Details: 

RESCHEDULED TO FUTURE DATE;;;;;Unveiling of “The Eagles Gallery,” artwork featuring the aircraft flown by four highly decorated South Dakota WWII veterans was unveiled at a public ceremony held at the Pierre Regional Airport at 5:00 PM. The four art pieces, created by South Dakotan artist, writer and filmmaker John Mollison, honored the two South Dakotan “Doolittle Raiders ” (Henry Potter of Pierre and Don Smith of Oldham), Harold Thune, father of Senator John Thune, and Navy Cross recipient, Curtis Cameron. The art accompanied the existing art honoring Battle of Midway hero, John Waldron. A special presentation to The Eagles Gallery will be Curtis Cameron’s actual Navy Cross by the Cameron family. Refreshments were served from 4:30 to 5:15 PM. For information on the event, contact Rotary Club of Pierre/Fort Pierre Representative Larry Lyngstad, 605.280.3119 or John Mollison, john@johnmollison.com, 605.261.6070

7/2/2020 to 7/30/2020
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.

7/3/2020 to 7/31/2020
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. The first Friday of every month we have fresh baked Carmel rolls. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

7/11/2020
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Sturgis (49B), SD
 
Time: 
8:00 AM to ~10:00 AM (rain or shine)
 
Details: 

Free-will donation. Sponsored by C&B Aviation. Contact Roger Burnham at 605-347-1050 or Bruce Bowen at 605-490-1139.

7/11/2020
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
7/12/2020
CANCELED -- Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Flandreau (4P3), SD
 
Details: 

CANCELED -- Airport breakfast

7/12/2020 to 7/15/2020
CANCELED -- South Dakota ACE Camp
 
Location: 
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
 
Time: 
CANCELED
 
Details: 

CANCELED -- Typically $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 Sam Bjornestad at SDSU 605-688-5196 or acecamp@sdstate.edu. Application deadline is typically June 30. Requests for tuition assistance on application is typically mid-June. Tuition scholarships from the South Dakota Pilots Association and the Yankton Regional Aviation Association. Applications and more information at https://www.sdstate.edu/consumer-sciences/ace-camp

    https://www.sdstate.edu/consumer-sciences/ace-camp
7/14/2020
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
Black Hills EAA Chapter 39 Club House on the Rapid City Airport (RAP), SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

6:30pm hangar talk and 7:00pm program followed by meeting. Please bring a salad, dessert, or munchies to share. 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 Josh Scott at president@eaa39.org

    http://www.39.eaachapter.org/
7/14/2020
Monthly meeting of Norfolk EAA Chapter 918
 
Location: 
Norfolk (OFK), NE, in the FBO building
 
Time: 
7:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Bruce Zimmerrman at 402-675-7765 or bzimmerman@bcmutual.com

7/18/2020
CANCELED == Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

CANCELED -- Featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage, with juice, coffee, or milk for a suggested donation of $7.00; 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
7/18/2020
Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Crete (CEK), NE
 
Time: 
8:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Plane talk & great food. Suggested donation of $5.00. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 569. http://eaa569.org Always the 3rd Saturday.

    http://eaa569.org
7/18/2020 to 7/19/2020
CANCELED -- AirVenture Cup Cross-Country Air Race from Mitchell (MHE), SD, to Wausau, WI
 
Location: 
Mitchell (MHE), SD
 
Details: 

CANCELLED -- Racers arrive on July 17-18. July 18 (Saturday): Open house at Mitchell Airport. Food available. Young Eagle rides will be given from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM by Sioux Falls EAA Chapter 289. July 19 (Sunday): The race starts at ~9:00 AM. Sponsors include Wright Brothers Aviation, Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the SD Aeronautics Commission. (http://www.airventurecup.com)

    http://www.airventurecup.com
7/19/2020
CANCELED == Nebraska State Fly-in
 
Location: 
O’Neill (ONL), NE
 
Details: 

7/20/2020 to 7/26/2020
CANCELED -- EAA AirVenture
 
Location: 
Wittman Field (OSH), Oshkosh, WI
 
Details: 

CANCELED

    http://airventure.org/
7/25/2020 to 7/26/2020
CANCELED AS OF MARCH 6 ACCORDING TO WWW.AIRSHOWSTUFF.COM – “Dakota Thunder” Airshow
 
Location: 
Ellsworth AFB (RCA), SD
 
Details: 

CANCELED AS OF MARCH 6 ACCORDING TO WWW.AIRSHOWSTUFF.COM – “Dakota Thunder” Airshow at Ellsworth AFB (RCA), SD. Featuring the USAF Thunderbirds.

7/26/2020
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Genoa (97Y), NE
 
Time: 
7:30-11:30 AM
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Genoa Lions Club. Fly-ins free. 50th anniversary of airport. Runway 11-29, 2500’ turf. Contact Ike Anderson at 402-362-8631.

8/1/2020
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

8/1/2020 to 8/31/2020
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, Lincoln County Airport, Miller Airport, Mitchell Airport, Pierre Airport, Sioux Falls Airport, and Spearfish Airport. For meeting times, specific locations, and contact information, go to https://sdwg.cap.gov/command/squadrons

    https://sdwg.cap.gov/command/squadrons
8/6/2020 to 8/27/2020
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.

8/7/2020 to 8/28/2020
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. The first Friday of the month we have fresh baked Carmel rolls. Come join us for some hangar flying. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

8/8/2020
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
8/8/2020
Airport breakfast & Open House
 
Location: 
Council Bluffs (CBF), NE
 
Details: 

Breakfast 8:00-11:00 AM. Lunch 11:00am Open House at Great Plains CAF Wing Museum 8:00 AM-1:00 PM. Contact Jeff Hutcheson at 402-981-4633.

    http://www.greatplainswing.com
8/11/2020
Monthly meeting of Norfolk EAA Chapter 918
 
Location: 
Norfolk (OFK), NE, in a private hangar
 
Time: 
7:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Bruce Zimmerrman at 402-675-7765 or bzimmerman@bcmutual.com

8/15/2020
CANCELED -- Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
canceled -- EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30 AM
 
Details: 

Featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage, with juice, coffee, or milk for a suggested donation of $7.00; 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
8/15/2020
Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Crete (CEK), NE
 
Time: 
8:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

Plane talk & great food. Suggested donation of $5.00. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 569. Always the 3rd Saturday.

    http://eaa569.org
8/23/2020
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
terminal at Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
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 skyhawk43v@gmail.com Yankton Regional Aviation Association.

8/30/2020
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Fremont (FET), NE
 
Time: 
7:00 PM 1:00 PM
 
Details: 

PIC free. Boy Scouts serving pancakes and sausages at Rotary Club breakfast. Contact Brian Newton at 765-894-6845 or newt@bright.net

9/1/2020 to 9/30/2020
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, Lincoln County Airport, Miller Airport, Mitchell Airport, Pierre Airport, Sioux Falls Airport, and Spearfish Airport. For meeting times, specific locations, and contact information, go to https://sdwg.cap.gov/command/squadrons

    https://sdwg.cap.gov/command/squadrons
9/2/2020 to 6/20/2000
Commemorative Air Force “Air Power” Tour
 
Location: 
Grand Island (GRI), NE
 
Details: 

Aircraft attending: B-29 Superfortress “FIFI;” B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil;” T-6 Texan; PT-13 Stearman; P-51 “Gunfighter.” The ramp will open to the public September 2 through September 6 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. The small aircraft will be available for walk-up rides the entire time they are open. FIFI (B-29) will only fly Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. Diamond Lil (B-24) FIFI will only fly Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. The balance of the time FIFI and Diamond Lil will be static for cockpit tours. Access to the ramp will be $20 for adults and $10 for ages 10 to 17 (Free for ages 9 and under). Price includes free B-29 & B-24 cockpit tour when the aircraft is available. Attending aircraft subject to change due to weather or maintenance.

    http://www.airpowersquadron.org/grand-island-nebraska
9/3/2020 to 9/24/2020
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.

9/4/2020 to 9/25/2020
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. The first Friday of every month we have fresh baked Carmel rolls. Ed Jensen at 605-745-3555.

9/5/2020
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

9/10/2020 to 9/13/2020
6th annual Black Hills Fly-in
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HFC), SD
 
Details: 

All are welcome, but this will be somewhat of an off airport event, with most of the fly outs happening at ranches in the tri-state area of SD, WY, and MT. Flyouts, food, fellowship, and nearly unlimited places to explore and turn avgas into noise and memories. We hope to see you there! Contact Clint Busenitz at 605-891-1290. Facebook: ”The Black Hills Flyin” ( https://www.facebook.com/The-Black-Hills-Flyin-338949696273621/?ref=page_internal

    https://www.facebook.com/The-Black-Hills-Flyin-338949696273621/?ref=page_internal
9/13/2020
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Bismarck (BIS), ND
 
Time: 
7:00 AM-11:00 AM
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Bismarck Aero Center.

 

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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