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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

1/1/2015 to 1/31/2015
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/
 
1/2/2015
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

 
1/2/2015 to 1/30/2015
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.

 
1/8/2015 to 11/29/2015
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
1/10/2015
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

 
1/17/2015
Monthly fly-in 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.

 
1/17/2015
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
 
1/18/2015
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 or skyhawk@iw.net

 
1/22/2015
“Night at the Museum”
 
Location: 
Mid America Museum of Aviation & Transportation on the Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX), Sioux City, IA (2600 Expedition Court)
 
Time: 
5-7:00pm
 
Details: 

Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres by Trattoria Fresco during a presentation about the history of Sioux City's airfields. Hear the incredible story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II bombardier who completed some of his training at the Sioux City Army Air Corps Base. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!! View the air museum exhibits. Partake in the discussion of the book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.

    http;//www.midamericaairmuseum.org
 
1/31/2015
Annual Chili Fly-in
 
Location: 
Greenfield (GFZ), IA
 
Time: 
11:00am-2:00pm
 
Details: 

Typically Adults $4, under 12 $2.00; price includes tour of the Iowa Aviation Museum (641-343-7184). Proceeds to museum.

    http://www.flyingmuseum.com
 
2/1/2015 to 2/28/2015
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/
 
2/5/2015 to 2/26/2015
Weekly Thursday meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

 
2/6/2015 to 2/7/2015
Midwest Aircraft Maintenance Symposium and Trade Show
 
Location: 
Des Moines, IA, at the Airport Holiday Inn
 
Details: 

Contact Phil Conn at 319-389-3943 or email: philip.conn@rockwellcollins.com Website:

    http://www.iaaviation.com
 
2/6/2015 to 2/27/2015
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.

 
2/7/2015
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. Always the first Saturday of the month. email Rod Matlock at redoakrod@stewireless.com

 
2/7/2015
SDPA meeting
 
Location: 
Al's Oass Restaurant in Oacoma
 
Time: 
noon lunch; 1:00pm meeting
 
Details: 

Come early and have lunch with us. Coffee and cookies provided at SDPA business meeting. For more information, contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or check http://www.sdpilots.com

    http://www.sdpilots.com
 
2/8/2015
12th Annual Ground School Course
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
1:30pm
 
Details: 

FREE. Taught by Denny Martens. Sponsored by YRAA. Refreshments and cookies provided.

 
2/10/2015
Black Hills EAA Chapter 39 meeting
 
Location: 
Chapter 39 Clubhouse on the Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), SD
 
Time: 
6:30pm
 
Details: 

6:30pm Hangar talk.
7:00pm Meeting.
To get to the EAA Chapter 39 Clubhouse, 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.

    http://www.39.eaachapter.org/
 
2/14/2015
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

 
2/15/2015
Monthly YRAA potluck meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Meet in the terminal. 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

 
2/21/2015
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
 
2/21/2015
Monthly fly-in 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.

 
3/1/2015 to 3/3/2015
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Fargo, ND, at the Holiday Inn
 
Details: 

Three days of speakers and sessions coverings current aviation topics for mechanics, pilots, and airport managers. March 3: Awards and ND Aviation Hall of Fame banquet. For more information please contact North Dakota Aeronautics Commission at 701-328-9650

 
3/18/2015 to 3/19/2015
SD Airports Conference and SD Aeronautics Commission meeting
 
Location: 
Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

March 18: SD Aeronautical Commission meeting (8:00-9:00am). SD Airports Conference will begin at 10:00am on March 18 and finish on March 19 at noon. $85 registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch, dinner & breakfast buffet. This year’s conference will include a wide variety of topics that will appeal to both airport sponsors and engineers. Presentations that we are currently planning include Wetland Mitigation, LIDAR Mapping & Stringless Paving, NextGen 101, Right of Way Procedures & Policies, Green Concrete Sawing and AOPA. The Holiday Inn City Centre has a block of rooms reserved under the name “SD Airports Conference”. Rooms will be at group rate of $83.00 (plus tax) for March 17-18th. Conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Reservations can be made at 605-339-2000 or Holiday Inn Brand Reservations Number, 1-800-Holiday (be sure to mention you are with the “SD Airports Conference” group). The block will be released February 23, 2015. Call 605-773-4430 for information on the SD Airports Conference.

 
5/16/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Orange City (ORC), IA
 
Details: 

Shuttle rides to downtown for Tulip Festival.

 
6/7/2015
“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.

 
6/7/2015
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

 
6/14/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Denison (DNS), IA
 
Time: 
7:00am-noon
 
Details: 

Fly-ins eat free. Contact John Amdor at 712-265-1608.

 
6/28/2015
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Red Oak (RDK), IA
 
Time: 
8:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Contact Gail Ernst at 712-623-6523.

 
8/14/2015 to 8/16/2015
Annual Great Plains Balloon Race
 
Location: 
Kenny Anderson Park, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

Launches at Aug 14 at 7:00pm; Aug 15 at 6:30am & 7:00pm, also Balloon Glow at 8:30pm; Aug 16 at 6:30am – all depending on weather. http://www.sfballooning.org

    http://www.sfballooning.org
 
9/20/2015
Camp of the Cross Ministries breakfast
 
Location: 
Garrison (D05), ND
 
Details: 

Contact Janis Sloka at 701-337-2246.

 

 

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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