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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

2/1/2019 to 2/22/2019
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.

2/1/2019 to 2/28/2019
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/
2/6/2019
Monthly "First Wednesday Gathering"
 
Location: 
Brookings (BKX), SD, in Brian VanLiere’s hangar
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Potluck supper (those that fly-in aren’t required to bring anything). Hanger #207, brown hanger that is right behind the big blue one located at the east end of the ramp. Thanks to Lynn Reidesel for his presentation on airline flight planning last month. Grey Tappan has agreed to share some information about flying gliders at our next gathering.

2/7/2019 to 2/28/2019
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.

2/16/2019
RESCHEDULED -- Presentaion and SDPA meeting
 
Location: 
Oacoma, SD, at Al’s Oasis
 
Time: 
RESCHEDULED TO FEB 23 -- 11:00am
 
Details: 

RESCHEDULED TO FEB 23 (SAME TIME AND PLACE)
11:00am Lt Col Monika “Trixie” Johncour, Chief of Safety, Ellsworth AFB, will talk about 28th Bomb Wing Operations (upgrades, deployments, operations) and Mid-Air Collision Avoidance. Noon: lunch order off menu at own expense. 1:00pm: SDPA meeting with cookies. Contact Steve Hamilton 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

    http://www.sdpilots.org
2/18/2019 to 2/20/2019
Nebraska Annual Convention & Agricultural Aviation Exposition. (Aviation Trade Association Conference)
 
Location: 
Lincoln, NE, at Cornhusker Marriott
 
Details: 

More information at 402-475-6282 or http;//www.gonata.net

    http;//www.gonata.net
2/23/2019
SDPA Meeting and presentation
 
Location: 
Oacoma at Al’s Oasis, SD
 
Time: 
11:00am
 
Details: 

RESCHEDULED to Feb 23 DUE TO WEATHER:
11:00am program (Lt col Monika "Trixie" Johnsour, Chief of Safety, Ellsworth AFB will talk about the 28th Bomb Wing Operations: updates, deployments, operations in the Powder River Training Complex). Noon: lunch order off menu at own expense. 1:00pm: SDPA meeting with cookies. Contact Steve Hamilton 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

2/24/2019
16th Annual Ground School Course
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
1:30pm
 
Details: 

FREE. Taught by Denny Martens. Topics of this three-hour ground school refresher will include Loss of Control, Stall/Spin Awareness, Basic Aerodynamics, Aircraft Operations, Airspace & Requirements, Communications, Performance Speeds, Takeoffs & Landings, and Traffic Pattern Operations. Sponsored by FAASTeam. Refreshments and cookies provided by YRAA and SDPA. Contact Denny D. Martens at (605) 677-8159 or dmartens@vyn.midco.net

2/24/2019
Fly-in Breakfast Special
 
Location: 
Barnstormers Family Bar & Grill in the old airport terminal, Norfolk (OFK), NE
 
Time: 
4th Sunday of the month, 10:00am – 3:00pm
 
Details: 

PICs at the control's get 50% off the meal price. Barnstormers at 402-316-4099 (from Nebraska PIREPS newsletter Dec 2018-Jan 2019).

    https://www.barnstormersfamilybargrill.com/
2/26/2019 to 2/28/2019
2019 Tri-State [MN-ND-SD] Aerial Applicators Convention
 
Location: 
Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls, SD
 
Details: 

This annual tri-state event has become well known for Agricultural Aerial Applicators in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Exhibits, Entertainment, PAAST, Recertification, and Networking. https://www.tristateaerialconvention.com/

    https://www.tristateaerialconvention.com/
3/1/2019 to 3/29/2019
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.

3/1/2019 to 3/31/2019
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/
3/2/2019
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

3/3/2019 to 3/5/2019
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Ramkota Inn, Bismarck, ND
 
Details: 

Three days of speakers and sessions coverings current aviation topics for mechanics, pilots, and airport managers. For more information please contact North Dakota Aeronautics Commission at 701-328-9650 or http://www.ndac.aero/umas.htm
Ramkota Hotel, 800 S. 3rd St., Bismarck, ND 58504
701-258-7700; Room Block Under: UMAS

    http://www.ndac.aero/umas.htm
3/6/2019
Monthly "First Wednesday Gathering"
 
Location: 
Brookings (BKX), SD, in Brian VanLiere’s hangar
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Potluck supper (those that fly-in aren’t required to bring anything). Hanger #207, brown hanger that is right behind the big blue one located at the east end of the ramp.

3/7/2019 to 3/28/2019
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.

3/9/2019
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
3/14/2019
East River Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
SDSU Hangar (201 W 2nd Street South) on the Brookings Airport, SD
 
Time: 
7:30am to 5:30pm
 
Details: 

IA renewal course # C-IND-IM-151214-K-006-001 will be held from 7:30am to 5:30pm. If the airport parking lot is full, it is okay to park across the street in the urology clinic parking lot.
The tentative schedule is as follows:
7:30 – 7:45: Opening remarks, SDSU, FAASTeam, FSDO.
7:45 – 8:35: 1.0 - Shop safety, shop practices, and forming relationships by Paul McKnelly and Chris Funk
8:35 – 9:35: 1.0 - Rotax 912 Engines, operation and maintenance by Paul Slaughter
9:35 – 9:50: Break
9:50 – 10:50: 1.0 - The ADS-B mandate and an overview of Garmin ADS-B solutions by Matt Howieson (Legacy Aviation)
10:50 – 11:50: 1.0 - Cirrus Aircraft G2 and the new G2 Vision Jet systems and maintenance by Gary Black
11:50 – 1:00: Lunch Break – Courtesy of the SDSU Aviation and Midwest Aviation (Marshall MN)
1:00 – 2:00: 1.0 - Hour on fuel systems by Dave Czarnecki (Central Cylinder Service)
2:00 – 3:00: 1.0 - Composite workshop by Greg Klein (LATI AMT Program)
3:00 – 3:15: Break
3:15 – 4:15: 1.0 - Composite workshop by Greg Klein (LATI AMT Program)
4:15 – 5:15: 1.0 - Maintenance Publications, Mechanic Privileges and Limitations, General Observations by Jeff Boe and Dwight Pladsen, FAASTeam
Alternative 1.0 - Hour Engine Preheat by Tannis

3/14/2019
FAASTeam Safety Briefings for Pilots
 
Location: 
SDSU Aviation Facility at the Brookings Airport (201 W. 2nd Street S), SD
 
Time: 
10:00am to 5:00pm
 
Details: 

If the airport parking lot is full, it is okay to park across the street in the urology clinic parking lot.
The tentative schedule is as follows:
10:00am to 11:00am: Developing a deeper understanding of aviation weather hazards by Brad Temeyer (brad.temeyer@noaa.gov)
11:00am to noon: Recent flight experience, pilot and instructor limitations, medical certificates and Basic Med by Warren Hovland (hovland_bkx@yahoo.com)
Noon to 1:00pm: Lunch in the Hangar (Pork loin, chips, beans, cookie, drinks- free will donation)
1:00pm to 2:15pm: Company presentations: Cirrus Aircraft, Mesa Airlines, Republic Airlines, CSA Air-Express Air Cargo, Endeavor Airlines, Silverhawk Aviation
2:15pm to 3:00pm: Pilot maintenance responsibilities by John Barney (jab@itctel.com)
3:00pm to 4:00pm: Best practices in landings, low level, preflight, and weather considerations by Sarah Schumacher (skgregersen@gmail.com)

3/16/2019
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
3/16/2019
Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
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
3/17/2019
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.

3/24/2019
Fly-in Breakfast Special
 
Location: 
Barnstormers Family Bar & Grill in the old airport terminal, Norfolk (OFK), NE
 
Time: 
4th Sunday of the month, 10:00am – 3:00pm
 
Details: 

PICs at the controls get 50% off meal price. Barnstormers at 402-316-4099 (from Nebraska PIREPS newsletter Dec 2018- Jan 2019).

    https://www.barnstormersfamilybargrill.com/
3/26/2019 to 3/28/2019
SD Airports Conference
 
Location: 
Watertown Convention Center, Watertown, SD
 
Details: 

March 26: Sponsor meetings between FAA, SD DOT, and airport sponsors. March 27: 10am conference starts. March 28: conference ends at noon. Block of rooms reserved under "SDDOT" or "Airports Conference" at Ramkota Hotel adjacent to the Watertown Event Center ($89.99 plus tax); 605-886-8011). Registration $85.00. For more information, contact Jennifer Boehm at 605-773-4430 or email jennifer.boehm@state.sd.us

4/1/2019 to 4/30/2019
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, Pierre Airport, Sioux Falls Airport, and Spearfish Airport. For meetings times, specific locations, and contact information, go to http://sdcap.us/squadron-locations/

    http://sdcap.us/squadron-locations/
4/4/2019 to 4/25/2019
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.

4/5/2019 to 4/26/2019
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.

4/6/2019
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

4/6/2019
Fly-In / Drive-In breakfast
 
Location: 
Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation (2600 Expedition Court) adjacent to the Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX), Sioux City, IA
 
Time: 
8:00am to noon
 
Details: 

$7 for 13 and OVER, plus $5 for ages 6 to 12. Admission to the Museum is free with breakfast purchase. PIC eat free. Flying-ins: ask the tower / ground control for directions to the Onawa Hangar (Alert Hangar). Parking will be at Onawa Hangar (Grady Marx’s hangar), and the museum will provide transportation to and from the museum. Contact Rick Alter at rick.alterii@gmail.com

4/13/2019
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
4/13/2019
Annual SDSU Flying Jacks airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Brookings (BKX), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am until noon
 
Details: 

Free-will donation (pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee, water). Contact: flyingjacks.sdsu@gmail.com [2018-2019 Flying Jacks President Jacob Fouberg]

4/13/2019 to 4/14/2019
Hot air balloon ground school
 
Location: 
Hot Springs, SD
 
Time: 
all day
 
Details: 

Taught by Liberty Balloon Company. If you are interested in participating in this 2-day ground school, please contact Petra Wilson at 605-413-7106 or by email at petra.wilson@live.com for more information.

4/20/2019
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
4/20/2019
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.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
4/21/2019
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
terminal at Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Meeting theme: "Spring fling" 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.

5/4/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Boone (BNW), IA
 
Time: 
7:00 -11:00am
 
Details: 

PIC free. Contact Dale Farnham at 515-432-1018 or email: defarnham@msn.com

5/4/2019
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Pella (PEA), IA
 
Time: 
7:00-10:00am
 
Details: 

During the Pella Tulip Festival. PIC FREE. Also free shuttle to town on May 2, 3, 4. Contact Shane Vande Voort at 641-628-9393. Website for the festival is http://www.pellatuliptime.com.

    http://www.pellatuliptime.com
6/1/2019
Nebraska State Fly-in
 
Location: 
Gordon (GRN), NE
 
Details: 

Contact Glen Spaugh at spaughg@gordon-ne.us

6/1/2019 to 6/2/2019
“Defenders of Freedom” Air show
 
Location: 
Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue, NE
 
Details: 

Featuring U.S. Thunderbirds. More information in the far, far, future at http://www.offuttairshow.com.

    http://www.offuttairshow.com
6/9/2019
“Planes & Pancakes” Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Mandan (Y19), ND
 
Time: 
8:00am-noon
 
Details: 

Contact Jim Lawler at 701-391-1394 or manager@mandanairport.com.

6/15/2019 to 6/16/2019
Minnesota Air Spectacular (airshow)
 
Location: 
Mankato (MKT),MN
 
Details: 

Featuring the USAF Thunderbirds. General Admission Tickets - $25; Premium Runway Seating - $50; Commander Chalet - $125. Airboss George Cline; narrator Ric Peterson; Lucas Airshows - Michael Wiskus; Kent Pietsch Airshows; Shockwave - Neal Darnell; John Klatt Airshows - Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco; Julie Clark (https://www.mnairspectacular.com/home)

    https://www.mnairspectacular.com/home
7/7/2019 to 7/10/2019
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, Brookings Municipal Airport, model rocket building & launching, star gazing, demonstrations of aircraft, glider, helicopter & R/C models, and more. Contact Cody Christensen at SDSU 605-688-4983 or acecamp@sdstate.edu. Application deadline is typically June 30. Requests for tuition assistance on application is typically June 14. 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

7/24/2019 to 7/26/2019
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/
8/3/2019
FLY IOWA
 
Location: 
Boone (BNW), IA
 
Details: 

FLY IOWA is the state air fair of Iowa. Event is designed to be educational and entertaining. Airport breakfast and youth educational programs. Website: http://www.flyiowa.org Rain date: August 4, 2019. Contact Chuck McDonald at 515-964-1398

    http://www.flyiowa.org
8/7/2019 to 8/11/2019
Commemorative Air Force Tour
 
Location: 
Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX), Sioux City, IA
 
Details: 

Aircraft attending: B-29 Superfortress FIFI; C-45 “Bucket of Bolts;” T-6 WASP Original; Stearman; P-51 “Gunfighter.” The aircraft will arrive Monday (Aug 5) around noon. The ramp will open to the public Wednesday (Aug 7) through Sunday (Aug 11) from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day. The small aircraft will be available for walk-up rides the entire time they are open. FIFI will only fly Saturday (Aug 10) and Sunday (Aug11) mornings. The balance of the time FIFI will be static for cockpit tours. The tour aircraft would depart on Monday (Aug 12). Access to the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for ages 5 to 17. This price will include free admission to the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation (2600 Expedition Court). Contact Rick Alter at rick.alterii@gmail.com

12/9/2019
Safety meeting
 
Location: 
Sidney (SNY), NE
 
Time: 
12:30 - 2:00pm
 
Details: 

At airport terminal. The U.S. Air Force out of Cheyenne, Wyoming, will talk about Mid Air Collision Avoidance. Contact George Lapaseotes, L&L Aviation LLC at lnlaviation@gmail.com

 

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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