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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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Aviation Events

12/1/2018 to 12/31/2018
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/
12/6/2018 to 12/27/2018
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.

12/7/2018 to 12/28/2018
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.

12/8/2018
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
12/15/2018
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
12/15/2018
CANCELED Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

NO MONTHLY BREAKFASTS UNTIL MARCH 16, 2019
Contact Gary Pelach at 605-310-9984.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
12/23/2018
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/
1/1/2019 to 1/31/2019
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/
1/3/2019 to 1/31/2019
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.

1/4/2019 to 1/25/2019
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.

1/5/2019
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

1/12/2019
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
1/19/2019
CANCELED Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

NO MONTHLY BREAKFASTS UNTIL MARCH 16, 2019 Contact Gary Pelach at 605-310-9984.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
1/19/2019
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
1/20/2019
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
terminal at Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Meeting theme: "Men Cooking" 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.

1/23/2019 to 1/24/2019
Annual Nebraska Aviation Council Symposium
 
Location: 
Kearney, NE, at the Holiday Inn (308-237-5971, 110 South 2nd Avenue)
 
Details: 

Big number of presentations on variety of topics intended for airport managers, pilots, consultants, and state and federal officials. January 23: Project Planning 1:30-3:00pm, registration from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Pilot Safety Meeting 7:00pm to 9:00pm. January 24: conference starts at 7:00am. Banquet and Hall of Fame Awards starts at 6:00pm. http://www.nebraskaaviationcouncil.org

    http://www.nebraskaaviationcouncil.org
1/25/2019 to 1/26/2019
Annual Nebraska Aviation Maintenance and IA Renewal Seminar
 
Location: 
Kearney, NE, at the Holiday Inn (308-237-5971, 110 South 2nd Avenue)
 
Details: 

Seminar will be FAA approved for those wishing to renew their Inspection Authorization on the basis of FAR 65.93(a)(4). Persons interested must attend at least 8 hours of this seminar to be eligible for renewal of their certification. January 25: registration and breakfast at 7:00am, seminars from 8:00am to 5:00pm. January 26: coffee & rolls at 7:00am, seminars from 8:00am to noon. http://www.nebraskaaviationcouncil.org

    http://www.nebraskaaviationcouncil.org
1/27/2019
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/
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/
2/2/2019
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

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.

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
3/26/2019 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. More details later.

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]

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
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/
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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