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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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Aviation Events

6/1/2020 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 8/30/2020
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

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 Caramel 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
Airplane wash fundraiser for orphans
 
Location: 
Estherville Airport (EST), IA
 
Time: 
8 AM – 2 PM
 
Details: 

Food available all day. Conatact: Kathydawn_03@yahoo.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Estherville-Aviation-Inc-241998485953066

    https://www.facebook.com/Estherville-Aviation-Inc-241998485953066
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
8/8/2020 to 8/9/2020
CANCELED -- Doug Yost Challenge Aerobatic Competition
 
Location: 
Spencer (SPW), IA
 
Time: 
9:00 AM-9:00 PM daily
 
Details: 

CANCELED -- Hosted by Minnesota Cloud Dancers Chapter 78 of the International Aerobatic Club. Check NOTAMs. Contact Sara Arnold at 515-991-0866 or Sarnold969@gmail.com Website: http://www.iac78.org/contest

    http://www.iac78.org/contest
8/8/2020 to 8/16/2020
Old West Balloon Fest and Competition
 
Location: 
various locations -- see below
 
Details: 

August 8, 2020 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Reverse Parade in Gering, NE on 10th street
August 10-16, 2020 | US Nationals and Canadian Nationals Competition – Listen to KNEB each morning/afternoon for locations of morning and afternoon launches, weather permitting.
August 12, 2020 – 6:00 – 9:00 PM | Night Glow at WNCC in Scottsbluff, NE
August 14 & 15, 2020 – 6:00 AM | Mass Ascension and Competition – Old West Balloon Fest, Mitchell Airfield, Mitchell, NE
August 15 – 5:00 – 10:00 PM | Night Glow at Five Rocks Amphitheater, Gering, NE

8/11/2020
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/
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

8/14/2020 to 8/16/2020
Wilderness Survival Clinic Fly-in
 
Location: 
Custer State Park (3V0), Fairburn, SD, at State Park Game Lodge
 
Details: 

$300. Register at http://www.jonsolbergmd.com Instructors: Dr. Jon Solberg and Dr. Justin Reisenauer. Discuss survival tactics, survival gear/kit specific to pilots, several hands on scenarios, learn to do your own assessments of yourself and others to detect injuries, understand hyper/hypothermia and other wilderness specific medicine, learn to splint fractures/dislocations, manage wounds, etc.

    http://www.jonsolbergmd.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. http://eaa569.org Always the 3rd Saturday.

    http://eaa569.org
8/23/2020
CANCELED -- Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
terminal at Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

CANCELED -- 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.

8/23/2020
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Hartington (0B4), NE
 
Time: 
7:00 AM-12:30 PM
 
Details: 

“BEST sausages in a 100 miles.” PIC & co-pilot FREE, 5th Grade to adult $8.00, 5 years old to 4th Grade $6.00, 4 years old and under free. Served by Holy Trinity Grade School. Sponsored by Becker Flying Service.

8/29/2020 to 8/30/2020
Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival
 
Location: 
Hot Springs (HSR), SD
 
Details: 

Balloon launches at sunrise (~6:00 AM). Activities being planned include an 7:00 AM-10:00 AM: SHRec Community Breakfast at Centennial Park, Balloon Fest Walk (5K), night glow (~7:30 PM) during which balloonists let their balloons rise to an upright position before simultaneously igniting their heater flames to light up the night, and MORE. The Saturday night glow is tentatively set for the Hot Springs Airport. For current status of activities, check Facebook, search on Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival. http://hotsprings-sd.com/events/frhab

    http://hotsprings-sd.com/events/frhab
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 9/6/2020
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 Caramel rolls. Contact Ivan Venner at 605-745-3555 (airport) or 605- 295-1535 (cell).

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

9/5/2020
Big Nasty Breakfast Fly-In
 
Location: 
Big Nasty Creek in northwest SD
 
Time: 
7-10AM
 
Details: 

Dennis Nash and family are hosting a fly-in breakfast at their ranch on the Big Nasty Creek in NW SD.
Big Nasty Breakfast Fly-In
Contact - Dennis Nash 605-855-2453
Turf runways
12-30 (2000')
18-36 (1400')
For traffic, monitor 122.8
To reach the ranch for ground support, contact - 122.750
Link to satelilite map below
https://www.google.com/maps/place/11707+White+Hill+Rd,+Prairie+City,+SD+57649/@45.7066087,-102.885285,948m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x532eba184be27bb7:0xcf41a14c17369476!8m2!3d45.7012143!4d-102.8837402?hl=en-US

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/11707+White+Hill+Rd,+Prairie+City,+SD+57649/@45.7066087,-102.885285,948m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x532eba184be27bb7:0xcf41a14c17369476!8m2!3d45.7012143!4d-102.8837402?hl=en-US
9/7/2020
CANCELED -- Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Sheldon (SHL), IA
 
Details: 

CANCELED -- Airport breakfast. We hope to host the fly in and Boy Scout pancake breakfast again in 2021.

9/8/2020
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

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
9/12/2020
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
9/12/2020
CANCELED --Tommy Martin Memorial Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Martin Field (7K8), NE
 
Details: 

CANCELED --Tommy Martin Memorial Airport breakfast

9/12/2020
POSTPONED TO LATER DATE -- SD Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony
 
Location: 
Black Hills Airport – Clyde Ice Field (SPF), Spearfish, SD
 
Details: 

Contact Ted Miller at 605-642-0277 or Nick Weyrich at 605-920-9352 or weyrichnick@gmail.com

9/13/2020
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Bismarck (BIS), ND
 
Time: 
7:00 AM-11:00 AM
 
Details: 

Sponsored by Bismarck Aero Center.

9/19/2020
MAYBE == Monthly Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Chapter 289 Building at Lincoln County (Y14), Tea, SD
 
Time: 
8:00-10:30am
 
Details: 

MAYBE-- 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
9/19/2020
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
10/1/2020 to 10/29/2020
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.

10/1/2020 to 10/31/2020
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

 

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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