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Aviation Events in/around South Dakota

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Aviation Events

2/1/2017 to 2/28/2017
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/
2/2/2017 to 2/23/2017
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

2/3/2017 to 2/24/2017
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.

2/4/2017
Black Hills Hot Air Ballooning Safety Seminar
 
Location: 
Custer Wolf Restaurant, 607 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer, SD
 
Time: 
start at 8:00am
 
Details: 

Starting at 08:00 Mountain Standard Time. This unique safety seminar will discuss the following topics:
• Preparing for Flight
• Inflation, Launch, and Landing
• Inflight Maneuvers
• Post-flight Procedures
• Emergency Landings
• Aeronautical Decision Making
• Chase Crew Responsibilities
• FAA Compliance Philosophy and Airman Rights
• FAA Accident Investigation Process
Speakers will be from the following: Black Hills Balloons - Steve Bauer and Damien Mahony; Black Hills National Forrest; Black Hills Electric Cooperative - Travis Carlin; Custer Gas; FAA FSDO / FAASTeam - Dwight Pladsen and Steve Hoogerhyde.
There is a charge of $30.00 per airman and/or $20.00 per chase crew member. This is a Balloon Federation of America (BFA) sanctioned seminar.
On Friday, March 4, 2017 (3:00pm - 4:30pm) there will be a special demonstration by Black Hills Electric Cooperative on the effects of electric power-line contact.
Contact Information: Damien Mahony at (605) 673-2520 or damien@blackhillsballoons.com

2/11/2017
Monthly Meeting of the Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force
 
Location: 
Maverick Air Center (4201 Maverick Place), Sioux Falls, SD
 
Time: 
10:00am
 
Details: 

Contact Rick Tupper at rick@cafjoefoss.com or rick.tupper@augie.edu [always 2nd Saturday]

    http://www.cafjoefoss.com/CAF-JoeFoss_Splash.html
2/12/2017
14th Annual Ground School Course
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
1:30pm
 
Details: 

FREE. Taught by Master Pilot & CFI Denny Martens. Sponsored by YRAA and SDPA. Refreshments and cookies provided.

2/13/2017 to 2/15/2017
"2016 Tri-State [MN-ND-SD] Aerial Applicators Convention"
 
Location: 
Rivers Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Avenue South, Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, Saint Cloud, MN
 
Details: 

This year’s program will feature one of the largest trade shows in the nation for agricultural aviation professionals, great networking opportunities, and a dynamic line-up of speakers and events. This annual tri-state event https://www.tristateaerialconvention.com/ has become well known for Agricultural Aerial Applicators in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
• Vendor Technical Sessions—February 13 will kick off the convention with multiple classroom sessions where vendors will have the opportunity to provide in-depth seminars on their products and services.
• Spouse/Guest Programming—The popular “Athena” program will be presented highlighting important information for partners and spouses who work daily with ag pilots and operators. In addition there will be shopping and entertainment opportunities for spouses and guests to attend while their significant others are attending classroom instruction.
• Live & Silent Auctions
This event has a cost. For additional information contact Terry Stieren at (952) 226-5874 or tambroz@aol.com.

    https://www.tristateaerialconvention.com/
2/14/2017
Monthly meeting of Black Hills EAA Chapter 39
 
Location: 
EAA Chapter 39 Club House, Rapid City Airport (RAP), SD
 
Details: 

6:00pm hangar talk and 7:00pm meeting. Please bring a salad, dessert, or munchies to share. To get to the EAA Chapter 39 Club House, 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. President John Glasford: 605-718-7352 or president@eaa39.org

2/18/2017
Bismarck RC Club Fly-in
 
Location: 
Bismarck Golf Dome, Bismarck, ND
 
Time: 
 
Details: 

2/18/2017
Monthly Airport 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
2/18/2017
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. Always the THIRD Saturday of the month.

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
2/19/2017
Monthly YRAA Potluck Meeting
 
Location: 
Chan Gurney Airport (YKN), Yankton, SD, in the terminal
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Theme: "Valentine's." 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.

2/20/2017 to 2/22/2017
Nebraska Aviation Trade Association Conference
 
Location: 
Kearney, NE, at Holiday Inn (308-237-5971, 110 South 2nd Avenue)
 
Details: 

Annual Convention & Agricultural Aviation Exposition. More information at 402-475-6282 or http://www.gonata.net

    http://www.gonata.net
2/25/2017
Annual Pilot & Airport Users Meeting
 
Location: 
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), SD, in the conference room in the Airport Fire Station #8 (4440 Kitty Hawk Road)
 
Time: 
9:00-11:30am
 
Details: 

Catch up on the latest security concerns and requirements. Also hear how the Powder River MOA impacts advance planning and possible coordination. Now is your opportunity to ask questions from EAFB Officials, Rapid City ATCT Controllers, Rapid City Regional Airport Management, and the FAA Flight Standards District Office. Radar service, air traffic activities, potential user fees, pilot deviations, flight planning, runway markings & signage, service limitations, military exercises, temporary flight restrictions, special-use airspace, and airport construction projects are just a few of the things to be discussed. This event also includes information from the Local Runway Safety Action Team (L-RSAT). Contact Steven R. Hoogerhyde at (605) 737-3024, or email steven.hoogerhyde@faa.gov

3/1/2017 to 3/31/2017
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/
3/2/2017 to 3/30/2017
Weekly Thursday Meeting of Madison Aviation Enthusiasts
 
Location: 
Madison (MDS), SD
 
Time: 
6:00pm
 
Details: 

Food, fun, and flying.

3/3/2017 to 3/31/2017
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.

3/4/2017
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

3/5/2017 to 3/7/2017
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Minot, ND, at the Holiday Inn Riverside
 
Details: 

Three days of speakers and sessions coverings current aviation topics for mechanics, pilots, and airport managers. Special guest speaker: Howie Franklin – the man who made history serving five presidents on Air Force One. For more information please contact North Dakota Aeronautics Commission at 701-328-9650 or http://www.ndac.aero/umas.htm

    http://www.ndac.aero/umas.htm
3/11/2017
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
3/11/2017
Aviation History celebration
 
Location: 
Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland, NE (I-80 Exit 426 between Omaha and Lincoln)
 
Time: 
10am
 
Details: 

The Museum will open a new timeline exhibit of Nebraskans who made significant aerospace contribution. A program at 10:00am will include a guest speaker featuring accomplishments among Nebraskans, and musical performance by local high school bands =playing music composed by Nebraskan.

    http://www.strategicairandspace.com
3/12/2017
Monthly meeting of the Iowa 99’s
 
Location: 
Spencer Airport (SPW), IA
 
Time: 
11:00am – 3:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Jenny Myren at 563-650-0342 or email: iowa@ncs99s.org Website:

    http://iowa.ncs99s.org
3/16/2017
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. Great Plains Streetrodders wil be on display. Young Eagle rides. Discovery flights by Legacy Aviation. Multiple hangars open for tours. Always the THIRD Saturday of the month

    http://www.289.eaachapter.org
3/16/2017
Monthly Airport 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
3/16/2017
6th East River Aviation Symposium
 
Location: 
Aviation Complex (SDSU Hangar, 201 W. 2nd Street South, Brookings, SD) on Brookings Airport
 
Time: 
7:30am to 5:30pm
 
Details: 

This event is an FAA Accepted IA Training Event. This event is FREE to the Public and is intended for Aircraft Technician Training. Pilot sessions 1:00-3:00pm. For more information please contact Chris Funk (605) 270-9774.

3/19/2017
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.

3/29/2017 to 3/30/2017
SD Airports Conference
 
Location: 
Highland Conference Center, 2000 Highland Way, Mitchell, SD, located south of I-90 and east of Highway 37.
 
Time: 
all day
 
Details: 

Mar 29-30, 2017: SD Airports Conference will be held The Highland Conference Center is connected by breezeways to both the Comfort Inn & Suites and the Hampton Inn. Both hotels have a block of rooms reserved under “SDDOT.” Rooms will be a the group rate of $89 (plus tax) at both hotels for the week of the conference. Conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. A $85 registration fee includes breaks, lunch, dinner and breakfast for each person on Wednesday & Thursday. Questions? Call 605-773-4430 or email Jennifer at Jennifer.Boehm@state.sd.us

Sponsor meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Registration information will be mailed out in early January. Conference topics being planned include NOTAM Manager System, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Powder River Update, Small Community Air Service Working Group, Aeronautics Commission roles, and Aviation Industry in South Dakota.

4/1/2017
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

4/1/2017
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 Contact Greg Schildberg at 641-343-7184.

    http://www.flyingmuseum.com
4/8/2017
SDPA meeting & presentation by Brian Utley
 
Location: 
Sioux Falls (FSD), SD, at Maverick Air Center (4201 North Maverick Place)
 
Time: 
11:00am
 
Details: 

11:00am: Program by Brian Utley about officiating for Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space. Felix is best known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on 14 October 2012. Doing so, he set world records for skydiving an estimated 39 km (24 mi), reaching an estimated top speed of 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph), or Mach 1.25. He became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power relative to the surface on his descent. He broke skydiving records for exit altitude, vertical freefall distance without drogue, and vertical speed without drogue. Brian’s talk would include a video of Felix’s jump.
Agenda: 11:00am Brian Utley; Noon: pizza & pop lunch ($5.00 per person); 1:00pm presentation about the Joe Foss Squadron to guests; 1:30pm presentation about the SDPA to the Joe Foss Squadron; 2:00pm SDPA meeting. For more information, contact Steve Hamilton at 605-665-8448 or skyhawk@iw.net

    http://www.sdpilots.org
4/21/2017 to 4/22/2017
Soaring Days
 
Location: 
Watertown (ATY), SD
 
Details: 

Sponsored by ALTI Aviation Maintenance Technology Program staff & students and glider owners & pilots. The goal of the event was to introduce people to soaring and aviation. Friday, April 21 will be dedicated to glider safety briefings for air and ground crew, ground launch training, and rides for the A&P students. April 22 will be public relations rides. A brochure / agenda for the event is being developed. Contact Greg Klein at 605-882-6311 or email kleing@lakeareatech.edu

4/29/2017 to 4/30/2017
Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering
 
Location: 
Golden Wings Air Museum (8797 Airport Road), Anoka County-Blaine Airport (ANE), MN (about 10 miles north of Minneapolis)
 
Details: 

April 29: 9:00am-9:00pm; April 30: 1:51pm-2:51pm. Email info@mnpilots.org; 763-494-7744; www.facebook.com/mnpilots;

    http://www.mnpilots.org
5/6/2017
Fly-in breakfast
 
Location: 
Boone Airport (BNW), IA
 
Time: 
7:00-11:00am
 
Details: 

Pilot in command eats free. Contact 515-432-1018 or email: defarnham@msn.com

5/7/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Grafton (GAF), ND
 
Time: 
8:00am-1:00pm
 
Details: 

Sponsored by EAA Chapter 380. Contact Andy Tibert at 701-520-9174.

6/18/2017 to 6/21/2017
Minnkota Convention for the Flying Farmers and Ranchers
 
Location: 
Thunderstik Lodge, Chamberlain, SD. (http://www.thunderstik.com)
 
Details: 

Contact Marilyn Arneson (newsletter editor) at arnesonfarms@invisimax.com

6/24/2017
25th Nebraska State fly-in
 
Location: 
Norfolk (OFK), NE
 
Details: 

EAA chapter will host an airport breakfast. Airshow being planned. More information at airportofk@cableone.net or 402-841-5130.

7/9/2017
Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Flandreau (4P3), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am to noon
 
Details: 

Young Eagles Rally hosted by Sioux Falls / Tea EAA Chapter 289.

7/9/2017
Airport Breakfast
 
Location: 
Flandreau (4P3), SD
 
Time: 
8:00am to noon
 
Details: 

Young Eagles Rally hosted by Sioux Falls / Tea EAA Chapter 289.

7/9/2017 to 7/12/2017
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, Sioux Falls Air Show, Brookings Municipal Airport, model rocket building & launching, star gazing, demonstrations of aircraft, glider, helicopter & R/C models, and more. Contact Cody Christensen at SDSU 605-688-6291 or cody.christensen@sdstate.edu.

7/24/2017 to 7/30/2017
EAA AirVenture
 
Location: 
Wittman Field (OSH), Oshkosh, WI
    http://airventure.org/
7/26/2017 to 7/28/2017
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/
8/26/2017 to 8/27/2017
Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival
 
Location: 
Hot Springs Airport (HSR), SD
 
Details: 

Balloon launches at sunrise. More activities being planned like a glider rides, sky diving demo, art walk. On Facebook, search on Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=640535772737693&substory_index=0&id=503088723149066
8/27/2017
Airport breakfast
 
Location: 
Fremont (FET), NE
 
Time: 
8:00am 1:00pm
 
Details: 

Boy Scout Troup 109 fixing pancakes & sausage; hosted by Fremont Rotary Club. Contact Brian Newton at 765-894-6845 or newt@bright.net

9/17/2017
Monthly meeting of the Iowa 99’s
 
Location: 
LeMars Airport (LRJ), IA
 
Time: 
11:00am – 3:00pm
 
Details: 

Contact Jenny Myren at 563-650-0342 or email: iowa@ncs99s.org Website: http://iowa.ncs99s.org

    http://iowa.ncs99s.org/

 

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: open 4:00-10:00pm daily. (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

  • 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/)
  • Ortonville (VVV), MN, Matado Supper Club located across from turf strip runway (open Sunday evenings).

Nebraska

  • Closed 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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