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FLY South Dakota Airports!

FLY South Dakota Airports! is a program sponsored by the South Dakota Pilots Association (SDPA).  We have shamelessly patterned our program after the Fly Minnesota Airports! program and the Create a Flying Legacy in North Dakota program.

FLY South Dakota Airports! is designed to promote general aviation in South Dakota.  The program is being launched in the summer of 2010 in anticipation of the 100th Anniversary of Flight in South Dakota, which occurs on April 9, 2011. 

FLY South Dakota Airports! rewards pilots who fly to South Dakota’s public-use airports, attend aviation safety seminars, and visit South Dakota museums with aviation displays.  FLY South Dakota Airports! promotes safety and education, and encourages pilots to practice approaches and landings in many different environments.  It’s also a great way to support general aviation airports, businesses, and tourism.  Just visit one of the places or events listed in this passport, and have your passport signed in the appropriate box.  It’s as easy as that! 

How to Participate

Contact the SDPA and request a FLY South Dakota Airports! program passport (all SDPA members current as of May 2010 were mailed a passport).

Fill in the page at the front of your passport with your name and contact information.  Each time you visit a South Dakota public-use airport, museum with an aviation display, or participate in an aviation safety seminar, have your passport signed in the appropriate box. 

When you have received the proper number of signatures entitling you to a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Level Award, submit your completed passport to the SDPA (303 Golf Lane, Yankton, SD 57078-1727). 

Rules of the Program

  • Use the HONOR system – don’t sign for an airport you visited prior to the start of this program.
  • Fill in the page at the front of your passport with your name and contact information.
  • The program is open to pilots.  Participants are not required to be South Dakota residents.  Participants must obtain an official FLY South Dakota Airports! passport to participate.  Only 1,000 passports will be printed.
  • When visiting a qualifying airport, museum, or aviation safety seminar, participants must obtain a signature in their passport.  All signatures must be made in the appropriate location in the booklet.  No signatures may be made on any other document and later placed in the booklet.
  • Each participant may only receive one signature per visit.  For aviation safety seminars, the signature should be that of one presenter per seminar at qualifying events.  A multiple seminar event such as the East River Aviation Symposium (with multiple seminars during the 8-hour symposium) counts as one event [SDPA wants participants to participate in several aviation safety seminars throughout the year]. 
  • When you have earned the proper number of signatures (visited 20, 40 or 74 airports), submit your passport to the SDPA for review.  Please note which level has been earned:  Bronze, Silver, or Gold.  Passports should be mailed to SDPA, 303 Golf Lane, Yankton, SD 57078-1727. 
  • Once a passport has been submitted and gift awarded, the passport will be returned to the participant so that he or she can continue to the next level.
  • Awards and recognition will be made in the SDPA News newsletter (we will list your name, town, airports visited, and award level).
  • If an airport has a pilot sign-in book, please sign-in so that the airport can document use for the airport sponsor, i.e., city or county.
  • Get a “standard weather briefing” including TFRs and NOTAMS before flying.  FLY SAFE!!
  • There is no deadline for completing the passport program as long as the program remains in operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Once I complete the Bronze level, can I continue using my same passport to the Silver or Gold levels?  Yes, once a passport has been submitted and reviewed, it will be returned to its owner and can be used to advance to the next level of the program.  
  2. Who can sign my logbook?  Anyone at the airport can sign your passport – airport manager, FBO employee, local pilot, aviation mechanic, CFI, city / county worker, airport bum, etc.   
  3. I visited a South Dakota Airport and no one was around to sign my passport.  What do I do?  If no one is around the airport, as might occur at our smaller airports like Lake Andes, you may initial the signature box and add the time of the visit.  Use the HONOR system – don’t sign for an airport you visited prior to the start of this program.  REMEMBER:  we will be reporting your accomplishments in the SDPA News newsletter including the airports you visited – to encourage others to follow in your footsteps.    
  4. I have landed at some South Dakota Airports in past years.  Do these landings count?  No.  With this new program, we want to encourage visits to airports and will only count those dated after the start of this program:  May 1, 2010. 

Participating Levels and Awards

Participating Levels and Awards

Level

Award

Airports

Museums

Safety Seminar

Bronze

“I Flew SD” patch with “20 Airports” chevron
AND
Coffee mug with “I Flew SD” and SDPA logos
 OR
SDPA tote bag.

20 out of 74 airports

2

2

Silver

“I Flew SD” patch with “40 Airports” chevron
AND
Glass paperweight with “I Flew SD” logo
OR
Book “South Dakota’s First Century of Flight.”

40 out of 74 airports

 

3

 

3

Gold

“I Flew SD” patch with “74 Airports” chevron
AND
$100 gift certificate to Sporty’s or EAA or AOPA.

 

74 out of 74 airports

 

4

 

4


B
R
O
N
Z
E

“I Flew SD” patch with “20 Airports” chevron

AND
(select only one choice below – either the mug or the tote bag)

Coffee mug with“I Flew SD”and SDPA logos
OR
SDPA tote bag
(canvas:  15” wide x 14”tall)
mugs

S
I
L
V
E
R

“I Flew South Dakota” patch with “40 Airports” chevron
AND
(select only one choice below – either the glass paperweight or the book)
 Glass paperweight (2.5”x2.5”) with “I Flew South Dakota” logo
OR
Book: “South Dakota’s First Century of Flight” by Norma J. Kraemer

G
O
L
D

“I Flew South Dakota” patch with “74 Airports” chevron

AND

South Dakota Airports

Museum Information

SD Air and Space Museum, Ellsworth AFB, SD.
http://www.ellsworth.af.mil/museum.asp
2890 Davis Drive
Ellsworth AFB, SD
605-385-5189
Museum is located outside of the main gate of Ellsworth AFB.  No special access or identification is required.
Museum Hours:
May-September:  Open seven days a week 8:30am to 6:00pm.
October-April:  open seven days a week 8:30am to 4:30pm.
(Closed January - February for maintenance).

Heritage Hall Museum and Archives, Freeman, SD. 
http://www.freemanmuseum.org/
748 S. Main Street
Freeman, SD 57029
605-925-4237
Museum Hours:
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Tuesday through Saturday 11:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Philip, SD
http://www.nps.gov/mimi/index.htm
The contact station is located on the south side of Exit 131 off Interstate 90 in western South Dakota, beside the Conoco gas station.  This highway exit is 75 miles east of Rapid City.
Visitor Contact Station Hours
The contact station is open Monday through Friday during the winter, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 
Winter 2010 thru Spring 2010 Tour schedule.
One tour per day will be offered at 10:00 am, Monday - Friday, from January 1st through April 30th.
Missile Silo Delta-09 Open from May to October 2010.  Launch Facility (Missile Silo) Delta-09 will be open from May through the end of October 2010.
Summer Tours 2010 (May 3rd - September 30th) Two tours will be offered daily at 9:00am and 1:30pm, Monday - Saturday.  The only exceptions will be on selected Thursdays when the park stages the Open House. 

SD National Guard Museum, Pierre
http://mva.sd.gov/natl_guard_museum.html
301 East Dakota
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
605-224-9991
Museum Hours:
Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Closed:  Weekends and Holidays
Tours:  By appointment

The Journey Museum, Rapid City
http://www.journeymuseum.org/
222 New York Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
605-394-6923
Museum Hours:
Summer Hours:
(Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Monday through Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Winter Hours:
Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm
The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday & the first two weeks of January for annual maintenance.

Program UPDATE November 1, 2010:
As with any program – change happens!  Here are some recent changes to the Passport program. 

  1. SD gained a new airport on Oct 7 with the grand opening of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Airport (SUO).  Please add that airport to your passport after the entry for Yankton on page 16.  The nearby Mission Sioux Airport (0V6) will remain open until the PAPIs at Rosebud are flight checked and a few other items are completed at the new airport. 
  2. You can remove Dupree Airport (7F2) from your passport because the City of Dupree has decided to close their airport. 
  3. We have expanded the list of “museums with aviation displays” to include Norma Kraemer’s 1-hour PowerPoint presentation on the First Century of Flight in South Dakota.  If you attended Norma’s presentation in Spearfish on September 4th at Black Hills Aero as part of the SD Aviation Hall of Fame event or her presentation on Oct 24 in Pierre at the Cultural Heritage Center – you can count that as a museum visit – BUT just ONE VISIT even if you have seen the presentation two or more times.  Add Norma’s entry on page 17 at the bottom in the blank box.
    BOTTOMLINE:  There is now one less airport to visit with the loss of Dupree, and more opportunities to achieve the museum visits with the addition of Norma’s PowerPoint presentations. 

Program UPDATE March 1, 2011
UPDATE:  As with any program – change happens!  Here are some recent changes to the Passport program.

We have expanded the list of “museums with aviation displays” to include additional presentations on aviation history in SD: 

  1. “First Century of Flight in South Dakota PowerPoint by Norma Kraemer shown at Spearfish on 9/4/10, and at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on 10/24/10. 
  2. “Wings Over Yankton: 1943-44” PowerPoint by Steve Hamilton shown at Spearfish on 9/4/10, and Yankton on 12/12/10. 
  3. “Western SD Takes to the Skies” PowerPoint by Norma Kraemer at Oacoma on 2/12/11. 
  4.  “South Dakota’s First Woman Pilot: Nellie Zabel Willhite” PowerPoint by Norma Kraemer at the Old Court House Museum, Sioux Falls, on 3/18/11.
  5. “First Century of Flight in South Dakota” -- major museum display at The Journey Museum in Rapid City from Feb to April 30; and at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from May 3 to September 12. 
         ONE VISIT for each presentation even if you have seen the SAME presentation two or more times.  Add the aviation history presentations on page 17 at the bottom in the blank box or in the white space on page 16. 
    BOTTOMLINE:  There are more opportunities to achieve the museum visits with the addition of presentations on aviation history in South Dakota.

Program UPDATE August 15, 2013:

Here are some recent changes to the Passport program. Participants in the FLY South Dakota Airports! Passport program no longer need to land at the following three airports. : 

  1. Harrold (formerly 5G3, now SD50) became private in 2010 (the owner has been giving permission to land if you want to include the airport in your quest to land there and mark your passport.)
  2. North Sioux City (7K7) stopped being a public airport in 2011, but the airport is still open.
  3. McIntosh (8D6) stopped being a public airport in 2013 and has been closed.

**President’s column, May-June 2011: 
" Greetings everyone, I trust the winter hasn’t been too harsh this year and that everyone is looking forward to a good season of flying!  As I write this, the sun is starting to peep through breaks in the clouds and motivates me to make a declaration!  I’ll buy lunch (restaurant of your choice) for the first pilot, in South Dakota, who completes all the requirements of the Fly South Dakota Airports! Passport Program.” -- John Barney, SDPA President

Award Recipients

Bronze Award (20 Airports):
    Dwayne LaFave (DeSmet):  Sept 2010 
    Steve Hamilton (Yankton):  May 2011
    George Bittner (Mitchell):  November 2011
    Neil Schmid (Sioux Falls):  March 2012
    Warren Hovland (Brookings): September 2013
    Charles Moe, Sr. (Rosebud): December 2013
Silver Award (40 Airports):
    Dwayne LaFave (DeSmet):  July 2011
    Steve Hamilton (Yankton):  August 2011
    George Bittner (Mitchell):  July 2012
    Neil Schmid (Sioux Falls):  October 2012
    Warren Hovland (Brookings): September 2013
Gold Award (74 Airports):
    Dwayne LaFave (DeSmet):  September 2012 
    Steve Hamilton (Yankton):  October 2012
    George Bittner (Mitchell):  October 2013
    Warren Hovland (Brookings) November 2013

Gold Awards
  Gold Award recipients (left to right) Dwayne LaFave, Steve Hamilton, George Bittner
Gold Award - Warren Hovland
  Gold Level recipient: Warren Hovland with J-3 Cub used in visits to some airports.

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