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SDPA Bimontly Meetings

The South Dakota Pilots Association holds bimonthly meetings typically the month before the newsletter is published. SDPA meetings are opportunities for pilots to fly to an airport away from home and participate in a discussion of aviation issues in South Dakota and activities to promote general aviation in South Dakota.

For future SDPA meetings – check the Events web page!!  

2/8/13

meeting

Oacoma

Al's Oasis

11/9/13

meeting

Baltic

Raven Raven / Aerostar Innovation Campus Aerostat Hangar

Aerostar Innovation Campus Aerostat HangerMartin Harms

Thirty people participated in the tour of the Raven / Aerostar Innovation Campus Aerostat Hangar (4 miles south of Baltic, SD) on November 9, 2013. Martin Harms (right), Flight Operations Manager, gave the tour and a presentation on aerostats and other projects.

9/21/13

20th Anniv.

Faulkton

20th Anniversary of SDPA celebration at Jones Aviation.

9/7/13

meeting

Spearfish

SD Aviation Hall of Fame (Black Hills Aero)

6/8/13

meeting

Winner

VFW Club

4/13/13

meeting

Clark

Airport / Hilltop Aerial, Inc.

2/9/13

meeting

Oacoma

Al's Oasis

11/10/12

meeting

Philip

Rock’n Roll Bowling Alley

Phillip Meeting
SDPA meeting in Philip, SD, on November 10, 2012: (left to right) Tim Modde (back), Dwayne LaFave, John Barney, Marsha Sumpter, Lee Vaughan, Jr., George Bittner, Vernon Vandermay, Steve Hamilton, Sunny Stephens, and Dianna Torson.

9/8/12

meeting

Spearfish

SD Aviation Hall of Fame (Black Hills Aero)

5/12/12

meeting

Aberdeen

Aberdeen Flying Service

3/10/12

meeting

Oacoma

Al’s Oasis

11/12/11

meeting

DeSmet

Oxbow Café (intersection of Highway 14 & Main)

9/18/11 meeting Yankton

Airport breakfast

8/27/11

meeting

Spearfish

SD Aviation Hall of Fame (Black Hills Aero)

6/25/11 meeting Hot Springs Woolly's Restaurant
5/7/11  meeting Gettysburg Dakota Sunset Museum
2/12/11 meeting Oacoma Al’s Oasis
9/4/10 meeting Spearfish SD Aviation Hall of Fame (Black Hills Aero)
7/24/10 meeting Mitchell Wright Brothers Aviation / AirVenture Cup Race
6/5/10 meeting Sky Ranch Sky Ranch For Boys (SD33)
4/17/10 meeting Pierre Airport terminal conference room
SDPA meeting in Pierre on 4/17/10.  Colonel Jeff Taliaferro (left), Commander of Ellsworth AFB, gave a presentation of the expansion of the Powder River MOA, and Mike Isaacs (right), Pierre Airport Manager, gave a presentation on the Pierre Airport.


SDPA meeting on 4/17/10 in Pierre.  Some of the participants in the Pierre meeting included (left to right): Top photo: Jerry Waltman, John Barney, Dianna Torson (all Brookings), Denny Lewis (Hot Springs), Dwayne LaFave (DeSmet); Bottom photo:  Mike Isaacs (Pierre), Norma Kraemer (Nemo), Mary Carol & Bobbie Potts (Gettysburg).

2/13/10 meeting Milbank City administration building / FAASTeam

 

 

<< SDPA meeting in Milbank on 2/13/10.  Dave Quale (left) Director of Maintenance, SDSU Aviation Program, and Warren Hovland (right), Chief Flight Instructor, SDSU Aviation Program, gave FAASTeam presentations.

 

Fly SD (held 1995 to 2009) was an opportunity for South Dakota pilots to fly across our great state and aerially view the topographical changes that occur between East River with its uncounted prairie potholes and West River with its vast expanses of open range, Badlands, and the Black Hills, as well as the striking Missouri River Valley and the main stem dams and reservoirs. Stops can be made at state of the art airports like Sioux Falls and Rapid City or at warm & friendly airports along the way.

Starting in 2010, Fly SD will be renamed the South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame Fly-in.

9/12/09 FLYSD (15th) Spearfish SD Aviation Hall of Fame (Black Hills Aero)
5/31/09 meeting Ellsworth AFB during open house & civilian fly-in
3/21/09 meeting Brookings lunchtime for East River Aviation Safety Symposium
1/31/09 meeting Oacoma Al’s Oasis


<< Twenty-one people participated in the SDPA at Oacoma on Jan 31, 2009

>>Jan 31, 2009:  Steve Hamilton (right) presented Mary Carol Potts (left) a commemorative “postal stamp” and SDPA crystal paperweight in appreciation of being the SDPA Treasurer since 1993.


<< SDPA meeting on 1/31/09 in Oacoma.  Bobbie Potts (left) and Grove Rathbun (right) were presented commemorative “postal stamps” in appreciation of being SDPA Presidents.  Rathbun also received a Certificate of Appreciation for being the SDPA President for 2007-2008. 

9/13/08 FLYSD (14th) Spearfish SD Aviation Hall of Fame (Black Hills Aero)
7/27/08 meeting Mitchell Wright Brothers Aviation / AirVenture Cup Race
5/31/08 meeting Mitchell Wright Brothers Aviation
3/22/08 meeting Pierre Airport terminal
1/26/08 meeting Yankton JoDean’s Restaurant

meeting

 
 

<< SDPA meeting on 1/26/08 in Yankton.  Hod Neilsen of Yankton talked about his experiences as a P-38 photoreconnaissance pilot in WWII prior to the invasion of Europe.

 

9/8/07 Fly SD (13th) Spearfish SD Aviation Hall of Fame (Black Hills Aero)
5/19/07 meeting Rapid City Rapid Fuel on airport with EAA Chapter 39 event
3/24/07 meeting Pierre Airport conference room in terminal (second floor)
1/20/07 meeting Watertown Lake Area Technical Institute at airport


<< SDPA meeting on 1/20/07 in Watertown.  Tom Paulson , Director of the Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) Foundation, talked about the LATI, and introduced Andy Griese, Hoven, SD, who was the first recipient of the SDPA Aviation Mechanic Scholarship at the LATI in the Aviation maintenance Technology program. 


>> Greg Klein (gray shirt), instructor in the LATI Aviation Maintenance Technology program, gave a detailed tour of the facility.


<< Erick Dahl, Watertown Airport Manager, talked about activities at the airport.

>> Captain Greg Hall, Watertown Fire Department, gave a tour of the fire station at the Watertown Airport.

9/9/06 Fly SD (12th) two SD stops Spearfish(SD Aviation Hall of Fame: Black Hills Aero)
6/24/06 meeting Kadoka airport (Kadoka celebrate & parade)
4/15/06  meeting Mobridge Grand Oasis Restaurant
1/28/06 meeting Winner VFW Club 

SDPA meeting on 1/28/06 in Winner.  Front row (left to right); Shon Keith, Sirus Keith, Delbert Keith, Mary Carol Potts, Pam Hamilton, Theresa Marten, Marsha Sumpter, and Myra Christensen.  Back row (left to right): Steve Hamilton, Larry Pravecek, Clarence Raschke, Jeff Jackson, Dave Cwach, Grove Rathbun, Ray Jilek, Butch Oien, Dwayne LaFave, Dave Marten, Merle Vig, and Bobbie Potts.

12/3/05 meeting Winner cancelled due to weather
9/10/05 Fly SD (11th) two SD stops Spearfish (SD Aviation Hall of Fame: Black Hills Aero)
7/16/05 meeting Brookings Pheasant Restaurant
5/14/05 meeting Gettysburg Airport terminal (after airport dedication)
3/19/05 meeting Brookings cancelled due to weather
1/22/05 meeting Oacoma Al’s Oasis

SDPA meeting on 1/22/05 in Oacoma.  Norma Kraemer gave a presentation on the “Airports of the Black Hills.” Steve Hamilton gave a presentation on the “SDPA” in preparation for a formal presentation at the SD Airport Conference scheduled for March.


<< Major Doug “Jethro” Bodine gave a presentation on “B-1 Operations.


>> Jim Behnken (left) & Dr. Dennis Helder (right) gave a presentation on “Ethanol Aviation Fuel for South Dakota.”

11/6/04 meeting Gettysburg Medicine Rock Cafe


<< SDPA meeting on 11/6/04 in Gettysburg. Seated (left to right) Steve Hamilton, Jeff Jackson, Norma Kraemer, L.A. Vern Kraemer, Pam Hamilton; standing (left to right) Dwight Pladsen, Grove Rathbun, Barry Bibler, Marsha Sumpter, Alfred Nagel, Bobbie Potts, Craig Michelson, Mary Carol Potts, Rick Jordan, Merle Vig, Mike Lehrkamp.

9/11/04 Fly SD (10th) two SD stops Spearfish (SD Aviation Hall of Fame: Black Hills Aero)
7/10/04 SDAHF Spearfish Black Hills Aero, limited attendance to talk about SDPA helping / collaborating with the South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame
6/5/04 meeting Hot Springs One-Eyed Jacks Grill
4/3/04 meeting Wessington Springs Springs Inn
1/31/04 meeting Flandreau Royal River Casino
8/16/03 Fly SD (9th) two SD stops Spearfish (SD Aviation Hall of Fame: Black Hills Aero)
6/7/03 meeting Belle Fourche airport terminal
4/5/03 meeting Aberdeen Aberdeen Flying Service
1/18/03 meeting Gettysburg Medicine Rock Café
11/2/02 meeting Madison Madison Aircraft
8/17/02 Fly SD (8th) two SD stops Spearfish (SD Aviation Hall of Fame: Black Hills Aero)
5/4/02 meeting Pierre Capital City Air Carriers
1/5/02 meeting Yankton airport terminal
11/10/01 meeting Brookings Big Sioux Aviation
8/18/01 Fly SD (7th) Mitchell, Pierre, Wall, Spearfish (SD Aviation Hall of Fame: Black Hills Aero)


<< Fly SD (7th):  SDPA members Barry Bibler, John Feidler, Ray Jilek, and Steve Hamilton performed a “missing man” formation just prior to the SD Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Spearfish.


The 7th FLY SD included a tour of the Rapid City control tower and the Army National Guard facility and aircraft.

5/19/01 presentation Huron Huron AFSS (Steve Hamilton)
5/12/01 meeting Huron airport terminal
2/10/01 meeting Pierre Capital City Air Carriers
9/16-17/00 Fly SD (6th) Sioux Falls, Huron, Pierre Spearfish (Deadwood Jam)
8/26/00 airshow chalet Ellsworth AFB ramp – recruiting members
8/5/00 airshow chalet Sioux Falls ramp – recruiting members
7/22-23/00 airshow chalet Watertown ramp – recruiting members
6/17/00 meeting ?? (announced in the SDAA April newsletter)
3/18/00 meeting Pierre Capital City Air Carriers
1/8/00 meeting Pierre Capital City Air Carriers
9/11-12/99 Fly SD (5th) Brookings, Huron, Pierre, Philip, Rapid City
4/10/99 meeting Pierre Capital City Air Carriers
9/19-20/98 Fly SD (4th) Watertown, Huron, Pierre, Philip, Rapid City (??Canceled due to weather)
6/20/98 Airport Day Gettysburg airport
1/??/98 meeting Sioux Falls Business Aviation
9/13-14/97 Fly SD (3rd) Huron, Mobridge, Gettysburg, Chamberlain, Yankton
Fly SD (3rd):  A variety of planes participating in the 3rd FLY SD event arrived in Yankton.
5/10/97 meeting Pierre Capital City Air Carriers
1/18/97  meeting Pierre Capital City Air Carriers
9/14-15/96 Fly SD (2nd) Madison, Huron, Mobridge, Faith, Spearfish  
6/29/96  Airport Day Gettysburg airport
4/13/96 meeting Huron Hangar Café
1/13/96 meeting Pierre St. Charles Hotel
9/24/95 Poker run Hot Springs, Sturgis, Spearfish, Belle Fourche  
9/23-24/95 Fly SD (1st) Pierre, Wall, Custer State Park, Game Lodge  


<< Fly SD (1st):  Lots of pilots, passengers, and planes participated in the 1st Fly SD event. The group assembled for a photo at Pierre, where lunch was provided courtesy of Capital City Air Carrier. Thanks!!

 




>> Steve Hamilton (left) won a 30-minute aerobatic ride with Jim Peitz (right) in Jim’s Christen Eagle at Pierre.

?? Poker run I-29??  
5/29/95 Poker run McLaughlin, Mobridge, Hoven, Gettysburg, Onida
4/29/95 meeting Huron Hangar Café
1/21/95 meeting Watertown Arrow Aviation
9/24/94 meeting Huron Airport Café
7/23/94 meeting Huron Airport Cafe
4/2/94 meeting Huron Airport Café
2/5/94 meeting Huron Airport Café
12/4/93 meeting Gettysburg Medicine Rock Café
9/28/93 meeting Faulkton fly-in event

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