South Dakota Pilots Association

SDPA Meetings

The South Dakota Pilots Association holds 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 What's New Page.

Nov 12, 2022

Meeting (Foth Farms near Onida, SD)

Scott Foth gave a presentation about his Robinson R44 helicopter at his helicopter hangar near Onida, SD. Scott discussed his training and flying of his R44. He showed several videos with different training scenarios for the R44. A lot of detail was presented on how to fly an R44, and some of the hazards in different situations.

Sep 10, 2022

Meeting (Custer County Airport, Custer, SD)

Larry Vetterman (left) gave a presentation about his experiences flying reconnaissance missions during the Vietnam War, and Corey Lewis (right), U.S. Forest Service, manager of the helipad at Custer County Airport, a presentation about operations during fire-fighting activities.

Jun 18, 2022

Meeting (Lincoln County Airport, Tea)

Kraig Ketterling, Sioux Falls tower controller, gave a presentation about the operation of the Sioux Falls Control Tower and interacting with controllers.

Apr 9, 2022

Meeting (Redfield, SD)

Darrel Jensen gave a presentation about being an aircraft controller during 1952 to 1957 while in the U.S. Air Force at Sioux City, IA, and Ellsworth AFB and as a civilian in the Indianapolis, IN, control tower.

Feb 12, 2022

Meeting (Pierre)

Sergeant Sarah Schumacher of the SD Highway Patrol gave a presentation about the Aviation Unit.

Nov 13, 2021

BOD Meeting (Conference call)

In-person meeting set for November 13 in Redfield was canceled due to a lack of a quorum.

Sep 11, 2021

Meeting (Wall Airport, SD)

Presentation by Don & Maureen Alesi of Lead about flying their Cessna 140 around the U.S. to meetings of the International Cessna 120-140 Association.

Jun 12, 2021

Meeting (Hot Springs Airport, SD)

Presentation by John Glasford of Rapid City, about the Black Hills Soaring Club based at Hot Springs Airport, SD.

Apr 10, 2021

Meeting (Boom's Restaurant in Wagner)

Presentation by Richard "Rich" "Skyraider" Hall of Scotland, SD, on his experiences flying the Douglas A-1 Skyraider in Thailand and Laos during the Vietnam War.

Feb 13, 2021

BOD Meeting (Conference Call)

In-person meeting set for February 13 in Oacoma was canceled due to COVID-19.