Archives: October/November 2013

AIRPORT WINTER OPERATIONS…

Managing Slippery Runways, Taxiways & Ramps At GA Airports by Pete Vercouteren Winter operations at general aviation (GA) airports can cause many challenges compared to the larger commercial airports. The challenges include availability of operations personnel, training, equipment, and budget. … Continue reading

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New EAA Board Members Bring Extensive Homebuilt, Chapter & Flying Experience

OSHKOSH, WIS. – Three aviators with extensive experience in EAA programs and activities have joined the top leadership of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as the newest members of the EAA Board of Directors. Alan Klapmeier, James Clark, and Cody … Continue reading

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The Dangers of “Black Ice”

Fall is well known in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest for its beautiful colors, many comfortable days and crisp nights. Some years the colors seem so vibrant and plentiful, yet once in awhile, fall will seem to be frequently gray … Continue reading

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Yell “Clear Prop” & Wait!

Nearly every pilot has had the experience of that first night flight alone after getting the coveted Private Pilot Certificate. The excitement tinged with small flecks of nervousness that are felt, are all blown slightly out of proportion in the … Continue reading

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Sales Tax Exemptions In Other Midwest States

Minnesota joins other Midwest states in exempting sales tax on aircraft parts and associated installation labor. Wisconsin currently has an interstate commercial operations exemption. Interstate commercial operations, although a bit vague, refers to airline travel, though in some instances it … Continue reading

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Minnesota Revamps Taxes On Aviation… Changes Expected To Be More Fair & Vitalize Aviation In State

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a 2013 Omnibus Tax Bill into law May 23, 2013, which includes several provisions that are intended to boost aviation activity in the state, make registration fees more equitable among aircraft … Continue reading

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The Colors of The Season

by Cassandra Isackson Director, Minnesota Office of Aeronautics We have had a fabulous summer overall, the kind we brag about to people in other locales. Warm, sunny days, brilliantly colored sunsets, and comfortable, calm evenings, have made this late starting … Continue reading

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2013-14 Wisconsin Airport Directory & Pilot’s Guide Now Available!

by Jeffery Taylor Aviation Consultant WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics The 2013-2014 Wisconsin Airport Directory and Pilot’s Guide is here! In addition to the typical updating of airport information at the 133 public-use airports in Wisconsin, this guide includes updated and … Continue reading

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Meet Terry Ripp…..

Airport Engineering Specialist WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics Terry Ripp joined the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics in April 1985. For more than two decades, Terry worked as an engineering specialist, assisting airport project managers. In 2007, she became … Continue reading

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Upcoming Flight Instructor & Mechanic Seminars

by Jeffery Taylor Aviation Consultant WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics The next WisDOT Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) is scheduled for November 9 and 10, 2013 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the FAA Safety Center. The course is open to all pilots; … Continue reading

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