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Minnesota Native Selected To Head Metropolitan Airports Commission

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Minnesota native, Brian Ryks, is being recommended by the executive committee of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) to replace Jeff Hamiel as Executive Director/CEO, who will retire May 16, 2016. The full commission will meet March … Continue reading

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Piper Recognizes Exceptional Salesmanship By Des Moines Flying Service Executive

VERO BEACH, FLA. – Piper Aircraft has recognized Regional Sales Manager John Textor of Des Moines Flying Service (DMFS) for his outstanding sales performance in 2015. Textor received Piper’s “Highest Total Unit Sales in the United States Award” at the … Continue reading

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World War II Pilot, Betty Strohfus, Leaves Us For Greater Mission!

FARIBAULT, MINN. – The lady who graced Minnesota aviation for decades at fly-ins and special events, has died at the age of 96. Elizabeth “Liz” Wall Strohfus of Faribault, Minnesota, who served her country as a Women Airforce Service Pilot … Continue reading

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Great Grandson To Eisenhower Named Kansas Aviation Director

TOPEKA, KAN. – The great grandson to Dwight David Eisenhower, Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, has been named director of the Kansas Department of Transportation Division of Aviation. Eisenhower comes from a business background, holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Western State … Continue reading

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NATA President Tom Hendricks To Resign

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tom Hendricks, president of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), announced April 4, 2016, his intentions to resign from NATA upon the completion of his employment agreement, which expires at the end of August. “During the past … Continue reading

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Patty Wagstaff… Passing On The Gold of Her Experience To Others

by Dave Weiman A regular performer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and a dozen other airshows in the U.S. and abroad each year, is Patty Wagstaff, now flying the Extra 330LX. A six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team, Patty Wagstaff … Continue reading

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Pilots Crisscross USA In Experimental Aircraft & Set World Records

Two pilots departed from Dallas Love Field on October 4, 2015 in an attempt to set four speed records in a two-seat open-cockpit gyroplane. The duo flew the following routes: Dallas to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to New York City, … Continue reading

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Gibson, Gorak, Igou & Vehlow Inducted Into Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame

OSHKOSH, WIS. – A professional pilot and fixed based operator, a flight instructor and businessman, a World War II veteran and crop duster, and a career soldier and aviation businessman, were inducted into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame at … Continue reading

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EAA Inducts Five Into Sport Aviation Halls of Fame

OSHKOSH, WIS. – The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) recognized the contributions made to the world of flight by five aviators at its Sport Aviation Halls of Fame banquet, November 5, 2015, at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wis. Persons … Continue reading

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Hoot Gibson Wins Unlimited Gold In “Strega”

RENO, NEV. – The 52nd Annual National Championship Air Races came to a close, September 28, 2015, with Robert “Hoot” Gibson as the winner of the Unlimited Gold Race with a speed of 488.983 mph in “Strega.” Stewart Dawson flying … Continue reading

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