Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017
Fly Minnesota Airports is a program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of Aeronautics and the Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) to promote general aviation in Minnesota. This program rewards pilots who fly to Minnesota publicly-owned airports, attend FAA safety seminars, and visit Minnesota’s aviation museums. Fly Minnesota Airports promotes safety and education, and encourages pilots to practice approaches and landings in many different environments. It is also a great way to support general aviation airports, businesses, and tourism. Just visit one of the places or events listed in the Fly Minnesota Airports passport, and have your passport stamped in the appropriate box. It’s as easy as that!
How To Participate
Visit your local publicly-owned airport and request a Fly Minnesota Airports program passport or contact the MnDOT Office of Aeronautics for a passport.
Fill in the page at the front of your passport with your name and contact information. Each time you fly to or visit a Minnesota publicly-owned airport, aviation museum, or attend a participating FAA safety seminar, have your passport stamped in the appropriate box. At most airports, stamps are located in the arrival and departure building next to the weather machine.
When you have received the proper number of stamps entitling you to a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Level Award, submit your completed passport along with copies of your logbook to the MnDOT Office of Aeronautics. Please note which level – Gold, Silver, or Bronze – is being sought. The program is only open to Minnesota residents.
If you wish to have your passport reviewed while you wait, please call ahead to schedule an appointment (800-657-3922). Once a passport has been submitted and a gift awarded, the passport will be returned to the participant so that he or she can continue to the next level.
Gold Level Awards and recognition will be made at the MCOA annual Minnesota Airports Conference. There is no deadline for completing the passport program as long as the program remains in operation.
Frequently Asked Questions
I visited a Minnesota airport that wasn’t able to stamp my passport (no stamp, no passports, etc.). What do I do?
If you are unable to get a stamp at a Minnesota airport, please contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics.
What if I cannot find a stamp at an airport?
Insert the date you flew to that airport in the appropriate airport box in your FlyMN Passport. Upon completion of an award level, a MnDOT Office of Aeronautics representative will stamp the appropriate airport box by verifying the flight in your logbook.