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Florida Fly-Out Attracts Midwest Flyers

Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 Members of the Florida Aero Club flew to Venice, Florida February 19, 2017 for its monthly fly-out and lunch at Sharky’s On The Pier. Joining the club was Dave and Peggy Weiman of … Continue reading

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Strengthening The Aviation Community

by Bryan Budds, Manager AOPA Great Lakes Region We all know some of the realities facing general aviation today. Unfortunately, we hear with relative frequency discussions of looming user fees, the declining pilot population, the increasing cost of general aviation, … Continue reading

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MATA Conference Focused On Fuel, Flight & Future of GA

BROOKLYN CENTER, MINN. – Concerned with rising fuel prices, fuel fees and taxes, fuel supplies, and the future of general aviation, business owners and their employees came together for a fact-finding/solution-driven mission at the annual Minnesota Aviation Trades Association (MATA) … Continue reading

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Major Change To Affect Businesses On Twin Cities Airports

Al Lange, President of the Minnesota Aviation Trades Association (MATA), has confirmed that Gary Schmidt of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), will meet with members during MATA’s annual conference on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. … Continue reading

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AOPA – More Engaged At Grassroots Level Than Ever Before

As announced at the AOPA Summit in September 2011, AOPA will be committing more resources to working at the regional, state, and local levels to address issues facing the aviation industry. Although we realize that what happens in Washington affects … Continue reading

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Aviation Conferences In The Midwest

by Bill Blake AOPA Great Lakes Regional Representative Recently, the aviation fall conference season ended. For me, that included attending the annual conferences of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), Michigan Association of Airport Executives (MAAE), Illinois Public … Continue reading

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Michigan Governor Appoints GA Pilots To Aeronautics Commission

by Bill Blake, AOPA Great Lakes Regional Representative Peter Kamaranien of Grand Ledge, Michigan, owner of GrandAir Aviation, Inc. at Abrams Municipal Airport, and J. David VanderVeen of Clarkston, Michigan, who is the director of Central Services for Oakland County, … Continue reading

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Signs GA Is Getting Stronger!

I attended the “Michigan Legislative Aviation Day” in early March hosted by the Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA), and the Michigan Association of Airport Executives (MAAE). The day started with representatives of all the aviation interests attending receiving a legislative briefing … Continue reading

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Great Lakes Regional Representative For AOPA Receives Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

(L/R) Barry Cooper, Bill Blake, and FAA Great Lakes Safety Team Manager, Bill Law.

GALENA, ILL. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has presented AOPA Great Lakes Regional Representative Bill Blake with the “Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award” for completing 50 consecutive years of safe, accident-free flying. FAA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Barry Cooper … Continue reading

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