Tag Archives: Dan McDowell

An Insidious Threat

by Dan McDowell Published in Midwest Flyer – Dec 2016/Jan 2017 Ask any aviator what he/she likes to do most, and 9 out of 10 times they will say, with little or no hesitation “FLYING!” For many, it is pure … Continue reading

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Clear Communications… A Key To Safe Flight

by Dan McDowell Published in Midwest Flyer – Oct/Nov 2016 Flying solo is like dancing. It requires some specific movements, but also allows a certain amount of freedom of expression. We see this at any airshow where top aerobatic performers … Continue reading

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Holiday Gifts That Fly

by Rick Braunig & Tara Kalar, with Dan McDowell The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is concerned about the estimated 1,000,000 “drones” that are expected to be purchased and potentially flown starting around the Christmas Holiday. The possibility of one million … Continue reading

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The Airport Paradox

by Dan McDowell When aviation is discussed in many communities and even on social media, it is the airlines that become the greater part of the conversations. General aviation (GA), if mentioned at all, is too often spoken about in … Continue reading

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Safety Complacency

by Dan McDowell In the 1970s, we were happy if our automobile engines went 60,000 miles before needing overhaul or replacement. Today, the average auto engine can easily last (with reasonable care), 150-200,000 miles, or more. Jet engines were no … Continue reading

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Some Cross-Country Basics

by Dan McDowell Imagine the beauty to be seen as the fall colors stretch for miles before you. The beauty of flight enhanced by the beauty of the season provides the opportunity for the renewal of the passion for aviation … Continue reading

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They Do Understand!

by Dan McDowell Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics Did you know that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does understand the value of General Aviation airports? They clearly demonstrate that fact in a newly released study entitled “General Aviation Airports:  A National … Continue reading

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Airports – Vitally Important To Our Communities!

The Economic Impact of Commercial Aviation by Dan McDowell In a recent economic impact study produced for ACI-International-North America, its president Greg Principato stated, “Airports play an important but often underappreciated role as economic engines that create jobs and opportunities … Continue reading

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Check Out The Reports!

by Chris Roy Director, Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics There is an exciting new document on the Internet about General Aviation. It is the latest Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) report on GA Airports, dated May 2012. This is an excellent document … Continue reading

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From The Editor of the Mn/DOT Aeronautics Technical Bulletin

The Mn/DOT Aeronautics Technical Bulletin is published in the interest of aviation safety and to actively promote aeronautical progress in the state and nation. It is our continuing goal to provide timely, interesting and useful articles on subjects of importance … Continue reading

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