Tag Archives: Rachel Obermoller

Where Do Your Floats Come From?

by Rachel Obermoller Pilot, MnDOT Office of Aeronautics Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 There are several ways, which floats, or really any additional equipment, can be certified for aircraft. When an aircraft is initially certified, a Type Certificate … Continue reading

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A Seaplane Pilot At Work: Combining Conservation With Seaplane Flying

by Rachel Obermoller Aviation Representative – MnDOT Aeronautics Photos by Walt Rhodes, USFWS How many different jobs can you name for a seaplane pilot? Most pilots could probably call up a few things a working seaplane pilot might do: charter, … Continue reading

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The Peaceful Illusion of Glassy Water

by Rachel Obermoller AvRep, MnDOT Aeronautics Imagine perfectly smooth water, without a ripple and reflecting a mirror-like image, the slightest bit of steam rising from the warm water into the cool morning air.  There is little more you need to … Continue reading

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Flying Single Pilot – What can we learn from fun and games?

by Rachel Obermoller Aviation Representative, MnDOT Aeronautics I asked a few fellow pilots over the last couple weeks if they had any good single pilot flying stories to tell – perhaps a hangar-flying tale they learned a lesson from, or … Continue reading

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As The Holidays Arrive

by Cassandra Isackson Director, Minnesota DOT Office of Aeronautics As the holiday season arrives, many people will take vacation to spend time with family and friends. It is our hope that you will have a wonderful and safe time, and … Continue reading

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Ditching Isn’t Just For Trans-Oceanic Pilots

by Rachel Obermoller Aviation Representative MnDOT Office of Aeronautics Every pilot has pondered whether it’s better to go over or around a body of water. Whether it’s a relatively small lake while entering the traffic pattern, Lake Mille Lacs in … Continue reading

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The Lakes That Launched Thousands of Seaplanes

by Rachel Obermoller Aviation Representative MnDOT Office of Aeronautics It should come as no surprise to pilots that the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” played a pivotal role in the early days of seaplane flying. The diversity of Minnesota’s lakes and … Continue reading

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Put A Little Elbow Grease Into Invasive Species Prevention

by Rachel Obermoller Aviation Representative Did you know that over 80 percent of invasive species that transfer between bodies of water do so via ducks, geese, and Minnesota’s own common loon? Did you also know that 27 percent of all … Continue reading

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Understand Your Options For Online Weather Information

by Rachel Obermoller MnDOT Aeronautics is transitioning to a new type of Minnesota Weather Access System (MnWAS) computer at airports across Minnesota. These new computers provide pilots with access to online weather and aviation-related resources via the Internet. These new … Continue reading

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You didn’t really like those sunglasses, did you?

by Rachel Obermoller MNDOT Office of Aeronautics In a seaplane pilot’s ideal world, every day would be 5 to 10 knot winds with light chop on the water, clear skies, and dead calm winds in a sheltered docking area. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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