Archives: People

The People & Aircraft of Wings of The North Museum

by Chuck Cravens Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2018 issue There is a historical jewel located at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. That gem is the “Wings of the North Museum,” which is dedicated to presenting and … Continue reading

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Realizing One’s Dreams of Flight Against All Odds

by Brandon Stevens Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2018 issue I’d be lying if I said I dreamt of becoming a pilot as a child. Truth is, I had very limited exposure to anything that flew. I wanted to … Continue reading

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South St. Paul Names New Airport Manager

Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2018 issue SOUTH ST. PAUL, MINN. – Minnesota native Andrew Wall has returned home to manage South St. Paul Municipal Airport – Fleming Field. He succeeds Philip Tiedeman who joined the staff at the … Continue reading

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Twin & Turbine Appoints New Editor-in-Chief

Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2018 issue TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. – Twin & Turbine and VP Demand Creation Services has named Rebecca Groom Jacobs of Wichita, Kansas, Editor-in-Chief of Twin & Turbine Magazine, effective May 1. Jacobs succeeds Dianne … Continue reading

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Former Top Gun From Minnesota Perishes In Glider Accident

Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2018 issue A glider accident on April 14, 2018, resulted in the death of former U.S. Navy Top Gun instructor, Tom Irlbeck, 74, of Bayport, Minnesota and Cape Coral, Florida. The cause of the … Continue reading

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Pan Am Clipper Pilot Celebrated Life & Appreciated Friends Paul A. Johns

(In Memoriam: October 11, 1913 – March 28, 2018) Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2018 issue IOLA, WIS. – The Central County Flyers celebrated the 104th birthday of one of their members – Paul Johns of Iola, Wisconsin – … Continue reading

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The Voice of The Red Baron Stearman Squadron Goes Silent

by Dave Weiman Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2018 issue “The year is 1925. Back from World War I, many young former fight pilots were trying to make a living in aviation. You are standing on a grass field … Continue reading

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Meet Mark Graczykowski

Airport Development Engineer – WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2018 issue Mark Graczykowski joined the Wisconsin DOT Bureau of Aeronautics (BOA) in October 2017. As an airport development engineer, Mark is responsible for managing projects … Continue reading

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New Senior Vice President of Product Development At Cirrus

Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2018 issue DULUTH, MINN. & KNOXVILLE, TENN. – As Cirrus Aircraft continues to innovate and lead general aviation with the best-selling SR series aircraft and the Vision® Jet, the world’s first single-engine Personal Jet, … Continue reading

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Paul Cornu’s “Flying Bicycle” – 110th Anniversary of the First Helicopter Flight

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2018 issue On November 13, 1907, French engineer and bicycle maker, Paul Cornu, made history by becoming the first man to fly a rotary-wing aircraft. The primitive helicopter – a twin-rotorcraft powered by a … Continue reading

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