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Statewide Automated Weather Observation Systems: Weather Services Available To Pilots & Non-Pilots Alike

by Michael Hartell Navigation Systems Supervisor MnDOT Office of Aeronautics Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 I started learning how to fly back in 1981–82. One of the things I remember most was trying to understand weather. I … Continue reading

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What’s a hangar for, anyway?

by Tim Jarvis MnDOT – Aeronautics Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 When asked recently to write about hangar usage, I immediately thought back to my manager days at a local FBO in the early 2000s. Even then, … Continue reading

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How Close Is Too Close?

by Levi Eastlick WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 At a time when shaking hands or seeing a stranger’s smile might be as rare as an airworthy SBD Dauntless, there is no better escape … Continue reading

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Flying Up In The “Big Sky”

by Yasmina Platt Copyright 2021.  All rights reserved! Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2020 In addition to flying over Glacier National Park (GNP) last summer, I also had a chance to fly around a good portion of northwest … Continue reading

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Recapping COVID-19 2020

  It is nearly mid-December 2020 as I compose this column, and I am sure by the time you read this, the legislative season will be in full swing for 2021. 2020 was a bust for nearly anything significant pertaining … Continue reading

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The fear factor… Public perceptions about safety are our business

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 Pre-Coronavirus, global air travel was at an all-time high. Between 8,000 and 20,000 aircraft could be flying at any given moment. In the United States … Continue reading

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Knowing When Not To Be A Penny-Pincher!

by Pete Schoeninger Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 Q: I approached my local flight instructor about getting a tailwheel endorsement. He said he would give me necessary dual in his Citabria, but … Continue reading

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Tips On Buying A Used Plane

by Bob Worthington Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 As you read this, spring is just around the corner. Flying weather will be milder and days longer. Hopefully Covid-19 is becoming under control. … Continue reading

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An Explanation of the Designated Pilot Examiner Program

by Harold Green Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 All of us in civil aviation have either flown with, or will fly with, a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). The occasion is usually fraught … Continue reading

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Are You A Child of the Magenta?

by Michael J. “Mick” Kaufman Copyright 2021. All rights reserved! Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 It has been said that Steve Job’s last words as he passed into his next life were, “OH WOW, OH WOW, OH … Continue reading

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