AOPA President To Be Keynote Speaker At Minnesota Seaplane Pilot Safety Seminar

Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017

BRAINERD, MINN. – AOPA President & CEO Mark R. Baker will be the keynote speaker for the Saturday evening banquet at the Minnesota Seaplane Pilot Safety Seminar, May 19-21, 2017 at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota. Baker grew up in Minnesota where he learned to fly, and has owned a variety of recreational and corporate aircraft, including everything from a J-3 Cub and Twin Beech on floats, to a Cessna Citation. He continues to own homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but currently lives in Frederick, Maryland where AOPA is headquartered.

The Minnesota DOT Office of Aeronautics assists in organizing the safety seminar, and with registration. All seminars are eligible for FAA Wings Pilot Proficiency Program credits.

For accommodations, contact Madden’s Resort at 800-642-5363 (

Seaplanes may land on Gull Lake, and aircraft on wheels may land on the grass airstrip at East Gull Lake Airport (9Y2), located adjacent to the resort, where shuttle service is available, or Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (KBRD), where fuel, car rental and taxi service is available.

The organization’s Annual Pig Roast will be held August 13, 2017 at Surfside Seaplane Base, Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

Steve Guetter is President of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association and can be reached at 952-484-9457 or (

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