Director, Minnesota DOT Office of Aeronautics
Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2019 issue
Spring is here and we are working hard to prepare to participate in a number of outstanding aviation events for the spring-summer season. Here are a couple terrific events that I want to remind you of and let you know your Office of Aeronautics will be there, where we hope to meet many of you:
Minnesota Airports Conference
April 24-26, you will have an opportunity to hear industry and government officials’ ideas and information on funding, aviation trends, airport management, operations, maintenance, and best practices at the annual Minnesota Airports Conference to be held this year at the Willmar Conference Center, 240 23rd Street SE, Willmar, Minnesota. The annual Minnesota Airports Conference features experts in aviation and aerospace, sharing their experiences in general assembly presentations, workshops, and open forums. The conference, held in conjunction with the Minnesota Council of Airports’ annual meeting, also includes technical and safety presentations, an industry trade show, and an awards and recognition program. Oh, by the way, the keynote speaker for this event will be none-other than Vikings player and private pilot, Harrison Smith!
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be held July 22-28 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Come see us at the world’s greatest general aviation event and gathering. Be a part of the excitement and fun, while exploring the flight lines and parking areas to visit many thousands of unique and beautiful aircraft. Don’t forget to visit the vendors and stop by our booth, too. We’ll be there to answer questions and share information about aviation in Minnesota. Come get your fly in “Minnesota Passport.” You’ll be glad you did.
I want to encourage you to read the article by Kelly Akhund in this edition of our “Aeronautics Bulletin.” Kelly discusses how NOTAMs can affect safety, what pilots can do to help their airport manager provide timely NOTAMs, and risk mitigation. The article is very important to aviation safety and every pilot should make a point to read it.
Remember, as pilot-in-command, you are directly responsible for, and you are the final authority as to, the operation of your aircraft. So be safe. Attend safety seminars often. Enjoy flying in Minnesota.