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New Aeronautics Planning & Finance Director

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Ryan Gaug is the new MnDOT Office of Aeronautics Planning and Finance Director, effective July 30, 2014. Gaug began his career at MnDOT as a planner in 2008 and first came to Aeronautics as a planning … Continue reading

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Meet MATA Board Member, Alison Wynne

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Alison Wynne is one of nine aviation professionals on the board of directors of the Minnesota Aviation Trades Association – an organization made up of fixed base operators and other aviation businesses that serve the Minnesota aviation … Continue reading

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Meet Paula Groom…

Airport Development Engineer WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics MADISON, WIS. – Paula Groom joined the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics (BOA) in May 2014. As an airport development engineer, Paula is responsible for managing projects at 10 airports around … Continue reading

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Amelia Earhart Addresses Aviation Explorers

by Jim Bildilli Members of the Aviation Explorer Base at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, July 28 – August 3, were treated to a presentation by Amelia Earhart on her around-the-globe flight. Not to be confused with the Amelia of the … Continue reading

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Honda Aircraft President Receives Award For Innovation In Aeronautics

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – The International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) presented its 2014 Award for Innovation in Aeronautics to Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino during the 29th ICAS Congress, September 10, 2014 in St. Petersburg, … Continue reading

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Frank Butler Butler Aviation

CHICAGO, ILL. – Frank Butler, 85, the son of Paul Butler who founded Butler Aviation and the village of Oak Brook, Illinois, died August 22, 2014 at a rehabilitation facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. The family farm became the … Continue reading

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Date Set For Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame Banquet

OSHKOSH, WIS. – The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame will hold its 29th annual induction banquet, Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Six aviators will be inducted including Brig. Gen. Peter Drahn (ret.), Vice … Continue reading

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Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame Inducts Three Doolittle Raiders

GREENFIELD, IOWA – The Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame inducted three members of the famed Doolittle Raiders at ceremonies held October 2, 2014. Inducted were Cpt. Charles Greening, Sgt. Bill Dieter and Cpl. Leland Faktor. Reacting to the damage done … Continue reading

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Personnel Changes At AOPA

Frederick, Md. – Bruce Landsberg, President of the AOPA Foundation and Executive Director of the AOPA Air Safety Institute for the past 22 years, has moved into a new “Senior Safety Advisor” role, which allows him to get out of … Continue reading

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Woody Minar Earns Fifth Master Instructor Certification

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has announced that Woody Minar of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, has earned accreditation as a NAFI Master Flight Instructor. This is Minar’s fifth NAFI Master Instructor accreditation. After serving in the U.S. Navy … Continue reading

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