Archives: All Features

“The Plane Skate” – Keeping A Blown Tire From Becoming A Runway Nightmare

by Michael Wiskus I manage corporate flight departments and own a fixed base operation at the Buffalo, Minnesota airport, on the western edge of the Minneapolis Class C airspace. We manage several corporate aircraft and occasionally lease two or three other … Continue reading

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Why Airports Need A Wildlife Control Program All Year, Not Just During Hunting Season!

by Wayne Switzer Comedian Bill Engvall tells one particular story at some of his shows that many people find improbable, when the airplane in which he was a passenger struck a deer. However, airport employees around the world know that … Continue reading

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The Need For An Aircraft Lien Recording Law In Wisconsin

by Russell Klingaman As an aircraft owner and operator, and as an attorney familiar with aviation law, I have identified a problem associated with buying and selling aircraft in Wisconsin: the inability to register some Wisconsin aircraft liens with the … Continue reading

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Ditching Isn’t Just For Trans-Oceanic Pilots

by Rachel Obermoller Aviation Representative MnDOT Office of Aeronautics Every pilot has pondered whether it’s better to go over or around a body of water. Whether it’s a relatively small lake while entering the traffic pattern, Lake Mille Lacs in … Continue reading

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Ice Leaves Gull Lake In The Nick of Time For Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association Seminar & Fly-In

by Dave Weiman When the ice left Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota, organizers of the “Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association Seminar & Fly-In,” May 2-4, at Madden’s Resort, breathed a sigh of relief. Participants also breathed a sigh of relief when … Continue reading

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The Lure of Float Flying

by Karen Workman It was one of those pivotal points in my life. I did not know it that day, or maybe I did, but I would not acknowledge it for many months. My husband and favorite co-pilot, Eric, flew … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Isn’t A ‘Flyover’ State When It Comes To The Aerospace Industry

by Tom Still At first thought, the move of Kestrel Aircraft Corp. to Superior, Wis., may strike some skeptics as a curious landing strip for a company in the business of making small passenger planes. But Wisconsin has more air … Continue reading

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The Lakes That Launched Thousands of Seaplanes

by Rachel Obermoller Aviation Representative MnDOT Office of Aeronautics It should come as no surprise to pilots that the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” played a pivotal role in the early days of seaplane flying. The diversity of Minnesota’s lakes and … Continue reading

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Flying On Floats or Wheels…. Checklists Could Save Your Life!

by Philip Mattison I am a 5,000-plus hour pilot, with commercial, single and multi-engine, instrument, seaplane, skiplane, and instructor ratings. I have logged 1,200-plus hours in my Super Cub on floats, flying north of the Arctic Circle three times, have been … Continue reading

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The Spin Begins At Aircraft Propeller Service…. Things You Need To Know About Your Propeller

by Dave Weiman When it comes to aircraft maintenance and the annual inspection, most aircraft owners are keeping their fingers crossed that the compression will be good in all cylinders, and that they still have some time remaining on their … Continue reading

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