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  • August 09, 2021 11:36 | Anonymous

    Three young aviation enthusiasts were recently awarded the North Dakota Professional Aviation Mechanics Association (NDPAMA) scholarships. Rod Brekken, the NDPAMA Scholarship Awards Coordinator presented them. The recipients are:

    Tyler Hupp from Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, SD. He was awarded a $1500 scholarship and Bismarck Aero Center/NDPAMA jacket.

    Keaton Shelton from Northland Community Technical College at Thief River Falls, MN. He received a $1750 scholarship and a Gordon Person/NDPAMA Jacket.

    Nick Zingraf from Northland Community Technical College, MN. He received a $1500 scholarship and an Aviation Industry Partners/NDPAMA jacket.

    Congratulations to these scholarship recipients and happy flying!

  • August 09, 2021 11:18 | Anonymous

    By Kyle Wanner, Executive Director

    The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission (NDAC) recently finalized approximately $5 million in state infrastructure grant allocations to multiple public airports throughout North Dakota. The 102 individual projects received grant awards at 53 different public-use airports throughout the state.  

    A majority of the grant allocations are made possible from the NDAC’s Special Fund, where the primary revenue source is derived from state tax collections on aviation fuel and aircraft sales. These grants are critical in maintaining the needed infrastructure to support our aviation industry, which is a major contributor to the state’s economy and standard of living.

    These state airport grant allocations will help to supplement the funding of high priority airport projects within North Dakota while at the same time ensuring that our statewide aviation system is being maintained.  These projects will also help to create jobs within our communities and will greatly assist our airports as they work to help our economy rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Provided on this page is a listing of each of the public airports that received a state grant along with a description of at least one of their funded projects. A full listing of the airport grants and dollar amounts can also be found in the news section on the Aeronautics Commission website. 

    Congratulations to all of the communities on their grant awards! 

    Commercial Airport Grant Awards:

    Bismarck | Terminal Security Camera Upgrades

    Devils Lake | Replace Radio Controller for Lighting

    Dickinson | Runway 14/32 NAVAID Construction

    Fargo | Acquire Snow Removal Equipment

    Minot | Pavement Maintenance

    General Aviation Grant Awards:

    Ashley | Pavement Maintenance

    Beach | Pavement Maintenance

    Beulah | Pavement Maintenance

    Bottineau | Pavement Maintenance

    Carrington | Pavement Maintenance

    Casselton | Pavement Maintenance

    Cavalier | Pavement Maintenance

    Crosby | Construct Snow Removal Equipment Building

    Drayton | Pavement Maintenance

    Ellendale | Pavement Maintenance

    Enderlin | Tree Obstruction Removal

    Fessenden | Purchase Airport Maintenance Trailer

    Garrison | Pavement Maintenance

    Grafton | Pavement Maintenance

    Hazen | Taxiway and Apron Rehabilitation

    Hettinger | Reconstruct Parallel Taxiway

    Hillsboro | Construct Community Hangars 

    Killdeer | Pavement Maintenance

    Kulm | Purchase Box Scraper

    LaMoure | Apron Rehabilitation

    Langdon | Pavement Maintenance

    Larimore | Pavement Maintenance

    Leeds | Purchase Terminal Building

    Lidgerwood | Design Medivac Helipad

    Linton | Reconstruct Airport Lighting

    Maddock | Design Airport Lighting

    Mandan | Fuel System Upgrade

    Mayville | Pavement Maintenance

    Milnor | Runway Grading

    Minto | Apron & Taxiway Drainage Improvements

    Mohall | Pavement Maintenance

    Napoleon | Pave Taxilane & Relocate Access Road

    New Rockford | Pavement Maintenance 

    New Town | Construct Community Hangar

    Northwood | Pavement Maintenance

    Park River | Tree Obstruction Removal

    Rolla | Update Fuel System Card Reader

    Rugby | Pavement Maintenance

    Stanley | Purchase Snow Removal Equipment Building

    St. Thomas | Replace Air to Ground Radio Antenna

    Tioga | Runway Lighting Repairs

    Valley City | Replace Jet A & 100LL Fuel Systems

    Wahpeton | Apron Rehabilitation

    Washburn | Construct Concrete Apron

    Watford City | Purchase Snow Removal Equipment

    Westhope | Runway Lighting Construction

    Wishek | Airport Lighting System Repairs 

  • August 09, 2021 11:12 | Anonymous

    Do you have a family member or friend who is:

    • An active duty or retired military member

    • Works or worked in military aviation

    • A North Dakota resident

    We plan to highlight our local service members in upcoming Quarterly issues! Email editor@fly-nd.com for more information.

  • August 09, 2021 11:03 | Anonymous

    The aviation industry has a spot for YOU!

    A rewarding career in aviation doesn't only mean being a pilot...

    Register for the FREE Fly-ND Career Expo to see what your future could look like in management, air traffic control, weather planning, flight operations, maintenance, engineering, unmanned aircraft systems, space studies and so much more!

    Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 | 9am-2pm

    Dakota Territory Air Museum | Minot, ND

    Scholarship Opportunities!

    Register FREE Here!

  • August 09, 2021 10:52 | Anonymous

    Although COVID-19 may have slowed down the hiring of pilots, we are now seeing the effects of the pilot shortage once again. Earlier this summer, we saw flights being cancelled due to lack of crew and I am seeing signs of the commercial airlines hiring at a faster than pre-COVID rate. As I have mentioned in previous articles, it isn’t just the pilots; as the industry grows, we need mechanics, air traffic controllers, engineers, and other non-flying positions.

    To help students find their spot in our industry, the North Dakota Aviation Association (NDAA) held its first Aviation Career Expo in Fargo, just before school ended in May. The event was a success with more than 100 students attending and learning about all the career opportunities in aviation. Thank you to all the exhibitors, presenters, and organizers who volunteered their time to make this event a great day. To top it off, THANK YOU to the generous donors who enabled nearly $15,000 worth of scholarships to be awarded to students wishing to pursue education in these high-need areas.

    While at the Career Expo, the NDAA board voted to continue the momentum and get back on track with an annual fall Career Expo. Planning has already begun, and I am excited to see what we can provide to the students in western North Dakota on October 6, at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot. It is looking like we will have double the students that attended in Fargo! See page 37 for details.

    I look forward to the upcoming event, knowing that students will be inspired by the guest speakers that we have lined up, will have lots of time to network with passionate industry representatives, and will hopefully leave with an aviation scholarship. I hope that you will consider supporting the event. Financial contributions to the NDAA Scholarship Fund allow the Association to award more students with scholarships, easing the financial burden for a young aviation enthusiast. For the event to be a success, we also need static displays of aircraft and exhibitors. 

    For more information about how you can help, or to sign up, visit: www.fly-nd.com/Career-Expo or email: expo@fly-nd.com 

  • August 09, 2021 10:47 | Anonymous

    Fargo Air Museum is launched a new flight simulator lab open to the public on June 17. 

    Featuring two sets of controls – a yoke and joystick –with the option of virtual reality, pilots and aspiring aviators will be able to take to the sky virtually anywhere in the world. Individuals are able to choose from more than 30 aircraft to fly. Flights can be adjusted to depart and land in various destinations all while the user experiences real-time weather and air traffic conditions.

    General public can purchase access to the flight simulator lab for $10 per 15 minute session. Fargo Air Museum members receive one free hour along with a subsequent discounted rate of $5 per session. Availability is limited for the lab with only two to three hours per day. Interested individuals are encouraged to register for their session in advance via at www.fargoairmuseum.org.

    The opening of the flight simulator lab is thanks in part to the North Dakota Main Street Grant Initiative and the Warren R. and Irene O. Diederich Fund.

    Flight simulator lab hours:

    Tuesday and Thursday 11am - 2pm  |  Wednesday 3pm - 5pm

    Saturday 11am - 2pm  |  Sunday 10am - 1pm     

  • August 09, 2021 10:40 | Anonymous

    Join today for $25 here!

    NDAA Membership Benefits

    All Member Types of the organization will have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the following items: 

    • Fly-ND Quarterly subscription
    • Network with other aviation enthusiasts and industry partners, 
    • Invest in the future of Aviation in ND
    • Advocacy and lobbying efforts which benefit the aviation industry 
    • “Regional Voice” through representation on other boards and other advocacy
    • Collaborate with other member groups
    • Help student members to fuel aviation for tomorrow
    • Protect aviation in North Dakota
    • Opportunity for committee involvement – Conference, Advocacy, Strategic Planning, etc.
    • Communicate concerns or issues to the board and organization
    • Information focus on website, jobs, blogs, advertising, etc.
    • Stay informed on aviation – related issues through regular communication
    • Participate in NDAA events and functions

    Individual Member category is intended for those with personal or employment interest in the aviation profession or industry and who support the purpose of NDAA. 

    • Member discounts from participating business partners
    • Member discounts from participating North Dakota aviation museums
    • IA renewals through ND PAMA at the Fly-ND Annual Conference 
    • Ability to vote at the NDAA annual meeting to elect officers, update bylaws, and vote on large issues and run for office and/or board position

    Organizational Member category is intended for agencies and non-profit groups whose mission serves the aviation professions, industries, and supports the purpose of NDAA.

    • Special Priority at the Fly-ND Annual Conference (Including hosting training opportunities, discounted booths, meeting rooms, and award recognition) 
    • Representation and link on the NDAA Fly-ND website
    • Assistance with distribution of your organization’s information and dues processing
    • Organization member websites and logos are advertised on NDAA website and at the Fly-ND Conference
    • Ability to submit articles for the Fly-ND Quarterly regarding organizational updates

    Allied Member category is intended for firms, companies, and consultants who are actively engaged in providing products and/or services to aviation professions, and companies who support the purpose of NDAA. Allied members do not have voting rights. 

    • Listed in Fly-ND Quarterly and website as an Allied Member
    • Certificate of Membership
    • Opportunity for collaborative involvement in aerospace advocacy
    • Network with the aviation community as well as participate in the Career Expo and other NDAA functions
    • Advertise open job opportunities

    Student Member category is intended for individuals enrolled in an institution of higher learning who have a keen interest in aviation and support the purpose of NDAA. Student Members are not entitled to vote or hold a board position.

    • Explore all facets of aviation 
    • Eligible for scholarships
    • Professional development credits
    • Member discounts from participating North Dakota aviation museums
    • Complimentary attendance at the annual conference
    • Networking opportunities
    • Mentorship & training
    • Career advancement through job boards
  • August 09, 2021 10:33 | Anonymous

    NDAA Executive Director’s Note by The Staiger Consulting Group

    “We know summer 

    is the height of 

    being alive.”

                  -GARY SHTEYNGART

    As a true North Dakotan and self-proclaimed lake bum, I view summers as a great gift and precious resource. I am fascinated to see how families and communities awaken and unearth in summertime. We are scrambling to get ready for weekends at the lake and staying up WAY past the little one’s bedtime, in order to get another couple minutes of wonderful driveway conversation with the neighbors as our dirty but happy kids play in their not-so-secret fort.

    The extended daylight offers us bonus time in the summer, maybe as a peace offering for surviving its stingy presence in the winter months, when we run to work in the dark and scramble home in the dark. When it’s too cold and too bitter to interact with people outside of our immediate family. When we are snuggling in with a book by the fire, cheering at football games, and enjoying cozy movie nights. Not now though; this is the time of year when we get outside and pack it all in!

    Communities awaken in the summer; it’s time for summer theatre, outdoor sports, community pools, zoos and parks, and day trips to museums or pitchfork fondues. I feel more connected to my community in the summer and more inclined to participate in these types of events, as I am motivated by the fact that our precious window of time for these events is rather limited. 

    I think this can also be said for the aviation community. I am excited to see all the community fly-ins, which bring people together, fundraisers, air shows, and camps for students. In addition, the air museums have a variety of events happening for those of us who pop our heads out of our winter caves. This is inspiring and I hope you can take advantage of the many wonderful summer aviation activities throughout the state, including all the local fly-ins and fundraisers. What a great way to see the state, support communities, and connect with old and new friends. 

    The North Dakota Aviation Association (NDAA) will also be hosting one of these wonderful community events: the Fly-ND Summerfest in Washburn, ND on August 19. Fly in or drive in for a day to celebrate summer and aviation! We will have the Airport Association of North Dakota meeting at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the NDAA Scholarship Golf Tournament at Painted Woods Golf Course, self-guided activities for non-golfers, a BBQ social at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, combined with a North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame presentation, honoring Bill Beeks. I cannot think of a better way to spend a summer day. We will be raising money for aviation students, spending time with friends, and celebrating and honoring an extraordinary individual who helped build a foundation in local aviation. More information can be found on the Fly-ND website: www.fly-nd.com. Our team is happy to help you sign up.

    We sincerely appreciate all the support from the Fly-ND Summerfest event sponsors and the fabulous committee who is putting it all together. We hope to see you there, packing it all in this summer, and maybe even staying up past your bedtime!

    Stacy & Mike Krumwiede


  • August 09, 2021 10:23 | Anonymous

    Another successful Wings and Wheels event was held on Jul 14, 2021 in Minot

    A fun time was had by many at the Gwinner Fly-In on July 10, 2021

    Photos courtesy of the Dakota Territory Air Museum & Andy Stroh

  • August 09, 2021 10:15 | Anonymous

    Director's Chair

    It is exciting to see that this summer has been full of aviation related activities, which helps make up for some of the lost time that we experienced last summer when most events were canceled due to COVID-19. Be sure to visit our events page on the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission website at www.aero.nd.gov/events to view a list of all of the exciting upcoming events that are available for you and your family to participate in. Also, feel free to contact our office to share any aviation related events that we are unaware of, so that we can help spread the word for you and your community.

    One incredible event that I had the privilege to attend earlier this spring was the North Dakota Aviation Association (NDAA) Career Expo. This was the first time that aviation leaders in our state took it upon themselves to plan and hold a special event that was tailored towards high school students that were known to have an interest in aviation. I was astounded at the level of participation from the aviation community to support this event, through sponsoring scholarships and/or by taking the time to visit with students by hosting a booth. A huge thank you is needed to all of those who made the event an incredible success and I hope to see even more participation from aviators and students at the fall event, which is scheduled to take place at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot on October 6.

    Our agency is well known for helping to plan and finance airport infrastructure projects. However, we also work hard to further develop and promote aviation education initiatives throughout the state. Whether it’s supporting aviation curriculum and technology in our high school classrooms or working with the aviation museums and NDAA on events and initiatives, we help to promote exciting aviation careers to the next generation. Visit our website to learn more about these programs and initiatives and feel free to contact us to share any new ideas that you may have on how we could work together to further promote aviation within our communities.

    Other than scheduled events, there are also other opportunities that exist to participate in and to help grow local aviation. One additional way is to consider donating to an aviation scholarship fund or participating in the Fly-ND SummerFest golf tournament on August 19, where proceeds will also go to support youth aviation scholarships. These scholarships have a real impact on the lives of the next generation of aviators and the NDAA is making a real effort to establish endowments that would provide ongoing scholarships to ensure meaningful impacts for many years to come. We also plan to honor the 2021 Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Beeks, at the conclusion of the SummerFest and we hope that you are also able to join us to help celebrate his accomplishments.

    Our goal is to continue to build a culture and tradition of excellence in aviation within our state and with so many great North Dakotan aviators and opportunities on the horizon, I truly believe that the best is yet to come.

    Wishing you smooth flying, Kyle

    Kyle Wanner, Director

    North Dakota Aeronautics Commission

    701-328-9650 | kcwanner@nd.gov

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