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  • February 08, 2021 14:03 | Anonymous

    By Joshua Simmers, Secretary/Treasurer, North Dakota Pilot’s Association

    I love a good book. Now, it doesn’t compete with a lived adventure, but I think it’s one good substitute. As each chapter closes, the page turns to endless possibilities. 

    This is the last submission on behalf of the North Dakota Pilot’s Association (NDPA). The NDPA Board has carried the wishes of the membership to the North Dakota Aviation Association (NDAA) and has come to terms with high hopes of what the Association will offer; namely, a paid staff to coordinate meaningful value from membership. At the same rate, a greater body with which pilots can partner for fly-ins and safety seminars, and a managed scholarship fund.

    At future non-pandemic impacted conventions, pilots should see little change, as our required business agenda can now cut straight to armchair flying and friendly banter. 

    The estimated total of $12,100, NDPA’s projected remaining balance, will be donated to the FLY-ND scholarship fund for pilots. With continued donations, we can secure the minimum threshold to attain an annual $1,000 scholarship.

    The minimum endowment to have a perpetual $1,000 award is $30,000. Just to put our gas money where our propeller spins, the board and other involved members have committed to $2,500. The reality is that we need to raise about $15,000 to secure that perpetual scholarship. That’s a challenge to you. If those of us on the board, paying mortgages and raising kids, can commit, so can you. So join us at www.fly-nd.com to get this scholarship fund underway. 

    The NDPA had a good run from its inception in 1984 until now. While it isn’t fun to be at the helm of a closure, the board and the membership at large see the benefit of a larger, more capable organization and implore you to bring your membership forward with us to the NDAA. Honestly, it’s the same book, just a new chapter. 

    Join us, it’s a formation flight. 

  • February 08, 2021 14:01 | Anonymous

    To contribute to the Jim Lawler Memorial Scholarship Fund, visit: www.fly-nd.com/Donate. The scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing an airport management degree.

  • February 08, 2021 13:58 | Anonymous

    Justin’s senior photo, taken with the same plane in which Justin went flying with his grandpa

    My name is Justin Roger Ormiston. My middle name is after my Grandpa Roger, who dreamed of being a pilot as a boy. I was lucky enough to have been able to fly with him when I was younger. I have always wanted to be a pilot since I flew with him, and this is what sparked my passion for aviation.

    Justin flying with his Grandpa Roger

    When I was able to take hold of the airplane controls, it was an exhilarating experience. As I continued my flight training, the exhilaration never faded but I felt more confident with every flight. 

    The day I soloed was the most memorable part of my training so far. Going up all by myself was so exciting! The feeling of looking over and not seeing Ray, my instructor, in the passenger seat was surreal.

    My favorite sight when flying has been navigating between cloud layers and seeing the different cloud formations. My friends and family have been very encouraging and enjoy all the stories I tell about my flight experiences. 

    My dreams of being a pilot are becoming more attainable with every flight. With this scholarship from the North Dakota Pilots Association (NDPA), I am able to afford my pilot’s license before going to college. After I graduate, I plan to attend the Commercial Aviation program at the University of North Dakota. 

    I would like to thank the NDPA for giving me the opportunity to begin my aviation journey. 

    By Justin Ormiston, NDPA Flight Training Scholarship Recipient

  • February 08, 2021 13:56 | Anonymous

    The North Dakota Aviation Association needs your help. We are looking for volunteers to help with the inaugural Fly-ND Career Expo, held at the Fargo Air Museum. The event is the first of its kind in North Dakota with a mission to introduce and inspire high school senior high and college age students to the many careers available throughout the aviation industry. To learn more about the event please visit: www.fly-nd.com/Career-Expo.

    We have separated the volunteer responsibilities into groups to make the most of your volunteer time. You can participate in as many as you’d like! Here are ways you can help…

    Outreach and Exhibitor Committee: This committee will be responsible for reaching out to potential exhibitors. We have a great list developed of people who may want to attend however, we need help in reaching out to these people to encourage them to participate. Remember, there is no fee to have a booth, so it’s not hard sales! Most of this committee’s work will be done in the planning part of this event.

    Onsite Logistics Committee: This committee will be responsible for helping coordinate onsite logistics at the event. Including, but not limited to, exhibitor set up, student attendees, and overall event setup. Most of this committee’s work will be done onsite at the event.

    Scholarship Committee: This committee will be responsible for soliciting sponsorship dollars from potential donors. In addition, this committee will review scholarship applicants and select scholarship winners.

    Finally, if you can’t help but would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please visit: www.fly-nd.com/Donate.

    The North Dakota Aviation Association (NDAA) has several opportunities for involvement. Volunteers are needed to support the 

    annual Fly-ND Conference (formerly the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium), the Career Expo, or any of our active committees. 

    In addition, if anyone is interested in serving on the NDAA Board of Directors, 

    please reach out to Mike or Stacy in the NDAA Central Office at admin@fly-nd.com or call 701.223.3184 to learn more.

  • February 08, 2021 13:53 | Anonymous

    An iconic feature found at many airfields since the earliest days of aviation, the humble windsock is without a doubt one of the most helpful tools available to pilots. It’s hard to imagine a simpler weather instrument, typically consisting of a brightly-colored fabric cone rotating about a pole. Yet it readily displays crucial wind information including direction, shifts, speed, and gusts. A smooth and safe takeoff or landing often hinges on how well this little piece of fabric does its job.

    Windsocks, also referred to as wind cones, fall under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards outlined in Advisory Circular150/5345-27 FAA Specification for Wind Cone Assemblies. While they are often sold in many different styles, the two sizes officially defined by the FAA are 8 feet and 12 feet long models. They can be constructed of cotton, synthetic, or a blend, must be water repellent, and come in colors of orange, yellow, or white. A windsock must be durable enough to withstand winds up to 75 knots and temperatures ranging from negative 67 degrees Fahrenheit up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to note that windsocks are required to drain properly, freely move in just a three knot wind, fully extend in a 15 knot wind, and accurately indicate wind direction within plus or minus five degrees. They may also be illuminated for nighttime operations, using internal fixtures or downward-facing spotlights.

    Airports should make a habit of frequently inspecting their windsocks. The fabric gradually fades over time and may become poorly visible, wear through, or tatter. They can snag and twist around mountings or vegetation. Poles can become tilted or bent, and lights will inevitably burn out. Proper drainage is essential, as storms can quickly fill windsocks with water, snow, or ice. This produces a telltale bulge in the fabric surrounding the frame and can add more than 10 pounds of weight to the windsock, reducing its accuracy or potentially even stopping its rotation. To prevent this, some windsocks are fabricated with built-in drain slits or grommets, and airport staff can easily install grommets onto non-equipped models. Care should be taken when installing a windsock to ensure the proper orientation of any drain slits or grommets, otherwise the drains will be rendered all but useless, as seen in this photo.

    The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission (NDAC) administers a state Windsock Program to help airports keep their windsocks in tip-top shape. Each public-use airport in North Dakota may request one free windsock from the NDAC in each calendar year. We also offer windsocks for sale, in sizes of 12 feet, 8 feet, 5 feet, and 4 feet, as well as a small selection of windsock frames. For more information, please visit our website at https://aero.nd.gov or call (701)328-9650. 

    Adam Dillin, Airport Planner

    North Dakota Aeronautics Commission 

    701-328-9650 | adillin@nd.gov

  • February 08, 2021 13:44 | Anonymous

    I’ve been flying and teaching in the Dakotas for more than 40 years. Overall, I’d say we have it pretty good here in the flatlands. However, a closer look at the national accident data tells a story that is cause for us flatlanders to pay attention. 

    Did you know that 79 percent of all Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) accidents have had fatal outcomes? As pilots, we must rethink the dangers that lie below, as well as above. With such land features as the Turtle Mountains, the Killdeer Mountains, the Hogback Ridge area northeast of Bismarck, rising terrain as you head west towards Montana, and the buttes along the Badlands area, all give this “flatland” of ours an altitude change of more than 3000 feet from east to west. I think we can all agree that it’s not that flat out here, except perhaps in the Red River Valley. 

    I like to think of terrain as anything that might impede my direct-to flight path. It may be the rising terrain, towers, or mountains that could interfere with my flight. By National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) definition, “Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT): occurs when an airworthy aircraft under the complete control of the pilot is inadvertently flown into terrain, water, or an obstacle. The pilots are generally unaware of the danger until it is too late.” It would seem that lack of planning was a key element if it was “too late.” 

    Statewide, there are more than 1,500 registered communications towers, some like the KVLY towers near Grand Forks reach 2,063 feet in height above ground level (AGL). Of course, along with a tall tower are its support structures. Having a width or total support space of nearly a quarter of a mile allowing for guy wires, it is still the tallest radio tower in the nation. This is why planning for such obstacles reduces the risk to your flight. 

    Another obstacle we have here in the Dakotas are wind turbines, which account for more than 1,900 objects of conflict. Most are over 500 feet in height, located in multiple wind turbine farms across the state. All of these obstructions need to be considered as rising terrain and factored into our risk assessment as airmen.

    If you remember, each Visual Flight Rules (VFR) or Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) chart has a Maximum Elevation Figure (MEF). This represents the highest elevation within a quadrant, including terrain and other vertical obstacles, such as towers or trees. A closer look at how that is reported goes like this: Tower, 2375 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL), possible vertical error plus 100 feet, obstacle allowance, add 200 feet, added all together you get a charting value of 2700 feet MSL. 

    Flight planning is a complex process over any flight path, even in the Dakotas. You must remain vigilant and avoid distractions involving unforecast low ceilings, fog, reduced visibility, snow, or smoke, just to name a few. All are contributing to our risk of getting to where we want to go. Just as the weather controls most of our go/no-go decision making process, so should the terrain along that route. Don’t let it be “too late” – instead, plan ahead.

    WINGS Proficiency Program is there for you! 

    Join us today! www.faasafety.gov 

    For more reading on this topic, join us at www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/ “Avoiding Controlled Flight Into Terrain.” 

    Fly Safe! 

    Jay M. Flowers

    Aviation Safety, 

    National FAASTeam ASI, Operations

  • February 08, 2021 13:42 | Anonymous

    By Leisha Lunnie

    North Dakota breeds hearty stock. During the winter, we deal with the cold, wind, and ice as part of our daily life. At some point you may have heard someone say, “The cold keeps the riff raff out!” in response to North Dakota’s low crime rate. While that theory has not been statistically proven, a typical winter in our state is undeniably cold. Often with those frigid temperatures comes smooth air and clear skies, which are some of the best flying to be had. The sun is so bright it hurts your eyes, bouncing off the whiteness of the ground and everything sparkles; it truly is beautiful.

    As a teenage student pilot enjoying the comfort of climate-controlled heating in our home, I remember my dad, who was also my flight instructor, commenting on those beautiful winter days being perfect for flying. Deep down I knew he was right, but sometimes I just dreaded the words “cold and clear” because I knew it meant bundling up and being chilled for the next couple of hours. After a frigid pre-flight in the unheated hangar, I was usually ready to go warm up before we had even started the engine! Teens are notorious for taking the easy way out, so a cup of hot chocolate while watching a movie or meeting my friends at the local ski hill seemed like a better use of my Saturday afternoon than trying to keep my hands and feet warm in a drafty Cessna 150.

    But once you are airborne with that fantastic cold weather climb rate that seems to launch a little Cessna 150 into the air like a rocket, everything else falls away. The heat kicks in, the air is smooth and perfect for practicing maneuvers. One can wonder at how something as simple as snow cover makes everything look so different from the air, so perfectly serene.   

    Winter flying also includes winter weather gear and precautions to keep the pilot and passengers safe from the ever-possible engine failure and forced landing. If you were raised in the North, you were likely taught to always have winter gear in your vehicle from October to April. You know the drill: a blanket, boots, extra mittens or gloves, stocking hats, scarfs, a shovel, and of course a candle with matches. Flying in winter weather requires the same precautions. We may not need a shovel, but there are definitely some items required to keep an aviator safe from the elements. 

    If you’re a current flight student, you will learn all you need to know about winter pre-flights, snow and frost removal, watching for carburetor icing, and so forth from your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). If you need a refresher, don’t be shy about asking to go over these things during your next flight review or simply schedule a lesson from your favorite CFI. 

    Until then, here are a few essential items you should always bring along on a winter flight: 

    • Parka
    • Food bars
    • Winter boots and warm socks 
    • Gloves or mittens
    • Warm hat and scarf
    • Fire starter kit
    • Insulated pants, coveralls, wool pants, etc.
    • Space blanket or wool blanket and large, heavy duty plastic tarp 
    • Cell phone kept close to your body to save the battery
    • First aid kit and signal mirror
    • Knife or Leatherman-type tool

    Depending on where you will be flying, there may be other FAA requirements. Here in North Dakota, this is a good basic list for emergency situations. Most of us don’t want to be bundled up in the cockpit when the heat is on and it’s hard to move around. Don’t even get me started on how difficult and unsafe it is to try to manipulate rudder pedals while wearing large winter boots. However, should you be forced to execute an unplanned landing, you will definitely need warm clothing, footwear, and shelter. 

    In a best-case scenario, you’ve completed your emergency checklist, radioed your location, and perfectly executed an off-airport landing with no injuries and minimal damage to the aircraft. However, it may still be some time before you are located and rescued. Some days, even a short amount of time exposed to the elements is enough to cause serious frostbite and hypothermia.

    So, dress warmly in layers, complete a thorough weather check and pre-flight, grab your sunglasses, and enjoy some of the best flying days of the year to be had in our beautiful state. And don’t forget your emergency gear though, just in case!

  • February 08, 2021 13:39 | Anonymous

    By Kristi Ivey, NBAA Northern Mountain Regional Representative 

    Supporting members in their home communities and at General Aviation airports across the country is among the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) primary objectives. I have had the honor and privilege of regularly engaging with North Dakota aviation stakeholders over the past fourteen years, as part of my role as a regional representative for NBAA. I continue to be delightfully impressed with your continuous outreach, communication, connection with each other, as well as your passion and advocacy for our industry within your great state, despite how far apart you may be geographically. 

    I have met with NBAA members and partners across your state and have participated in several of your past Upper Midwest Aviation Symposiums, as well as your Aviation Days at the capitol. One theme resonates throughout: aviation is absolutely vital in North Dakota. 

    As the umbrella aviation organization has evolved to what is now the North Dakota Aviation Association (NDAA), I find myself eagerly anticipating each new wonderfully-written copy of the FLY-ND Quarterly. I truly enjoy each thoughtful conversation about ideas for your organization’s continuous improvement with your leadership. 

    I encourage you to continue to spread the word about the benefits of participating in NDAA as a whole. Join as a member and share best practices with others from around your state, follow NDAA on social media and repost the news and events that they promote, volunteer for committees and help with planning for future events, such as the upcoming NDAA Career Expo. 

    Participating in grassroots local and regional aviation organizations provides many benefits for both the organization and you, as individuals. For the organization, diverse and engaged leaders and passionate community members play a role in hedging developing local and state issues, capturing 

    Visit NBAA's website here


  • February 08, 2021 13:37 | Anonymous

    The Fargo Air Museum (FAM) is partnering with local aviation companies to offer Introduction to Aviation camps for area youth. These camps provide an opportunity for participants to learn about different areas of aviation through exciting interactive experiences. This comes as part of the museum’s efforts to expand educational programming for kids and teens in the community.

    “The goal with the Introduction to Aviation camps is simple: to introduce these kids to various parts of the aviation industry and get them excited about it. There are so many aspects of aviation that many people never get the chance to see up close. We want to help change that for the upcoming generation,” said Ryan Thayer, FAM Executive Director. “We are very thankful for our partners who are volunteering their time to provide meaningful experiences for these kids.”

    During the March camp, participants will get the opportunity to take to the air as volunteers from the 317th chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) come in to teach about the principles of flight and offer 20 minute flights over the Fargo/Moorhead Area. These flights are offered at no additional charge thanks to the EAA’s Young Eagles program.

    The Introduction to Aviation camps will be offered on an alternating monthly schedule opposite of the Turn It, Build It Advanced STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) camps which were introduced at the end of 2020. Youth ages 8-18 are invited to participate, registration costs are $20 per child with a discount for FAM members. Other topics covered in camp curriculum include air traffic control, airport operations, aeronautical engineering and mechanics/avionics. 

    Full schedule of all youth education camps and camp registration can be found at www.fargoairmuseum.org/education.

  • February 08, 2021 13:28 | Anonymous

    By: Matthew Remynse, A.A.E., President, Airport Association of North Dakota

    With 2020 in the rearview mirror, I’m excited for what a new year will bring to the Airport Association of North Dakota (AAND) and its members. In 2021, AAND will again be lobbying for airports at the Legislative Session, will be working with FLY-ND staff to host a speaker for the virtual FLY-ND Conference, and will see new leadership after the business meeting in March. 

    With the Legislature being in session for a short while, there is not yet much progress to report. Through the assistance of Odney, the Association’s Transportation Network Company bill was able to get a sponsor with several co-sponsors. The bill was heard by the Senate Transportation Committee in January. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission’s bill will be heard by the Senate Appropriate Committee early on and we’ll provide testimony to support the Aeronautics Commission. In an effort to help political subdivisions with funding, several legislators have developed a bonding bill using the earnings off the Legacy Fund. This bill includes airport grant funding. For certain, it will be a bill that Odney and the AAND will be watching very closely and providing testimony on, when the time is right. Additionally, the AAND is watching bills related to an airline tax issue and radio reimbursement for political subdivisions. It is definitely a busy session once again.  

    In March, the AAND and its members will be participating in the virtual FLY-ND Conference. I’m pleased to see that the site committee has elected to provide a virtual format for the conference, which will provide a safe opportunity for individuals to attend the sessions. Also, I’m optimistic that the virtual format will provide individuals who haven’t been to the aviation conference in some time an opportunity to see the quality of the conference and that they will be inclined to participate again at future conferences. Looking at the conference agenda, the Association will have a legislative update, an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport District Update, the annual business meeting, an update for the NDAC staff, amongst other sessions.

    Annually, the AAND members elect the officers of the Board. After six years, I will be stepping down as the President of the Association and passing the torch onto Ryan Riesinger, Director of the Grand Forks Airport. Over the last year, Ryan and I have been working together to ensure a seamless transition. I’m excited to see him continue to build the organization. Looking back, I’m proud of what the Association has accomplished in both the aviation community and legislatively over the last six years. Truly, it was an honor and privilege to guide the organization, having the trust of its members, and I appreciate the opportunity. 

    Here is to a fantastic 2021 and remember, check the NOTAMs!     

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