2014 Commercial Service Airport of the Year

Fargo’s Hector International Airport has received the “2014 Commercial Service Airport of the Year” award. The award was presented March 3rd, 2015 at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium held in Fargo. The award is sponsored by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission in partnership with the Airport Association of North Dakota. This award is for excellence […]

2014 General Aviation Airport of the Year

The Mandan Municipal Airport has received the “2014 General Aviation Airport of the Year” award. The award was presented on March 3rd, 2015 at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium held in Fargo. The award is sponsored by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission in partnership with the Airport Association of North Dakota. This award is for […]

Governor Proclaims March 2015 Aviation Month in North Dakota

State of North Dakota Office of the Governor Jack Dalrymple, Governor PROCLAMATION FOR AVIATION MONTH DURING MARCH, 2015 WHEREAS, aviation continues to play an important role as an economic catalyst in North Dakota, creating over 16,000 jobs and contributing $1.6 billion annually to the state’s economy; and WHEREAS, North Dakota’s aviation industry acts as a catalyst of the state’s […]

FAA Rule Correction Opens Door for Lower Cost ADS-B

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (February 9, 2015) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published a technical correction in the Federal Register that allows future installations of ADS-B “out” equipment to meet performance standards of the appropriate Technical Standard Order (TSO) specifications without meeting the complete TSO requirements. EAA supports this technical amendment […]

Rod Machado to Keynote Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium

Rod Machado has taught millions the basics of flying through flight lessons, simulation and training materials. Since 1973, he has been teaching and speaking to pilots in the 50 states and Europe. He simplifies the complex, making bland topics interesting and educating with humor. Besides a degree in Aviation Science, Rod holds degrees in Psychology. […]

Preserving the History of Hangar 5 in Bismarck

This article is courtesy of the Bismarck Tribune. For this article on their website, click here. BISMARCK, N.D. –A nonprofit group wants to move and convert a 78-year-old building on the Bismarck Airport grounds into an aviation museum. The Bismarck Air Museum Foundation was incorporated nearly three years ago to save Hangar No. 5 for historical purposes. […]

What’s in your hangar? FAA Releases New Guidelines

Story courtesy of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Photos courtesy of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. For the actual policy, please click here Pilots who spruced up their hangars with a couch, chairs, refrigerator, and a radio, or who set up shop with tool chests to work on their aircraft at times found themselves […]

North Dakota Aeronautics Commission Names New Director

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission announced last week, the hiring of Kyle Wanner as its new Director. Wanner has been with the agency since 2011 and spent the previous 4 months serving in the role of Acting Director. Originally from Mandan, North Dakota, he is a graduate from the University of North Dakota Aviation program receiving […]

Reminder from FAASTeam: Paper Certificates Need to be Replaced

Apparently some people still haven’t gotten the message that paper certificates need to be replaced with plastic.  The FAA Safety Team just released the following message reminding pilots and mechanics with paper certificates to replace them or lose their privileges.  If you still have a paper pilot or mechanic certificate please read the message below […]

It’s Finally Here: NDPA Scholarship Application Now Available

One of the goals we’ve had for NDPA for some time is to offer an annual scholarship to help someone learn to fly. After a lot of work and fundraising efforts, we are finally releasing the application for the first NDPA scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship towards the cost of obtaining a recreational, sport, or private […]

See What the Briefer Sees: New Web Portal Gives Pilots the Same Access as Briefers

Lockheed Martin Flight Services has finally opened up their Pilot Web Portal online. This system allows pilots to register on their website and obtain weather briefings and file flight plans without having to speak to a briefer. When pilots login they see the same information that is available to briefers including weather and NOTAMS. One of the benefits […]

Give Them an Inch and They’ll Take a Mile: Air Force Attempts to Grab More Airspace

Hopefully by now everyone is aware of the new restricted airspace complex near Devils Lake, North Dakota. What most people may not be aware of is the Air Force’s new attempt to take more North Dakota airspace for unmanned aircraft operations. While no official information has been released at this time, indications are that the […]

Success: Pilot’s Bill of Rights Now Law

The Pilot’s Bill of Rights that has been working its way through Congress has officially been signed into law by the President. This legislation was written by Senator Inhofe after he experienced, firsthand the disadvantage that pilots were at when dealing with the FAA. The bill, as discussed at the last Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium, gives pilots […]