Schweiss Aviat Fly-In 

 Schweiss-Aviat Fly-In Coming Soon 


Join Us For 2 Days of STOL Flying, Fat Tires, BBQ And Beer

Everyone is welcome - even if you don’t yet own a Husky!
And if you would rather bring the RV, we have hookups for 50 campers.

Dates:           Aug. 25 (Fri) and 26 (Sat)

Location:      The beautiful 1,330 foot grass strip next to Schweiss Doors’ factory *
                          72121 470th St, Hector, MN 55342

Cost:             None  


  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  Arrive
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  Casual lunch + socialize
  • 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm    Private factory tour by Mike Schweiss
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm    Pig Roast BBQ
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm    Fun spot landing competition
  • 9:00 pm - midnight    Bonfire and beer!
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am   Lazy breakfast + departure

We will supply the food, the drink, and the fun. You can pitch a tent or sleep under the stars. There will be bathroom facilities nearby. Plenty of space for a bunch of backcountry pilots and their family and friends to have a great time.

RVSP:   Online form 

* Schweiss Doors has a 1,330 ft hay field next to the factory running north/south. The hayfield will be groomed and there will be a windsock on south end of the factory. Note: There is a 2,700 ft runway at Hector, Minn. (1D6), which is only eight miles from the factory.

The Schweiss Aviat Fly-In is a collaboration between Schweiss Doors and Aviat Aircraft. Assuming there’s interest, perhaps we can turn this into a cool yearly event!

Everyone is welcome. Hope you can join.




Questions?  Please email Matt ( or call 608-332-6110.





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AOPA's Flight Training and Awards Survey 


AOPA’s You Can Fly Flight Training Experience and Awards Survey Closing Aug. 14

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA’s) You Can Fly program 2017 Flight Training Experience Survey and Award entries close on Aug. 14 at noon, EDT. More than 5,400 responses have already been collected, and schools and instructors receiving over five valid responses qualify to receive an official report card to see where they stack up in the industry. Additionally, survey participants will be eligible to win one of six sweepstakes prizes.

Each year, AOPA recognizes top CFIs and flight schools across the country for their excellence in flight training. The survey allows AOPA to analyze and share feedback from customers to identify top training providers and help schools and instructors improve their programs and teaching practices. In 2016, AOPA collected reviews of 789 different flight schools and 1,515 different flight instructors. 

This year, AOPA announced the Flight Training Experience Awards have expanded to identify the top flight schools and instructors in five regions across the country, and will pick a national overall winner for both from the top winners in each region. Survey participants can provide customer service feedback on one flight school and one flight instructor per survey. 

“It’s always great to get feedback from student pilots across the country, and this survey is the best and most concrete way to help flight training improve,” said Chris Moser, director of AOPA’s flight training initiative. “Make sure your voice is heard and submit the survey before the deadline of Aug. 14. Flight instructors should also remind their students to submit responses, and with enough submissions, will be eligible for a regional award and top overall.”

For more information and to participate in the survey, please visit

The Flight Training Experience Survey and Awards are part of AOPA’s You Can Fly program, a comprehensive set of initiatives designed to get people flying and keep them flying. These initiatives support flying clubs, get lapsed pilots back into the air, encourage best practices in flight training, help high school students prepare for careers in aviation and aerospace, and bring AOPA’s resources and expertise to pilot groups across the country.


Editorial: Drones, Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon

CEC Drone Hangar (Ed Downs)More and more, those of us in contemporary aviation, especially GA pilots, are likely to encounter drones. The passage of FAR 107 last year formalized the registration, pilot certification standards, and operational parameters of drones, eliminating the complex exemption process that had been in place. This has caused a near explosion in the use of these devices for what most would consider “commercial operations.” While hobbyists with model airplanes may still enjoy their passion without becoming involved in the federal bureaucracy, those using drones for any form of business or commercial operations (which are very broadly defined under FAR 107) must be certificated and follow strict rules of flight. 

CEC new headquarters. (Ed Downs)Having acquired my own FAA UAS Certificate last year and teaching two UAS pilot classes (one for a municipal utility provider), it is becoming apparent that what we generically refer to as “drones” are entering the mainstream of legitimate aviation. At this point, let me be technically correct. While the term “drone” tends to refer to all machines that fly or hover without a pilot onboard, the true term that should be used is UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). “System” implies a pilot is constantly involved per FAR 107, while “vehicle” implies autonomous operation.  For the sake of this editorial view, let’s just call them “drones.

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CAF Airpower History Tour

By Larry E. Nazimek     

B-29 Superfortress Fifi prior to engine start at the Greater Kankakee Airport for the CAF’s AirPower History Tour. (Larry Nazimek)We have all been to airshows consisting of static displays with no flying demonstrations, those consisting of flying demos with no static displays, and those consisting of both.  The Commemorative Air Force’s AirPower History Tour, however, is of a different type.

For this Tour, attendees may purchase tickets to ride in these historic aircraft of the Second World War. After the flights, attendees get to walk around the aircraft and even get a “tour” of their interiors. The show is a “tour,” because it travels to various cities.

I attended their event at the Greater Kankankee Airport (IKK), 60 miles south of Chicago. For this stopover, the CAF brought a PT-13 Stearman, T-6 Texan, C-45 Expeditor, B-25 Mitchell, and B-29 Superfortress.

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Flying Into Writing: Flying with the Family

By Eric McCarthy

I may have mentioned that I took an eight-year hiatus from flying when my wife and I first got married and started a family. It wasn’t something I had planned, and it wasn’t that I was being overly responsible by not “risking my life by flying those small planes” – it was just that time and money seemed to evaporate when our first son, Mike, was born. I missed flying, of course, but we were busy doing other things at the time, and I knew I couldn’t maintain an appropriate level of proficiency, flying as infrequently as I might have had I kept up the façade of being and “active” pilot. And so my aviation life was relegated to the back seat of my life for about eight years, supplanted by wishful thinking and yearnings to be “up there” as airplanes, small and large, flew overhead.

I got back into flying about the time my second son, Matt, was born – he’s now 22. I had a pretty good job at the time and a few extra dollars available to shake the rust off my certificate and skills, so I sought an instructor at the local “drome” (KLWM) and began the journey back to active pilothood. It all came back pretty quickly, and after a couple of hours of dual instruction, and a fresh biennial flight review, I was back in the saddle!

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