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Summer Aerospace Workshop for Teachers

Raise the level of excitement in your class with the aerospace Free Workshop and Science of Flight Kit Suitable for teachers for grades K-8. All material supports the National and State Standards for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math 24 CEU’s. Space is limited to 20 teachers, so download the brochure (PDF 572 KB) and register now! Class runs from June 20-23, 2016. For more information contact Darlene Dahlseide at darlene.dahlseide@state.mn.us.

What makes an airport "Minnesota nice"? We want your input

We took a survey of pilots in the winter of 2013-2014 to find out what their needs and priorities were when flying during the winter. These results helped us focus our efforts on training and outreach initiatives for airport managers, including the development of new e-learning courses.

This year, we're looking for your input on what makes an airport a welcome place to visit. Take our survey on airport hospitality and tell us what features, amenities, and services are important to you. We'll communicate the results with airport managers and use it as we encourage them to find ways to meet the needs of the pilots and passengers who use their airports. The survey should take less than 10 minutes. Please feel free to forward it to your pilot friends and ask them to provide their input as well.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones

On December 21, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration started requiring recreational, hobby and model aircraft operators to register with them. Each user is assigned a registration number and they put their number on all the aircraft they fly. The registration cost is $5. UAS operators that use their aircraft in the furtherance of a business activity must follow a different process. Learn more about Unmanned Arcraft Systems.