Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Fly Minnesota!

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Passport - Fly Minnesota Airports

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Fly Minnesota Airports! is a program sponsored by MnDOT  Aeronautics and the Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) to promote general aviation in Minnesota. This program rewards pilots who fly to Minnesota publicly-owned airports, attend FAA safety seminars, and visit Minnesota’s aviation museums. Fly Minnesota Airports promotes safety and education, and encourages pilots to practice approaches and landings in many different environments.  It’s also a great way to support general aviation airports, businesses, and tourism.  Just visit one of the places or events listed in this passport, and have your passport stamped in the appropriate box. It's as easy as that!

How to Participate

Visit your local publicly-owned airport and request a Fly Minnesota Airports program passport or contact MnDOT Aeronautics for a passport.

Fill in the page at the front of your passport with your name and contact information. Each time you visit a Minnesota publicly owned airport, aviation museum, or participating FAA safety seminar, have your passport stamped in the appropriate box.  At most airports, stamps are located in the Arrival and Departure Buildings next to the pilot log book.

When you have received the proper number of stamps entitling you to a bronze, silver, or gold level award, submit your completed passport to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics

Rules of the Program

  • The program is open to be Minnesota residents.
  • Participants must obtain an official Fly Minnesota Airports Passport to participate.
  • When visiting a qualifying airport, museum, or FAA safety seminar, participants must obtain a stamp in their passport.
  • All stamps must be made in the appropriate location in the booklet.
  • No stamps may be made on any other document and later placed in the booklet.
  • Each participant may only receive one airport stamp per visit. 
  • FAA safety seminar stamps will be available at qualifying events. 
  • Upon completion, the passport must be submitted to the MN Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics for review. 
  • Please note which level: Gold, Silver, or Bronze is being sought.
  • Passports may be mailed or may be presented at the MnDOT Aeronautics office. 

If you wish to have your passport reviewed while you wait, please call ahead to schedule an appointment (800-657-3922). Once a passport has been submitted and gift awarded, the passport will be returned to the participant so that he or she can continue to the next level.

Gold Level Awards and recognition will be made at the MCOA annual Minnesota Airports Conference. There is no deadline for completing the passport program as long as the program remains in operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Once I complete the Bronze level, can I continue using my same passport to the Silver or Gold levels?
    Yes, once a passport has been submitted and reviewed it is returned to its owner and can be used to advance to the next level of the program.
  2. Where at the airport do I find the stamp?
    At most of Minnesota's airports the stamp resides in the Arrival and Departure Building next to the pilot log book.
  3. I visited a Minnesota Airport that wasn't able to stamp my passport (no stamp, no passports, etc.).  What do I do?
    If you are unable to get a stamp at a Minnesota airport, please contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics.

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