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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. Please select this link to take the survey

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, but operators who register before January 21, 2016 will get the fee refunded. UAS operators that use their aircraft in the furtherance of a business activity must follow a different process. Learn more about Unmanned Arcraft Systems (UAS)

2016 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest

This year's theme is "air sports in harmony with nature". Artwork is judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year's theme in relation to the aviation world. Deadline for entries must be sent to your state's sponsor office and must be postmarked by Friday, January 22, 2016. Select this link to download the 2016 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest brochure (PDF, 11.62 MB)

2016 Aviation Maintenance Technician's Conference

The Maintenance Technician's Conference will be held on March 21-22, 2016 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. Attendee Registration form, Exhibitor Registration form, Sponsorship form. Contact Darlene Dahlseide at darlene.dahlseide@state.mn.us or 651-234-7248 for more information.

Minnesota Aviation Equipment Taxes Survey

Please give Aeronautics and the Legislature your Input!
Select this link to download the Minnesota Equipment Taxes Survey interactive form (PDF, 623 KB)