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Aviation Safety and Enforcement

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Aviation Safety and Enforcement

Aviation Safety and Enforcement Section ’s Aviation Representatives are all pilots that provide transportation in state aircraft. They work on national issues impacting Minnesota airports and pilots and can assist communities throughout Minnesota in setting up and conducting a pilot safety seminar. They are also specialists in airport licensing for all types of airports: airports, seaplane bases, and heliports, and all uses of airports: public, private, and personal-use. They enforce the Minnesota Rules for airports and commercial operators, and they provide support and training for airport managers and airport owners.

Pilots should feel free to contact any of the Aviation Representatives with their questions. While all of the Aviation Representatives can answer operational questions about airports, if you have detailed questions about a particular airport the Aviation Representative who completed the latest airport inspection will have the most current information about the airport. For public airports, a list of the inspection dates that includes the inspector’s name is provided here (PDF).


Rick Braunig
Aviation Safety and Enforcement Section, Manager
Phone: 612-219-8374
E-mail: rick.braunig@state.mn.us

Kelly Akhund
Airport Inspections - 5010 Program
Phone: 612-718-9158
E-mail: kelly.akhund@state.mn.us

Mina Carlson
Heliport Inspections
Phone: 651-279-4453
E-mail: mina.carlson@state.mn.us

Leanne Gaiovnik
Commercial Operations and Airport Licensing Specialist
Phone: 651-425-1960
E-mail: leanne.gaiovnik@state.mn.us

Timothy Jarvis
Airport Inspections
Phone: 651-357-0591
E-mail: timothy.jarvis@state.mn.us

James McCanney
Airport Inspections
Phone: 612-346-8029
E-mail: james.mccanney@state.mn.us