Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Airport Operations

The Airport Operations 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
Manager, Aviation Safety and Enforcement
Phone: 651-234-7230
E-mail: rick.braunig@state.mn.us

Kelly Akhund
Aviation Representative
Phone: 651-234-7234
E-mail: kelly.akhund@state.mn.us

Michael Hartell
Aviation Representative
Phone: 651-234-7225
E-mail: michael.hartell@state.mn.us

Chris Meyer
Aviation Representative
Phone: 651-234-7224
E-mail: christopher.meyer@state.mn.us

Judy Meyers
Commercial Operations and Airport Licensing Specialist
Phone: 651-234-7232
E-mail: judy.meyers@state.mn.us

Paul Peterson
Aviation Representative
Phone: 651-234-7227
E-mail: paul.peterson@state.mn.us