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Explore MN by Air – Fall 2021

Explore Minnesota is encouraging people to get out and explore the rainbow of colorful fall foliage in Minnesota.  To find your True North visit: Minnesota Vacations & Travel Guide: Explore Minnesota.
Your True North isn’t on a map. There’s no simple way to find it, no compass to lead the way.  Because your True North isn’t a place, it’s a feeling. A state of mind filled with adventure, culture and curiosity.

Fly MN Airports! Passport program is sharing this opportunity to Explore MN by Air – Fall 2021 by encouraging you to get back into flying and visit unique places that are located near a Minnesota’s public-use airport before October 31, 2021.

This flying adventure rewards any Fly Minnesota Airports! Passport program participant who is a FAA licensed pilot from any state who flies to 5 different public-use Minnesota airports from August 6 – October 31, 2021 will be rewarded with a special MnDOT Aeronautics Formula One Cooler. There is a limited number of coolers available, so get out and Explore MN by Air – Fall 2021.

How to Participate

  • Register for the Fly Minnesota Airports! Passport Program online and download the Explore MN by Air – Fall 2021 postcard.
  • Register and receive your Fly Minnesota Airports! passport. If a Fly Minnesota Airports! passport is needed, it will be mailed to you within days.
  • If you are currently a passport holder, then simply download the postcard from our website. 
  • After exploring communities, parks, fall fly-in’s at/near MN public-use airports, stamp your Explore MN by Air – Fall 2021 participant postcard with the Fly MN Airports! stamp which is normally located near the weather computer at each airport. Also take a selfie/photo with the Explore MN by Air – Fall 2021 postcard and your aircraft in front of that airport’s arrival and departure building.
  • After visiting 5 Minnesota public-use airports upload a photo of your Explore MN by Air – Fall 2021 postcard and your 5 airport selfies to darlene.dahlseide@state.mn.us
  • Upon your completion and a review of the requirements of the Explore MN by Air – Fall 2021 adventure, your cooler will be shipped to you.