MCOA Monthly News: January 2013

MCOA Monthly News: January 2013

The MCOA Board . . . met December 14th and completed the published meeting agenda. Kristi Rollag Wangstad, President of the AirSpace Minnesota Association, presented to the Board their initiatives for 2013 and beyond. The Board, by motion, approved supporting their efforts. In a moment of special recognition, Janese Thatcher, head of MNDOT Aeronautics Aviation Education & Public Affairs, presented the award of a flight bag to Russell Kinnenberg for his completing flights into 68 Minnesota airports in support of the Fly MN Airports Passport Program. The next MCOA Board meeting will be January 11, 2013 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission facility (MAC), 6040 28th Ave. South in Minneapolis, at 9:30 AM in their conference room. A Conference Planning Committee (CPM) meeting for 2013 will be held prior to the board meeting at 8:15 AM in the MAC conference room.

MNDOT Update . . . MNDOT is releasing the recently completed State Aviation System Plan (SASP) for public review and comment. The SASP, a 20-year plan guiding the orderly development of the state’s system of 135 publically funded airports, is the first mode specific plan MNDOT has presented to the public since the adoption of Minnesota GO, the 50-year transportation vision, and a new Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan in September of 2012. Electronically, a copy of the SASP can be accessed at: or a hard copy may be picked up at MNDOT Aeronautics, 222 Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN. Public hearings will be held throughout the state, dates and locations will be announced at a later date. Cutoff date for your written comments is February 2, 2013, and they will be accepted at the MNDOT Office of Aeronautics in St. Paul.

Minnesota Airport News . . .
Brainerd Lakes Regional – The new airport manager at BRD will begin his duties in mid-January. His name is Jeff Wig and he comes with a background in business and very early-on experience as a line person with Airmotive Enterprises Inc. A “Welcome Aboard” call to him would be appreciated!

MSP/STP Intl – Walk-through retail shops are now open at MSP/STP Intl airport. OTG Management opened a walk-through food and retail hall featuring food, gifts, news and other specialty merchandise at the airport. The addition of this zone is the first of its kind at a U.S. airport. According to Rick Blatstein, CEO, “This walk-through food hall is unique in that travelers walk through it as they make their way to their gate.”

Duluth Intl Airport – DLH will host a grand opening ceremony for their new terminal renovation on Friday, January 11, 2013, at 3:00 PM at the terminal. Tours and social will follow so send your RSVP to by January 7th.

MCOA Membership Drive . . . for 2013 has begun and you should have received your newly formatted membership invoice. If you have not received your invoice or have any questions, contact or call 218-828-5049.

AirSpace Minnesota . . . has announced their action plan for 2013 and this information was forwarded to you via e mail in late 2012. For more information and opportunities to volunteer, contact Kristi Rollang Wangstad at or visit for celebration updates.

MCOA Seeks Input . . . from you each month for articles about you, your airport or airport projects recently completed for the MCOA Monthly News update. All aviation enthusiasts, airports, air shows, communities, and aviation purveyors of service are encouraged to send in news of their airport, community or services to GENAVCON for publication. If you have news of importance to MN and the MCOA membership about your events or accomplishments, submit your articles, including pictures, to GenAvCon not later than the 30th of each month for consideration.

Helicopter Pilots Needed . . . The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for helicopter services to staff several fire control bases. The helicopters are needed for bucket-and-fire missions, reconnaissance and transportation of personal and supplies. For more information, contact DNR.

Predicting 2013’s Trends for Air Travelers . . . In 2013, travelers can expect more planes that offer Wi-Fi, streaming content, tablets and other hi-tech perks, Scott McCartney (WSJ) writes. Security lines might move a little more quickly as the TSA expands its PreCheck program. Other expected changes include additional ancillary fees and seats with more leg room. Smart phones are changing the travel industry, with travelers booking flights and checking in to hotels on the mobile devices. Seven in 10 travelers this year carried a smartphone and nearly all airlines are prioritizing additional mobile options for passengers, according to Tom Knierin of SITA.

New Product News . . . Schweiss Doors introduces spherical bearings to the hydraulic door industry. Although use of the bearings is not new, they are new to the door industry. The bearings are strategically located between the teardrop area and cylinder plate at each end of the doors large lifting and closing cylinders. Because there is a certain amount of deflection during door operation, the bearings allow for less friction, eliminate binding, wear and damage to a door cylinder and absorb flexing of the door frame. For more information, visit Schweiss at or call 800-746-8273.

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