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ByJohn Bjornstad

Flight Expo + Discover Aviation Days 2015 Raffle

Every spring the Discover Aviation Days (DAD) fly-in is hosted at the Anoka County airport to allow the general public a glimpse into the world of aviation and to give aviators a chance to connect with others in the community.

The raffle we put together every year helps both DAD host the event and helps Flight Expo continue their mission in educating today’s youth. This year we have many new prizes, such as a ride in the EAA’s B-17 Bomber or Clay Adams Travel Air 4000 Bi-plane. Tickets are 10 dollars and will be available at the event or you can send a check or money order to the address below before May 15, 2015 if you would like to pre-order your tickets:

P.O. Box 155
Zimmerman, MN 55398
Event Info:
May 30-31, 2015

Full List Of Prizes:

  • EAA B-17 Ride
  • B-25 Ride Super Cub on Floats Ride, Donated by Mary Alverson
  • PT-26 Ride, Donated by Fagen Fighters Museum
  • 2 Subscriptions to MN Flyer Magazine
  • 4 Passes to EAA Museum, Donated by the EAA
  • 2 Passes to MaxFlight Simulator
  • 2 SR20 Discovery Flights, Donated by Twin Cities Aviation
  • 1 Cessna 172 Ride, Donated by Hawk Aviation
  • 1 Travel Air 4000 Ride, Donated by Clay Adams
  • 4 Gift Baskets, Donated by All Star Warbirds Custom Embroidery
  • 1 Helicopter Ride
  • 2 Gift Certificates to Lake & Air Pilot Shop, Donated by Wipaire

50 percent of the proceeds benefits Flight Expo Inc.

Thank you for your support.

ByJohn Bjornstad

Nearly Complete

The project is really starting to come together. This week we spent most of our time finishing up a few of the projects we had been working on in previous weeks. Since the instrument panel is too small for a conventional (in dash) radio, we had to get creative. Eric has been working on fabricating a leather mount for our handheld radio over the last couple weeks and on Tuesday he finished it and was able to fasten it to left side of the instrument panel. Jake who has been working on multiple projects finished and installed the glare shield and slip indicator. And Karl and Owen continued repairing the fabric on the wings.


Owen our newest and youngest (13) student was curious about sheet-metal fabrication. He asked if he could make a side project, so I asked him what he wanted to make and he told me it was a secret! Anyway we agreed on some dimensions and I got him started on how to use the shear and brake and Duane showed him how to buck a few rivets.

Using the shear

As we near completion I can say that this has been a fun and worthwhile project. It feels good teaching the kids something new and its been an exciting adventure. We are already searching for new projects for next year and we hope to continue this program for years to come.

ByJohn Bjornstad

Becoming Independent

Now that the the students have been working on the airplane for nearly six months, they have become more independent, they have developed the fundamental skills to use while working on aircraft and they have learned a great deal about our aircraft the Kitfox and what the necessary requirements are to get it flying.

This week was a a turning point as all the kids were now able to work on their own projects without an instructor always looking over their shoulder. They showed up motivated to work and stayed on task the entire session.

Fabricating Radio Mount

We also had a visitor from Argentina on Tuesday. Merecedes has helped us for several years at EAA’s Airventure and this year she moved to the states to attend college, so while on her spring break she decided to pop in and give us a hand.

Fabric Repair

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