Its been a while since I have been able to fly due to one thing or another, so today Cheryl and I flew to the St. Paul Downtown Airport/Holman Field (KSTP). There were a few planes in the pattern doing various things and KSTP has some weird runways and the river is right there. So while I was trying to land on Runway 14, a bigger plane was still on the Runway 14 waiting for clearance, so we had to land at on Runway 13 instead, while the bigger plane was still sitting on 14! It was wild and that landing was a bit stressful. Because its the Downtown Airport you cannot go very high due to the MPS Airport, so I was flying at 2,000 AGL, and you have all sorts of buildings in your view and the river and its not my normal airport. I did get one nice photo of the capital, we flew right over it, but I was a bit busy to take any other photos (Cheryl took control of the airplane as I took the photos, as flying and photo taking do not mix). Then it was back to Anoka, where I had a totally awesome landing! Landings are hard, but kind of important, so it was nice to get a few in.
The Minnesota 99s had their spring Chapter meeting today (Saturday March 18, 2017) at the Mora Airport (KJMR) in Mora, Minnesota. We also had a fantastic weather presentation by Natasha Stenbock, pilot, member of the Minnesota 99s, and broadcast meteorologist. Thanks Natasha!
The wonderful WASP and MN 99s Liz Wall Strohfus is being honored by the city of Faribault. Tonight with a “unanimous vote from the Faribault City Council on Tuesday night makes the new name official as Faribault’s airport is now called, “Faribault Municipal Airport – Liz Wall Strohfus Field.” Liz died almost a year ago and she will be the first WASP to have an airport named after them. A wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady.
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A short trip to the Forest Lake Airport (25D) this morning. They paved paradise (the grass runway) and put up a lovely smooth parking lot (a paved runways 13/31). Its nice, but it was a nice grass runway too and will be greatly missed. Also got to see some ice houses still out on the lakes, but you can also see some open water, so spring is coming.