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Eden Prairie, MN 55347


Blue skys, clam winds make a great day for SOLO flight!

Jim Griffith is working on his Private Pilot certificate in our Jabiru J170-SP aircraft.

Jim is one of those students who likes to study and must understand all aspects of his flight training. (He asks lots of questions.) We like students who have a thirst for knowledge. Jim completed our FAA-Approved pilot ground school in June and is progressing toward certification as a pilot.

Congratulations, Jim!

Category : Activities | First solo

Nice Flight George!

Check this out. George Lichty is adding a commercial helicopter rating to his private pilot airplane certificate. He enjoys flying our new (to us) Schweizer 300C helicopter. The extra power is great in those warm Minnesota summers. Way to go, George!

Category : Activities | First solo

Volunteers Make AirExpo Successful

It was another successful Flying Cloud AirExpo event with the help of a number of volunteers. We offered both airplane and helicopter rides for the two day event in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the event organizer, Wings of the North, a 501(c)(3).

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Congratulations, Aaron!

Aaron Halpin is the 2013 winner of the James F. Dubay Memorial Scholarship which is sponsored by Wings of the North.

The James F. Dubay Memorial Fund was born out of the desire to encourage those who dreamed of flight to find their wings.  Whether a technical, practical or theoretical education is being sought, the James F. Dubay Scholarship can help students fund their flight.

The scholarship award of $1,500 was presented by Greg Kaminski representing Wings of the North.

Aaron says, “I am currently pursuing my private pilot’s license and am enrolled as a freshmen at the University of North Dakota’s Aviation program for Fall 2013.

My plan is to leave UND with a Commercial rating in order to join the Navy and become a Naval aviator which I will spend the rest of my life perfecting the art of flight.”

Category : Activities | Aviation News

Commercial Pilot at Last!

Bill Halpin stepped up to the challenge and is now a Commercial Helicopter Pilot.

Just three days after receiving his commercial pilot certificate, Bill piloted our EC-120B helicopter on Air-Tour rides at the 2013 Flying Cloud AirExpo. Talk about a quick transition from mechanic to commercial flying!

Bill maintains our fleet of aircraft including our PA-32-300 Cherokee 6, PA-28-140 Cherokee and Jabiru J170-SP Light Sport Aircraft. In addition, Bill maintains our growing fleet of helicopters including the Eurocopter EC120B, Schweizer 300C and Schweizer 300CB.

Bill is a really valuable asset to Hummingbird. So, congratulate him on his most recent accomplishment when you see him.

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Proud New Helicopter Pilot. Great Job, Jason!

Jason Miller has earned his Private Pilot Rotorcraft/Helicopter rating.

He started flying Radio Controller helicopters as a hobby. His interest in helicopter flight then led to lessons in the full-sized model.

He says, “This new hobby may eventually turn into a new career. You never know. I just view a helicopter rating as another tool in the belt. And, it’s way more fun than flying RC models.”

Jason is now enrolled in our helicopter instrument course.

Congratulations, Jason!

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Way to Go, AARON!

Aaron Halpin completed his Private Pilot rating in the family PA-28-140. “The Cherokee is a sweet aircraft to fly. This is the perfect way to start a career in aviation,” said Aaron on completion of his checkride with examiner Waldo Anderson.

Aaron is the recipient of the 2013 James F. Dubay Memorial Scholarship from Wings of the North. Aaron will be attending UND and plans a career in the Navy as an aviator.

Please congratulate Aaron on his most recent accomplishment.

Category : Activities | Aviation News