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13601 Pioneer Trail

Eden Prairie, MN 55347

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19
Apr

Price: $22,900 or Best Offer Location: Maple Lake, MN (KMGG) Tail #: N18956

Engine: Lycoming O-320-E3D with about 1200 hours SMOH and the air frame about 3025 hours TT. Last annual done June 2015 with compression checks at 74, 70, 75, and 74/80. Avionics: KT-78 Transponder, KR-86 ADF, KN-75 Glideslope Receiver,

2 – KX-170B Comm./Nav. and 4 place intercom system with auxiliary jack.

General Info: Good starter plane in good condition that is roomy and has a solid air frame. Privately owned, no corrosion, all AD’s complied with, excellent maintenance history, com-plete and continuous logbooks since new, always hangered, well managed, smooth running aircraft that gets flown approximately once per month cross country flights. VFR certified but has the equipment capable to become IFR certified. Gross weight 2150# with a useful load of 630#. Propeller is a Sensenich M74DM6S5-O-54 fixed pitch prop.

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13
Oct

Congratulations on well-earned ratings!

William Halpin adds both the Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Sea and Single-Engine Land ratings to his Commercial Pilot Rotorcraft/Helicopter rating – all earned at Hummingbird Aviation.

The day started with the arrival of designated pilot examiner Bill Amorde from Superior, Wisconsin in his beautiful home-built  RV-6 experimental airplane. After completion of the oral exam portion of the seaplane practical test, pilot and examiner departed for a late-morining drive to Lake Minnetonka where they launched in a Cessna 182 seaplane for the flight portion of the practical test. A couple of hours later, the pair returned with smiles and we have a new Commercial Sea Plane Pilot.

After reviewing a second application and completion of a second oral exam the pair departed in a Piper PA28R-180 airplane for the initial portion of the Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Land rating. With a successful single trip around the pattern at Flying Cloud airport, the pair changed aircraft to Halpin’s Piper PA28-140 aircraft for the remainder of the practical test.

Family and well-wishers congregated with the day ending and darkness approaching. The Cherokee finally returned and the smiles told the story , for quality medicines visit us . We have a new Commercial Single-Engine Land pilot.

That is two checkrides in three aircraft in the same day.

Congratulations Bill! What a great accomplishment!

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24
Sep

Congratulation on Your First Solo Flight!

Kyle Marten has accomplished his first ever SOLO flight, but he did it at NIGHT!

It so happens that Kyle works a full-time job just like most of us. As a result, he trains on evenings and weekends at Hummingbird Aviation. Instructor Loren Jones determined that Kyle was ready to solo but the weekend weather wasn’t cooperative. So, training progressed to night flight lessons.

On one such night lesson, everything came together , canadian pharmacy http://onhealthy.net . After getting appropriate endorsements in his log book and student pilot certificate, Kyle was kicked out of the nest for his first flight alone.

When asked about the night solo flight, Kyle just shrugs and says, “Well, you have to solo sometime.”

Congratulations on an unusual first SOLO flight!

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14
Jul

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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10
Jul

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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16
Nov

Great Job Adam!

Adam Will earned his Private Pilot certificate flying his own Piper PA 28R-180 airplane. His instructor was Loren Jones.

Congratulations Adam!

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11
Apr

Sunrise After Long Cold Night by Jon Karlen

In my apartment on a late afternoon, I got a call from Chris Cooper asking about the prospect of me flying frost mitigation at an apple orchard. I had personally never heard of this but was excited about the idea. I quickly headed to Hummingbird Aviation, where Chris was waiting to conduct a mission brief. I received images from Google Earth, GPS coordinates, fuel plan, location, and contact names. Chris set up a discreet radio frequency we would be using for communication as he would be my ground support for the night. The apple orchard was located just north-east of Preston, MN and 4.5 nautical miles to the east of the Fillmore County Airport (about 88nm from Flying Cloud).

Earlier that day weather forecasters issued frost and hard freeze warnings throughout much of central and southern Minnesota. So, Minnesota’s apple population was in jeopardy that night and my task was to eliminate that threat at least in this one orchard. I got my equipment ready and lifted off in the helicopter at around 7:30 PM while Chris headed south in his Jeep. With the sun setting I knew it was going to be a challenge, especially doing an off airport landing in an unfamiliar location at night. Using landmarks to make the transition easier, I flew directly to the Fillmore County Airport using GPS and then east following a highway paralleling the airport to the town of Preston. The orchard was about a half mile east of Preston with another highway just to its east. Once I had established my destination then came the hair-raising experience of doing a night recon only being able to see obstacles where the landing light shined. I continued circling until I found a safe approach path and I set down in a clearing to be greeted by some very happy farmers.

We drove around the orchard to get ideas of what I would be flying over. We went to certain spots to check the status of the thermometers. The temperature was hovering around 32?F and we knew it would be dropping soon. So, I started the helicopter up and worked my way over the orchard starting with the low lying area to the west. I flew roughly a couple of feet above the trees, cruising 10-15 knots. To ensure better coverage, I flew over every third row; the rotor wash and engine heat distributed evenly and allowed more ground to be covered with each pass. The goal was to cover the 90-acre orchard in 1 hour.

I had constant changes in elevation with rolling hills and tight turns following the contours of the orchard. The orchard had all kinds of obstacles and obstructions at its borders. To the south were tall trees, poles and a grave yard. In the middle were buildings. To the north there were more poles, buildings and tall trees on a rolling hill which separated the two orchards. The scary part was transitioning the helicopter from the southern field to the northern field. A densely wooded hill was in my path and climbing with slow forward speed and only being able to see trees where the feeble beam of the landing light shined made the first pass interesting. The hill seemed to climb forever.

Great Flight

About 15 minutes into my flight I could hear a familiar voice on the radio. Chris had arrived and was coordinating with the farmers where the helicopter needed to be positioned. He gave me guidance on what I needed to accomplish, since I had never done this before. “Fly a little higher above the trees. That’s a bit too low,” Chris said over the radio. It was hard to tell just how high I was in the dark but quickly settled into the task.
After few hours I needed a break. All the control modulation and constant throttle changes made me wish I had a governor. It was a high workload; and, it was the first time I had ever felt sore from flying. I took a break just about every 2 hours and at that point Chris would check the helicopter and add oil to the engine when necessary. While flying I was warm and toasty but outside during my break I quickly chilled in the light breeze and 27 degree temperature.

Half way through the night I was getting low on fuel so I radioed Chris to rendezvous at the Fillmore airport. I took off from the orchard and set down near the fuel pump where Chris was waiting. The fuel tank was self-serve with no credit card terminal. He had coordinated with the FBO earlier that evening to get access to the pump. With the helicopter fueled and read to go, I flew back to the orchard and resumed making slow passes over the apple trees.

Survey the Result

I didn’t notice the results of what I was accomplishing until 5:30 AM. To my amazement, frost had formed on the grass surrounding the orchard but none on or below the apple trees. I kept flying past sunrise which was the strangest feeling. I had flown throughout the night, what a riot. I had never flown so much at one time in my life. Excitement for my first commercial flying job kept me wide-awake. All it took was a short break to freshen up and I was back at it again.

I recalled flying in the evening watching the sunset and now, still flying, I was watching the sun rise. At around 6:30 AM my night of flying had ended. I set down, looked back and saw the surround grass white with frost and the trees still glowing brown. Later that day I had heard some of Minnesota’s apple population had gone extinct that night. Helicopters not only save lives but apples too!

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31
Mar

Topic: Owner privileges and limitations regarding aircraft maintenance.

April 03, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Location: Hummingbird Aviation 13601 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

This discussion will be based on ASTM 2483 “Standard Practice for Maintenance of Light Sport Aircraft” and ASTM 2245 “Design Standards for Light Sport Aircraft”.

Relaxed, interactive, open forum style lecture with questions, comments, and personal experiences encouraged. Seminars typically end around 10:15-10:30.

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20
Jan

Award of Valor

Posted by Jeff Dalton Comments Off

Last night four Hummingbird Aviation staff members received an Award of Valor. The recipients were Jacob Appel, Chris Cooper, Kelly DeBerg, and William Halpin. The Award of Valor is issued by the Police Chief to citizens who, conscious of danger, intelligently distinguish themselves by the outstanding performance of an act of gallantry and valor at imminent personal hazard to life, above and beyond the call of duty. Below is a letter from the Police Chief to these four individuals. I am proud to work with such a courageous group of people. 

From left to right: William Halpin, Jacob Appel, Shellie DeBerg accepting for Kelly Deberg, and Chris Cooper

Left to right: William Halpin, Jacob Appel, Shellie DeBerg accepting for Kelly Deberg, Chris Cooper

Award of Valor

On August 12, 2009 a private twin engine airplane took off from Flying Cloud Airport and crashed a few minutes later in the yard of the Cummins Grill House across the street from the airport. The airplane burst into flames upon impact.

From their offices at Flying Cloud Airport, four employees of Hummingbird Aviation heard the crash, called 9-1-1 and raced across the street to the crash scene where they found the airplane on fire. Jacob Appel, Christophe Cooper, Kelly DeBerg and William Halpin saw one of the victims lying near the cement step on the east side of the Cummins Grill House, just feet away from the burning wreckage. They dragged the victim from the step to the south side of the Grill House in order to protect him from the intense heat and fire from the crash. They then checked the victim’s vital signs and determined that he was deceased.

The group received a blanket from a construction worker and placed it over the victim’s body. They then grabbed a garden house from the Grill House and attempted to keep the flames from further damaging the house. In addition, they took photos of the scene which aided in the subsequent investigation of the crash.

All four men acted selflessly, taking action in a scene of chaos and confusion. They put themselves at risk when they pulled the victim away from the burning wreckage. They demonstrated compassion and respect by covering the victim’s body. In addition, they made a valiant effort to prevent further damage by dousing the historic Cummins Grill House with a garden hose. This action helped to save a valuable part of Eden Prairie history.

For their bravery, courage and clear thinking amidst a tragic accident, I hereby award Jacob Appel, Christophe Cooper, Kelly DeBerg and William Halpin with the Eden Prairie Police Department’s Award of Valor.

Rob Reynolds

Police Chief

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4
Jan

Angie Smith 1st Solo!

Angie Smith 1st Solo

Angie Smith 1st Solo

Angie Smith soloed today and I am excited to have the year start off on such an exciting flight. In spite of the cold weather, Angie has been able to excel through her flight training. After a few good landings, I saw no reason for me to stay in the aircraft with her.  I radioed to the tower and informed them we were taxing back to Hummingbird. She dropped me off and took the Jabiru around the pattern by herself. After the flight, she said that she expected to solo sometime this week but not on her first flight of the year. Congratulations Angie for completing your first solo flight in the Jabiru Light Sport Aircraft!

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