South Dakota Pilots Association

SDPA Meetings

The South Dakota Pilots Association holds Meetings typically the month before the newsletter is published. SDPA Meetings are opportunities for pilots to fly to an airport away from home and participate in a discussion of aviation issues in South Dakota and activities to promote general aviation in South Dakota.

For future SDPA Meetings – check the What's New Page.

Sep 21, 2019

Meeting (Rosebud)

Presentation on Eagle Med Facility and aircraft.

Jun 15, 2019

Meeting (Belle Fourche Flight Center)

Lt. Col. Michael “Wilson” Lewis, Commander of the 89th Attack Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, and MSgt Josh Sjoholm, 89th Attack Squadron, gave a presentation on the squadron’s operations. The Squadron used to fly the MQ-1 Predator (retired in 2018), and currently flies the MQ-9 Reaper, and the MQ-1/9 Reaper.

Apr 20, 2019

Meeting (Tea - EAA Chapter 289 building)

(Left) Captain Brendan “Laps” Zubrod, Safety Officer, 114th Fighter Wing, Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, gave a talk at the April 20 Meeting about Air Guard operations and Mid-Air Collision Avoidance. (Right) Pastor Mark Tracy of Clark, SD, talked about starting Pilots for Christ chapters in South Dakota.

Feb 23, 2019

BOD Meeting (Conference Call)

Nov 10, 2018

Meeting (Mitchell - Dakota Flight Center)

Scott Dorwart gave a talk about Dakota Flight Center and two concerns for the future – one was the looming shortage for Aviation Medical Examiners, and the other was the increasing time delay in scheduling check rides with Designated Pilot Examiners.

Sep 8, 2018

Meeting (Spearfish)

Black Hills Aero

Jun 9, 2018

Meeting (Sturgis - Sturgis Airport)

Jerry Runia (left) and Darrel Sauder (right) gave a talk on flying their Citabrias into backcountry landing strips in Utah and Colorado in September 2017.

Apr 28, 2018

Meeting (Brookings - SDSU Aviation Complex)

Cody Christensen spoke about the South Dakota State University Aviation program.

Feb 10, 2018

Meeting (Pierre)

CANCELED due to weather

Nov 11, 2017

Meeting (Rapid City - Westhills Village)

Steve Rathbun (son of Grove & Jan Rathbun) of Cottonwood Heights, UT, gave a talk about his record-breaking glider flight prior to the SDPA Meeting on Nov 11, 2017.Steve set 12 glider records on July 9, 2016, when he launched his glider (Rolladen-Schneider OHG LS3-A) from Cedar Valley Airport -- a private dirt strip located 30 miles south of Salt Lake City International at 11:35am and landed after flying for 8 hours 18 minutes in the air at Hot Springs, SD, at 7:54pm – travelling a “free distance” of 502.4 miles with no turnpoints.