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Brainerd Airport Newsletter

Summer 2010
Remaining Aloft
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From the Airport Commission....
The Airport Manager, staff and Airport Commission continue to be very busy with much activity taking place on the grounds of our beautiful Brainerd Lakes Regi
onal Airport. Thanks so much to our very efficient maintenance crew for keeping the grounds so beautifully groomed, and more importantly, safe for our tenants and visitors.

Plans are coming along nicely for the second annual Airport Open House scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 1-4:00 P.M. Plans include a T-6 static display and flyby from the Commemorative Air Force as well as a static display and flybys featuring aircraft from Camp Ripley, We wish to thank the Snodeos snowmobile club, Short Ellio

tt and Hendrickson, Inc. and Architechtural Alliance for funding the Commemorative Air Force participation this year. Many thanks to Steve Arhart for securing fuel for the participating CAF aircraft through his vendors. Airmotive Enterprises, Inc. will also be selling rides in their Cessna 172 Skyhawks and helicopter rides are being planned with Brainerd Helicopter Service. Delicious refreshments will be provided for all!

The Commission is happy to report that the Minnesota State Patrol will be a presence at our airport beginning July 1, 2010. They will be renting one of the new large hangars for their helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. The Minnesota DNR will also be moving their helicopters and Cessna 185 to one of the new large hangars as well. These hangars are being upgraded to include heat and office space for those two tenants. The Commission is pleased to have state law enforcement agencies making their home offices at our airport.

The Commission is also continuing in preliminary planning fo
r the Airport Terminal Remodeling and Expansion project. The current terminal is thirty years old, not in compliance with ADA, and needs upgrading due to TSA requirements. The Commission is currently awaiting final FAA funding decisions.

Along with major building plans, runway extensions, courting new tenants, and planning for open houses, the Commission is also going forward with implementing employee performance reviews for the six airport employees. Formularies recommended by the Crow Wing County Human Resources Department will be used.

As always, please feel free to contact either the Airport Manager, Steve Sievek, or one of your friendly Airport Commissioners with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. The Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30 and the public is welcome to attend!

Beth Pfingsten, Chair
Airport Commission

Interesting Visitors
The evening of May 26 brought a Compass Airlines Embraer 175 to Brainerd. Capable of carrying 88 passengers this twin engine airliner was enroute from LaGuardia in New York to Minneapolis when it diverted for fuel due to thunderstorms in the Twin Cities. After about an hour an a half on the ground and with a new fuel load they departed on runway 23 for Minneapolis.

Even more interesting was a visit from a U. S. Military Metroliner on May 24th and 25th. While extremely tight lipped about their mission, the aircraft had a rotating turret camera under the belly and the first third of the fuselage was packed with electronic gear. The crew simply reported that their mission was working for Homeland Security and since they were armed no further information was solicited.

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Upcoming Events.
June 26/27 St. Cloud Airshow
July 3-5 American Barnstormers Tour
Alexandria Minnesota
July 6 Airport Commission 9:30 a.m.
July 17/18 Duluth Airshow
July 26-Aug 1 Airventure Oshkosh
July 27 BARC Meeting 6:30 p.m.
August 3 Airport Commission 9:30 a.m.
August 24 BARC Meeting 6:30 p.m.
September 7 Airport Commission 9:30 a.m.
September 18 Brainerd Airport Open House 1-4 p.m.
September 28 BARC Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Runway 16/34 Extension Update
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently approved the justification for a 600-foot extension of Runway 16/34. The runway extension project was bid in spring 2010 and the contract was awarded to Tri-City Paving of Little Falls, MN. It is anticipated that construction of the runway extension will begin in late summer 2010.

The runway extension will enable commercial airlines to operate larger aircraft, including the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) 200 flown by Delta Air Lines. While a CRJ200 requires a 7,700-foot long runway to takeoff at maximum takeoff weight at BRD on the mean maximum temperature day in July, a 7,100-foot runway allows a CRJ200 to takeoff with a takeoff weight of 51,500 lbs (88.9% useful load).  A 7,100-foot long runway allows the airport to expand the runway within the existing airport property thus eliminating impacts to the Mississippi River and Highway 210.

It is unknown when Mesaba Airlines (or potentially another airline) may begin serving BRD with a CRJ200 or similar airc raft.

The initiation of this service depends on the current and future market and the future fleet choices of Mesaba Airlines. It is assumed that Mesaba Airlines will begin using BRD as an alternate destination in the immediate future when the runway is extended. The future use of BRD as a CRJ200 alternate will likely result in some immediate CRJ200 operations. The total operations depend on weather and other conditions at airports such as Duluth International Airport (DLH) and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) that may result in aircraft using alternate airports such as BRD.

It Happened in Aviation

July 2, 1937... Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are lost over the South Pacific near Howland Island in a Lockheed Electra. This was to be her last long-distance attempt.

July 20, 1969... Neil Armstrong lands the lunar module Eagle on the surface of the moon. His immortal first words are, "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

August 2, 1909... The first flying machine purchased and put into service by a government is the Wright Flyer. The US Army accepts its first airplane and pays the Wrights $25,000, plus a $5,000 bonus, because the machine exceeded the speed requirement of 40 mph.

August 3, 1921... Lieutenant John A. Macready of the U.S. Army Air Corps finds a new use for airplanes when he sprays a patch of ground infested with caterpillars. This practice becomes known as crop du

August 15, 1958... Congress approves a bill creating the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).

September 13, 1935...Millionaire film producer and amateur air racer Howard Hughes shatters the world land plane speed record in his home built Hughes Racer airplane.

VFR (Very Frivolous Ramblings)
Question #1. During World War II, which one of these oldie but goodie comedians was machining parts for Douglas for the DC-3 in his garage?
A. Bud Abbott or Lou Costello
B. Stan Laurel or Oliver Hardy
C. One of the Marx Brothers
D. One of the Three Stooges

Question #2. As pilots we know that V speeds are speeds that define certain performance and limiting characteristics of an aircraft.

What is the origin of the "V"?

Question #3. Who was the first US president to get a pilot's license?
B. Ronald Regan
C. John Travolta
D. Dwight Eisenhower

Question #4. The missing man formation is usually flown over a funeral or memorial event in honor of a fallen soldier. It is customary for the wingman to pull up and pull away, or simply be missing. What does it mean when it's not the wingman, but the formation leader that pulls up and away or is missing?

(answers on page four)

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DARFF Training at KBRD
From a distance it may have looked like a crash on the west side of the airport, black smoke rising steadily skyward. Fortunately the black smoke over the field on May 10 was not a crash but a training exercise for our resident ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting) staff.

Thanks to a new portable training aircraft certified by the FAA, this was the first time that this live fire training was held on site at our own airport. Previously held at the Superior College facility in Duluth, this mobile training equipment not only saves dollars but allows all 5 of our trained fire fighters to train together on their own equipment. As a result the 8 hour session was deemed by all to be a much higher quality training exercise.

This instruction, required by the FAA, is an annual event and planned expansion of this on site training is expected to improve it even more in future years. The training included simulated engine fires, hot brake/wheel fires, APU fires and spilled fuel fires. Our people practiced approaching and extinguishing all of these common types of aircraft fires.

Our trained ARFF staff is made up of Dan Thesing, Tim Holtz, Jim Wulf, Mike Arnold and Steve Sievek. In addition to firefighting, they also are all trained EMT's.

The odds are great that you will never have an accident at the Brainerd Airport but it is reassuring to know that our trained firefighters and EMT's are on guard to assist you.

Wildlife Abounds
All of us enjoy the Northern Minnesota natural lifestyle, but the wildlife we all appreciate around us can turn deadly when within the airport fence.

This spring and early summer there have been multiple instances of wildlife getting inside the fence at our airport. Coyotes, wolves and of course deer have been spotted on the grounds and around the runways and taxi ways. In addition there have been some issues with waterfowl on the runways.
Our maintenance staff works diligently to eliminate this wildlife to keep the airport safe but they can use your help.

If you see any wildlife that is on the airport grounds, please be sure to call unicom and report it. Please don't assume that someone else will see and report it. Our maintenance folks monitor unicom and they will go out immediately to try and take care of the problem. Safety is everyone's job so please help in this effort.

Great Airshows in Our Area
Airshow fans in the Brainerd Lakes area are fortunate this year to have two major airshows within an easy drive. The St. Cloud Airshow features the United States Navy Blue Angels on June 26 and 27. Several other national and regional airshow acts will also perform. Tickets can be purchased and schedule info is available at -

In addition to the St. Cloud show, Duluth will play host to the United States Air Force Thunderbirds on July 17 and 18. Many other national and regional acts will perform including a nationally known pyrotechnics team creating a huge wall of fire that will simulate a bombing run. Purchase tickets online and view the schedule at

Both shows promise to be great, don't miss th is rare opportunity to see both of the major military jet teams right here in northern Minnesota.

Cliff Claven Little Known KBRD Fact
Did you know that the well known explorer Zebulon Pike (of Pikes Peak fame) once camped on airport property?

In 1805 he was commissioned to determine the headwaters of the Mississippi River. His expedition led him upriver in December of 1805 and back down river in March of 1806.

While Pikes' journal does not give us the precise location, some historians believe that December 28 or 29 of 1805 he camped at what is now the French Rapids airport property, and passed back down through the area again in the morning of March 1, 1806.

After a brutal winter of trekking and camping, he incorrectly identified the origin of the Mississippi River as Cass Lake.

GA Security for Everyone
If you want more federal government intervention in the operation of your airport then read no further.
While we rarely think about it at KBRD, security from terrorism and from theft is everybody's business at our airport.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop a nationwide Airport Watch Program. The Airport Watch Program has a toll free number 24/7 for you to report any suspicious activity - 866-GA-SECURE (866-427-3287). Learn more about what to watch out for at

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American Barnstormers Tour
July 3-5 will bring 20 vintage aircraft to the Alexandria Airport. If anyone is interested in car/plane pooling on any those days, please see Mike Petersen at Airmotive. For more information go to

Test Your Knowledge
What situation is most conducive to the formation of radiation fog?
A) The movement of cold air over much warmer water.
B) Warm, moist air over low, flatland areas on clear, calm nights.
C) Moist, tropical air moving over cold, offshore water.
Correct answer in next column.

High Flying Humor
After a lengthy delay at the gate while waiting to depart, the Captain finally came on the PA system and announced: "I'm sorry for the delay, but the machine that smashes your baggage and removes the handles is broken, so the ground crew is having to do it all by hand today!"

Tower: "Delta Zulu Romeo, turn right now and report your heading."
Pilot: "Wilco. 341, 342, 343, 344, 345..."
Student Pilot: "I'm lost; I'm over a lake and heading toward the big E."
Controller: "Make several 90 degree turns so I can identify you on radar."
(short pause)...
Controller: "Okay then. That lake is the Atlantic Ocean. Suggest you turn to
the big W immediately ..."

Wisdom of Experience
-A good simulator check ride is like successful surgery on a cadaver.
-An airplane may disappoint a good pilot, but it won't surprise him
-Hovering is for pilots who love to fly but have no place to go.
-The Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.
-Standard checklist philosophy requires that pilots read to each other the actions they perform every flight, and recite from memory those they need every three years.

VFR Answers (from page two)
Question #1.
C Groucho Marx founded Marman Products which eventually had more than 500 employees. He was funny guy until 1933. In 1941 he became an inventor. He developed the Marman clamp which attached atomic bombs to aircraft for use in the war.

Question #2. The "V" stands for velocity.

Question #3. D. Dwight Eisenhower got his pilot's license in 1939.

Question #4. When the formation leader pulls up and away or is missing, it salutes a fallen military leader.

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Test Your Knowledge Answer
Correct Answer: B) Warm, moist air over low, flatland areas on clear, calm nights.

Sierra Whiskey Marinade
A favorite of our Maintenance staff, great for steak, pork and poultry. Wait 8 hours after eating before flying!

1/2 cup Whiskey (your favorite brand)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon each salt and pepper

Place brown sugar in bowl and mix in whiskey, add olive oil to mixture. Add remaining ingredients.
Pour mixture onto meat in airtight container and shake. Shake repeatedly while marinating 3 hours to overnight. Grill to desired doneness.

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Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport
16384 Airport Rd, Suite 5 ˇ Brainerd, MN 56401-5852 ˇ 218-825-2166