Aviation Section

Last updated: 2014-11-25

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew fisher, marten and wolf telemetry. Heineman also worked on instrument training. Aircraft was also brought in for scheduled maintenance.

CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) conducted training flights with CO Pilot Lofstuen and maintenance issues. Geving also participated with a big game enforcement detail.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) worked on aircraft and administrative tasks, and started teaching helicopter ground school training for one of the pilots. He also flew a deer baiting activity for district 8.

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) flew as a safety pilot for John Heineman during a proficiency flight. Also, ground and flight training was received for a required instrument proficiency check. An aircraft was repositioned from New Ulm to Bemidji and a Big Game flight was flown in Districts 2, 4, 7 and 9.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen reports a week of flying support flights for officers on the ground to aid in the investigation of illegal deer hunting. Jensen also searched for missing collared wolves and started pack counts on wolves that could still be found with working collars. Jensen flew a new CO around his station to give him a view of the landscape from above therefore shortening the learning curve for the officer in this first year in the area.