Aviation Section

Last updated: 2014-08-26

CO Pilot Bob Geving assisted with maintenance test flights and transporting aircraft about the state. Geving also conducted his annual low level check ride with pilot Heineman and worked on studying book work for an upcoming CFII course.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew a marten telemetry and a Vermillion lake creel survey. Heineman also gave a CO Pilot a low level check ride and attended a AOPA safety seminar.

CO/Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) flew multiple creel surveys over Leech Lake. A day was spent in the boat with CO Vollbrecht checking anglers on the Turtle Lake chain north of Bemidji. Anglers reported slower than normal action but produced a few nice fish. Patrol vehicle and aircraft maintenance issues were attended to and data bases were updated for upcoming surveys. The Region 1 District 4 meeting was attended as well.

NR Standby Pilot Brad Maas helped complete needed helicopter maintenance, and flew a day/night flight test of the FLIR system.
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a short week of duty.
Activities included work on safety program and setting up maintenance for aircraft.
Jensen also researched new aircraft and other possible equipment needs for the upcoming years. Weather prevented most flights.