Aviation Section

Last updated: 2016-02-02

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) finished the deer survey of PA341 near Red Wing, and moved to Thief River Falls for the start of the elk survey. The Grygla area plots were the first to be surveyed, and a similar number of elk (from last year?s count) have been observed so far.

CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) journeyed north to conduct a wolf pack count flight. Geving also flew predator hunting activity flights and training activities.

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Grand Rapids) reports after weather delays early in the week, flying multiple missions related to the elk survey in the northwestern part of the state. Time was also spent on aircraft and hangar maintenance, training and home office tasks.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports another tough weather week. Jensen did fly one wolf pack telemetry flight and one IFR training flight. Jensen also attended Minnesota state helicopter safety training day at the international airport. Numerous other safety projects were worked on also.