Aviation Section

Last updated: 2018-03-13

Standby NR Pilot Jessica Holmes (Grand Rapids) continued training with CO pilots in the Scout out of Brainerd. Maintenance issues were also addressed.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew helicopter deer surveys in permit areas 223 and 224 near St. Cloud. Heineman also flew a wolf pack count and attended classroom training for fire bucket operations.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) continued with more deer surveys thanks to more early March snowfall in the area. Permit areas 223 and 224, and Lake Maria State park were completed using two helicopters to facilitate rapid completion before melting snow deteriorated the conditions. Deer numbers were good, a fisher was seen, another bear was winter napping in the cattails, and some sandhill cranes were observed having started the migration northward.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports flying various lakes to check for fish shelters left after the deadline. Jensen also gave flight instruction to another DNR pilot trainee. Snowmobile trail information and aeration system information was also passed on to local officers.

CO Pilot Christopher Lofstuen (Grand Rapids) reports flying flights related to wolf telemetry as well as fish shelter removal. Various administrative tasks were also completed.