Aviation SectionLast updated: 2018-05-15
CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Grand Rapids) reports flying a float plane pre-season training flight/refresher, a waterfowl survey, and a flight related to fishing opener. Training was also attended in St. Paul and some time was spent checking several boaters on the Mississippi River with CO Best.
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports assisting field officers with a fire at Pillsbury State Forest and prepping aircraft and equipment for seaplane operations. Jensen flew a seaplane training flight and then checked anglers/boaters on opening day. Violations found were no angling license in possession, expired watercraft registration, no PFD on board, and no sound device on watercraft.
CO Pilot Robert Geving (New Ulm) spent the week flying the nesting waterfowl survey in the southern area of the state.
NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew wetland photo flights for Forest Assessment and a wolf telemetry mission.
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) worked on administrative tasks and worked with one pilot on airplane ground training. He also worked on aerial spray equipment.