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2018 Vol. 18, No. 2

Conference celebrates 75th anniversary in Minnesota aviation
Conference booth

The annual Minnesota Airports Conference featured experts in aviation and aerospace fields sharing experiences and knowledge, technical and safety presentations, an industry trade show, and an awards and recognition program. It also commemorated a significant 75th anniversary for Minnesota aviation.

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Comfort, safety drive design at Cirrus
Dale Klapmeier

The 2018 Minnesota Airports Conference opening luncheon featured Dale Klapmeier, co-founder and CEO of Cirrus Aircraft. Klapmeier reflected on the company’s journey, from its beginnings in his parents’ barn to becoming the country’s largest producer of piston aircraft—delivering more than 6,800 SR-series aircraft in 18 years of production.

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Women in aviation take flight
women in aviation

In keeping with this year’s focus on women in aviation, the 2018 Minnesota Airports Conference highlighted three successful women who broke down barriers in a male-dominated industry. Despite different backgrounds and career paths, these women shared the belief that they could do whatever men could do—and had the drive to push through when they were told otherwise.

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Super Bowl LII lands in Minnesota
planes on runway

The Minnesota aviation community spent months planning for one of biggest events in the Twin Cities in years—Super Bowl LII. With the dust settled, Phil Burke, director of operations at Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport, and Joe Harris, manager of the St. Paul Downtown and Lake Elmo airports, shared a few thoughts on how it went.

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Growth, technology shaping MSP
Brian Ryks speaking

Last year saw a record number of passengers at Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport, at just over 38 million in 2017, and the last two years were record years for air service growth, said Brian Ryks, executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

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