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Vigilante MPA Hangar Christmas Party
December 9, 2016

Vetter Aviation Hangar
Helena, MT

Annual Christmas Party Dec 9 1800
Bring a dish to share
Author:Brent Vetter

Mission Valley MPA Hangar Annual Christmas Party
December 16, 2016

Polson Elk's Club

Polson, MT

It Is that time of year again and I hope you are looking forward to the annual Christmas Party. Friday the 16th is the date for another gathering of old and new friend, menu is be a choice of prime rib or wrapped salmon; it is just too good, so why try something different. Cost is $30 each. Bar will open at 6, with dinner at 7. At the Polson Elks Club.

This year, we will sing a few Christmas carols to celebrate the season, so it would be really helpful to have a guitar or piano accompanist if any of you are so talented.

After Thanksgiving, I will start working signups and collecting money. Feel free to call me, 270-2611, before I call you.
Info: Trey Moran (406)270-2611
Author:Geanette Cebulski

5-Valleys MPA Hangar Celebration of Flight Dinner
December 17, 2016

Homestead Helicopter Hangar
Missoula, MT

December 17, 1903, is the date that the Wright Brothers made their historic first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, NC. On the 100th anniversary of that flight in 2003, EAA Chapter 517 and MPA Five Valleys Hangar jointly sponsored a Celebration of Flight dinner here in Missoula that was attended by more than 100 people. Every December 17 since then, we have continued to have a dinner on that date to celebrate the joys of flying.

We had hoped to have this year’s Celebration of Flight dinner in the new EAA hangar being built at the Missoula Airport, but we have just learned the hangar completion date has been pushed in to January. Since this year’s meal is being catered by Two Sisters, we will still have dinner at the airport, but the location now will be the new Homestead Helicopter hangar. There is ample parking available, no stairs to negotiate, and no airport security gate to deal with. More detailed information will be provided in an email to EAA 517 and MPA FVH members in early December.

In the meantime, we would like to get “a head count” of who is planning to attend this dinner. The meal will be served buffet style and consist of various Italian dishes. There will be a bar hosted by MPA Five Valleys Hangar beginning at 6:00 PM. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM.
The cost is $25.00 per person. Please make your checks out to EAA Chapter 517, Inc.

If you are planning to attend, please send a short email to Sherry Rossiter, our dinner coordinator, at If you are ready to send payment for the dinner, please send your check to Sherry Rossiter, P.O. Box 16446, Missoula, MT 59808.

Info: Sherry Rossiter, Secretary
Event Email:
Author:Geanette Cebulski

Aviation Scholarship Application Deadline
January 9, 2017

Over $17,000 in scholarships will be awarded for training of professional pilots, soloed student pilots, flight instructor applicants, A&P mechanics and airport management professionals. The list of scholarships available include the Montana Pilots Junior Pilot scholarship and the MPA Air Safety and Education Foundation's Flight Training Scholarship. See a complete detailed listing of each scholarship and applications on the Montana Aeronautics Website. Information below.

Info: Harold Dramstad, Safety and Ed (406)444-9568
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Author:Geanette Cebulski

Heading Bug Deadline
January 10, 2017

Please send calendar and news items to HEADING BUG Editor Carmine Mowbray by January 10 for Jan/Feb issue.
Info: Carmine Mowbray
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Author:Geanette Cebulski

MPA Board Meeting
January 14, 2017

MT Aeronautics Building
Helena, MT

MPA Board of Directors meeting. All State Officers and Hangar Presidents and other interested members. Saturday, January 14th at 11:00 am at the Aeronautics Building on the Helena Airport. Contact: Pete Smith, Pres. or Mary Newpower, Secretary
Info: Pete Smith, President or Mary Newpower, Secretary
Author:Geanette Cebulski

2017 MT Aviation Conference
March 2 thru  4, 2017

Billings, MT

33rd Montana Aviation Conference, Billings Hotel & Convention Center.

For online conference registration access portal at For assistance with online registration, contact Effie Benoit at (406)444-9580 or

Rooms have been blocked at a conference rate of $91 plus tax. Reserve by calling (406)248-7151 and reference rooming block MONTANA AVIATION CONFERENCE. Reserve prior to Feb. 15,2017 to receive reduced rate.

Info: Effie Benoit 406-444-9580
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Author:Geanette Cebulski

Deadline for MPA Hangar Rebates
March 31, 2017

In order for the MPA Hangars to receive their rebates of $4.50 per paying member for the 2016 dues year, all Hangar officers must be current 2017 members and the Annual Hangar Information Forms for 2016 must be received by March 31st at the latest. Please submit as soon as possible, Thanks!
Info: Mary Newpower, Secretary
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Author:Geanette Cebulski

S69 Open House & Fly-in BBQ / Potluck
July 22, 2017

Lincoln MT
Liincoln, MT

Join pilots and friends from around the northwest at Jerry Cain's annual BBQ and community open house at the Lincoln, MT airport (S69) on Saturday July 22nd with the core time frame from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for the BBQ, but anyone can arrive earlier or stay later. There are four bicycles available to ride into town or a one mile walk.

Jerry will provide hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings, Liz’s chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, and bottled water and tea. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite potluck dish to share with others. Donations are appreciated, but not required.

There is an airplane tie down area and campground on the Blackfoot River at the approach end of runway 4 with tables, fire rings, and an outhouse. Those wanting to camp could arrive any day earlier and stay as many days as they wanted. From the campground on the river, one can shortcut to town through the ranger station compound making it about ˝ mile.

Fly your favorite airplane in and show it off to the community of Lincoln. There will be aviation and airport related exhibits and Young Eagle Flights.

Hope to see you there.

Info: Jerry Cain 4064615631 4063624743
Fax: 4063624743
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Author:Jerome Cain

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