Aviation Section

Last updated: 2015-04-21

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew marten, fisher and wolf telemetry and two days of wetland photos for Forest Assessment. 1803 wetland waypoints are flown each year with three photos snapped on each point to get stereo coverage. Heineman also gave training to a NR Pilot in helicopter goose survey protocol.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) began the sand hill crane nesting survey near Bemidji. We will find locations of nests with eggs, and a team will return to capture adults and place GPS collars on them in order to track their movements, including migration for the next three years.

CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) spent the week in Brainerd conducting sea plan training operations.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) flew wetland inventory flights and positioned aircraft during the week. Jensen attended a qualification shoot at Camp Ripley. Jensen responded to an active wildfire arsonist situation and provided aerial support to locate the suspect.

CO Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) spent the week addressing aircraft maintenance issues and attending seaplane training in Brainerd.