Aviation Section

Last updated: 2015-03-24

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) had two natural resource college students as ride alongs on separate flights. Both students are pilots. While one on ride along, a student got to be present when a black-colored smoke was noticed from the aircraft. Upon investigating it was found to be a structure fire with no one present. Jensen notified the local authorities and orbited above the scene to monitor the situation until the fire department arrived. If it would have been windy, this most likely would have started a large grassfire as the structure was located next to a large wetland/pine grove. Fish shelter deadline flights were flown in northern Minnesota and an ATV detail was flown in north central Minnesota. Jensen also flew a WCA violation photo flight in east central Minnesota. While on a flight, Jensen received a request for an evidence photo from a local sheriff?s office in reference to an animal neglect investigation they were performing.

CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) conducted some training tasks and worked on preparations for upcoming projects.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew a wolf and fisher telemetry survey and attended to aircraft maintenance.

Pilot/CO Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) reports flying fish house removal deadline flights, working on aircraft maintenance and attending the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact Spring Aviation Conference in Duluth.