Fargo City Commissioner Floats Idea of Doing Away With Airport Authority

The fate of the Authority could be decided next week in executive session

FARGO, N.D. — After a walkout because the Municipal Airport Authority voted to reject the City of Fargo’s memorandum, the city moves to decide the fate of the board. “They decided not to sign that, and so they want to do all their human resources, payroll, computer technology all those things independently,” Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn said. The Airport…

Crop Dusting Pilot Makes Emergency Landing

The left wing of the aircraft clipped the telephone pole, also damaging the plane.

LIDGERWOOD, N.D. (AP) _ The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a crop dusting pilot made an emergency landing in Richland County and damaged a telephone pole. The patrol says the FAA is investigating the incident which happened about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The pilot, identified as Danny Thompson, of Wyndmere, was not hurt when he put the plane down about 8…

FAA Officials Visit UND As Senator Hoeven Pushes Air Traffic Control Hiring Reform Bill

Hoeven also announced that a new Unmanned Aerial Systems Super Corridor is coming to the Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, ND — Top officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are at UND in Grand Forks to talk about reforming the air traffic control hiring process. Senator John Hoeven recently introduced his bipartisan ATC Hiring Reform Act of 2019. It would enable the FAA to prioritize the hiring of veterans and graduates of FAA certified schools, like UND. The schools…

Victims ID’d In Mandan Plane Crash

The first responders are Todd Lasky, pilot, age 48 of Bismarck, Bonnie Cook, NICU nurse, age 63 of Bismarck and Chris Iverson, paramedic, age 47 of Mandan.

MANDAN, ND — The Morton County Sheriff’s office released the names of the first responders killed in a Metro Area plane crash northwest of Mandan. All three died when their plane went down on November 18, 2018. The first responders are Todd Lasky, pilot, age 48 of Bismarck, Bonnie Cook, NICU nurse, age 63 of Bismarck and Chris Iverson, paramedic,…

Pilot Hurt In Grand Forks Plane Crash

It happened about 3 miles north of the city.

GRAND FORKS, ND (KFGO) – The pilot of a small dusting plane was hurt when he crashed into a soybean field near Grand Forks Tues. It happened about 3 miles north of the city. A woman who was walking her dog called 911 shortly after 8:30 a.m. The sheriff’s office says the pilot was conscious when he was pulled from…

First Test In Drone Integration Pilot Program Conducted In Fargo

The Pilot Program Will help the FAA create new regulations

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s UAS Integration Pilot Program completes its first test in Fargo. The North Dakota Department of Transportation and Northern Plains UAS Test Site performed its first series of flight tests of drones for potential flight over a group of people in a controlled airspace. This pilot program is designed to help the FAA create new regulations…

Large UAS Allowed To Fly Without Chase Plane At Grand Sky

The two-year FAA authorization allows the drone flights within 30 miles of the technology park

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The FAA has approved the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks to fly large unmanned aircraft systems beyond visual line of sight without a chase plane, a major milestone in the test site’s history. The two-year FAA authorization allows the drone flights within 30 miles of the technology park. U.S. Secretary of the Air…

Second Plane Crash In As Many Days Near Alexandria Turns Deadly

64-year-old Kenneth Ryan, who was flying alone, died in the crash

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — An Alexandria, Minnesota man has died after his plane crashed Saturday evening near the city. It was the second crash in the area in two days. According to the Douglas County sheriff’s office, several people called 911 around 7 p.m. reporting a plane had crashed at Townhall Road and 10th Avenue Southwest in LaGrand Township. Medical personnel…

Airport Disaster Exercise Planned For Tuesday At Hector International

Training Also Planned at Mark Andrews International Airport in Grand Forks

FARGO, N.D. — Sirens will be blaring and lights will be flashing at Hector International Airport Tuesday morning but do not worry, it’s just a drill. A full-scale airport disaster exercise will be held beginning at 9 a.m. It’ll be similar to one held back in 2015. The exercise is conducted every three years to meet FAA requirements. It provides…

Small Plane Slides Off Runway At Hector International Airport

No One Was Hurt

FARGO, N.D. — A small plane had a mechanical problem while landing at Hector International Airport in Fargo. The single engine Piper Comanche slid off the runway around 5:30 Wednesday evening. No one was hurt. The plane was hauled to an aircraft maintenance company at the airport where FAA flight inspectors will work to determine why the landing gear failed….