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Club in Formation - (KBJI)

BEMIDJI,  MN  56601
Phone: 218-791-8717
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    Why I'm interested in starting a club:
    Our goal is simple to get people flying and keep them flying by providing both excellent aircraft and a safe, yet fun atmosphere. Bemidji, a lake community with an area population of 40,000, is uniquely located in a region with a rich aviation history. Bemidji is home to Aircorps Aviation, the premier WWII Aircraft restoration company in the United States and Bemidji Aviation an employee owned Freight, FBO, and Charger Service company that was founded in 1947. To the East we have both the headquarters and manufacturing of Cirrus and Kestrel aircraft. To the West we have the University of North Dakota home to the John D Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences which trains pilots, air traffic controllers, space studies, and both computer and atmospheric sciences.

    Description of the hangar/clubhouse facilities:
    The Bemidji Airport has hangar space available, including historic WWII hangars that could potentially house club aircraft and a clubhouse. These hangars need work in order to "rehab" but are a project that a club could take on. The airport terminal has both a classroom for safety meetings and a conference room with seating for 30 for club meetings. Aircorps Aviation intends to build a hangar in 2013 and would be willing to lease their maintenance hangar for storage / upkeep of aircraft.

    Progress made towards starting the club:
    In just four months we have organized a ground school course attended by 22 student pilots ranging in age from middle school to retirees. Your funds would help with the promotion of the club to those we haven't been able to reach out to. Would provide some resources such as headsets for those who might not have the resources to buy all of the equipment they need right away and for those we would be taking up to introduce to aviation such as Young Eagles flights. Most importantly it would show too that you believe in our goals as much as we do as a club.

    ~ Eric Trueblood

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    Club Details

    • Organization Type: Not-for-Profit
    • Average Membership Size: 21
    • Average number of Aircraft:
    • Memberships Currently Available: Yes

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