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2020 MATA Flight School Scholarship


MATA strives to be the voice of the Minnesota Aviation Industry. Through our Board of Directors, conferences, and legal and lobbying services, we aim to assist our members in building ethical, strong, and competitive aviation businesses. Through scholarships we help to create tomorrow’s aviation professionals. Above all, we earnestly desire to see general aviation’s continued growth - locally, statewide, and nationally.

In an effort to encourage an interest in flying and support the Minnesota aviation community, MATA will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship


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Minnesota Aviation Trades Association – Investing In The Future!

Congratulations to NATHAN WURST of Chaska, Minnesota, who was selected to receive the 2019 MATA Scholarship!



Nathan is working on his private pilot certificate at Thunderbird Aviation at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been accepted at the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences beginning this fall. To help pay for his education, Nathan started working as a line service technician at Thunderbird Aviation in the fall of 2018 while a senior in high school. Nathan stated: “I believe in hard work and focus in order to succeed as a pilot. I see the aviation community as bonded over its love of flight… It is a community that I am proud to be a part of for the rest of my life.”

MATA Mentorship Program

February 22, 2018

MATA is proud to announce a new Mentorship Program available exclusively to its members who may need or want some advice or guidance with respect to their operation. 


MATA Mentors will consult with the member to provide basic information and answers to questions, and will also refer the member, as needed, to resources who can further assist the member in addressing the particular question or issue.




Members may contact the Mentorship Program Chairman, Bill Mavencamp from St. Cloud Aviation, for their initial request and he will direct them to the appropriate person who can help.  Areas currently available for mentorship include:




Risk Management


Flight Training


FBO/Airport issues


Legal issues




To take advantage of MATA’s mentorship program, or if any MATA members would like to volunteer to be a mentor to other MATA members, please contact billmavencamp@mac.com for more information.

The Minnesota Aviation Trades Association is a non-profit organization chartered in 1945.
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