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Aviation in Montana

Scheduled Events

January 16 & 17, 2019

Aeronautics Board Meeting

January 20–22, 2019

Association of Montana Aerial Applicators (AMAA) Annual Convention and Trade Show.

For more information contact Colleen Campbell at 406-781-6461.

January 31, 2018

Flying Musicians Association Solo Scholarship Application Deadline

February 8–9, 2019

Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)

  • The MDT Aeronautics Division is hosting Aviation Seminars for the 2019 FIRC February 8th and 9th at the Delta Hotel Helena Colonial, located at 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena Montana. Rooms have been blocked at prevailing government rate plus tax. Reserve your room by calling 406-443-2100 and reference rooming block Flight Instructor Refresher Course. The two-day, FAA approved course will run from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. This course meets the FAA’s renewal requirements for certified flight instructors (CFI & Chief CFI) and includes IACRA renewal.
  • Register for the FIRC online. This course costs $175.00 for Montana registered pilot, and $195.00 for NON-Montana registered pilot.
  • Not a Montana registered pilot? Register as a Montana pilot (MT Airport Directory and newsletter included) and save $20.00 off the FIRC registration. For more information on Montana pilot registration visit: Pilot Services Pilot Registration or call MDT Aeronautics Division at 406-444-2506.

February 28 – March 2, 2019

35th Annual Montana Aviation Conference

The 35th Annual Montana Aviation Conference will be held at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort located at 1500 Fairmont Rd., Anaconda, Montana. The closest commercial service airport is Bert Mooney (BTM) in Butte, Montana.

Lodging Information - For your convenience, rooms have been blocked at conference rates at the following locations. Reservations must be made prior to February 12, 2019 to be eligible for the conference rate. Reference rooming block Montana Aviation Conference to receive the conference rate. The conference has arranged transportation between the Fairmont and the Best Western and the Copper King locations.

  • Fairmont Hot Springs Resort located at 1500 Fairmont Rd., Anaconda, MT - $94.00 + taxes and fees for single occupancy; $109.00 + taxes and fees for double occupancy; $124.00 + taxes and fees for triple occupancy; $139.00 + taxes and fees for quadruple occupancy. Rooms can be booked by calling 406-797-3241. You MUST reference Montana Aviation Conference to receive a room.
  • Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn located at 2900 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT - $94.00 + taxes and fees. Rooms can be booked by calling 406-494-3500.
  • Clarion Inn Copper King Convention Center located at 4655 Harrison Ave, Butte MT - $94.00 + taxes and fees. Rooms can be booked by calling 406-565-5001.
  • Exhibitor Information - ** NEW THIS YEAR ** Exhibitors have the opportunity to select their booth space this year! Indicate the first, second and third choice of booth spaces when you register. For double booths, indicate both booth spaces you would like. Please reference the “Exhibitor Floor Plan” document below for the most up to date spaces. The document will be updated as spaces are reserved. Spaces will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Contact Aeronautics at 406-444-2506 or .

For more information, contact Aeronautics at 406-444-2506 or .

March 1–2, 2019

Montana Aircraft Mechanic Refresher & IA Renewal Seminar

  • The annual Montana Aircraft Mechanic Refresher & IA Renewal Seminar will be held in conjunction with the annual Montana Aviation Conference at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Due to limited seating, IA Mechanic Seminar registrations will be accepted until sessions are full. Each session contains four hours of training with a total of four sessions. When registering, indicate which sessions you plan to attend. Only two sessions are required to meet Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65, §65.93(a)(4) for IA renewal.

For more information, contact Aeronautics at 406-444-2506 or .

April 1, 2019

Aviation Awareness Art Contest

Students from across Montana are invited to participate in the 2019 MDT Aeronautics Division Aviation Awareness Art Contest. The contest is open to all students in grades K-12 in public, private, and home schools.

The first-place winners in each grade category, K-5, 6-8, and 9-12, will be flown to Helena, with their parents, on May 3rd for the awards ceremony in Helena. Transportation Director, Mike Tooley will present all three winners with a trophy, certificate, and their artwork matted and framed. Following the ceremony, the winners and their families will tour the airport and enjoy lunch.

Second and third place winners in each category will receive a trophy and certificate of achievement.

Contest requirements:

  • Contest deadline is April 1st, 2019
  • Contest is open to all Montana students, grades K-12.
  • Size of artwork is not to exceed 11”’ x 14”.
  • Artwork must have an aviation theme and can be color or black & white.
  • Please no tracing of images.
  • All artwork must include the following: student’s name, student’s grade, school’s mailing address, phone number and teacher’s name.
  • Mail to - Art Contest
    MDT Aeronautics Division
    P.O. Box 200507
    Helena, MT 59620-0507

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Aviation Awareness Art Contest is designed to broaden awareness of the importance of aviation and aerospace to the economy and to promote careers in these industries.

For more information about the contest, please contact Jeremy Gouley at 406-444-9568 or .