- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Civil Air Patrol pilot captain has been honored by the South Dakota Pilots Association for completing a program that involves landing at all of South Dakota’s public-use airports.

Capt. Neil Schmid of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron has received the “Fly South Dakota” award after completing a program sponsored by the pilots association. The state has 74 public airports.

The three-level program involves attending aviation safety seminars, visiting state museums with aviation displays and landing at South Dakota’s public airports.

Schmid has been a pilot for over 25 years. He landed at the final six airports in October in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna-172.

Schmid says his fondest memory is his first landing at the Custer County airport after flying by Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial.

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