Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Airport Operations

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Airport Operations

The Airport Operation Section's Airport Coordinators are all pilots that provide transportation in state aircraft. They work on national issues impacting Minnesota airports and pilots and can assist communities throughout Minnesota in setting up and conducting a pilot safety seminar. They are also specialists in airport licensing for all types of airports: airports, seaplane bases, and heliports, and all uses of airports: public, private, and personal-use. They enforce the Minnesota Rules for airports and commercial operators, and they provide support and training for airport managers and airport owners.

Pilots should feel free to contact any of the Airport Coordinators with their questions. While all of the Airport Coordinators can answer operational questions about airports, if you have detailed questions about a particular airport the Airport Coordinator who is assigned to the region where the airport resides will have the most current information about the airport. For public airports, a map of the regions is provided here (PDF).


Michael Hartell
Airport Operations Director
Phone: 651-485-3698
E-mail: michael.hartell@state.mn.us

Kelly Akhund
Airport Program Administrator
Phone: 612-718-9158
E-mail: kelly.akhund@state.mn.us

Mina Carlson
Airport Program Manager - Heliports
Phone: 651-279-4453
E-mail: mina.carlson@state.mn.us

Timothy Jarvis
Airport Coordinator - Central Region
Phone: 651-357-0591
E-mail: timothy.jarvis@state.mn.us

James McCanney
Airport Coordinator - South Region
Phone: 612-346-8029
E-mail: james.mccanney@state.mn.us

Jared Wedel
Airport Coordinator - North Region
Phone: 612-297-2739
E-mail: jared.wedel@state.mn.us