I’m excited to be able to tell you that the AOPA Fly-Ins will be back for 2015, and we’ll be in five brand-new locations around the country.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I tend to have pretty high expectations. So it’s not too often that I find my expectations have been exceeded. But last year’s inaugural AOPA Fly-Ins were better than I could have hoped in just about every way.
At our 2014 events, we met more than 16,000 people and parked more than 2,800 airplanes. Most of all, we celebrated everything that’s great about general aviation, and our members loved it.
So it was an easy decision to do it again. The hard part was deciding where to hold these events. More than 40 airports invited us to host a fly-in, and I wish we could visit all of them. But in the end we had to make choices, so here’s what we came up with:
May 16—Salinas Municipal Airport (SNS), California
June 6—Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK), Maryland
August 22—Anoka County-Blaine Airport (ANE), Minnesota
September 26—Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS), Colorado
October 10—Tullahoma Regional Airport (THA), Tennessee
I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend than hanging out at the airport with my fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts, and I hope you’ll join me when we come to your part of the country.
For those of you who want to make a weekend of it, we’re adding fun Friday night social events to kick off each fly-in and most locations will offer on-field camping. We’re also adding a lot of new educational opportunities with speakers covering aviation safety, maintenance, local flying tips, aircraft ownership, and more.
Admission to the fly-ins is free to everyone. And of course we’ll have wonderful aircraft displays that feature everything from the latest models to antiques, an exhibit area featuring the very best aviation products and services, a learn to fly area for future pilots, and Rusty Pilots seminars to help lapsed pilots get back in the air.
You can’t have a fly-in without food, so every event will start with a $5 pancake breakfast. Lunch will be provided by gourmet food trucks or local restaurants, and special pricing will be available for people who pre-register.
Needless to say, I’ll be there and I look forward to answering your questions and bringing you up to date on critical issues that affect your flying.
I am really excited to kick off this year’s fly-ins and meet friends new and old. Pre-registration starts next month. In the meantime, you can get all the details and start planning your trip at www.aopa.org/fly-in. Can’t wait to see you there.