All About Chino 2014


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Come visit AOPA at our regional fly-in...

Enjoy a full day of aviation fun! Make new friends, meet key AOPA leaders, learn new skills in seminars, shop for aviation products, and have two great meals. From 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the AOPA Fly-In will be an exciting day filled with fun, friends, food, and flying!

Download the event poster: 11x17 PDF or 8.5x14 PDF.

All You Can Eat Pancakes

Enjoy all you can eat pancakes for $5 at our Pancake Breakfast. Seats are limited, so please click the link to RSVP now to reserve your spot and get your meal ticket! Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m.  

Meet Mark Baker

AOPA President Mark Baker and other key leaders will talk about the latest issues facing general aviation and take questions from you at the Pilot Town Hall and throughout the day. Ask critical questions about GA, meet leading AOPA staff, and mingle with fellow pilots.

Lunch is FREE for Members

All AOPA members, their spouses and children, will receive a free lunch. It’s AOPA’s way to say “thank you” for your membership. For all non-members, lunch will be $10. Or, join AOPA today or on-site so you and your family can eat for free! Please RSVP now so we can prepare enough food.

*Disclaimer: Please note that to accommodate the anticipated crowds, our food choices will be set. We are sorry that we will not be able to accommodate special dietary needs.


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Schedule at a Glance

8:30-10:00 a.m.  Pancake Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Exhibits and Aircraft Displays Open
9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Seminars and Safety Briefings
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Lunch - Free for members and families ($10 non-members)
2:45-3:30 p.m.  Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President Mark Baker
4:00 p.m.  Fly-In Ends
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Educational Experiences 

Session speakers and topics coming soon! Look for some of aviation’s greatest communicators to share about safety, technology, aircraft maintenance, and interesting flying activities.

Friday 6:30–9:30pm – Rusty Pilots Seminar

Once a pilot; always a pilot. Returning to the skies is not as difficult as most rusty pilots think. We’re inviting you back into the cockpit and will help you get there. Come and participate in a FREE Rusty Pilot program with fellow lapsed pilots. We will help you understand what’s changed in aviation since you’ve last took the controls and brush up on your aviation knowledge. At the end of the presentation, all attendees will receive their endorsement for completing of the ground training required of a flight review!

Let us know you're coming, please RSVP.

Saturday 9:45–10:45am – Seminars

John & Martha King "The Kings on Avoiding Unwanted Adventure" – Main Stage

These two world-renowned aviation educators will share their enthusiasm for flying with a delightfully entertaining and educational program. The Kings use humor and real-world cross-country experience gleaned from years of traveling by light plane to weekly seminars to vividly illustrate principles of safe cross-country flying.

Mike Busch "How Healthy is Your Engine?" – Stage 2

Maintenance expert Mike Busch (A&P/IA) discusses modern methods for monitoring the condition of your piston aircraft engine, including borescope inspection, digital engine monitors, spectrographic oil analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. He also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of two old standbys: compression testing and oil filter inspection. Used together, these tools let us make better decisions and often continue well past TBO with confidence.

Saturday 11:00–12:00pm

Kristine Hartzell "What Went Wrong: Accident Case Study Live" – Stage 2

To the average person, it might seem a bit morbid that pilots pay so much attention to aircraft accidents. After all, when was the last time you saw an article about an accident in a car magazine? But flying isn’t like driving, and accidents deserve attention: They let us learn from others’ mistakes, help us think critically about our skills, and provide a mental “nudge” if we find ourselves in similar situations. With that in mind, the Air Safety Institute’s Safety Seminar, Accident Case Study: Live, aims to put a new spin on safety-oriented accident analysis. Working with several compelling real-life cases, presenter and audience will play the role of accident investigator—starting at the crash scene and working backwards through physical evidence, eyewitness testimony, and other leads to figure out exactly what went wrong, and why.

Dan Dyer "Right Seat Workshop: Radio Communication and Air Traffic Control Demystified" – Stage 3

What is that secret language that pilots speak on the radio? To whom are they communicating? This Right Seat Workshop by Instructor Dan Dyer (owner of San Carlos Fligh Center) is intended to demystify flight for people that fly often as passengers. Join Dan for an introduction to radio communication and air traffic control from the perspective of non-pilots.

Saturday 12:15-1:15pm

Mike Busch "Avoid Useless Maintenance" – Stage 2

Many aircraft owners waste up to half of their maintenance budget on doing work that doesn't need to be done and replacing parts that don't need to be replaced. The essence of cost-effective maintenance is learning when to say "no" to such unnecessary maintenance items, thereby focusing your maintenance dollars on the things that are really essential to safety and reliability. Maintenance expert Mike Busch (A&P/IA) explains how to tell the difference.

James Oates and Ray Stratton "Starting and Leading a Successful Flying Club" – Stage 3

Join James Oates, from A and E Flying Club, and Ray Stratton, from Smoke Eagles Flying Club, as they discuss starting and managing a flying club. They will cover the benefits of being in a flying club, the day to day management, and provide guidance for those who want to start a club.

Saturday 1:30–2:30pm – Seminars

Rod Machado "Thinking Small to Avoid Big Mistakes" – Main Stage

A program that helps pilots recognize the many small and localized cognitive errors they make that often lead to big mistakes in airplanes. Rod discusses the strategies necessary to deal with these issues.

John Kounis "Mountain Flying" – Stage 2

John Kounis, editor of Pilot Getaways magazine, uses real-world examples such as crossing the Rocky Mountains, landing at Aspen, or simply getting out of the Los Angeles Basin to illustrate mountain flying. Topics include route planning, mountain meteorology, aircraft performance, and emergencies.

Saturday 2:45–3:30pm – Pilot Town Hall

Mark Baker – Main Stage


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Exhibits / Static Display 

Some of aviation’s leading manufacturers and product suppliers will be on hand. Shop for all your piloting needs and look at new and unique aircraft.

Exhibit booth space has been filled - waitlist applications are being accepted.  Static aircraft display spaces are still available.

Click here for Exhibitor Info

Exhibit Tent

Aero-Space Reports
Aircraft Electronics Association
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty
AKG Aviation by Harman
American Propeller & Eagle Engines
Angel Flight West
Art-Craft Paint
Aviation Tax Group
Avidyne Corporation
B/E Aerospace - Ice Shield De-Icing Systems
Baja Bush Pilots
Belvoir Publications
BendixKing by Honeywell
Cirrus Aircraft
CSC Duats
DTC DUAT Service
FLYING Aviation Expo
FreeFlight Systems
Garmin International
Genesys Aerosystems (S-TEC Corporation)
Hilton Software
Landmark Aviation
Liga International Flying Doctors of Mercy
Lockheed Martin
Mooney International
PS Engineering
Riverside FSDO FAASTeam
Santa Monica Voters Decide
Seattle Avionics Software
Sennheiser Aviation
The Ninety-Nines
Wings of Faith Ministries
Yanks Air Museum

Static Aircraft Display

AC Air Technology
Aerostar Aviation Corporation
Alliance International Aviation
Aviat Aircraft
Cal Aero Events
California Pilots Association
Cessna Pilots Society
Cirrus Aircraft
Cub Crafters
Cutter Aviation
Dukes Flying Club
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Flying Musicians Association
Inland Valley Aviation
Kitfox Aircraft
Lancair International
Marty Metzgar (Stearman)
Mooney Ambassadors
Mooney International
Riverside Pilots Flying Club
Smoke Eagles
Spencer Aircraft
Utah Valley University of Aviation Sciences
WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation
Wings of Faith Ministries
Wings of Valor

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Getting There 

Fly or drive into the event! The AOPA Fly-In will be rain or shine, so please make plans to join us and get directions now.

GA Procedures

General aviation arrival and departure procedures and NOTAM information will be released approximately 2 weeks prior to the event. Please check back for this information. See Airport Info.

DTC DuatFlying In? Check weather and file a flight plan with DTC DUAT the Official Weather Sponsor of AOPA’s Regional Fly-Ins.

Driving Instructions

Upon arriving at the airfield, follow the signs for AOPA parking.

7000 Merrill Avenue
Chino, California 91710

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Make it a Weekend 

Bring your family and make a weekend of it! Information about local attractions, hotel discounts, and rental cars will be provided so you can make plans.

Hotel Information

Below is a special hotel rate available until September 15, 2014.  After this date, prevailing rates will apply.  Please call the hotel directly and mention group code, AOP, when making the reservation. Or you can book online at DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario and entering the group code, AOP, in the group code box.

DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario Airport
222 North Vineyard Ave
Ontario, CA 91764
$89/night + tax; internet and fitness center complimentary

Onsite Transportation

Make arrangements to have your rental vehicle delivered to the General Aviation Airport/FBO. Check-out the AOPA Rental Car Discount Program for reduced rates.

Local Attractions

Please visit the Greater Ontario California Convention & Visitors Bureau for information on local attractions.

Chino Airport gives visitors the opportunity to learn the history of aviation during the war years. Please visit the websites for more information on times and admission fees.

Founded by Edward T. Maloney in 1957, Planes of Fame Air Museum opened its doors with less than a dozen planes as the first aviation museum west of the Rocky Mountains. Now it is home to over 150 display aircraft, numerous historic artifacts and exciting educational exhibits that span the history of manned flight.

Planes of Fame Air Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and has grown through the generous donations and contributions of aviation supporters, and the tireless enthusiasm of our volunteers. Our mission is to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans.

Visit Yanks booth for specials and discounts! Come enjoy a Live Band on Friday, September 19 at the Hangar 24 Beer Garden & BBQ event at Flying Tigers Tower. Tour Yanks Museum and visit the Connie on Friday and Saturday.

An elegant, patriotic and legendary America still exists today at the Yanks Air Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to acquire, restore and preserve America’s most historic accounts, aircraft and artifacts. Begin with the 1903 Wright Flyer and travel through a century of aviation to the Blue Angels F-18 Fighter, Yanks Air Museum is America's Greatest Aviation Adventure.

Yanks’ houses one of the world’s largest U.S. aircraft collections. Explore nearly ten acres of aircraft displays, restoration and our famous boneyard. See behind-the-scenes as we restore our rare aircraft to Airworthy using the most detailed, historically accurate and talented restorationists in the world.

Since 1973, the collection has grown to nearly 200 aircraft, with interactive exhibits, flights, rides, and Open Cockpit days the 3rd Saturday of the Month. Event and meeting facilities are also available at Yanks.

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For Exhibitors 

The 2014 AOPA Regional Fly-In’s and Homecoming event are great opportunities for exhibitors to reach local aviation communities and meet with members in their own backyards.


  • $650 for indoor exhibit space
  • $400 for single engine aircraft outdoor static display
  • $475 for twin engine aircraft outdoor static display



    For exhibitors with a paid aircraft on the static ramp, a demonstration aircraft on the hot ramp will be allowed at no extra charge.

    Any exhibitor who signs up to exhibit at all six regional Fly-Ins will receive complementary space of comparable size at the Frederick Homecoming Fly-In.

    Contact for Exhibitor Support

    For more information, please contact Dan Justman at 301-695-2182 or email at



    Payment: Payment in full must accompany the reservation form.

    Cancellations/Refunds: There will be no refunds for cancellations at any time.