All About Spokane 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
9:45-10:45 a.m.  Seminars and Safety Briefings
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m  Seminars and Safety Briefings
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Lunch - Free for members and families ($10 non-members)
12:15-1:15 p.m          Seminars and Safety Briefings
1:30-2:30 p.m.  Seminars and Safety Briefings
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 

More 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 6:30–9:00pm – Rusty Pilots Seminar

AOPA 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

Andy Miller "Say Again? Radio Communication Done Right" – Main Stage

Stymied by radio chatter every time you fly? Does everybody else get "cleared direct" and you don't? The Air Safety Institute digs deeper into radio communication in this information-packed seminar. Find out how to increase your margin of safety through effective communication with ATC. Don't miss this informative safety seminar designed to improve your communication skills and decrease your workload as a pilot

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 – Seminars

Bruce Williams "Stall/Spin Awareness" – Stage 2

This presentation will feature video captured in an Extra 300L and a Beechcraft A36 to illustrate a variety of stalls and spins. Bruce of BruceAir, LLC will discuss the purpose of stall/spin training, stall/spin aerodynamics, different types of stalls, incipient spins and spin entry and recovery.

Brad Brunson "What is ADS-B?" – Stage 3

A comprehensive overview of how ADS-B will serve the NextGen Air Traffic system and why. Discover how the system works, and what benefits are available to pilots as a participant in the system.

Saturday 12:15–1:15pm – Seminars

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.

Local 99s "Flying Companion Intro" – Stage 3

The non-pilot in the plane really can help the pilot. The Flying Companion Seminar Intro will show you how. The Local 99s, a group of women pilots, will discuss Aviation Safety: Passengers' Rights & Responsibilities, Cockpit Resource Management: How to Help Your Pilot, Do Touch That Dial: Listening and Talking on the Radio, Where Are We? Maps and Navigation, and Safety on the Ground: Airport Operations.

Saturday 1:30–2:30 p.m. – 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.

Tom George "Flying to Alaska" – Stage 2

Flying is a great way to see Alaska! Covering an area a fifth the size of the contiguous US makes airplanes the only way to truly see the state.  The qualities that make Alaska exciting to explore by air may also create challenges for pilots.  Tom George will give an overview of the most popular routes through Western Canada, describe conditions to watch for, and some unique “tools” to help you safely navigate the skies of the 49th state.

Jeff Fouche & Danny Mencke "Starting and Building a Flying Club" – Stage 3

Listen to Jeff and Danny as they talk about how to start a flying club. They will cover the benefits of being in a flying club and provide guidance for those who want to start one. There will be plenty of time at the end for questions and answers.

Saturday 2:45-3:30 p.m. – 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 Tent

Aero-Space Reports
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty
AKG Aviation by Harman
American Propeller & Eagle Engines
Angel Flight West
Avian Aeronautics
Avidyne Corporation
B/E Aerospace - Ice Shield De-Icing Systems
BendixKing by Honeywell
Cirrus Aircraft
CSC Duats
DTC DUAT Service
FreeFlight Systems
Garmin International
Genesys Aerosystems (S-TEC Corporation)
Hilton Software
Idaho Aviation Foundation
Lockheed Martin
Moody Aviation
Pacific Coast Avionics
Rise Above
Seattle Avionics Software
Sennheiser Aviation
Summit Aviation
The Ninety-Nines
Western Aviation

Static Aircraft Display

Aviat Aircraft
Big Bend Community College
Cessna Pilots Society
Cirrus Aircraft
Cub Crafters
EastWest Aircraft Sales
Flying Musicians Association
Glasair Aviation
Glass Cockpit Aviation
Granite Aviation
Kitfox Aircraft
Lancair International
Moody Aviation
Mooney Ambassadors
Quest Aircraft
Recreational Aviation Foundation
Soloy Aviation Solutions
Spencer Aircraft
Spokane Turbine Center
Summit Aviation
Textron Aviation - Beechcraft
Textron Aviation - Cessna Citation Sales
Van's Aircraft
Washington Pilots Association
Western Aircraft

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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

AOPA has been notified that Deer Park Airport (KDEW) is hosting firefighting aircraft and will not have available ramp space for transient aircraft.

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

6105 E. Rutter Avenue
Spokane, WA 99212

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After Arriving at the Airfield, please follow signs for AOPA Parking.

Aircraft Camping

Camp out with your airplane and make new friends! Camping will be available the nights of August 15 and 16.  A BBQ  meal will be available Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. (cost is $10 cash per person). Reservations are required in order to camp out. RSVP to reserve your spot. Reservations are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn about the rules and responsibilities of camping at the airport by downloading the aircraft camping procedures.


To camp with your aircraft, you must RSVP by emailing and putting “SFF Camping RSVP” in the subject line. Please include:

  • Aircraft type and N#
  • Friday and/or Saturday night camping
  • Amount of folks in your party who will participate in the Friday evening dinner.
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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 rate until July 11, 2014.  After this date, prevailing rates will apply.  Please contact the hotel directly to take advantage of this discount.

The Davenport Hotel
10 South Post Street
Spokane, WA 99201
$139/night + tax and $2 tourism promotion fee; internet included

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. Also visit Western Aviation for detailed information about other services provided by the local FBO.

Local Attractions

Spokane offers something for everyone in your family whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, arts and entertainment, history and culture, or prefer to visit the many wineries and distilleries that call this area home. Spokane truly has it all. Click here for the Visit Spokane website to gather more information on this fun destination.   

Downtown Spokane is conveniently located 15 minutes from Felts Field.

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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.

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    Sign Up to Volunteer at the AOPA Fly-In, Spokane, WA. 

    Volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, parking attendee aircraft, directing ground transportation, greeting attendees, managing the flow of aircraft, people and vehicles, as well as event tear-down. All volunteers will receive lunch, a Fly-in Volunteer t-shirt, an AOPA hat and the gratitude of AOPA and attendees. This AOPA fly-in promises to be a fun, relaxed event. Come help make it a success!

    Click here to volunteer