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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!

All You Can Eat Pancakes

We apologize that our Pancake Breakfast has sold out. We hope you will still join us for a day of fun and lunch!

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 - SOLD OUT
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Exhibits and Aircraft Displays open
10:30-11:30 a.m.  Seminars and Safety Briefings
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.  Lunch - Free for members and families ($10 non-members)
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 

Look for some of aviation’s greatest communicators to share about safety, technology, aircraft maintenance, and interesting flying activities.

10:30 – 11:30 – Seminars

Bruce Landsberg “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.

John Zimmerman “Flying With the iPad” – Second Venue

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced pro, this fast-paced seminar will offer real world tips for using the iPad in the cockpit. Learn about iPad basics, new apps, ADS-B receivers, power user tips and the pre-flight checklist every iPad pilot should use.

"My Go Flight" EFB Challenge - Third Venue

Bring your iPad charged, apps loaded, and data updated. Follow along with the session leader as real-world scenarios are used to demonstrate what proficiency looks like. Test your own skills. Prizes will be given to those answering questions correctly. This is a fun way to learn and win! Want to compete in the EFB Challenge? Four contestants will be selected to compete to see who is the best of the best in San Marcos and the winners will win prizes and have the opportunity to compete in future regional and national events. To register in advance to compete, go to and click on the entry email button.

1:30 – 2:30 – Seminars

Rod Machado “Yoke and Pedal: The Lost Art of Flying an Airplane”– Main stage

Is it proper to use two hands to flare an airplane? Should you crab or sideslip during a crosswind landing? Are you approaching too fast or too slow? When should you raise your gear after takeoff? Should you always land on the numbers? Do you need to use the inclinometer to fly coordinated? What's the most important thing you need to do to avoid stalling an airplane on final approach? If you'd like answers to these and other flying technique questions, then attend Thursday’s to laugh and learn with Rod Machado.

Adrian Eichhorn “Pass Me the Wrench: Owner-Performed Maintenance – Second Venue Aircraft owners don't need to be certificated mechanics to perform many regular maintenance tasks. Spare time, the right manuals, and a few basic tools are more than enough. Be sure to check out this interactive session for the inside scoop on owner-performed preventive maintenance, the regs, and how you can save money.

Woody Cahall – Flying Clubs meeting – Third Venue

2:45 – 3:30 – 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. Please find the current list of exhibitors below.

Exhibit Tent

Aero-Space Reports, Inc.
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
AKG Aviation by Harman
Angel Flight South Central
Challenge Air for Kids
Cobham Integrated Systems
DTC Duat Service
ForeFlight LLC
FreeFlights Systems
iFly GPS by Adventure Pilot
Lockheed Martin
NavWorx, Inc.
R&D Propeller Service
San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau
Seattle Avionics Software
Sporty's Pilot Shop
The Squawk Shoppe, LLC
University of NE at Omaha, Aviation Institute
Wilco, Inc.

Aircraft displays are still available.

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Static Display

AOPA Debonair
Aviat Aircraft
Civil Air Patrol
Cub Crafters, Inc.
Cutter Aviation
Eclipse Aerospace, Inc.
Flying Musicians
Garmin International
Lancair International
Mid-Continent Aviation Services, Inc.
Recreational Aviation Foundation
Southwest Bonanza Society
Tejas AeroServices, LP
WACO Classic Aircraft Corp

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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.

Special Flight Procedures

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If you want to beat the rush, come Friday. Redbird Skyport is offering a special fuel discount of $.25 off per gallon for those flying in and purchasing fuel on Friday.  This is a discount off of Saturday’s already special fuel prices.

If you prefer to arrive on Saturday, you’ll have plenty of options, too. You can fly directly into San Marcos Municipal or to nearby New Braunfels Regional Airport (KBAZ), just a 30-minute drive away. AOPA will have FREE transportation for fly-in attendees with shuttles running between New Braunfels and San Marcos every 15 minutes from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. 

Click to download just the NOTAM

Please review the NOTAM and flight procedures for more information on New Braunfels and to view the important arrival and departure procedures for the fly-in. 

Host FBOs
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Driving Instructions

2080 Airport Dr.
San Marcos, Texas 78666

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

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Make it a Weekend 

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

Hotel Information

The AOPA negotiated room rate has expired.  Please see below for hotels in San Marcos that may have availability.

La Quinta Inn & Suites 512-392-8800 
Motel 6 512-593-4579 
Ramada Limited San Marcos  512-395-8000 
San Marcos Hotel and Suites 512-754-6621
Summit Inn Hotel & Suites  512-353-7770 
Super 8  512-396-0400 

Or please visit for current availability.

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 or contact Redbird Skyport or Berry Aviation.

Redbird Skyport  512-878-6670 
Berry Aviation  512-353-2379 

Local Attractions

San Marcos is conveniently located in Central Texas between Austin and San Antonio so it is truly in the center of everything. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure, shopping, history or arts & culture you can find it all here. Visit the San Marcos Convention & Visitors Bureau website for more information.  

Downtown San Marcos is conveniently located 10 minutes from San Marcos Municipal Airport and offers many shopping and dining options. Click here for deals and discounts to San Marcos restaurants and attractions.

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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.

2014 AOPA Regional Event Prospectus

Exhibitor Registration Form

Floor Plan

*Indoor Exhibits Sold Out / Aircraft Displays Still Available.*


  • $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, San Marcos, TX. 

    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