All About St. Simons


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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 at the Pilot Town Hall Meeting 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
9:45-2:30 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 

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

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.

Patty Wagstaff “Unusual Attitudes - Not So Unusual” – Stage 2

Aerobatic champion and air show star Patty Wagstaff will speak on the merits of upset training, stall/spin aerodynamics, and why aerobatics are good for your health!

Saturday 11:00-12:00pm – Seminars

Adrian Eichhorn "Pass Me the Wrench: Owner-Performed Maintenance" – Stage 2

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.

Glen Marsh "Starting and Managing a Flying Club" – Stage 3

Glen Marsh will share the steps involved in starting and running a successful flying club.

Saturday 12:15-1:15pm – Seminars

Tom Haines "Buy it. Fly it. Simplify Your Aircraft Purchase" – Stage 2

Learn how to take the mystery out of an aircraft purchase.

Adrian Eichhorn "Pass Me the Wrench: Owner-Performed Maintenance" – Stage 3

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.

Saturday 1:30-2:30pm – Seminars

CDR. Kirk Lippold, USN (Retired Former Commander, USS Cole) "Decision Making in Crisis" – Main Stage

Decision Making in Crisis shows how the difference between success and failure lies in the instinctive principles that are ingrained through training and consistent application of risk management techniques.  Based on the standards he instilled in his crew leading up to that historic day, Lippold has developed a framework for getting the most from your flight preparation and abilities as a pilot:  integrity, vision, personal responsibility and accountability, trust, and professional competence.

John Yodice "What Every Pilot Should Know About FAA Enforcement" – Stage 2

Learn the essentials every pilot must know to make sure that a bad situation is not made worse. This seminar will cover if you should, and how to respond to the FAA, the “get out of jail free” program, when a pilot might need legal help, and how to get it quickly and inexpensively.

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.

Click Here for exhibitor info

Exhibit Hangar

Aero-Space Reports (at AOPA Village)
Agape Avionics
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty
AKG Aviation by Harman
Angel Flight Soars
Arm Aerospace
Avidyne Corporation
B/E Aerospace - Ice Shield De-Icing Systems
Belvoir Publications
BendixKing by Honeywell
Brown Aircraft Supply
CSC Duats
DTC DUAT Service
FreeFlight Systems
Garmin International
Genesys Aerosystems (S-TEC Corporation)
Hilton Software
Honor Flight Coastal Georgia
Lightspeed Aviation
Lockheed Martin
Lockwood Aircraft Corporation
Mercy Flight Southeast
Power Flow Systems
PS Engineering
Seattle Avionics Software
Sennheiser Aviation
Sensenich Propeller Service
Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty
The Ninety-Nines

Static Aircraft Display

AOPA 152 Reimagined
AOPA Cardinal (2007 Sweepstakes Airplane)
Aviat Aircraft
Banyan Air
Barnstorm Aviation
Bristell America
Carolina Aero Club
Cessna Pilots Society
Cirrus Aircraft
Civil Air Patrol
Cub Crafters
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Flying Musicians Association
International Comanche Society
Lancair International
Mooney Ambassadors
Premier Aircraft Sales
Priceless Aviation Products
Textron Aviation
Turbine Solution Group
WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation

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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

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Flight procedures & NOTAM

NOTAM only

 (updated 11/3/2014)

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Driving Instructions

200 Skylane Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

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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 November 7 and 8. 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.

Recommended campgrounds for those with RVs:

Jekyll Island Campground
Coastal Georgia RV Resort
Blythe Island Regional Park Campground


To camp with your aircraft, you must RSVP by emailing and putting “SSI 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 are special hotel rates available in the St. Simons area.  Please contact each hotel directly and mention AOPA when making the reservation.

Courtyard Brunswick
580 Milennium Boulevard
Brunswick, GA 31525
$95/night + tax; Internet and fitness center included
This rate is available until October 17, 2014.  After this date, prevailing rates will apply.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Rd
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
- Standard Room - $109/night + tax
- Resort View Room - $119/night + tax
- Partial Ocean View Room - $129/night + tax
- Ocean Front Room - $145/night + tax
- Other room types may be available.  Please ask the hotel directly when making a reservation.

Ocean Lodge
935 Beachview Dr
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

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

Escape for the weekend and enjoy island life. St. Simons is the largest of the Golden Isles along Georgia’s southern Atlantic coast. Visit the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau website for more information on this beautiful island and all it has to offer.

Come to a Barnstormer Dinner at the airport on Friday, November 7! Dinner will be hosted by AOPA and Golden Isles Aviation from 5:00-7:00pm. Southern Soul, featured on the Food Network, will be catering the event. RSVP required by November 3. Click here to learn more.

To give you ideas for airports to visit when you attend the AOPA Fly-in at St. Simon's, Georgia we asked the GA travel experts at Pilot Getaways to share some of thei favortie nearby Fly-out destinations. This article originally appeared in Pilot Getaways magazine.

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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 Reservation Form

Floor Plan


  • $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, St. Simons, GA. 

    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