May 29, 2005
If you are flying in to AOPA's Fly-In and Open House on Saturday, June 4, take several precautions to ensure your safety. Fly-ins are busy: Aircraft of varying sizes and speeds, and pilots of different skill levels, are all sharing the same small piece of airspace.
Frederick Municipal Airport, which is a nontowered facility, will have a temporary control tower from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the event. The published holding pattern for Fly-In is joined at the southeast corner to the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). AOPA coordinated with security officials to allow pilots to fly the published holding procedure. However, it is imperative that you fly the pattern precisely, squawk the correct transponder code, and monitor the correct frequency in order to avoid unauthorized incursion into any other portion of the ADIZ, which could result in your being intercepted. The holding pattern will be used only when needed. If you fly in during a slow period, you may not be required to use the holding pattern.
To help make your flight safe and uneventful, study the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Fly-In Safety section of the AOPA Online Safety Center. Online courses, quizzes, videos, and publications related to fly-in safety are collected in one place for your convenience. Plus, you'll find material specifically geared toward AOPA's Fly-In. You also can familiarize yourself with intercept procedures and print a card to keep handy in the aircraft.
Plan your flight, pack your flight bag, grab a friend, and fly in for AOPA's fifteenth annual Fly-In and Open House, Saturday, June 4, at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland. Remember to leave extra room in your aircraft for all the free aviation paraphernalia you'll acquire during the day.
There will be something for everyone — pilots and nonpilots alike. Get your picture on the cover of an AOPA magazine; attend entertaining and educational seminars about learning to fly, aircraft ownership, safety, and more; chat with AOPA President Phil Boyer during an informal hangar session; and walk through nearly 100 exhibitor displays and an aircraft display. AOPA's 2005 Sweepstakes grand prize, a Commander 112A, will be on display the entire day, sporting its new paint scheme, leather interior, glass cockpit, and unique propeller.
Bring a future pilot with you to Fly-In, and if he or she attends a "How to Start Learning to Fly" session, you could win a headset. Plus, the prospective student pilot will be entered to win free prizes as well.
Just for bringing someone who wants to learn to fly, you'll receive a free AOPA mini-MagLite. AOPA's Project Pilot initiative offers fun activities and seminars to stimulate prospective student pilots' senses and help them start flight training on the right foot. When potential pilots attend the informational sessions, they will receive a gift bag filled with information about learning to fly and be entered to win one of 10 free introductory flights at their local flight school. You'll be entered to win one of two headsets, a Lightspeed Thirty 3G or a Pilot USA 17-61T, courtesy of the respective companies. (See official rules.)
While your friend gets an overview of learning to fly, you can attend any of 18 entertaining and educational seminars on flying techniques, aircraft ownership, safety, and more. (See schedule of seminars.)
Rod Machado, flight instructor and aviation humorist, will keep you entertained while you learn during his "Yoke and Pedal, Techniques for Safe Flying" seminar. The AOPA Air Safety Foundation will present "The Last Five Miles," a new seminar about successfully completing those last miles of a safe and enjoyable flight. Scott Sky Smith will discuss how spending money to improve your current aircraft may be more cost effective than buying a new one.
AOPA President Phil Boyer will have an informal hangar session at 12:30 p.m. to answer your questions on subjects ranging from the aviation industry to airspace restrictions.
You also can get your picture on the cover of AOPA Pilot or AOPA Flight Training magazine — for free! Would-be pilots can sit inside the cockpit of a Cessna 172 and have a photo shot for the cover of AOPA Flight Training.
Admission is free for AOPA's Fly-In and Open House (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). A variety of beverages, light snacks, and meals will be available from vendors throughout the day.
Update: May 31, 2005
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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