November 6, 2009
By Ian J. Twombly
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Since AOPA Aviation Summit is focused on all things aviation, one can’t attend without heading to Peter O. Knight airport and attending Airportfest, the new and improved aircraft display area.
So far thousands of attendees have browsed the more than 100 airplanes parked around the ramp in front of Atlas Aviation. Located just south of downtown Tampa, and right off the water, Peter O. Knight is a great venue for the exhibitors and attendees.
For those who came to AOPA Aviation Summit looking to buy, numerous manufacturers brought demo aircraft, making the journey from browsing to experience only a short walk.
From the buyer to the nonpilot, there is something for everyone. Aircraft introductory rides are available through Atlas Aviation for only $70 to commemorate AOPA’s seventieth anniversary. That’s all taking place at AOPA’s Learn to Fly booth at Airportfest, which is complete with a Frasca flight training device.
AOPA Aviation Summit is also unique in the way many attendees arrive at the convention—by air. So far more than 520 airplanes have flown in for the event. Peter O. Knight and Tampa Executive airports are hosting aircraft for the event, with convenient shuttle access dropping attendees right in front of the convention center.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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