April 1, 2010
By Julie Summers Walker
Spring is a great time to knock the rust off and get out to the hangar to begin planning some great fly-outs. From pancake breakfasts to the quintessential $100 hamburger run, and flying into major airshows, April is a great month to get out and fly!
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Who says only airlines are allowed at busy Dulles International Airport? Get valuable experience in Class B operations and visit the world-renowned Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum just south of the airport. Simply park and take a cab the short distance to the museum.
Central California pilots looking for a great destination need to check out the Stockton asparagus festival April 23 through 25. There are bands, activities, celebrity chefs, and of course lots of asparagus. Land at the nearby Stockton airport and rent a car for the short drive.
What better reason to go flying than some good barbeque? Cooper’s is considered by some to be the best in Texas, which is another way of saying some of the best anywhere. Check it out by flying into AQO. The great FBO will lend you a car, or Cooper’s will come out and pick you up if you call ahead.
Support the University of Dubuque flight team and enjoy breakfast Saturday, April 11 at the Dubuque Regional Airport. The breakfast is a great place to meet other pilots. The tower-controlled airport and convenient location make the event an easy-in, easy-out trip.
Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland takes place each April and is a great time to see a major airshow. The show runs April 13 through 18, and includes hundreds of exhibitors, displays, and a daily airshow. Fly in and camp, or stay at a nearby hotel. And don’t forget to visit AOPA, which will have a big presence at the show.
The Centennial Anniversary Gathering at Plum Island commemorates the site of the 1910 fly-over of the Burgess Aerodrome on Plum Island April 17. Enjoy classic and antique aircraft and participate in a day in the life of a thriving general aviation airfield and community.
AOPA Director of Publications and Managing Editor for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training, Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.
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