July 1, 2010
By Julie Summers Walker
It's July and summer is in full swing. What a great time to celebrate your freedom to fly. Airports all across the country are holding open houses, fly-ins, pancake breakfasts, and anniversary celebrations. Celebrate your right to flight this month at any of these events or check our online calendar for other ideas.
ME3: Munsungan Lake SPB Bradford Camps, Maine
Flying boat enthusiasts will be thrilled by the Sikorsky Seminar Splash-In July 9 through 11. Bradford Camps is a sporting lodge in northern Maine, which features docks and ramps for floatplanes. The weekend includes presentations on the life and work of Igor I. Sikorsky, featuring his World War I airplanes, flying boats, and helicopters.
AID: Anderson Municipal Airport Darlington Field, Anderson, Indiana
The Anderson Municipal Airport (Darlington Field) will reach its fiftieth birthday this summer, and the July 10 celebration surrounding this historic event will match its significance. Attending pilots will enjoy fuel discounts and the red-carpet treatment. Pilot and space traveler Mike Melvill is an Anderson native and will be on hand for the celebration.
FHR: Friday Harbor Airport Friday Harbor, Washington
The charming town of Friday Harbor will host its first-ever Fly-In and Open House on July 24. The celebration marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the airport and the sixtieth anniversary of the town. In addition to warbird and vintage aircraft displays, Westwind Aviation will feature a flight simulator and Naval Whidbey Island will display its search-and-rescue helicopter.
N03: Cortland County Airport Chase Field, Cortland, New York
Airfest 2010 takes place July 17 in central New York State. There will be vintage aircraft demonstrations and displays; airplane, helicopter, and glider rides; an RC aircraft show; "Crossroads" the Clown show; and a fish fry and barbeque. Three FAA Wings seminars will be held on the field.
Hansen Dam Sports Complex Los Angeles, California
The country’s premier admission-free helicopter-only event lands in California with helicopters from law enforcement, public service, emergency medical services, and the military. This is the American Heroes Air Show, which takes place July 24. The show honors the real-life heroes who save lives and protect communities every day.
Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach, California
Start planning now for AOPA Aviation Summit 2010 in Long Beach this November 11 through 13. Come engage in aviation at full throttle! Registration is now open, offering 25-percent discounts to those who register early. Visit the website.
For more destinations and events, check out our calendar online.
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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