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A reason to fly

Article | Nov 10, 2015

In 2015 Ed Loxterkamp had a lot of explaining to do. He needed to explain to his wife why flying to every AOPA Regional Fly-In was so important. He told her: "Mark Baker made me do it."

'A once-in-a-lifetime experience'

Article | Nov 08, 2015

As the rumble of the North American B-25 Mitchell’s radial engines filled the air, now Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dick Cole stood unassuming in the open bay of AOPA’s National Aviation Community Center.

Terrific Tullahoma

Slideshow | Oct 10, 2015

Airshows bring out the fickleness of Mother Nature—it’ll be hot, it’ll be cold, the wind will blow, the humidity will rise, and the rain will be majestic. In Tullahoma, Tennessee, for AOPA’s final regional fly-in of 2015, attendees had it all.

Beech central

Article | Oct 06, 2015

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum will host AOPA's final 2015 Regional Fly-In on Oct. 10 at Tullahoma Regional Airport in Tennessee.

AOPA names 2016 fly-in locations

Article | Oct 01, 2015

AOPA will host four regional fly-ins, all in new locations, in 2016: North Carolina, Washington, Michigan, and Arizona.

Spin out

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Catherine Cavagnaro understands why many pilots are hesitant to try spin training. Her goal is to impress upon them that with proper knowledge and proper altitude, spins are "fun up high, but deadly down below."

Can-do attitude: Colorado Springs Fly-In ‘awesome, amazing’

Article | Sep 26, 2015

More than 2,150 attendees reveled in Colorado-blue skies, warm temperatures, and the happy camaraderie of aviation enthusiasts out for a fly-in. “I would do this every week,” claimed Colorado Jet Center manager Aaron Wood, whose fixed-base operator was a host for the fourth 2015 AOPA Fly-In. “This is at the heart of what we’re all about. There are wings everywhere!”

Tullahoma AOPA Fly-In offers Jack Daniel Distillery tour

Article | Sep 17, 2015

A tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, the nation’s oldest distillery, should be part of your plans for the AOPA’s Tullahoma Regional Fly-In.

High altitude, thin margins

Article | Aug 27, 2015

Flying west from Colorado Springs, pilots can explore the breathtaking scenery of the Front Range while learning valuable lessons in density altitude, weather, and flight planning.

Happy campers: Weather holds off at Minneapolis Fly-In

Article | Aug 22, 2015

The weather sounded like it could be bad—high winds and storms were forecast—but Anoka County-Blaine Airport stayed warm and breezy all day, delighting visitors, and especially those who chose to camp under the Minnesota summer skies.

Deaf pilots connect at Colorado Springs

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Neil Anthony Thomas said he earned his pilot certificate without having met another deaf pilot. In the year or so since he met Todd Barker at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, he's connected to a community.

Super Cub: 'The airplane that started it all'

Article | Aug 10, 2015

The aviation world owes much to an easy-to-overlook Piper Super Cub that will be on display at the AOPA Fly-In at Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Blaine, Minnesota, on Aug. 22. The airplane painstakingly restored to its original 1950 condition is the first PA-18 ever built, N5410H.

Fleetwings Sea Bird: Golden Wings museum’s shiniest airplane

Article | Aug 05, 2015

Among the more than 30 exceptionally rare aircraft at the Golden Wings Flying Museum, the prototype Fleetwings Sea Bird stands out¬—and not just because it’s so shiny.

Music, barbecue, aerobatics at Barnstormers Party

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Eclectic music, Southern-style barbecue, and an aerobatic routine will open the weekend of the AOPA Minneapolis Fly-In at a Barnstormers Party Aug. 21.

AOPA Homecoming draws thousands to airport

Article | Jun 06, 2015

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week’s worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in.

Big names headline AOPA Homecoming

Article | Jun 03, 2015

The Breitling Jet Team, aerobatic stars Michael Goulian and Sean D. Tucker, NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold, and filmmaker Brian Terwilliger are some of the big names headlining AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland, June 6.

New movie gets exclusive screening at AOPA Fly-In

Article | May 28, 2015

As a unique part of the AOPA Frederick Homecoming Fly-In, the Friday night Barnstormers Party on June 5 will feature a special screening of the new film Living in the Age of Airplanes.

'Living in the Age of Airplanes' filmmaker headlines Barnstormer's Party

Video | May 27, 2015

Brian J. Terwilliger, creator of the popular One Six Right and the new Living in the Age of Airplanes, will be on hand June 5 during the Frederick Fly-In Barnstormer’s Party where he will host a question-and-answer session with attendees after a special screening.

Pilot Getaways: Seaside tradition

Article | May 26, 2015

Enjoy the beach, bay, and treasured wetlands of Ocean City, Maryland, on your way to our from the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland, on June 6.

Embracing the Mustang

Article | May 14, 2015

Cal-Pacific Airmotive on Salinas Municipal Airport never set out to become a P-51 parts source and premier rebuilder of Mustangs.

Pilot Getaways: Gem of the Central Coast

Article | May 11, 2015

Monterey is famous for its beaches and unsurpassed array of ocean wildlife. This gem of California’s central coast sits just 100 miles south of San Francisco, yet feels like a world away. Check it out on your way to or from the AOPA Fly-In in Salinas on May 16.

Pilot Getaways: Monterey Bay’s midfield

Article | May 05, 2015

Monterey Bay is one of the world’s natural treasures, a gorgeous curved coastline with Santa Cruz at its northern tip, and Monterey at the southern. The experts at Pilot Getaways recommend landing in the middle at Watsonville while you are in the area for AOPA's Salinas Fly-In May 16.

Movie night: Hanging out at the hangar

Article | May 04, 2015

As Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines played in a large hangar at the AOPA National Aviation Community Center, airplanes and helicopters took off and landed outside on a calm spring evening.

Extending the Salinas experience

Article | Apr 30, 2015

There are a lot of opportunities for extending your visit to AOPA's May 16 Salinas, California, Regional Fly-In into a weekend.

Landing at the Zone

Article | Apr 20, 2015

Fresh food draws customers to the Landing Zone Restaurant, located in the Salinas Municipal Airport terminal building in Salinas, California.