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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.

AOPA requests proposals for future fly-in locations

Article | Apr 16, 2015

With the vision to bring future AOPA Regional Fly-Ins to new locations all over the United States, AOPA is inviting airports, cities, and aviation communities to submit proposals to host an AOPA Fly-In in coming years.

Make Salinas a weekend

Article | Apr 15, 2015

A Friday golf tournament and Barnstormers Party, combined with camping and special hotel rates, make AOPA’s Salinas Fly-In a great weekend getaway.

Popcorn and props

Article | Apr 13, 2015

Where better to kick back, relax, and watch an aviation-themed movie than at an airport? On April 18, AOPA is kicking off a season of free aviation-themed movies that will be shown in the association’s new National Aviation Community Center.

Air Safety Institute rekindles spirit of fun, learning, and flying

Article | Feb 10, 2015

During 2015, the Air Safety Institute will bring the aviation community together with captivating aviation safety seminars at exciting new locations whenever the opportunity arises.

AOPA announces five new fly-in locations for 2015

Article | Jan 08, 2015

AOPA has announced plans for five new fly-ins in 2015 following the success of last year's inaugural events. Events will be held in California, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, and Tennessee.

AOPA Fly-In 2014: From sea to shining sea

Pilot Magazine | Dec 10, 2014

In an effort to increase member engagement, one of AOPA President Mark Baker’s first acts as the association’s new leader was to move away from one annual convention and instead host a series of regional fly-ins to “meet the members where they are.”

Thousands converge on sleepy St. Simons for final fly-in

Article | Nov 08, 2014

AOPA's final fly-in of the year a resounding success with thousands of pilots, hundreds of airplanes, and dozens of activities.

Top 10 reasons to come to St. Simons

Article | Nov 05, 2014

Join AOPA and your fellow aviators at St. Simons Island, Georgia, Nov. 8 for the final AOPA Fly-In of the year.

Pilot Getaways: Leisure in the tropics

Article | Oct 29, 2014

Deep in the dense, moss-draped, oak forest of Amelia Island is a luxurious plantation resort. Check out this Florida destination while you are in the Southeast for AOPA's St. Simons, Georgia, Fly-In on Nov. 8.

Discover barbecue heaven at Southern Soul

Article | Oct 23, 2014

In a world of airport burgers, Southern Soul stands out. Swing by when you visit St. Simons for AOPA's final fly-in of the year.

News from Headquarters

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Pilots came from all over to be at the Frederick Fly In. I spoke to people from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia, Delaware, and North Carolina.

A golden opportunity in the Golden Isles

Article | Oct 08, 2014

The beautiful Georgia coast promises to be a big draw for AOPA's final fly-in of 2014, taking place Nov. 8 on St. Simons Island.

Spotlight on medical reform at Homecoming

Article | Oct 08, 2014

The FAA hopes to have its proposal for medical certification reform out for public comment by the end of the year, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told AOPA President Mark Baker at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

‘Great day to be at an airport’

Article | Oct 04, 2014

Rain the night before may have dampened the grass at Frederick Municipal Airport, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of about 3,000 attendees who turned out for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Maryland Oct. 4.

Pilot Getaways: Chesapeake Bay escape

Article | Oct 01, 2014

For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.

Pilot Getaways: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Article | Sep 24, 2014

If you have sophistication and a sense of humor, then Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is the place for you. It is the kind of place where you can enjoy the finer things in life without taking yourself too seriously. Pilot Getaways recommends checking it out before or after AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.

Top 10 reasons to come home to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

A high-adrenaline aerobatic demonstration, warbird rides, and gourmet food trucks are among the highlights of AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 4.

‘Direct to’ and other gotchas: Flying in to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

Do your homework before you head to AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4 in Frederick, Maryland, to ensure you’re safe and legal.

Pilots share Chino Fly-In excitement on social media

Article | Sep 21, 2014

Pilots who attended AOPA's fifth regional fly-in of the year in Chino, California, shared the excitement of the people, airplanes, and educational events via social media. See what they were saying.

SoCal pilots descend on Chino

Article | Sep 21, 2014

AOPA’s fifth regional fly-in of 2014 brought 329 aircraft and some 2,500 people to Chino, California, Sept. 20.

10 reasons not to miss AOPA's Chino Fly-In

Article | Sep 15, 2014

There are many reasons why you will want to be at AOPA’s Chino Fly-In on Sept. 20. Here are our top 10.

Training Tip: A destination in detail

Article | Sep 09, 2014

As your destination airports grow in size and complexity, the ground phase of your arrival will benefit from careful advance research.

Homecoming Fly-In: General aviation in action

Article | Sep 09, 2014

AOPA is bringing the celebration of general aviation to its home in Frederick, Maryland, for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Keeping the history in historic

Article | Sep 08, 2014

The historic aircraft that fill Chino Airport don’t restore and maintain themselves. A cadre of dedicated owners, pilots, and mechanics keeps them airworthy and exercised.

Pilot Getaways: Santa Catalina Island more than a lunch stop

Article | Sep 08, 2014

The most popular $100 hamburger stop for Southern California pilots is probably the Airport in the Sky on Santa Catalina Island. But most pilots simply leave after lunch and miss out on unique experiences available year-round. Consider spending time at the island while you are in the area for AOPA's Chino Fly-In Sept. 20.

Taildraggers to jet fighters, return to GA roots

Article | Sep 03, 2014

School was out, and he hadn’t made the cut for the Pony League baseball team. So in the summer of 1954, Dean Stickell started riding his bicycle to Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

10 things to do in Southern California

Article | Sep 02, 2014

If you're thinking about attending AOPA's Chino Fly-In on Sept. 20, why not add a day or two and take in some of the area's sights? From amusement parks to museums and from Hollywood landmarks to an observatory, SoCal has it all.

Flying Tigers rebirth

Article | Aug 25, 2014

“I never went to an FBO I thought was fun,” said Michael Thayer. Determined to change that, he opened Flying Tigers Aviation at Chino Airport in Chino, California, in June 2013.