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Wyoming's Hot Springs County Airport opens

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2015

Aviation safety was enhanced and night operations began when the new Hot Springs County Airport near Thermopolis, Wyoming, opened to the public Nov. 7.

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."

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Nov 03, 2015

Reaching members across the nation

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!”

'Down low, up close'

Article | Sep 22, 2015

Greg Koontz loves flying, and he loves flying American Champion aircraft. The award-winning airshow pilot is bringing his Decathlon Xtreme to the AOPA Fly-In at Tullahoma Regional Airport (THA) on Oct. 10 to share the love with attendees.

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.

Bringing history to life

Article | Sep 17, 2015

“Most people would see that and say, ‘Take anything you can get,’” said WestPac President Bill Klaers, pointing to a mangled section of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning. At WestPac Restorations in Colorado Springs, however, it’s the start of a project.

Airplanes arrive in droves for Antique Airplane Association fly-in

Article | Sep 09, 2015

Hundreds of antique and classic aircraft, including Curtiss Robins, Stinsons, Fairchilds, Wacos, Howards, and a rare Bentzen Sport, descended on Antique Airfield's 2,350-foot main turf runway Sept. 2 through 7 for the Antique Airplane Association/Airpower Museum fly-in in Iowa.

Pilot Briefing: Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Sep 02, 2015

Weather holds, Anoka is a great success

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.

Midwest LSA Expo set for September

Article | Aug 27, 2015

The seventh annual Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo will take place Sept. 10 through 12 at Mount Vernon Airport in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

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.

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.

Pilot Briefing: Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

Colorado Springs hosts September fly-in

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.

Pilot Briefing: Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

AOPA Homecoming brings thousands to airport

Coming home

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2015

This month, for the first time, we’ll host an AOPA Fly-In in my home town of Minneapolis, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Pilot Briefing: Fly-ins

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Some 2,600 attendees and more than 300 airplanes descended on Salinas Municipal Airport in central California for the first AOPA Fly-In of the year May 16.

Topics Fly in, Events

Pilot Briefing: 'Ultimate paradise’

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Joe Nall Week, which ran from May 9 through 16 at the aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest radio control fly-in in the world, attracting about 1,700 RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries—and more than 10,000 spectators.

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.

Texas storms scrub Ladies Love Taildraggers, Bluebonnet fly-ins

Article | May 27, 2015

The Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-In that had been scheduled May 28 through 30 has been canceled in light of storms and floods that have pummeled Texas.

'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.


News release | May 19, 2015


Salinas kicks off 2015 AOPA Fly-In season

Article | May 17, 2015

More than 2,600 attendees made Salinas Municipal Airport a weekend destination, enjoying camaraderie, fellowship, and hangar flying stories with fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

New pilot wins Sporty’s RV-12 Sweeps airplane

Article | May 16, 2015

A new airplane for a new private pilot: Sporty’s surprised Rick Okikawa of California May 16 with the news that he had won the Sporty’s 2015 RV-12 Sweepstakes airplane.

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.

Fly-Ins: Welcome back

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) will host AOPA’s second 2015 regional fly-in.

Passionate aerobat debuts

Article | May 05, 2015

Passionate aerobatic performer Yuichi Takagi will fly his first aerial demonstration during the AOPA Fly-In at Salinas, California, 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.

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.

Pilot Briefing: Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Salinas Municipal Airport is 45 nm south of San Jose, California, and 70 nm from San Francisco and the area offers enough activities to fill a weekend.

News From Headquarters

Article | Mar 15, 2015

The start of spring can only mean one thing – Sun ‘n Fun is just around the corner. The annual “Spring Break for Pilots” is the start of the fly-in season for AOPA. The week-long event in Lakeland, Florida is the first of seven AOPA events this year. Learn more about the seminars and activities AOPA has planned for flying clubs this year.

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.


News release | Jan 08, 2015


Pilot Briefing: AOPA Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Let’s do this again was the resounding decision after AOPA hosted seven successful fly-ins across the country in 2014.

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.”