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June 15-16, 2018

Missoula International Airport (KMSO)

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Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, the “birthplace of mountain flying,” Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, you can kayak, raft or tube through downtown or take a relaxing hike in 60,000 acres of wilderness. Missoula is known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing and spectacular natural beauty. In downtown Missoula, you'll find delightful stores, galleries, restaurants, and more.

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Be a More Informed Pilot

Elevate your pilot experience! AOPA is committed to helping you become a better, safer, more informed pilot. You'll find plenty of focused workshops and short, dynamic seminars - led by some of the greatest experts and voices in aviation.

Haven't been in the left seat for a while? Check out Rusty Pilots. Interested in drones? We'll have a wonderful interactive experience for you.

Don't miss the Pilot Town Hall where you can share your ideas with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker and find out what's new in GA and at AOPA.


About Our Friday Workshops

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

One day is not enough time to get the in-depth learning you asked for, so we’ve included a full day of intensive workshops on Friday. Tuition fees apply.

Buy one ticket (per attendee) to attend the all-day Friday Workshops, then pick any two of the workshops which are most interesting to you. Offered in two three-hour sessions, these workshops will provide in-depth opportunities to roll up your sleeves and deepen your skills in your choice of two of the eight subject areas being offered by world-class presenters:

Cost: $99 in advance; includes lunch
Registration is required. Check back later for more detailed content information.

Note: Workshop titles and content subject to change.

Workshop Name:

Owner-Performed Maintenance

Presented by Aircraft Spruce


Main Stage


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

What You'll Learn:

Discover how to be the manager of your aircraft maintenance. Learn preventive maintenance owners can perform; participate in hands-on engine and airframe labs; learn what your engine is telling you. 

Workshop Name:

Backcountry Adventures & Skills


Skills & Safety Pavilion


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

What You'll Learn:

Learn how to maximize your flying skills in mountainous terrain; understand the differences in mountain flying; discover the basics for backcountry airstrips; discuss techniques and rules for backcountry flying.

Workshop Name:

Mastering IFR Basics


You Can Fly Pavilion

Sponsored by Jeppesen


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

What You'll Learn:

A three-hour review of the instrument rating ACS, rules, regulations, and everything you’ve forgotten since you took your written test a long time ago. A perfect review for pilots who are rusty.

Workshop Name:

Aviation Photography


Aviation Products Pavilion


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

What You'll Learn:

Join AOPA’s leading photographers as they explain the skills for great aviation photography. Learn techniques and tips to improve your photography skills and discover new concepts specific to aviation.

Workshop Name:

IFR Advanced: Flying with a Modern GPS


 Skills & Safety Pavilion


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

What You'll Learn:

With WAAS-based receivers and a recent rule change, a pilot needs to know when GPS can and can’t be used on non-GPS approaches. Walk through briefing the approach and flying VOR, ILS, and GPS.

Workshop Name:

VFR Advanced: 500 Miles & Beyond


You Can Fly Pavilion

Sponsored by Jeppesen


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

What You'll Learn:

This will help VFR pilots enhance their skills for longer-range flights with higher complexity and approved safety awareness, while expanding their enthusiasm for the pilot lifestyle.

Workshop Name:

The Blue Threat: Waging the Battle Within


Aviation Products Pavilion


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

What You'll Learn:

This workshop seeks to answer the question why good pilots make bad decisions that result in incidents, accidents, and fatalities. Based on the book Blue Threat: Why to Err is Inhuman by Tony Kern.


FREE Saturday Seminars

9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Led by world-renowned presenters, our Saturday seminars are at the core of the AOPA Fly-In experience, and as always, are free to anyone attending.

Add new experiences to your logbook with confidence and competency. Take the time to increase your proficiency, improve your decision-making, and enhance your situational awareness as you learn from leading aviation experts. Leave the fly-in a safer, better pilot while you connect and develop friendships with other aviators.


Rusty Pilots Seminar

Rusty Pilots Seminar

Saturday, 12:00 to 2:45 p.m.

If life got in the way of your flying, now’s the perfect time to get back in the left seat. And it’s not as difficult as you may think. The three-hour Rusty Pilots seminar gives you all the information you need to get current again, including credit toward the ground training required for your Flight Review. Plus, attendees will be eligible for a chance to win* a Lightspeed headset.

Free to AOPA members.

Not a member? Join AOPA to waive the non-member registration fee of $69 and get all the benefits of an AOPA membership for one year.

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*Click here for rules.

Pilot Town Hall

Pilot Town Hall

Saturday, 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

No fly-in would be complete without a Pilot Town Hall to meet with AOPA President and CEO, Mark Baker. This is your opportunity to talk with him, share your thoughts, ideas, and ask questions. Learn about the very latest happenings in general aviation and at AOPA. Join us afterwards for an ice cream social!

Plus, be sure to be on-hand for the "Farthest Flight Contest" where you could win a one-year U.S. Standard subscription to Garmin Pilot and a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset! View complete rules here.

Drone Experience

Drone Experience

Drone Cage Open Friday, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Drone Seminar: Saturday, 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Interested in drones? AOPA has teamed up with Drone Nerds to provide members with an interactive Drone Experience complete with a cage for drone demo flights and simulation flights. Discounts on drones and accessories will be offered to AOPA members.

If you’d like to get involved in the fast-growing drone industry and have no idea how or where to start, we can help! Check out our seminar on drones at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Skills and Safety Pavilion.




A Maule approaches the 50-foot cones a little low during the Texas STOL Roundup flight demonstration Saturday afternoon at AOPA's 2017 Norman Fly-In, while a de Havilland Beaver waits to take off. Photo by Mike Collins.

Fly-In Activities & Exhibits

There’s so much to experience at an AOPA Fly-In!

Enjoy a fun-filled Barnstormers Party on Friday night, sponsored by Jeppesen. Check out the Exhibit Hall for all things aviation-related, then stroll through the Aircraft Display to see some of the most amazing aircraft on display, from the latest GA has to offer to rare vintage aircraft.

Don't forget to stop by the AOPA Village, meet AOPA staff, and learn how to make the most of your AOPA membership. Our Trade-A-Plane Aircraft Sellers Corral is a great place to buy or sell a legacy aircraft. We even have a designated fun area for kids!

Saturday’s highlight will be a unique demonstration by the Texas STOL RoundUp flight team presented by Phillips 66. Nearly one dozen aircraft, from Light Sport to Turbine Transport class, will perform both the Obstacle and Traditional STOL demonstrations using 50-foot pylons. You’ll witness the thrilling backcountry capabilities of each aircraft and the skills of the pilots flying them.

And, if you really want a front-row seat at the fly-in, consider volunteering for one of our many airside or showside positions.

Barnstormers Party

Barnstormers Party

Friday 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Presented by:

jeppesen a boeing company

Join us under the stars on Friday night at the Barnstormers Party, presented by Jeppesen, and spend a fun evening with family and friends enjoying live music from Open Range and great food. Secure your tickets early to this popular event.

Purchase your tickets in advance and save!

Cost: $20 in advance / $25 at the door

Children 12 and under: $10 in advance / $12 at the door


Exhibit Hall & Aircraft Display

Exhibit Hall & Aircraft Display

Friday 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

(Aircraft Display will be open until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday)

Get up close and personal with all the latest technologies that make your flying safer and more fun. There’s no better way to see, test, and buy than at an AOPA Fly-In where you’ll find many of aviation’s leading manufacturers and product suppliers under one roof.

Get the scoop on competitive brands, and find out what tomorrow's flying will bring. Stop by the Aircraft Display, featuring dozens of aircraft from manufacturers, type clubs, and local collectors. From the newest models to the rarest vintage aircraft and warbirds, there’s something for everyone.

Looking to purchase? Learn straight from the manufacturer about the latest innovations in airframes and avionics. Interested in restoration? Talk to owners to discover what they’ve done to keep their vintage aircraft in top shape.

If you’re still not convinced you’ll attend, the Exhibitor Show Specials should entice you. These specials will ONLY be good for in-person purchases from the select exhibitors listed on the download below. If you’ve been considering making a purchase from one of these fine exhibitors, there will be no better time than at the AOPA Fly-In at Missoula, MT - VIEW/DOWNLOAD Exhibitor Show Specials.

AOPA Village

AOPA Village

Friday, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Stop by the AOPA Village and meet the friendly AOPA staff. We look forward to showing you all the valuable resources available to members. Looking to save money? Talk to our insurance and financing experts. Want to keep flying? Learn about our members-only Pilot Protection Services with critical legal and medical coverage. Find out what’s new at AOPA and learn how we can help you become a better, safer pilot through our courses, quizzes, and videos, assist you with an aircraft purchase, or show you how to best use our flight planning tools. Check out the AOPA Pilot Gear Store for the latest AOPA gear and pick up a cap, T-shirt, or commemorative souvenir.

Aircraft Sellers Corral

Trade-A-Plane Aircraft Sellers Corral

Friday, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by:


At the Trade-A-Plane Aircraft Sellers Corral, the airplane comes to you, where you can talk to the owner, ask lots of questions, and kick some tires. A package from AOPA Owners Services allows you, as a buyer, to see what the aircraft is worth based on Vref, the industry-respected valuation service. With estimates from AOPA Finance and Insurance, you’ll have a clear sense of the cost to own. Buying an airplane can be a daunting task – but not at the Trade-A-Plane Sellers Corral. Be sure to stop by!


If you have an aircraft to sell, why park it on “the back 40” when you can park it where the action is – at the AOPA Fly-In!

For only $99, the Trade-A-Plane Aircraft Sellers Corral gives private owners of piston aircraft the opportunity to show their aircraft and connect with interested buyers.

Located near show center, just a short walk from Main Stage, you’ll get plenty of traffic. AOPA Ownership Services will provide a seller’s package for your airplane which will include Vref, and a financing and insurance model.

Show your aircraft and connect with prospective buyers – space is limited to 25 aircraft!

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Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

AOPA Fly-Ins have cool things for kids, too. Come visit the Redbird STEM Lab to get your young ones' passion for aviation fueled early! Geared towards kids ages 9 to 18, the STEM lab provides a great opportunity to cultivate enthusiasm for science. 

Children must be supervised by accompanying parent/guardian at all times.



AOPA plans the fly-ins, but volunteers bring them to life. Whether it’s setting up the Main Stage area, guiding cars and aircraft into their parking spaces, or taking down displays and exhibits at the end of the event, there are many ways volunteers help make the magic happen. But volunteering isn’t all about hard work – it’s also about meeting other volunteers, seeing the fly-in from the “insider’s” perspective, and making friends and valuable contacts that you will keep for years. You’ll be proud to have participated, knowing that you did your part to support GA. If you want something better than a front-row seat, join our community of AOPA Fly-In volunteers! Plus, we'll feed you and give you a free AOPA Volunteer T-shirt and cap for your efforts!

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Local Attractions



Some might call it unique, cool or hip. Others will experience it as serene, welcoming, replete with natural beauty. Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by wilderness and rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with kayaking, hiking, and fishing all minutes away.

Missoula is also a regional destination for shopping and dining, coffee houses, breweries, eclectic culture, and history. You’ll need to add some extra time to your fly-in trip to enjoy everything Missoula has to offer!

Learn more about planning your stay in missoula




With the Museum of Mountain Flying and Smokejumper Visitor Center nearby, and Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks not far away, you can bet we’ll have some fantastic fly-out options from Missoula.

We’re working on organizing destinations that will give you the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you learned during the weekend’s workshops and seminars. It’s also an opportunity to make new memories, connect with other pilots, and extend your stay with more reasons to fly!

Learn more about the fly-outs



There are tons of day trips and places to see within driving distance of KMSO, so we’re busy planning some fantastic excursions for you to explore Missoula on your own. Whether it’s fly fishing, panning for gold, or a brewery tour you seek, we’ll have something for every interest.

The Smokejumper Visitor Center and Guided Tours

The Museum of Mountain Flying

Local Activities


Hike the Northern Rockies, fly fish or raft one of the three rivers. Pan for gold, mine for gems. Take a Historic Downtown Walking Tour. Discover how GA has played a role in Missoula’s history at the Museum of Mountain Flying and Smokejumper Visitor Center, the largest base in the country. Relax and unwind in the hot springs. Take a tour or two of the breweries that make Montana #2 in the nation for craft breweries per capita.

Missoula’s tourism website includes a list of 25 things to do with kids, including: Children’s Museum of Missoula, Garnet Ghost Town, The Hub (GoKart Track, Laser Tag, arcade games and more), and Spectrum Science Center.

Learn more about planning your stay in missoula



Friday, June 15, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Early-bird Workshops (registration & tuition fees apply)
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m Exhibit Hall, AOPA Village, and Aircraft Display Open
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Barnstormers Party Presented by Jeppesen

Tuition required for Friday workshops. Saturday seminars are free, with the exception of Rusty Pilots, which is free to AOPA members and $69 for non-members.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Free Seminars* (Download Schedule)
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall and AOPA Village Open
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Aircraft Display Open
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. STOL Demonstration presented by Phillips 66
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Service Open
12:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Rusty Pilots Seminar
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social
4:00 p.m. AOPA Fly-In Ends

Tuition required for Friday workshops. Saturday seminars are free, with the exception of Rusty Pilots, which is free to AOPA members and $69 for non-members.



Barnstormers Party

Friday 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Presented by Jeppesen

Join us for an evening under the stars for great music and food. Featuring local fare and all the fixings, an assortment of desserts, refreshments, and cash bar.

Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door (Children 12 and under - $10 in advance/$12 at the door)



Pancake Breakfast

Saturday 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Who can pass up a traditional pancake breakfast at the airport? Join us for hot coffee, orange juice, water, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit, and syrup atop a stack of buttermilk pancakes – all served up with a smile by AOPA staff and volunteers. 

Cost: $7 in advance/$10 at the door (Children 12 and under - $5 in advance/$7 at the door)


San Marcos Fly Out


Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

You won’t go hungry with an assortment of local food trucks, some with gourmet choices, plus, vegetarian options and desserts. They’ll be able to satisfy every appetite!

Lunch will be available for purchase onsite from our vendors.

2015 FDK FlyIn

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Travel Directions

Fly or Drive

Flying to an AOPA Fly-In is the most enjoyable way to attend, but you don’t have to bring an airplane to participate. We will provide special flight procedures for pilots, and great directions and parking accommodations for drivers.


Special Flight Procedures

Safety is a priority for any pilot, and flying into the AOPA Fly-In is no exception. Detailed special arrival and departure procedures will be developed and released approximately six weeks prior to the show, along with an FAA NOTAM to help guide you safely and efficiently in to the event.

Download Pilot Info Packet     Download NOTAM



Driving Directions

Enter 1 Corporate Way, Missoula, MT 59808 into your GPS or online map. Follow the AOPA signs to special event parking areas.

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Many pilots who fly-in enjoy camping with their aircraft, and we’re making arrangements to enhance the experience.

Join dozens of other pilots and sleep under the stars at the Missoula International Airport. Primitive restrooms, showers, and special hospitality accommodations will be available.

Camping will be open from noon on Thursday, June 14 through noon on Sunday, June 17. Pre-registration required and $10 fee applies. Car and RV camping (no hook-ups) are also available.

Per airport management, pets are not permitted on airport grounds or in the camping areas.





Nearby Accommodations

AOPA has contacted local hotels to let them know about our event. Some may offer discounts or other incentives to AOPA members. Please make your own reservations directly; AOPA does not assume responsibility for any hotel accommodations, and provides these links only as a convenience to you.

Check out these wonderful hotels in Missoula!


Car Rentals/Taxis

Car Rentals/Taxis

Need to rent a car? Thanks to our partnership with multiple rental car companies, we are able to offer AOPA members discounts on vehicle rentals. Reservations are required, and rental cars will not be available at the airfield without prior reservations.

Please visit our AOPA Travel hub to check availability, or book directly with the local companies listed below.

The AOPA discount code for Hertz is #10712. Reservations can be made through the corporate reservation center at 1-800-654-3131, online at, or by contacting the local branch at 406-549-9511.

To book through Dollar, call the branch directly at 406-542-2311 and let them know you're coming to the AOPA Fly-In, or book here and use CDP #3060724.

Taxi and shuttle services are also available:

Missoula Green Taxi

Yellow Cab of Missoula

Airport Shuttler
406-543-9416 or 406-880-7433

Valet Transportation Service