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The Hangout - an AOPA Fly-In

Presented by
Tampa Executive Airport

Tampa, FL | Nov. 4-5

Tampa Executive Airport (KVDF)

Friday Nov 4th 12:00 PM- 9:00PM
Saturday Nov 5th 9:00 AM- 5:00PM
(Campers party 5:00PM-9:00PM)

$20 ticket, under 17 are free

AOPA is excited to bring pilots back together again with a new take on our Regional Fly-ins – introducing, The Hangout, an AOPA Fly-in! The Hangouts are a two-day informal event where you can pitch a tent, participate in educational seminars, browse exhibits and displays, swap stories and enjoy friendly company around the campfire. AOPA will be hosting two of these events this year, one on each coast.

What to expect

Join us as we return to our roots, providing a unique, casual environment to hangout with like-minded pilots, enjoy some entertainment, food and camaraderie.

The spot to be is the 39 Lounge where guests can grab some food and beverage from a Food Truck, engage in lawn games, meet Influencers and AOPA Staff, listen to some live music and watch some STOL demonstrations from the flight line.

This is a two-day event that you will not want to miss! Admission is $20 per person for both days, those under 17 years old are free. The Hangouts are open to everyone that has a love and respect for all that is General Aviation!



Music + Food + Fun = 39 Lounge

The 39 Lounge will be our hub for entertainment. Located close to the flight line, you will be able to leisurely hang out under a tent to grab food and beverages from a food truck. Meet and mingle with AOPA Staff and some of the top aviation influencers. This is going to be prime viewing area for our aerial entertainment, which is set to include STOL Demonstrations by Jimmy Gist, Warbirds and first class aerial acts.

In the evening, the 39 Lounge will convert itself into a music venue with bands, beverages and copious amounts of Pilot Talk. Catch Nick Hoffman, Country Musician and Host of Outdoor Channel’s, “Nick’s Wild Ride” as he performs, as well as other acts.

We will also be hosting some Fireside Chats and a “Fly-in Movie” being featured each night.



Presented by the biggest and brightest in the industry, discover how technology is shaping aviation today and tomorrow. Be in the know, with seminars hosted by the AOPA Air Safety Institute, to get all the tools you need to be the best and safest pilot. Topics may include: Thunderstorm Avoidance, Tips for Flying the Back Country, VFR into IMC Avoidance and Accident Case Study: Into Thin Air.

Feeling a little rusty, or a lot rusty? No worries, we will be hosting a Rusty Pilots Seminar on Saturday morning. If you are one of the more than 500,000 pilots who have stopped flying for one reason or another, or just needs a solid refresher, getting back to flying is easier than you think. Register to attend and find out what it takes to get back in the air, or pick up tips on the latest tools to make you a better equipped pilot.

Register Here

Come Exhibit!

Hangout with your customers and show off your latest product or service by exhibiting at the The Hangout: an AOPA Fly-In. Pilots and aircraft owners will be eager to not only see, but also learn, and buy; they’ll be hungry for the latest information on new aircraft, avionics, flight planning tools, safety resources, and aviation services. Take full advantage of this laid back opportunity to meet your customers face-to-face by exhibiting at first ever Hangout: an AOPA Fly-In!




We encourage you to come spend the weekend with us and pitch a tent under the wing of your airplane. AOPA has expanded our camping area to include camping hospitality. Our hospitality area will have everything from charging stations, to ice, water, snacks, and coffee. The Camper Hospitality Tent will be set up for you to get out of the sun and enjoy some food with other campers. You can spend the evening sitting around the fire pits or catch a movie at our fly in movie theater set up in the camping area.

Please note: this is primitive camping, however we will supply our campers with restrooms, a shower trailer and hand washing stations.

*Do you want to camp, but do not want to haul all your equipment with you? AOPA has partnered with Kit Lender to supply all your camping gear for the weekend. You can pick it up onsite as well as ship it back onsite after the show. Please click below for more information.

Kitlender & AOPA Rental Gear

*Camping is included in your admission to the event, however we ask that you reserve your spot when registering, as camping space is limited.


Residence Inn Tampa Sabal Park, 9719 Princess Palm Ave. Tampa Fl 33619. Click here to reserve your room!

Embassy Suites Tampa Brandon 10220 Palm River Rd Tampa, FL 33619, US. Click here to reserve your room!

Rental Cars

AOPA has partnered with Hertz to supply our attendees with rental cars. Please call 877-631-5118 and reference CDP# 10232 to reserve a car, or click the link here. 


Get a behind-the-scenes look at how AOPA puts on our events by working side-by-side with our team as a volunteer! Join other pilots and aviation enthusiasts serving in either airside or show-side roles: marshalling and parking aircraft, greeting attendees, helping with event set-up or clean-up, and assisting exhibitors. We wouldn’t be able to pull off these events without your help, and we’ll be sure to reward you for your help!

Registering as a volunteer is part of the event registration process. Click the link below to register and be sure to click “Yes, I’d like to volunteer” to let us know how you’d like to help!


Stop by the Outdoor Exhibit Area on the ramp and airport grounds to see, touch and experience the newest tech, gear, and services you need to make your next flight safer and more efficient. The industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers will be there to talk with you about what’s new and what the future of flying holds.

Want to see what the latest tech could look like in your aircraft? Just want to see the latest models? Take a stroll through the Aircraft Display and talk to the manufacturers or dealers to learn about the latest innovations in technology.

From the moment the show opens at 12pm on Friday, we have a jammed-packed schedule full of non-stop aviation fun. From seminars about safety and backcountry flying to STOL demo's and much more, you will always have something to do! After the fun of the day, start your evening off with Happy Hour in our 39 Lounge and go straight into meet and greets, fireside chats with your favorites in aviation and end your evening with the camper after party and outdoor movie on the flight line.

View the full schedule here!


Presented by the biggest and brightest in the industry, discover how technology is shaping aviation today and tomorrow. Be in the know, with seminars hosted by the AOPA Air Safety Institute, to get all the tools you need to be the best and safest pilot.

View the full seminar schedule here!


Tampa Executive Airport (KVDF)

Tampa Executive Airport is located near the I-4/I-75 corridor with easy access to the Florida State Fairgrounds, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and the Mid Florida Central Credit Union Amphitheater. The facility offers more than 55,000 square feet of modern hangar and office space with additional accommodations supporting 75 T-Hangars, 32 Shade Ports and 110 Tie-Down spots.

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