Love fresh air, great people, gorgeous airplanes, and fancy gadgets? Then mark your calendar for a weekend of flying, food, and fun at the Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC), September 30-October 1! The buzz starts Friday night with a music-filled Barnstormers Party, with exhibits, displays, and demos running throughout the day on Saturday. If you've been away from flying for a while, don't miss the Rusty Pilots Seminar and Breakfast, where you'll get FREE ground instruction towards completing your flight review. The Prescott Fly-In will have something for everyone, so bring the family and make it a weekend. Spend Sunday taking in the natural beauty of the Prescott area. Do a little window shopping on Whiskey Row. Take a hike or stroll through the pines. There's so much to see. Why hurry home? The yardwork will still be there when you get back. Take a little “me” time.
Planning on flying to the AOPA Fly-In at Prescott? AOPA will publish important arrival and departure procedures and a NOTAM three weeks prior to the event.
|6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.||Barnstormers Party Presented by Jeppesen|
|7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||Rusty Pilots Seminar|
|8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.||Pancake Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Exhibits Open|
|9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Seminars, Safety Briefings, Aviation Product Showcase, and More!|
|11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Lunch Service Open|
|2:35 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President Mark Baker|
|3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Ice Cream Social|
|4:00 p.m.||AOPA Fly-In Ends|
This just in! Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus will present an aerial demo as part of its OctoberWest homecoming festivities featuring distinguished ERAU alumnus Melissa Andrzejewski, whose act will include a wingsuit jumper and a multi-ship demo. Joining Melissa will be Bill Stein, whose passion for precision flying is evident in his dazzling airshow routine, and Skip Stewart, who will entertain you with flashy maneuvers in his modified Pitts S-2S bi-plane, Prometheus. The action starts at noon on Saturday – don’t miss it!
Click here to view the full schedule!
Now's your chance to get your hands on all the latest cockpit equipment. Hold the products in your hand. Push buttons, see what they do. Ask the manufacturers how they work and how they're different from the other guy's stuff. Aviation technology is changing fast. Keeping up isn't easy, but the pros at the Prescott Fly-In will bring it all home and give you the information you need to see how it fits into your flying.
Make sure you don't miss any of the static displays and aerobatic demonstrations. Take your time and walk the entire show grounds. There's so much going on it's easy to miss things, so keep your eyes moving and get the most out of this great fly-in.
Be sure to drop by the AOPA Village and let AOPA help you fly better, safer, and cheaper with our amazing benefits and services. Staff will be on board to help you buy and insure an airplane. Our Pilot Protection Services legal and medical team will help answer your certification questions. Staff from the AOPA Flight Planning products team will showcase their latest products. And, the AOPA Air Safety Institute will feature their latest safety videos, including Real Life Pilot Stories. On the way out, don’t forget to pick up a cap, t-shirt or commemorative souvenir at the AOPA Store.
Make it a weekend and join us on Friday night from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Barnstormers Party, presented by AOPA Strategic Partner, Jeppesen. The food and fun start with a delicious dinner where you’ll enjoy music by a popular local band. Barnstormers is a must-do for anyone who enjoys great fun and camaraderie. C’mon, you want to go. Do it!
Friday from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
There is simply no better way to start a day at an airport than with a traditional pancake breakfast. Greet the day, share a table, and start a conversation with some of the nicest people around – pilots and airplane fans. Introduce yourself over a plate of flapjacks and a steaming cup of coffee, courtesy of Flying High Coffee. Great friendships have started this way. And here’s an exclusive! Appearing only at the AOPA Prescott Fly-In to entertain you during breakfast is none other than Rod Machado, notable author and aviation humorist. Try not to laugh with your mouth full.
Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
When you feel like you're running on reserves, plot a course direct to the fly-in lunch area where you'll find just what you need to fill the tanks and charge the batteries to power you through the rest of day.
Lunch 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
You'll get thirsty walking around the fly-in and seeing everything, so be sure to stop by the refreshment station where you can purchase soft drinks and water throughout the day for $1. Your lunch ticket includes one free drink of your choice.
Be sure to sit in on some of the many learning opportunities hosted throughout Saturday. A good pilot is always learning, and these informative presentations are led by some of the biggest names in the industry. Whatever your knowledge or experience level, you're sure to learn something new.
If you haven't flown in a while, don't miss breakfast and the free Rusty Pilots seminar at 7:30 a.m., designed to get you back in the left seat quickly. You'll get free ground instruction toward completing your flight review and a clear path back to the left seat.
Click here to view the full schedule!
Come shake hands with AOPA President Mark Baker, and listen as he shares his thoughts on general aviation, where it's going, and how you can help make it bigger and better than ever. Mark's got some good ideas, but so do you, and he wants to hear them during this interactive Pilot Town Hall. Aviation's future is in our hands, so let's make the most of it. Join us from 2:35 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the AOPA Fly-In Main Stage.
Planning on flying to the AOPA Fly-In at Prescott? The Pilot Information Packet and NOTAM are now available.
Contact Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an AOPA strategic partner, at 1-866-315-9155 or make a reservation online. Already an AOPA member? Great, ask them about special discounts.
*If making a reservation with Enterprise, call the local branch after booking your
reservation at 928-778-6506 to confirm your pickup location.
Call Hertz at 1-800-654-2240 (405-749-4434 locally) to reserve your rental car! Be sure to mention CV# 022Q7872 when making your reservation to get the special AOPA Fly-In rate! For more information, check out their brochure.
Need a ride to your hotel? Fly-U Shuttle is available just for that! At only $20 per person, Fly-U Shuttle will take you right to your hotel in one of their luxury vans as soon as you arrive at Ernest A. Love Field. We will have drivers standing by! Please note that there may be a short wait time for drivers to return from other drop-offs. Contact them directly at 928-445-8880 or visit their website for more information, or to arrange other travel needs!
Set your favorite GPS to 205 Ruger Road, Prescott, AZ 86301 and follow signs to AOPA event parking.
Book your hotel early - hotels are in high demand this weekend with Embry-Riddle's homecoming weekend. Hotels are filling up fast!
Just 9 miles from Ernest A. Love Field, the Quality Inn is located ¾ mile from downtown Prescott (1105 East Sheldon) and is offering AOPA visitors a special rate for the AOPA Fly-In at Prescott, AZ September 30 – October 1. Quality Inn offers complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet, and outdoor pool. Complimentary van shuttle service will operate September 30-October 1 exclusive for AOPA visitors. For information about rates, call the hotel directly at 928-776-1282 during normal business hours Monday – Friday. The AOPA discount rate will expire on September 12, 2016.
SpringHill Suites Prescott
Only 10 miles from Ernest A. Love Field, the SpringHill Suites in downtown Prescott (200 East Sheldon) is offering AOPA visitors a special rate for the AOPA Fly-In at Prescott, AZ September 30 – October 1, 2016. SpringHill Suites is just two blocks from historic downtown Prescott and offers guests complimentary breakfast and free wireless Internet. Complimentary van shuttle service will be operating on September 30 – October 1 just for AOPA visitors. For information on AOPA rates, contact the hotel directly by calling 928-776-0998 during normal business hours Monday – Friday. The AOPA discount rate will expire on August 29, 2016.
If you want to make it a weekend, you have some great choices, including camping under the stars with your airplane. There are numerous great places to stay in and around Prescott.
If you prefer an alternative to staying in a hotel, consider camping under the wing of your airplane and enjoy the magnificent beauty of your surroundings. Camping sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to secure your spot. Camping procedures can be found here.
If you're into hiking, biking, sightseeing and local culture, you've come to the right place. Prescott's natural unspoiled beauty entices visitors of all ages, reminding them that life is not all stoplights and traffic jams. Go for a hike on Prescott’s Mile-High Trail System which is formed by more than 70 miles of trails. Don't miss the Out of Africa Wildlife Park, numerous trails and zipline attractions in nearby Camp Verde. Like to horse around? Try a cowboy adventure or trail ride at one of the stables in the area, or check out the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, home to the world's oldest rodeo.
Prefer indoor activities? Lift a pint at the Prescott Brewing Company, or try your hand at the Cliff Castle Casino. Several museums in and around Prescott provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of the region, including beautiful displays depicting the native populations.
Definitely plan to spend an extra day or two hanging out in Prescott and nearby Sedona. You'll go home refreshed and rejuvenated.
Don’t forget to sign up for Friday’s tour of Embry-Riddle’s 8-acre “Crash Lab” featuring nine full-scale accurate mock-ups of real crashes. The Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Laboratory (RAAIL) is the most complete facility of its kind in the country — and the only scenario-based accident investigation facility available for use by students at any university. Following the tour, join Bill Waldock, Director of RAAIL, and George Perry, Senior VP of AOPA’s Air Safety Institute, for a Q & A lunch presentation. Tour is available at 1:00 p.m. and departs from the Tickets & Information tent at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Register now to guarantee your space. Note: due to the graphic and serious nature of this tour, attendee discretion is advised.
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Been out of flying for a while? Need a little refresher? The free Rusty Pilots seminar at the 2016 AOPA Fly-Ins may be that important first step in getting you back in the left seat!
This seminar will go over many of the basics you may have forgotten, as well as update you on the latest developments in airspace, communications, and navigation. You'll review flight planning, weather, airport procedures, medical requirements – the works. You'll probably be surprised at how much you remember, but this seminar will help fill in any gaps and put you back on course to being an active pilot again.
Many rusty pilots feel like they'll have to start all over to regain their flying privileges. Not true. All you need is a Flight Review and endorsement from an authorized CFI and you're back in business. That's it.
The Flight Review consists of a minimum of one hour of ground instruction and one hour of flight training. And, by attending the seminar, you’ll be getting free ground instruction towards completing your Flight Review. Then all you have to do is contact your friendly CFI and brush back up on aircraft control and procedures. Once he or she endorses your logbook as satisfying the Flight Review requirements, you're a pilot again and free to roam the skies in search of that $100 hamburger.
AOPA provides all the supplies you'll need to complete the Rusty Pilots seminar at no charge. Breakfast will be available to seminar attendees at the seminar location for $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Click here to RSVP for the Fly-in and register for this seminar.