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Oct. 26-27, 2018

Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA)

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AOPA FLY-IN: Gulf Shores, Alabama

Presented by Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau


Gulf Shores offers culinary diversity and extensive options for both water and land-based activities. Sugar-white beaches, fresh seafood, championship golf courses, charter fishing trips, wildlife areas, and historic sites are just a few of the treasures Gulf Shores offers its visitors. Surrounded by back bays and rivers, there are many opportunities for outdoor recreation in Gulf Shores, which has a little something for everyone.

AOPA Fly-In at Gulf Shores Presented by:

Alabama Department of Transportation

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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 free seminar for you on Saturday.

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:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Owner-Performed Aircraft Maintenance, Part 1
  • VFR Backcountry Flying Adventure and Skills
  • IFR Beginner / Rusty IFR Refresher
  • Aviation Photography

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Complimentary lunch for workshop ticket-holders

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Owner-Performed Aircraft Maintenance, Part 2
  • VFR Advanced: 500 Miles and Beyond
  • IFR Advanced: Skills and Proficiency for the Active IFR Pilot
  • In the Unlikely Event: Surviving Until Help Arrives

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.


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 Zulu 3 headset. Click here for rules.

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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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!

You could be a lucky winner! We’ll award a one-year U.S. standard subscription to Garmin PilotTM and a Lightspeed Zulu 3 Headset to the pilot present at the AOPA Pilot Town Hall who has flown the farthest to the event, as calculated by straight-line from the departure airport on Garmin Pilot. Combined retail value: $924.99. Click here for rules.




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!

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 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 Gulf Shores. 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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Kids Zone

Kids Zone

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

AOPA Fly-Ins have cool things for kids, too. Our Kids Zone has all kinds of entertainment, from interactive games to a fun play area including activities, learning, games, and more!



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!

learn more about volunteering


Local Attractions



Adventure, fun, and relaxation are what you’ll find on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. For years, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach were little-known, but more and more families are discovering the 32 miles of soft sand and clear waters, championship golf, nature trails, and deep-sea fishing on the country’s largest artificial fishing reef.

Whether you’re in the mood for fun and adventure or lazy days on the beach, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have something for you.

Learn more about planning your stay in Gulf Shores




Join AOPA, Continental Motors, and Airbus for an insider’s look into engine and aircraft production. Get an exclusive experience on tours of Continental Motors and Airbus that are not open to the public!


Visit the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Get a guided tour of the National Naval Aviation Museum’s 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation.




We’re planning some fantastic excursions in and around Gulf Shores. Whether it’s deep-sea fishing, a dolphin cruise, or living history at Fort Morgan, we’ll have something for every interest.

Stay tuned for updates.



Have an animal encounter with over 500 exotic animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, or see them in their natural habitat in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your clubs for a round of championship golf. Take a sightseeing tour in a historic 1928 Travel Air 2000 biplane, or charter a boat for some deep sea and inshore fishing or shop till you drop at Tanger Outlet Center.

Relive history as reenactors interpret the four wars that Fort Morgan State Historic Site has withstood. There’s parasailing, amusement parks with go-karts and miniature golf. Charter a boat for a dolphin cruise or just spend a day building sandcastles and swimming in the warm Gulf of Mexico waters.

Learn more about planning your stay in Gulf Shores



Friday, October 26, 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, October 27, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Free Seminars*
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. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Service Open
12:00 a.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, 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    
Updated 10-22-2018
Download NOTAM
Updated 10-22-2018


Driving Directions

Enter 700 Commerce Drive, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 into your GPS or online map. Follow the AOPA signs to special event parking areas.

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

Camping will be open to pilots from noon on Thursday, October 25 through noon on Sunday, October 28. 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.

Need to book a hotel room? Thanks to our partnership with Priceline, we are able to offer AOPA members discounts on hotels. Please visit to check availability.

The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission has compiled a list of special rates available for the AOPA Fly-In. Check out their website for these and other great hotel deals! Click here to learn more!

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.

Click here to book with Hertz

Click here to book with Enterprise

Click here to book with Avis

Click here to book directly with the local Enterprise branch.

To book, call the local Hertz branch at 251-943-6466 and tell them you're coming to the AOPA Fly-In, or click here to book online.

Need a ride? Check out Coast.Cab, or call at 251-968-TAXI (251-968-8294). Fully licensed, insured, and they service Jack Edwards National Airport!