Join AOPA, Continental Motors, and Airbus for a unique look into engine and aircraft production. After flying into Mobile Downtown Airport and parking at Signature Flight Support, you will board a bus and head straight to Continental® Motors, a global leader in General Aviation to tour the production line and get an up-close and personal view of how these incredible engines and parts are made. Boxed lunches will follow the tour at the production plant, and then you will head over to the Airbus final assembly line for a balcony viewing tour. See how the A320 is assembled from pieces to the final roll-out. This final assembly line is the company’s first US-based production facility and has been delivering aircraft since 2016. Following the Airbus balcony viewing tour, you will board buses back to Signature Flight Support and head to Jack Edwards National Airport for the AOPA Barnstormers party, presented by Jeppesen!
*Long pants and closed-toe shoes must be worn in the production facility
*Please do not take photos while in the production facility
|8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.||Arrivals at Signature Mobile Downtown|
|8:30 a.m.||Bus departs to Continental Motors|
|9:00 a.m.||Tours start Continental Motors|
|12:00 p.m.||Tours end Continental Motors|
|12:05 p.m.||Lunch at Continental Motors|
|12:50 p.m.||Board bus for Airbus Facility for Balcony Viewing Tour|
|1:00 p.m.||Balcony Viewing Tour of Airbus Facility|
|2:30 p.m.||Board bus and head back to Signature|
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. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space, and outside on its 37-acre grounds. After your tour, you will have the option to have lunch (please bring cash or credit card) at the Cubi Bar Café, or to take part in one of the interactive exhibits in the museum.
Following an hour of free time, you will be taken to the National Flight Academy, one of the most exciting and immersive learning adventures in the world aboard the worlds largest simulated aircraft carrier. The National Flight Academy is a 102,000 sq. ft. four story structure designed to be fully and intensively immersive. Each deck is scenically and theatrically designed to simulate a modern aircraft carrier.
This tour is non-refundable except due to weather cancellation. Bring 2 forms of ID for base access. Click here to view acceptable forms of ID.
|9:30 a.m.||Arrivals at Ferguson Airport (82J)|
|10:00 a.m.||Buses depart to National Naval Aviation Museum|
|10:30 a.m.||Tour National Naval Aviation Museum|
|12:30 p.m.||Lunch at Cubi Bar Cafe (on your own)/free time around museum|
|1:30 p.m.||Tour National Flight Academy|
|2:30 p.m.||Board buses back to Ferguson Airport (82J)|