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AOPA Fly-in 2001 to include record 100+ exhibits, more of MachadoAOPA Fly-in 2001 to include record 100+ exhibits, more of Machado

More than 100 exhibitors and display aircraft are confirmed for AOPA's 11th annual Fly-In and Open House, set for Saturday, June 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Frederick (Maryland) Municipal Airport.

Some 700 aircraft and nearly 7,000 attendees are expected for the festivities. A temporary FAA control tower will be in operation from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 2.

This year's AOPA Fly-In and Open House will offer a full slate of safety and educational seminars, many qualifying as ground instruction needed for the FAA "Wings" safety program.

Among the seminars will be AOPA Air Safety Foundation sessions on "Single-Pilot IFR" and "GPS for VFR Operations," a panel of AOPA Legal Services Plan attorneys encouraging participants to "Ask the Lawyers," and sage advice from AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump on "Protecting Your Medical Certificate."

At least eight other seminars will be held between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., including two entertaining presentations by noted aviation educator and humorist Rod Machado: "Defensive Flying" and "Hangar Flying, 2001."

In addition to the full seminar schedule and an exhibit tent packed with aviation vendors, a large collection of both new and historic aircraft will be on display. The main display area for new aircraft will be on the AOPA ramp in front of AOPA headquarters.

The AOPA Fly-In is being held in conjunction with the city of Frederick's Airport Appreciation Day. The Frederick Flight Center will also celebrate its grand opening during the Fly-In.

Steaming hot breakfasts will be available starting at 7:30 a.m., with several vendors offering a wide selection of foods throughout the day.

All fly-in participants who register will be eligible for a host of AOPA door prizes, including a Garmin 295 GPS handheld navigation receiver.

Last year, more than 700 aircraft flew in for the annual AOPA event, some from as far away as Quebec, Georgia, Arizona, and even California, and an estimated 6,500 attendees turned out for what has become the biggest one-day fly-in event on the East Coast. This year's record number of exhibitors, new aircraft, and additional seminars are expected to draw even more.

"We started this Fly-In more than a decade ago so that AOPA members could visit their association on a weekend and talk with the staff about issues of concern, and that's still a good reason to come to the Fly-In," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "But now there's so much more for everyone."

Additional information is available online.

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