The tents are going up behind AOPA's Frederick, Maryland, headquarters, the ramp has been cleared, the vendors and static display aircraft are on their way, and the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies.
Hundreds of airplanes and thousands of spectators are expected for the AOPA Fly-in and Open House on Saturday, June 1. It's become the biggest one-day event of its kind on the East Coast.
Visitors this year can enjoy the improved food court, offering (among other things) gourmet coffee, deli wraps, shrimp baskets, and crab cake sandwiches. Food vendors have been spread out to alleviate some of the long lines experienced at previous Fly-ins.
More than 100 vendors and more than three dozen new aircraft from the manufacturers will be on hand.
Vendors representing almost every sector of the general aviation industry will be here, from avionics suppliers to propeller manufacturers to hull insurers.
The Fly-in and Open House runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to all, fliers and non-fliers alike. Admission and parking are free.