Based on the large number of people who've already registered to attend AOPA Expo 2002, AOPA is strongly encouraging pilots who are flying in to plan on a VFR arrival.
"As we indicated in our arrival procedures, anyone hoping to avoid delays should plan on arriving VFR, weather conditions permitting," says AOPA Vice President for Aviation Services Woody Cahall. "Given all the people who have preregistered, we expect the area airports to be extremely busy. The available IFR arrival slots could fill up very quickly."
VFR arrivals are expected to enter the Palm Springs airspace via the prescribed route to one of the designated reporting points at the recommended altitude. Pilots should not proceed beyond the designated VFR reporting/holding points without establishing radio and radar contact with Palm Springs Approach Control on the listed frequencies.
Terrain is a factor in all areas. Maintain a safe altitude. Lower altitudes should be available after crossing the reporting points inbound.
Although all airports in the Palm Springs area may be used for the event, only Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and Desert Resorts/Thermal Airport (TRM) will have AOPA-sponsored transportation available to the convention center. Pilots utilizing any other airports are responsible for obtaining their own transportation.