The first of more than 75 aircraft have begun arriving at Palm Springs International Airport for tomorrow's Parade of Planes. The spectacular nose-to-tail procession begins at 2 p.m. PDT and travels from the airport, through the streets of Palm Springs, to AOPA Expo 2002 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
The AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 was to have led the parade. However, because the aircraft was not able to make its first flight before this past weekend, the only prudent decision was to send a substitute Waco while your sweepstakes aircraft undergoes scrupulous flight testing.
The convention kicks off Thursday morning at 9 a.m. with new FAA Administrator Marion Blakey addressing the opening General Session. It is her first address as administrator to a general aviation audience.
Highlights include 80 seminars, an exhibition hall with more than 500 exhibits, and a static display area with up to 80 aircraft to dream about.