Hundreds of planes jammed FDK's infield
for the 2002 AOPA Fly-In and Open House.
Thirty-one days from today, on Saturday, June 7, AOPA will host its thirteenth annual Fly-In and Open House, the largest one-day event of its kind in the nation.
Last year, 895 aircraft jammed the infield at Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) in Frederick, Md., home of AOPA's headquarters. An estimated 8,000 people attended the one-day event. The temporary tower was the second busiest tower in the country that day, behind only Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport.
The AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes aircraft, a fully restored 1940 Waco UPF-7, will headline a great static display, which will include everything from two-seat trainers up to a Beech King Air, Cessna Grand Caravan, and Pilatus PC-12.
Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the AOPA headquarters building, browse through displays from dozens of vendors, and attend seminars on topics ranging from aviation humor with Rod Machado to safety topics with Air Safety Foundation speakers. AOPA President Phil Boyer himself will host a recently added seminar to update pilots on the changing airspace environment.
The thirteenth annual AOPA Fly-In and Open House officially gets under way at 8:30 a.m. The temporary tower will be operational beginning at 7 a.m.
Pilots need to pay extra attention to the arrival procedures, as they are significantly different than procedures used in previous years due to an expanded P-40 prohibited area over Camp David, Md., and the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone.
The arrival procedures, as well as driving directions are available on AOPA Online.