No matter the weather, the thirteenth annual AOPA Fly-In and Open House at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md., is the place to be this weekend. With more than two dozen aircraft on display, over 100 vendors, and more than a dozen seminars during the day, there is something for everyone, from pilots with a wallet full of ratings to someone who just thinks planes are cool.
Even if the weather is below VFR, there's plenty of parking for anyone driving in, with free shuttle service between the outlying parking areas and the airport. And while there's less aircraft parking available than last year due to airport construction and a sodden infield, there's still room for more than 400 aircraft.
For nostalgia buffs, the AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes aircraft, a 1940 Waco UPF-7 biplane, will headline the static display area. Also on display will be two Boeing PT-17 Stearman aircraft. Wacos and Stearmans were two of the most common flight training aircraft for America's World War II pilots.
Among the other aircraft on display will be the recently certified Luscombe Model 11E, a LanShe (formerly Micco) 26, and a Lancair Columbia. Overall, the static display aircraft will run the gamut from two-seat trainers to high-end aircraft like the Beech King Air and Pilatus PC-12.
Seminars will range from serious safety topics like aeronautical decision making and spatial disorientation, to the humor of Rod Machado's "Hangar Flying 2003."
And under the "big top," more than 100 vendors will offer everything from aviation souvenirs to the latest avionics.
For more information on the thirteenth annual AOPA Fly-In and Open House, visit AOPA Online.