Next week may be one of your last chances to attend an aviation event by flying into New Jersey's Bader Field before the airport closes. Atlantic City's Thunder Over the Boardwalk Airshow - featuring the Air Force Thunderbirds, Navy Blue Angels, and other performers - will take place on Wednesday, August 23, and there will be shuttle service for pilots to and from Bader. AOPA had fought long and hard with the state of New Jersey and three successive Atlantic City administrations to save Bader, but sadly, there was little local interest in the airport. Bader is slated for closure in September. What remains is a prevailing anti-general aviation attitude in Atlantic City. Even though two of the most popular AOPA Expos in recent memory have been held in Atlantic City, AOPA decided not to return there in 2007 because officials at Atlantic City International Airport didn't want to be bothered by GA aircraft, and they wanted to charge an exorbitant amount to pay for normal airport operations. AOPA Expo 2007 will be in Hartford, Connecticut. Pilots flying into Bader should be aware of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that will encompass the airport, beginning on Sunday and continuing through Wednesday. Pilots will be able to fly in to the airport when the TFRs are not in effect. See the FAA's Web site for TFR information. For airshow information, see www.atlanticcityairshow.com.
August 18, 2006