May 5, 2004 - When the gates open on the 14th annual AOPA Fly-In and Open House just one month from now (Saturday, June 5), visitors will get to see the entire gamut of personal aviation, from slick two-seaters to some of the largest propeller-driven single-engine aircraft on the market today.
"Personal aviation - people flying themselves for personal or business reasons - makes up the lion's share of general aviation, which itself is the largest segment of the U.S. aviation industry," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. (General aviation is all flying except scheduled airlines and military.) "The static display at AOPA Fly-In is a place to come and dream, and - just maybe - live the dream."
Manufacturers are still lining up for spots on the AOPA ramp, but already confirmed are the newly certificated Liberty XL-2 two-seater, Diamond's two-seat Eclipse and four-seat Star, and Lancair Columbia 350. Cirrus will have examples of its SR22 along with its demonstration trailer. Mooney, Piper, Socata, and Tiger Aircraft will all be represented, as will Seawind, makers of a single-engine amphibian. Cessna will have examples of all of its propeller-driven airframes, from the venerable 172 to the turboprop Caravan.
A local flying club will also be on hand with its aircraft to discuss one of the alternatives to owning your own plane.
The AOPA Fly-In and Open House is free and open to all pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local vendors will have a variety of foods and drinks for sale.
Directions for arriving by air or by car are available online.