A two-day meeting to kick off planning for the AOPA Regional Fly-In scheduled for Aug. 20 at Washington State’s Bremerton National Airport took place Jan. 12 and 13, bringing members of the aviation community and other stakeholders together with AOPA to prepare for the popular event’s arrival in the Northwest Mountain region.
The Bremerton AOPA Fly-In is the second of the four Regional Fly-Ins the association will host in 2016—the third year in which the regional aviation events have been staged around the country.
Previous fly-ins have been attended by thousands at each location, and feature static displays, safety seminars, programs from AOPA’s You Can Fly Initiative, get-togethers of volunteers from the AOPA Airport Support Network, vendors, and more.
A special feature at the Bremerton Regional Fly-In this summer will be a component dedicated to seaplanes—an important constituent of the Northwest’s aviation population. Bremerton is located west of Seattle, across Puget Sound.
Although the January meeting has kicked the fly-in’s planning into high gear, a steering committee of stakeholders that was formed in October 2015 has been meeting regularly.
As is the case for planning all of the AOPA Regional Fly-Ins, airport businesses, administrators, FAA representatives, public safety services, local aviation organizations, community and civic organizations, airport tenants, local pilots, and many other groups and individuals join AOPA staff to help set the stage for a successful event.
AOPA invites you to mark your calendar and attend one or more of the 2016 Regional Fly-Ins, beginning May 21 at Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort, North Carolina; then Bremerton, Washington, on Aug. 20; followed by an event at W. K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Sept.17; and wrapping up the year at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona, on Oct. 1.
On Jan. 14, AOPA staff will meet with stakeholders in Prescott, Arizona, to prepare for the October event—an occasion awaited, according to local news media, as a “significant event for Prescott and the Southwest.”