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Destinations with DadDestinations with Dad

AOPA Members, Share Their Favorite Places to Fly With Dad

In honor of Father's Day, we reached out to some of our members to find out which are their favorite destinations to fly to. We received some great responses. The destinations varied from Martha's Vineyard to San Carlos, Mexico. It's pretty clear that flying with dad has a nice view to it.

Destinations with Dad

Where: Ruth Glacier, Denali National Park, Alaska
Why: The flight through the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier is spectacular, with granite monoliths 4000-5000 feet high. Landing in the Don Sheldon Ampitheather with views of the Denali and companion Alaska Range peaks is unforgettable. Playing in the snow in summer is fun!
AOPA Member Mark Jordan

Where: U.S. Air Force Museum - Dayton, OH
Why: My dad was a B-36 crew member in the 50’s. The museum has one on display. He last took me there 30+ years ago when I was around 10 years old, so it is amazing to return the favor and fly him out there.
AOPA Member David Hess

Where: KFFA- First Flight Airport

Why: The Wright Flyer U.S. Smithsonian Institution describes the aircraft as the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled sustained flight with a pilot aboard.”

AOPA Member Mark Porter

Where: Provo, Utah
Why: My daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids live there.
AOPA Member Dennis Smith

Where: Grand Canyon
Why: The beautiful mountains and terrain is breathtaking!
AOPA Member Nelson Scott

Where: San Carlos, Mexico
Great weather. Great water. Great food. Great people.
AOPA Member Tom Lagrelius

Where: Martha’s Vineyard
Why: The grass strip with easy access to the beach!
AOPA Member Scott Ashton

Where: Dansville, NY
Why: “Fly-thru” fast food restaurants.
AOPA Member Greg Arserio

Where: SUN n’ FUN
Why: I get to camp out with my son and grandson with other enthusiasts!
AOPA Member Terry Ogle

Where: Lake Pend Preille, ID
Why: Long lake with gorgeous scenery, places to beach and eat, and a great small airport out of Sandpoint with a nice FBO with close access to downtown.
AOPA Member Devin Ossinger

Where: Miami, FL
Why: My parents live there!
AOPA Member Sergio Jacinto

Where: Isla Contadora in Panama
Why: Beach, fishing, friends, food, sun.
AOPA Member Alonso Arias

Where: Chanute Air Base, Rantoul, IL
Why: My dad was stationed there during WWII. They had an open house/fly-in several years ago and I flew my brother and he over from Indianapolis. He hadn’t been there since 1944. Quite the experience!
AOPA Member Mark Owens

Where: Washington D.C.
Why: The history and the one-on-one time!
AOPA Member Bruce Bennett

No matter where you fly, don't fly with questions. Fly and protect your certificates with AOPA Pilot Protection Services. Happy Father's Day from AOPA!

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