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.
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
Why: 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