Pilots flying in to the AOPA Fly-In at Tampa, Florida, sponsored by Peter O. Knight Airport, should carefully read the arrival and departure procedures in the Pilot Information Packet and note that the airport will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29.
All AOPA Fly-In host airports are closed at night during the 2017 fly-ins as a safety precaution to prevent pilots from taxiing in unlighted parking areas without marshallers. During the summer months, that has allowed plenty of time for evening arrivals and departures, with the extra hours of daylight. However, now that fall is in swing and the days are getting shorter, darkness closes the airports earlier.
AOPA studied the fly-in procedures and safety practices of other major aviation events, including EAA AirVenture and the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo to add an extra layer of safety for the 2017 fly-ins by closing the airfields to all traffic at dark.
Pilots are encouraged to plan their arrivals and departures accordingly.
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