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AOPA’s Tampa Fly-In remains on scheduleAOPA’s Tampa Fly-In remains on schedule

The AOPA Fly-In at Tampa, Florida, presented by Peter O. Knight Airport will continue as planned Oct. 27 and 28.

Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Christopher Rose.

“Officials at our host airport Peter O. Knight called AOPA soon after Hurricane Irma passed through the state to confirm that the airport did not sustain any major damage and that it could support the two-day event,” said AOPA Director of Outreach Chris Eads. “The community is anxious for our visit.”

AOPA participated in disaster relief flights to southern parts of Florida and the Florida Keys while also surveying damage in the area.

“Our hearts go out to the families who have been devastated by Hurricane Irma,” Eads said. “By seeing the damage firsthand during the relief effort, we know that thousands of families will still be putting their lives back together in six weeks when the fly-in kicks off.

“We feel that now, one of the best things we can do to continue to support Florida residents is to participate in helping businesses return to normal, and that’s what continuing to host the fly-in will help do at Peter O. Knight.”

The Tampa Fly-In, the last of four in 2017, will start on Friday, Oct. 27, with intensive workshops (registration required) about water survival techniques; instrument proficiency; aircraft maintenance; and combining learning, inspiration, and adventure with aviation. A Barnstormers Party presented by Jeppesen will follow the all-day workshops on Friday evening, and the main event Saturday will start early with a pancake breakfast. AOPA President Mark Baker will host a Pilot Town Hall Saturday afternoon.

“We look forward to seeing thousands of our members from Florida and throughout the country at Tampa,” Eads said. “We hope the fly-in is a welcome respite for those who have endured a challenging hurricane season this year.”

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Topics: AOPA Events, Fly in

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