The thundering of hooves at Churchill Downs and the sipping of mint juleps amid a sea of hats mean the Kentucky Derby has arrived—and so has the May AOPA Pilot Passport challenge.
The top participant with the most Kentucky airport check-ins via the AOPA app’s Pilot Passport feature during May will win a $100 AOPA Pilot Gear gift certificate.
Kentucky Department of Aviation Deputy Commissioner Brad Schwandt said the Gallatin County Airport along the state’s Interstate 71 northern corridor is under construction. The GA facility is scheduled to be “open for operations in November” with a 5,500-foot-long by 75-foot-wide asphalt landing strip, boosting the state’s landing fields to 58.
Now, about the traditions surrounding the fastest two minutes in sports: The wearing of wide-brimmed hats was considered to be a sign of good luck. Hundreds of red flowers are sewn on a green satin blanket and presented to the victorious horse in the winner's circle. And pilots, remember to avoid sipping the famed bourbon-based juleps within eight hours of acting as pilot in command.