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Tampa ready to host AOPA

Hangout volunteers sought

Left mostly undamaged by Hurricane Ian, the Tampa Executive Airport community is excited to mix, mingle, and do good with visiting pilots and aviation enthusiasts at AOPA’s Hangout on November 4 and 5.

Pilots take a break from volunteering on the flight line at an AOPA Hangout. Photo by Niki Britton.

The laid-back, two-day event is AOPA’s last Hangout of the year, and invites visitors to immerse themselves in everything aviation. From participating in educational seminars to camping under the wing of their aircraft, visitors don’t want to miss out on the fun in Tampa.

While much of Florida is still recovering, Danny Cooper, senior manager of marketing for the Tampa International Airport system, told AOPA that the airport was incredibly fortunate and experienced only minimal cleanup and debris after the hurricane, but expressed sympathy for the hard-hit communities south of Tampa. 

“I’m thrilled that AOPA has made the commitment that parts of the proceeds for our fly-in are going to go to storm relief south of us, because they desperately, desperately need anything people can do,” Cooper said. “Our own airport system is doing that through volunteerism and other contributions as well.

“For anybody that’s planning on coming in,” Cooper continued, “One: you get to do good for the folks down south of us, and two: you can rest assured that our airports are in really good shape, and we look forward to hosting.

Those looking to get involved can join in on the fun by becoming a volunteer. “We are specifically in need of student pilots and pilots to assist on the flight line,” said AOPA Director of Outreach and Events Elizabeth O’Connell. Other volunteer opportunities include hospitality roles like guest registration and check-in. You can learn more and sign up to volunteer online.

Niki Britton

eMedia Content Producer
eMedia Content Producer Niki Britton joined AOPA in 2021. She is a private pilot who enjoys flying her 1969 Cessna 182 and taking aerial photographs.
Topics: Fly-in, AOPA Events

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