AOPA’s first fly-in of the year at the Buckeye Air Fair in Arizona is just around the corner and whether you’re flying in or keeping your feet on the ground, this event has something for everyone.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. on February 17 with the opening of AOPA’s exhibit hall and Buckeye Air Fair’s Aviation Academy. From 10 a.m. on, aviation enthusiasts and pilots can enjoy a slew of world-class educational aviation forums in one of three seminar venues: Safety, Industry, and You Can Fly.
Those curious about entering the exciting world of general aviation are encouraged to attend one of our You Can Fly seminars happening only on Friday where you’ll learn how you can become a pilot, from the experts at AOPA’s You Can Fly Academy.
From 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, AOPA members are invited to view a private airshow at the AOPA Flightline Chalet, where attendees will enjoy prime viewing of airshow performers practicing their aerial routines ahead of Saturday’s airshow. Boeing will host a happy hour with food, drinks, and other entertainment during this member-only attraction.
Things start early on Saturday at the 8 a.m. Rusty Pilots Seminar with AOPA's Jamie Beckett. The seminar is free for AOPA members, but registration is required to attend. Seminars will continue throughout the day until the 1 p.m. Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President Mark Baker, allowing guests to ask questions and hear the latest on the state of GA, and how AOPA is protecting your freedom to fly, every day.
If you are too busy having fun to check out the exhibit hall on Friday or Saturday, Sunday would be the perfect time. The exhibit hall opens at 10 a.m. on Sunday and will feature the latest gear, new tech, and must-have services in the GA industry.
An event schedule with a full list of seminars, flight procedures, and other need-to-know information can be found online. The event is free to attend, but there will be a charge for parking ($10 if paid in advance, and $15 on-site).
If you are planning to attend, remember that Buckeye is in a desert climate, which often comes with a moderate amount of dust. Attendees are asked to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen, and we encourage those with respiratory conditions to take the proper precautions.