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Airshow season begins

Visit Buckeye, Arizona, for a great show

The AOPA Fly-In at the Buckeye Air Fair in Arizona offers attendees the ultimate experience of quality aviation content at an AOPA fly-in combined with the fun and entertainment of an Air Fair.
Photography by David Tulis.
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Photography by David Tullis.

During this three-day event February 16 through 18, visit AOPA’s large indoor exhibit hall with the latest new tech, gear, and services. Stroll the robust aircraft display or listen to a seminar in one of our three seminar venues (including a Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President Mark Baker on Saturday). Catch the airshow on Saturday and Sunday, as well as visit all the Air Fair vendors on site.

The Buckeye Air Fair began as a small airport open house in the early 2000s and has since become one of the largest aviation events in the western United States, attracting as many as 30,000 visitors in a single weekend. “We knew there was a need to share with the public what general aviation is all about,” said Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborn.

Orsborn, an AOPA member and aircraft owner, expressed gratitude and excitement about the collaboration between the Buckeye Air Fair and AOPA, which started in 2023. “The partnership with AOPA accomplished exactly what we had hoped this year. Creating an environment where the general public who has some interest in aviation could interact with aviators and a trusted organization in AOPA that will help them become aviators themselves.”

Fly in or drive in and bring the entire family. Buckeye Air Fair will have lots of activities for kids to do at the Buckeye Aviation Academy area including the Arizona SciTech area and the Kids Zone.

This year, join other AOPA members and AOPA senior leadership in our members-only AOPA Flightline Chalet. The chalet offers prime viewing for the airshow, partner giveaways, food and beverages, and meet and greets with influencers and AOPA leadership. Members-only chalet hours are Friday 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (private viewing of airshow practice); Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (evening airshow and fireworks); and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Airshow performers include Jon Melby, Brad Wursten, The Vanguard Squadron, Red Thunder, Tucker’s Air Patrol, Pylon Aviation, and the Aerial Extreme Skydiving Team. 

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Julie Walker
Julie Summers Walker
AOPA Senior Features Editor
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.

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