Mon, May 05, 2003
AOPA To Give Away Centennial Of Flight Sweepstakes Bomber
preparations are under way for the Pilot Facility Grand Opening and
Fly-in celebration May 10 at the Wright Brothers National Memorial
at Kill Devil Hills (NC). Attending pilots will receive a special
memento of the event and have a chance to win an AOPA Centennial of
Flight Sweepstakes leather bomber jacket.
In addition to speeches, hot dogs, and tours, AOPA will also
display the classic Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes UPF-7 Waco
biplane for the first time in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Plan On Alternate Airport
As parking is very limited at First Flight Airfield (FFA),
pilots may land at nearby Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) at
Manteo, and take advantage of the free shuttle bus service from the
airport to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. (The limited
parking spots at FFA will be available by reservation only by
calling 919/795-8665 beginning May 6 at 8:30 a.m.)
Who Said There's No Free Lunch?
actual ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 12:30, but the shuttle
bus service from MQI begins at 7 a.m. At 1 p.m. free lunch service
begins along with informal tours of the new Pilot Facility. A
special guided tour of the national memorial and the Wright Flyer
first flight site begins at 1:30 p.m. Bus service to return pilots
to MQI will run until 5 p.m.
The all-new Pilot Facility is sponsored by AOPA on behalf of its
members to honor the Wright brothers' accomplishments. It includes
a computerized Meteorlogix MxVision AviationSentry weather briefing
system and a second computer equipped with Jeppesen FliteStar route
planning software and access to AOPA Online. The 900-square-foot
facility is located adjacent to the 3,000-foot First Flight
Airfield (FFA). It will be the only permanent structure built at
the historic site to remain following the Wright Brothers' 100th
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