18th Annual Get-Together Comes On 'Airport Appreciation
It's almost time! The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
(AOPA) will hold its annual Fly-In and Open House on Saturday, June
7, at the association’s headquarters on the Frederick
Municipal Airport in Frederick, MD.
"We look forward to meeting our members and also telling the
general public about our industry," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.
"Our building will be open for self-guided tours and staff will be
on-site throughout the day to interact with members and answer
AOPA will debut its "Discover Flying" seminar at Fly-In, to
discuss flight training with non-pilots and answer their questions
about how to get started. Pilots are encouraged to bring
prospective pilots to Fly-In to attend the seminar and see what
general aviation is all about.
Thousands of people
annually attend the AOPA Fly-In, now in its 18th year. On a nice
flying day, the event attracts hundreds of aircraft that fly in for
the day, making Frederick Airport one of the busiest airports in
the country. A temporary air traffic control tower will be in place
to handle the increase in traffic.
The AOPA 2008 "Get Your Glass" Sweepstakes airplane will be
showcased at the aircraft exhibit area on the ramp. The 1976 Piper
Archer is undergoing refurbishments throughout the year and will be
awarded to a lucky pilot early in 2009. The Archer's new paint job
and new interior -- first seen at Lakeland 2008 -- will be
complemented by the public unveiling of a completely upgraded,
state-of-the-art glass panel at the Fly-In.
Dozens of aircraft will be on display for the Fly-In. Everything
from small single-engine planes to the latest in business jets will
be on the ramp for all to enjoy.
One hundred vendors will be exhibiting under the tent behind the
AOPA headquarters building. Pilots can browse the aisles for a
variety of goods, such as avionics, insurance, and safety
information. Prospective pilots will find books, headsets, and
valuable information to get their flight training started on the
right foot. Additional exhibits of AOPA products will be displayed
throughout the building.
June 7 is also Airport Appreciation Day. Airport staff will be
on-site to speak about the facilities and meet visitors. In
addition, flight instructors at Frederick Flight Center will be
available to answer questions and show off the aircraft in their