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Fri, Jun 06, 2003

AOPA's Nat'l Fly-In Looking To Be Best Yet

This Saturday's Nat'l AOPA Fly-In is shaping up to be a "must." Despite some weather concerns (which are starting to look a lot more VFR than they were a day or two ago), activity here in Frederick, MD, (home of AOPA's headquarters) is ramping up heavily. The giant vendors' tent is up in the AOPA parking lot, where more than 100 vendors will offer everything from aviation souvenirs to the latest in avionics (and ANN's own KLYDE MORRIS gang will be there!).

So is the Speakers Tent, where AOPA President Phil Boyer and aviation funnyman Rod Machado will host their seminars. All told, visitors can choose from 14 seminars. The 13th annual AOPA Fly-In and Open House takes place this Saturday, June 7, from 0830 to 1700.

 

Some two dozen aircraft will be on display on the ramp in front of AOPA's headquarters, including the AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes aircraft, a restored 1940 Waco UPF-7 biplane.

Local vendors will offer food service. And extra parking — served by a free shuttle service — has been arranged for those who prefer to drive.

Oh Yeah, That P-40 Thing...

Pilots planning to attend the 13th annual AOPA Fly-In and Open House in Frederick, Maryland, this Saturday need to pay close attention to P-40 northwest of Frederick Municipal Airport. While President Bush hasn't decided that he'll be coming to the Fly-In (though I'm sure he has an open invite), he will be hanging out at nearby Camp David. And that means that the prohibited area surrounding the mountain retreat will expand to a 10-nm radius. But not to worry; the Fly-In arrival procedures are designed to keep pilots clear of expanded "no-fly" zone and the Washington ADIZ.

AOPA kicks off this event at 0830 Saturday morning, but pilots planning to fly in should be aware that due to airport construction, the amount of space available for aircraft parking is reduced compared to last year, though there's still room for more than 400 aircraft. Even if the weather is below VFR, there's plenty of parking for anyone driving in, with free shuttle service between the outlying parking areas and the airport.

Straight Talk From Uncle Phil... Don't Miss It

During his time as president of AOPA, Phil Boyer has talked to tens of thousands of pilots at Pilot Town Meetings and speeches, one-on-one, and via e-mail. But he's never hosted an old-fashioned hangar session at AOPA's annual Fly-In and Open House — until now - and in light of all the recent airspace and security foolishness, Boyer's discussions have the potential to be eye-openers. Hint: Don't miss this seminar... we have a feeling it's going to be "interesting."

"I've always loved the opportunity to talk one-on-one with members as they wander about our headquarters during the Fly-In and Open House," said Boyer. "This year, I know that many of the pilots visiting the Fly-In are directly impacted by the Washington ADIZ. This will be an opportunity to talk frankly about how it is affecting all of you and what is likely to happen in the future."

Boyer's hangar session will take place in the Speakers' Tent at 11:30 a.m.

Boyer's seminar is one of more than a dozen being offered, on topics ranging from Single-Pilot IFR to the aviation humor of Rod Machado.

The AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes grand prize, a beautifully restored 1940 Waco UPF-7 biplane, will headline the static display of some two dozen aircraft. Also on display will be two Boeing PT-17 Stearman aircraft. Wacos and Stearmans were two of the most common flight training aircraft for America's World War II pilots. Among the other aircraft on display will be the recently certified Luscombe Model 11E, a Cirrus SR22, and a Lancair Columbia. Overall, the static display aircraft will run the gamut from two-seat trainers to high-end aircraft like the Beech King Air and Pilatus PC-12.

FMI: http://www.aopa.org/special/fly-in/2003/

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