Fri, May 30, 2003
ANN Will Be There, June 7th
The fun and information pilots are used to getting
from AOPA's Fly-In and Open House will stay the same. Other aspects
of the 13th annual event, on June 7, will change from previous
years. Admission to the AOPA Fly-In and Open House and all seminars
is free and open to everyone. In addition to the seminars, visitors
can check out the AOPA Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes aircraft: a
fully restored, 1940 Waco UPF-7 biplane. The Waco joins more than
two dozen other aircraft on display on the AOPA ramp. In addition
to the aircraft, more than 100 aviation vendors will display their
There are a number of differences from past AOPA
Fly-Ins, beginning with the arrival procedures. AOPA has worked
with the FAA to develop procedures to ensure pilots stay clear of
the area's flight restrictions. Pilots should become familiar with
the boundaries of the Washington ADIZ and the Camp David Prohibited
Area (P-40), as well as the arrival procedures in place for the
Other major changes include the need for arriving aircraft to
squawk 1207 prior to reaching Mt. Airy. As in past years, a
temporary control tower will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. the
day of the event.
Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) has begun work on improvements
to its runways and taxiways. Some of that construction may have an
impact on airport operations during the event. Pilots should expect
delays upon arrival and departure and during ground operations.
Pilots are also advised to review all FDK notams and closely adhere
to all air traffic control instructions and procedures.
AOPA staff will be on hand to assist in facilitating the flow of
aircraft into and out of parking areas. Due to the large number of
aircraft anticipated, pilots should plan on parking on the grass.
Recent wet weather, coupled with the ongoing construction, has
limited the number of available aircraft parking areas. Pilots may
encounter delays as parking areas fill.
IFR arrivals and departures should expect significant delays;
VFR operations are strongly encouraged.
AOPA has worked with the city to increase automobile parking
available for those driving to the event. Attendees will be
directed to available parking areas upon their arrival, with
shuttle bus service provided from remote parking areas throughout
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