AOPA Regional Fly-Ins Expanding In 2017

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AOPA announced Friday it will expand its Regional Fly-In series next year to two-day events around the country, starting with an April fly-in to kick off the season. Each fly-in will run from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon to give attendees more time and additional workshops, clinics, forums and events to choose from. The fly-ins, launched in 2014 to replace the annual Summit, have grown each year with the 2016 total event attendance up 33 percent over 2015. Almost 44,000 people have taken part in the 16 regional fly-ins held so far, with more than 6,000 aircraft arrivals, according to AOPA. 

The fly-in locations have varied each year, with the first 2017 event slated for April 28-29 in Camarillo, California; followed by Sept. 8-9 in Norman, Oklahoma; Oct. 6-7 in Groton, Connecticut; and ending the year in Tampa, Florida, Oct. 27-28. Each fly-in will feature Friday night parties and Saturday pancake breakfasts, workshops for pilots and aircraft owners, vendor exhibits and aircraft display areas, and town-hall meetings with AOPA President Mark Baker. “We’re listening to our members who have asked for more extensive content, and we’re excited to bring new things that will deepen relationships and expand your flying skills,” said Chris Eads, AOPA director of outreach and events. “This has been about us really listening to the members.”

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The 2017 locations are somewhat curious and I may be reading into this but: it seems these events are so labor-intensive four is now the acceptable limit. Also, a VAST Northern swath of our great nation is pretty far from old Oklahoma. Only the Bonanza folks are going to see this as a fun challenge...

Posted by: Peter Kuhns | December 12, 2016 4:18 AM    Report this comment

I went to the Fly-In they had in Plymouth, MA and was actually a bit underwhelmed. That was the first year they had them, and Groton is even closer to my home, so I'll likely give it another try and go to that one. But the locations are somewhat puzzling to me, since except for the first one, they don't seem to hold enough of them in varied-enough locations to actually cover most of the US. The last two years, the ones they had were essentially out of reach for me (at least by GA, and I didn't see any compelling reason to take a commercial flight out to one of them).

Posted by: Gary Baluha | December 12, 2016 7:36 AM    Report this comment

From the looks of AOPA's latest Fly-In map it appears that they're spreading the events fairly uniformly across the US. I would agree that the upper west/mid-west has been slightly under-represented so far but Minneapolis had a fly-in in 2015 that was pretty close by. You can see the distribution at aopa.org/community/events/aopa-fly-ins/2017-aopa-fly-ins

Posted by: Chas Noe | December 12, 2016 4:41 PM    Report this comment

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