AOPA Regional Fly-Ins Expanding In 2017
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.”