AOPA will be celebrating its 80th anniversary at its upcoming Frederick, Maryland, fly-in with a fly-over by the D-Day Squadron, a drone show and some new educational offerings for attendees. The fly-in, which will take place on May 10-11 at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK), will kick off a series of paid ground school workshops that will be appearing at all of AOPA’s fly-ins this year. Workshop tuition—$99 for those who register in advance or $120 at the door—provides access to any four workshops during the two-day events.
“This is a great opportunity for pilots to visit AOPA’s headquarters and see where all the magic happens,” said AOPA Senior Director of Outreach Chris Eads. “We are very excited to offer several new paid workshops this year for all skill levels and there really will be something for everyone. From mountain flying and short field landings to upset recovery training with the talented Catherine Cavagnaro, we have worked really hard to provide top-notch opportunities for everyone attending our 80th anniversary celebration and fly-in event.”
Workshops offered at the Frederick fly-in are “Getting Down: Operating Your Aircraft to its Potential in the Backcountry and Beyond,” “IFR Refresher and Pro Tips,” “VFR Advanced: 500 NM and Beyond,” “IFR Advanced,” “Introduction to Formation Flying,” “Aircraft Maintenance” and “Flying on the Edge: Controlling Your Aircraft in an Emergency.” Sessions will take place Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. According to AOPA, workshop attendees can get a logbook endorsement attesting to the completion of three hours of ground training per workshop, which will be applicable towards ground school requirements for certificates or flight reviews.
In addition to the paid workshops, AOPA will be offering free seminars at the event on a wide range of topics including how to purchase an aircraft, tips and tricks for Garmin avionics, decision-making in a crisis and spins. Other fly-ins on the organization’s schedule this year are Livermore, California, on June 21-22 and Tullahoma, Tennessee, on Sept.13-14. General admission for the fly-ins is free.