Frederick Municipal Airport is expected to be the busiest airport in the region on Friday and Saturday. That’s when the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will be sponsoring its Fly-In for 2015. “You can and see aircraft and attend aviation seminars, and see some pristinely restored aircraft,” says AOPA spokesman Steve Hedges.
The organization used to host fly-ins in the past, but they were discontinued. “Last year, we reconstituted the Frederick Fly-In,” Hedges says. ” We’re holding a series of fly-in around the country. This will be our second one this year. The first one was in Salinas, California a couple of weeks ago.”
AOPA says the Frederick Fly-In starts at 7:30 AM on Saturday, June 6th with a pancake breakfast. The exhibits and aircraft displays will be open between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Beginning at 2:45 PM and continuing until 3:45, there will be a Pilot Town Hall hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker. There will be an ice cream social from 3:45 to 4:00 PM sponsored by Sporty’s Pilot Shop.
“It’s a way for us to get around the country, and meet with our members and meet with aviators, and see local airports and get a sense of what the issues are in their area. For them to tell us what they’re worried about and concerned about what we’re doing. We get to meet a lot of people,” Hedges says.
But he says this Fly-In will also give Frederick County residents a chance to get a close up look at their local airport. “We want people to feel like the airport is their airport. It’s a big part of the community. It generates a lot of revenue for the community,” says Hedges.
On Friday evening, a day before the Fly-In, AOPA will sponsor a Barnstormers’ Party from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM, which includes the screening of “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” a film produced and directed by Brian Terwilliger. “It looks at how aviation has developed, and how quickly it has developed,” he says. “And how it changed how the world works, the way cultures have interacted, and how people can get to places they’ve never been able to get to before.”
Terwilliger will be on hand to discuss the film, which is being presented by National Geographic Studio,and narrated by actor Harrison Ford. are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.