Dennis Foley WTOP
Fans, Pilots Gather for Frederick County Fly-In
June 6, 2015
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  • Fans and general aviation pilots convened at the Frederick Municipal Airport for the second annual Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Homecoming Fly-In.

    The event featured hundreds of planes, seminars and information for those who already fly, and for those interested in starting.

    “We are headquartered right here at the airport, and every year, we invite our members and the public to come out, enjoy the airport and the aircraft demonstrations,” says Katie Pribyl, a spokeswoman for AOPA. “It’s just an all-around really fun family day.”

    For the pilots, the event offered a chance to learn about new technology, safety and what others are doing in the industry.

    For those who don’t fly, there are plenty of airplanes to check out, and some seminars to help those interested in flying to get started.

    Plus, there are plenty of people willing to talk about flying.

    “So many people spend their whole life simulating in front of a computer,” says Peter Bowers of Battle Creek, Michigan. “Whereas you can go get into a plane and it’s a real, visceral experience that can’t be simulated regardless of what the video game guys imply.”

    Participants got to hear from experts in the field, including NTSB Chairman Chris Hart, and were treated to air show.

    Go here to learn more about AOPA.