On Friday and Saturday, August 21-22, hundreds of aviation and aircraft enthusiasts will be flying in to, and then out of, the Anoka County-Blaine Airport as part of the annual Midwest region Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) fly-in.
“It’s an honor to have Anoka County-Blaine Airport chosen for this year’s AOPA fly-in venue,” says Jeff Hamiel, Executive Director/CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission. “We’re looking forward to hosting aircraft owners and pilots from all around the region.”
“I’ve got a personal affinity for the place, but it’s also a great location for this event in its own right,” said AOPA President Mark Baker, who learned to fly at Anoka County while a student at the University of Minnesota in the late 1970s, and currently owns a hangar there.
Neighbors of the airport can expect the majority of the landings to occur between noon and 8 p.m. Friday and 7 and 10 a.m. Saturday. The majority of attendees will then takeoff after 4 p.m. Saturday.
The event is open to non-members, including members of the public who are interested in learning more about piloting, aircraft ownership and General Aviation. There will be aircraft and vendor exhibits, seminars and an ice cream social.
No aerobatics are planned.