Hundreds of aircraft, old and new. Aerobatics from some of the best in the business. Dozens of exhibitors featuring their latest cockpit boxes and technologies. Speakers, food and family fun. All will be features of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Regional Fly-in & Aerial Demonstrations event that will take place at the Prescott Municipal Airport on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
With hundreds of thousands of members, AOPA is the largest, most influential general aviation association in the world, according to its website.
Every year, the organization coordinates several regional fly-in events at different locations throughout the U.S. to celebrate the world of aviation and those involved with it. The Prescott Municipal Airport is one of four locations that have been selected this year.
Dave Roy, Director of Safety and Communications for Guidance Aviation and Prescott Airport’s AOPA Fly-in Event Chair, said the event promises to bring thousands of visitors and hundreds of airplanes to the Quad-city area.
“It will be economically beneficial to many businesses throughout the surrounding region,” Roy said. “We’re attempting to reach out to a variety of hotels, restaurants, venues, museums, concessions, vendors and of course – aviation enthusiasts.”
Roy hopes to collaborate with these groups to properly prepare the local community for the major attraction.
The first meeting for the AOPA Fly-in will be at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Davis Learning Center Auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Roy and other AOPA representatives hope to see more than 100 attendees, including members of local aircraft clubs, neighborhood associations, Quad-city rental car companies, regional event organizers and any interested stakeholders interested in attending.
To view more information and to apply to become an event vendor/concessionaire/participant, go to http://www.aopa.org/Community–‐and–‐Events/AOPA–‐Fly–‐In/2016.