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AOPA FLY-IN: Tullahoma, Tennessee

September 13-14, 2019

Sept. 13-14, 2019

Tullahoma Municipal Airport (KTHA)


New this year! Expanded content, fresh Friday programming, new options, and exciting aerial activities. Join us for an incredible weekend of aviation fun!

AOPA is excited to make its return to an AOPA Fly-In favorite in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Within close reach to Lynchburg, Nashville, and Chattanooga; Tullahoma and the surrounding area has much to offer every visitor. From the famous Beechcraft Heritage Museum that’s conveniently located on the south end of the airfield, to scenic nature trails and the Jack Daniel Distillery in nearby Lynchburg, the Tullahoma area is a haven for a wide range of interests for all ages. AOPA enjoyed a great fly-in at Tullahoma in 2015…let’s go back and have an even better event with new programs and exciting aerial activities!

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Be a More Informed Pilot

AOPA is committed to helping you become a better, safer, more informed pilot. At AOPA Fly-Ins, you'll find plenty of focused workshops and short, dynamic seminars that are led by some of the greatest experts and voices in aviation.

New this year, we are expanding our educational content with the Air Safety Institute’s Ground School Workshops (fees apply). These are focused learning opportunities with endorsements that apply towards your Focused Flight Review.

If you haven't been in the left seat for a while, our Rusty Pilots program can help you get current again.

Don't miss two opportunities to join AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker at the Pilot Town Hall where you can share your ideas and receive updates about AOPA initiatives.


About Our Paid Ground School Workshops

Air Safety Institute – Ground School Workshops
$99 in Advance or $120 at the door gets you all-day access for two full days!

Friday & Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

How would you like to walk out of a low-cost, in-depth workshop with an endorsement from AOPA for your logbook?

Not to be confused with our free seminars, these in-depth learning experiences will be at a professional “ground school” level of education. Offered in two, three-hour sessions on both Friday and Saturday, these workshops will provide an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and deepen your skills in subject areas, provided by world-class presenters. You’ll leave each workshop with a logbook endorsement attesting that you've completed three hours of ground training applicable toward the Air Safety Institute’s Focused Flight Review.

The Air Safety Institute’s Focused Flight Review qualifies you for WINGS credit! The Focused Flight Review program was developed with and is recognized by top aviation industry partners with an intent to sharpen your skills, proficiency and knowledge using carefully designed flight scenarios.

We have expanded our workshops offerings this year. Purchase a “Workshops Pass” to attend our all-day Friday and Saturday Workshops, then pick from any of the four workshops that are most interesting to you on both days.

New Ground School Workshops curriculum includes sessions covering:

  • Mountain Flying and Short Field Landings
  • Aircraft Maintenance for Owners
  • IFR Beginner and Refresher
  • VFR Advanced and Long Cross-Country Flying
  • IFR Advanced
  • Introduction to Formation Flying
  • Aerobatics and Upset Recovery

Check back soon for more details!

Note: Workshop titles and content subject to change.

Purchase now and SAVE! Registration is highly recommended.


FREE Seminars

Friday & Saturday

Led by world-renowned presenters, our free 45-minute seminars are the core of the AOPA Fly-In experience, and as always, are free to anyone attending. New this year will be an expanded offering of free seminars all day both Friday and Saturday. Choose from over two dozen excellent topics that are sure to help you add new experiences to your logbook with confidence and competency. Take the time to increase your proficiency, improve your decision-making, and enhance your situational awareness as you learn from leading aviation experts. Leave the fly-in a safer, better pilot while you connect and develop friendships with other aviators.


Rusty Pilots

Rusty Pilots 

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

If you’re ready to get back in the left seat, it’s not as difficult as you may think. At just over three hours, Rusty Pilots gives you all the information you need to get current again, including credit toward the ground training portion of your Flight Review. Plus, attendees will be eligible for a chance to win a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset. Click here for rules.

Free to AOPA members.

Not a member? Join AOPA to waive the non-member registration fee of $79 and get all the benefits of an AOPA membership for one year.

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Pilot Town Hall

Pilot Town Hall

Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

No AOPA Fly-In would be complete without a Pilot Town Hall to meet with AOPA President and CEO, Mark Baker. This event is your opportunity to talk with him, share your thoughts, ideas, and ask questions. Choose between two offerings on either Friday or Saturday and learn about the very latest happenings in general aviation and get updates on AOPA initiatives.




Fly-In Activities & Exhibits

There’s so much to experience at an AOPA Fly-In!

Enjoy TWO FULL DAYS exploring the show, including the Exhibit Hall for all things aviation-related and a stroll through the Aircraft Display to see some of the most amazing aircraft – from the latest GA has to offer to rare vintage aircraft.

Don't forget to stop by the AOPA Village in the Exhibit Hall, meet your dedicated AOPA staff, and learn how to make the most of your AOPA membership. Fly-Ins offer fun for the whole family, including the Kids Zone where they can share in the excitement of learning about aviation!

Volunteer for one of our many airside or show side positions and get a behind-the-scenes look as you help produce the Fly-In. You’ll get interactions with our dedicated Outreach Staff and become an integral part of presenting the face of AOPA.

special events

Flightline Cookout

Presented by Jeppesen

$20 Advance
$25 at the door
Children 12 and under $10 in Advance/$12 at the door

Friday 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Join us for the Flightline Cookout, Presented by Jeppesen, under the stars on Friday night featuring the AOPA STOL Invitational and a night Drone Show you won’t forget! Spend a fun evening with family and friends enjoying drinks, camaraderie, and entertainment, and unlimited food. You’ll get an up-close look at the amazing flying skills of the AOPA STOL Invitational pilots as they demonstrate mind-blowing short take offs and landings! The night Drone Show won’t fail to mesmerize and thrill!

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STOL Invitational

AOPA is excited to bring you a Short Field Take-off and Landing (STOL) Invitational! While you relax at the Flightline Cookout, Presented by Jeppesen, let some incredibly talented pilots demonstrate backcountry flying techniques.

Interest in STOL and Backcountry flying is spreading across the nation and growing with annual competitions in Alaska and Texas. Experienced pilots use multiple aircraft to demonstrate short take-offs and landings on a turf surface located near the airport infield, in close view of the spectators. The aircraft categories range from single-engine bush airplane to turbine powered, heavy touring aircraft.

All AOPA Fly-Ins will include seminars discussing STOL techniques and Backcountry Flying Safety.

Texan Jimmie Gist, acting Aircraft Wrangler, orchestrates a STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) demonstration at the 2018 AOPA Fly In at Missoula.Missoula Airport (MSO)Missoula, MT

Drone Aerial Light Shows

Like electric candles on AOPA’s birthday cake rising into the night sky, a fleet of no fewer than 80 drones will put on a spectacular aviation themed show at each of our 2019 Fly-Ins to celebrate AOPA’s 80th Anniversary.

The Great Lakes Drone Company, producers of custom-crafted displays using customized drones and specialized software to control the night-time aerial display, will provide this fittingly festive aeronautical alternative to fireworks. The Michigan company was among the first in the country to earn FAA waivers to create light shows with dozens of drones flying in digitally choreographed formations.

The shows, now named, AOPA’s 80th Anniversary Star Dance will be at all of the AOPA Fly-Ins this year. #stardance19

Exhibit Hall & Aircraft Display

Photography of the 2014 AOPA Fly In at Frederick, MD.

Exhibit Hall & Aircraft Display

Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In celebration of AOPA’s 80th anniversary, we have expanded our Exhibit Hall to get you up close and personal with more of the cutting-edge technologies that make your flying safer and more fun. There’s no better way to see, test, and buy than at an AOPA Fly-In, where you’ll find many of aviation’s leading manufacturers and product suppliers under one roof. Get the scoop, directly from specialists in the field, on competitive aviation brands and what the future of flying will bring.

Stop by the Aircraft Display, featuring dozens of aircraft from manufacturers, type clubs, and local collectors. From the newest models to the rarest vintage aircraft and warbirds, there’s something for everyone.

Looking to purchase? Learn straight from the manufacturer about the latest innovations in airframes and avionics. Interested in updating or upgrading? Speak with owners and experts to discover what they’re doing to preserve their vintage aircraft or to refurbish their general aviation fleet aircraft.

If you still need more incentive to attend, the Exhibitor Show Specials should propel you. These on the down-low specials will only be good for IN-PERSON purchases from select. 

AOPA Village

AOPA Village in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Stop by the AOPA Village in the Exhibit Hall and meet your friendly AOPA staff. We look forward to showing you all the valuable resources available to members. Looking to save money? Talk to our financing experts. Ask about our members-only Pilot Protection Services with critical legal and medical coverage created to keep you flying. Learn how we can help you become a better, safer pilot through our courses, quizzes, and videos or assist you with an aircraft. Show your support of AOPA initiatives with the AOPA Foundation or find your local Airport Support Network Representative with staff from the AOPA Airports and State Advocacy team. Check out the AOPA Pilot Gear Store for the latest AOPA gear and pick up a cap, T-shirt, or commemorative souvenir.

Aircraft Sellers Corral

Trade-A-Plane Aircraft Sellers Corral

Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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At the Trade-A-Plane Aircraft Sellers Corral, the airplane comes to you, where you can talk to the owner, ask lots of questions, and kick some tires. A package from AOPA allows you, as a buyer, to see what the aircraft is worth based on Vref, the industry-respected valuation service. With estimates from AOPA Finance, you’ll have a clear sense of the cost to own. Buying an airplane can be a daunting task – but not at the Trade-A-Plane Sellers Corral. Be sure to stop by!


If you have an aircraft to sell, why park it on “the back 40” when you can park it where the action is – at the AOPA Fly-In!

For only $99, the Trade-A-Plane Aircraft Sellers Corral gives private owners of piston aircraft the opportunity to show their aircraft and connect with interested buyers.

Located near show center, just a short walk from Main Stage, you’ll get plenty of traffic. AOPA will provide a seller’s package for your airplane which will include Vref, and a financing model.

Show your aircraft and connect with prospective buyers – space is limited to 25 aircraft!

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Kids Zone

Kids Zone

Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

AOPA Fly-Ins have cool things for kids, too. Our Kids Zone has all kinds of entertainment, from interactive games to a fun play area including activities, learning, games, and more!



AOPA plans the fly-ins, but volunteers bring them to life. Whether it’s setting up the Main Stage area, guiding cars and aircraft into their parking spaces, or taking down displays and exhibits at the end of the event, there are many ways volunteers help make the magic happen. But volunteering isn’t all about hard work – it’s also about meeting other volunteers, seeing the fly-in from the “insider’s” perspective, and making friends and valuable contacts that you will keep for years. You’ll be proud to have participated, knowing that you did your part to support GA. If you want something better than a front-row seat, join our community of AOPA Fly-In volunteers! Plus, we'll feed you and give you a free AOPA Volunteer T-shirt and cap for your efforts!

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Local Attractions



AOPA is excited to make its return to an AOPA Fly-In favorite in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Within close reach to Lynchburg, Nashville, and Chattanooga, Tullahoma and the surrounding area has much to offer every visitor.

Visit the famous Beechcraft Heritage Museum that’s conveniently located on the south end of the airfield, to scenic Machine Falls waterfalls and the Jack Daniel Distillery in nearby Lynchburg. The Tullahoma area is a haven for a wide range of interests for all ages including the Hands On Science Center for the kids!

Take in the history of the Tullahoma Campaign Civil War Trail, visit Fortress Rosecrans, or Stones River National Battlefield in nearby Murfreesboro.




Our team is busy planning exciting fly-outs for you to enjoy! Check back soon for more information!



We’re planning some fantastic excursions in and around Tullahoma, TN. Check back soon for more information!



Beechcraft Heritage Museum

Just a short walk from the end of the runway of Tullahoma Regional Airport is the Beechcraft Heritage Museum. You aren’t going to want to miss this distinctly original aviation museum that traces the lineage of the Beechcraft legacy.

Beechcraft Heritage Museum

Short Springs Natural Area

There are many waterfalls that Tullahoma is known for. Visit these picturesque falls and enjoy natural splendor by seeking out the Short Springs Natural Area, Machine Falls, and Rutledge Falls.

Short Springs Natural Area

Visit Music City

If you are looking for an adventure further afield, Nashville is home to innumerable sights as well as an incredible food selection and nightlife. Check out the options and make memories!

Visit Music City

Nearby Attractions

Lynchburg, TN is home to the Jack Daniel Distillery, which you should not miss while at the Tullahoma Fly-In, but that’s not all! Don’t miss the Moore County Old Jail Museum or Miss Mary Bobo’s Boardinghouse.




Friday, September 13, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free Seminars / Paid Ground School Workshops
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Aircraft Display / Exhibit Hall Open
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch: Food Trucks
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Flightline Cookout,  Presented by Jeppesen
Featuring special AOPA STOL Invitational demonstration; night drone show 
 9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Drone Aerial Light Show, produced by The Great Lakes Drone Company


Saturday, September 14, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free Seminars / Paid Ground School Workshops
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Aircraft Display / Exhibit Hall Open
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch: Food Trucks
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Special AOPA STOL Invitational demonstration
4:00 p.m. Fly-In Ends

Tuition required for Ground School Workshops. All seminars are free, with the exception of Rusty Pilots, which is free to AOPA members and $79 for non-members.



Flightline Cookout

Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Presented by Jeppesen

Join us for an evening with family, friends, food, entertainment, and camaraderie. Eat and create lasting friendships with fellow aviation enthusiasts while watching the AOPA STOL Invitational participants show off their backcountry flying skills. Then, add to the evening by watching the night Drone Show!

Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door (Children 12 and under - $10 in advance/$12 at the door)



Pancake Breakfast

Friday & Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Who can pass up a traditional pancake breakfast at the airport? Join us for hot coffee, orange juice, water, sausage, fruit, and syrup atop a stack of buttermilk pancakes – all served up with a smile by AOPA staff and volunteers.

Cost: $7 in advance/$10 at the door (Children 12 and under - $5 in advance/$7 at the door)


San Marcos Fly Out


Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

You won’t go hungry with an assortment of local food trucks, some with gourmet choices, plus, vegetarian options and desserts. They’ll be able to satisfy every appetite! Lunch will be available for purchase onsite from our vendors.

2015 FDK FlyIn

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Travel Directions

Fly or Drive

Flying to an AOPA Fly-In is the most enjoyable way to attend, but you don’t have to bring an airplane to participate. We will provide special flight procedures for pilots, and great directions and parking accommodations for drivers.


Special Flight Procedures

Safety is a priority for any pilot, and flying into the AOPA Fly-In is no exception. Detailed special arrival and departure procedures will be developed and released approximately six weeks prior to the show, along with an FAA NOTAM to help guide you safely to the event.

Coming Soon!


Driving Directions

Put 807 William Northern Blvd, Tullahoma, TN into your favorite GPS and follow event signs to parking. 



One of the favorite aspects of an AOPA Fly-In is the chance to camp with your aircraft, and join other outdoors enthusiasts and pilots. New this year, our Friday night Flightline Cookout, Presented by Jeppesen, will be centered near the aircraft camping area, complete with an exciting AOPA STOL Invitational aerial demonstration. This “don’t miss” event will be a highlight of your fly-in weekend! Camping fees apply. Camping is “primitive,” with limited shower facilities.





Nearby Accommodations

AOPA has contacted local hotels to let them know about our event. Some may offer discounts or other incentives to AOPA members. Please make your own reservations directly; AOPA does not assume responsibility for any hotel accommodations and provides these links only as a convenience to you.

Need to book a hotel room? Thanks to our partnership with Priceline, we are able to offer AOPA members discounts on hotels. Please visit www.aopa.org/hotels to check availability.

Stay tuned for more updates. Plan to book early to get the best rate!

Car Rentals/Taxis

Car Rentals/Taxis

Need to rent a car? Thanks to our partnership with multiple rental car companies, we are able to offer AOPA members discounts on vehicle rentals. Reservations are required, and rental cars will not be available at the airfield without prior reservations.

Click here to book with Hertz

Click here to book with Enterprise

Click here to book with Avis

Check back for information on taxi and shuttle services.

AOPA Strategic Partners

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AOPA Premier Partners

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