AOPA recently announced the dates and locations for its fifth year of regional fly-ins. The 2018 season will kick off June 15 and 16 in Missoula, Montana; head to Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 14 and 15; Carbondale, Illinois, October 5 and 6; and Gulf Shores, Alabama, October 26 and 27.
“We really want to take our regional fly-ins where our members love to fly,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “These locations offer exceptional flying adventures for pilots and their families, and that’s what these fly-ins are all about.”
AOPA’s 2018 Fly-In locations are gateways to explore the mountain northwest, high desert, the Midwest, and a relaxed beach town along the Gulf Coast—all great destinations within an easy flight for tens of thousands of AOPA members.
Missoula International Airport, Missoula, Montana: Located in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, Missoula boasts breathtaking scenery, unlimited outdoor activities, a rich arts and culture scene, breweries and wineries, shopping, and more. Missoula is an ideal flight for pilots in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska, and is conveniently located for daytrip flights to Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, the Bitterroot Valley, and the Blackfoot Valley.
Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, New Mexico: Along the southern stretch of the Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe offers majestic views of the desert mountains. At an elevation of 6,348 feet, the airport gives pilots an opportunity to safely experience high-density-altitude operations. It’s centrally located for pilots to fly in from California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
Southern Illinois Airport, Carbondale, Illinois: Home to Southern Illinois University’s Transportation Education Center, the area showcases the latest in technology. Carbondale is located near Shawnee National Forest and the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It is an easy flight from many points in Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, northern Mississippi and Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.
Jack Edwards Airport, Gulf Shores, Alabama: Relax on the beach, spot bottle-nose dolphins, take in fishing charters, and check out nearby golf courses. Hope for a sight of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels practicing out of nearby Pensacola, Florida, or visit the National Naval Aviation Museum. Gulf Shores is an ideal flight for pilots in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.