We liked it so much the first time (and it was our very first fly-in!) we’re going back to San Marcos, Texas, for our first 2020 fly-in on May 29 and 30. And to sweeten the second time around, we're adding a Career Fair and a little night music. Bands from all over Texas will help us celebrate a great reason to fly with two days of aviation excitement (aircraft displays and air shows!) and nightly music festivals (local to semi-famous musicians). It’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll as San Marcos sits at a crossroad between the Live Music Capital of the World (Austin) and River City (San Antonio). Put on your dancing shoes and come discover why San Marcos is also called “San Marvelous.”
Dust off your boots and hitch up your chaps, the historic city of Casper, Wyoming will host an AOPA Fly-In on June 19 and 20. Faded signage on historic buildings remind you that this is a western town, with roots in the era when pioneers came west to search for gold and when the horse was essential transportation. We’ve saddled up with the city of Casper to hold our fly-in the same weekend as the College National Rodeo Finals so you can see exciting rodeo as well as enjoy two days of aviation entertainment. Casper is also home to the remains of a 11,600-year-old Woolly Mammoth, fossils, and dinosaur tracks! If that’s not enough excitement, Yellowstone, the Bighorn Mountains, and the Grand Tetons are nearby.
Famously known as the home of Eastman Kodak, the first film for motion pictures, easy-to-use cameras for everyman, and the first digital camera, Rochester is not only an innovative town, but a picturesque one too. We’ll end our fly-in season with a perfect time of year to visit on September 11 and 12. Leaf peeping, anyone? Located just minutes from the Finger Lakes, Rochester is the metropolitan hub of this photo-worthy area. The nine lakes—so-named because their long shapes look like fingers—boast scenic drives, vineyards and wineries, seaplane excitement, and the home of aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss. This could be your chance to check off that bucket-list item—fly over Niagara Falls!