FREDERICK, Md. — Low clouds, gusty winds, and early threats of showers did not keep the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association from having a successful 75th anniversary celebration at its headquarters here Saturday, Oct. 4.
More than 3,000 people attended the homecoming fly-in. According to association officials, 345 aircraft arrived and more than 1,400 cars filled the parking area where drivers and passengers had to slush through wet, grassy areas to reach the paved walkways.
More than 100 companies, community, and state and local agencies filled the exhibit tent. Dozens of new aircraft were displayed in the paved area. In addition to the single and multi-engine models, numerous open-cockpit bi-planes were on display. At the noon hour, Michael Goulian flew an aerobatic show.
Three stages provided programs ranging from serious safety suggestions to how to start and build flying clubs. The final program of the day had AOPA President Mark Baker welcoming Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.), and FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker.
The Experimental Aircraft’s historic B-17 came, which drew residents from the area. Some who were attracted by the World War II bomber also took guided tours of AOPA headquarters, exposing non-flying attendees to general aviation.
AOPA has one more regional fly-in to host this year in St. Simons, Georgia, at Malcolm McKinnon Airport.
For more information: AOPA.org