The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA.org) announced that it has selected the Prescott Municipal Airport, “Ernest A. Love Field”, (KPRC), as one of four locations for the organization’s 2016 Fly-Ins.
According to the AOPA’s website, the “AOPA will host four regional fly-ins, all in new locations, in 2016. The events will be held May 21 at Michael J. Smith Field (MRH) in Beaufort, North Carolina; Aug. 20 at Bremerton National Airport (PWT) in Bremerton, Washington; Sept. 17 at WK Kellogg Airport (BTL) in Battle Creek, Michigan; and Oct. 1 at Ernest A. Love Field (PRC) in Prescott, Arizona. AOPA also will participate in other aviation events, including EAA AirVenture and Sun 'n Fun.”
Earlier in the month, a contingent of four AOPA representatives met with airport and city leadership to tour the airport facilities as a part of their selection process. That visit was prompted by a proposal submitted earlier in the year by pilot and active airport user, Dave Roy. Roy is the Director of Communications at Guidance Aviation, a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), and the former President of the local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter (EAA Chapter 658). Roy has been previously involved in prior Prescott Airshows. He started the non-profit “Prescott Air Fair Association” which put on several Air Shows a decade ago. Mr. Roy authored the Fly-In proposal and assisted in coordinating the AOPA visit bringing together leadership from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Guidance Aviation, NorthAire Aviation, the EAA, the City of Prescott, airport management, Legend Aviation, and the Prescott Airport Users Association.
“We are excited that the AOPA has selected the Prescott Airport and look forward to hosting this exciting event. AOPA is an amazing organization and brings to town professionals from all over the country to help present a first-class aviation event,” says Roy.
"With AOPA choosing Prescott for their 2016 Fly-In they will soon find out that Prescott is the "Gem" of Arizona. They will also find out that the hardest part of the "Fly-In" will be having to leave and "Fly-Out", says Becky Karcie, Special Events Manager, City of Prescott.
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ABOUT THE FLY-INS
AOPA website: “For 2016, plan to join AOPA beginning the Friday night before each fly-in for an evening Barnstormers social event featuring food and entertainment. Free on-field camping will be available at all four 2016 fly-in locations, making it easy to come for the weekend.
On Saturday morning, come hungry. Each fly-in will begin with a traditional pancake breakfast cooked and served by local pilots and volunteers. Then spend the day getting up close to a wide range of display aircraft from classic airplanes to the newest models currently in production. You also can shop for everything from aircraft and avionics to pilot gear and attend seminars on a wide range of fun and educational aviation topics.
At each fly-in, Baker and other members of AOPA’s leadership team will provide an update on the association’s latest initiatives and advocacy efforts and answer audience questions about the issues that matter most to pilots.
For those who hold a pilot certificate but aren’t actively flying, each AOPA Fly-In will feature a free Rusty Pilots seminar. Pilots who complete the seminar can receive a logbook endorsement for the ground portion of the flight review, making this an easy way to get up to speed on current regulations.
All 2016 AOPA Fly-Ins also will feature a “You Can Fly” area where visitors can learn more about getting started in flying, joining or launching a flying club, growing the aviation community, and making flying more affordable.
Lunch also will be available at each event with a variety of offerings available from local restaurants.
You can begin planning your visit to one of the events through AOPA's 2016 AOPA Fly-In Web section, where you’ll find more information and a map of upcoming events. Members will be able to pre-register for events beginning in early 2016.
There’s no charge to attend AOPA Fly-Ins, which are funded by donations to the AOPA Foundation and through contributions from AOPA’s sponsors and partners.
For those who would like to exhibit at the 2016 AOPA Fly-Ins, additional information, including rates, is available now. AOPA Fly-Ins are a great way for companies to meet new, highly qualified prospects at locations not reached by other aviation events. Exhibitors should make their 2016 plans early as all exhibit space for 2015 fly-ins sold out.” - AOPA.org
ABOUT THE AOPA
The AOPA is the world’s largest, most influential general aviation association in the world, with hundreds of thousands of members. Its mission is to advocate on behalf of its members, educate pilots, non-pilots and policy makers, support activites that promote the long term health of General Aviation, make General Aviation accessible to all, and secure resource to ensure success of the organization’s overall goals.
ABOUT PRESCOTT MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (KPRC)
The Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC), also known as Ernest A. Love Field, is one of the Nation’s busiest general aviation airports and serves both general aviation and commercial aviation flights.
“The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) named the Prescott Municipal Airport the 2014 Airport of the Year…
In 2013, the Prescott Municipal Airport logged more than 250,000 takeoffs and landings, making it the third busiest airport in the state and the 37th busiest in the country. In 2013, more than 5,000 passengers used the airport to connect to flights through Great Lakes Airlines.
The airport supports an estimated 700 jobs and generates $69 million for the local economy each year. Much of the airport’s activity is generated by flight training conducted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Guidance Aviation, North-Aire and Universal Helicopters. Other activities include recreational aviation, scheduled airline service, corporate aviation, business aviation, military operations and firefighting operations.” - ADOT
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