The lone aircraft was sitting on the grass in Thursday’s evening light on Ernest A. Love Field (KPRC) like the early bird waiting for its flock to arrive at this year's favored feeding ground - the 2016 Prescott Airport - AOPA Fly-In. The aircraft, a V-tail Beechcraft, and its couple flew all the way from Montana to join in on the highly anticipated aviation activities.
The festivities start on Friday, September 30 at 6:30pm as this year’s fourth and final AOPA regional fly-in kicks off with a music-filled wing-dango called the “Barnstormers Party”. The following day at the Prescott Municipal Airport is filled with such events as the “Rusty Pilots Seminar”, pancake breakfast, all day exhibits, lunch and an ice cream social. Let’s not forget helicopter rides provided by Guidance Aviation and the highlight of the day’s activities, an aerial exhibition by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s finest pilots.
The event, which is fully funded by the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association - www.AOPA.org), is anticipated to bring in 300-700 aircraft and inject up to $680,000 in total direct economic impact into the region. Over 400,000 dues paying members comprise the AOPA which spans 75 countries and represents the largest aviation community in the world. The 2016 Prescott - AOPA Fly-In is the fourth and final AOPA regional fly-in this year.
In October, 2015, 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 2015 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 manager and events manager, and Legend Aviation.
|6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.||Barnstormers Party Presented by Jeppesen|
|7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||Rusty Pilots Seminar|
|8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.||Pancake Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Exhibits Open|
|9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Seminars, Safety Briefings, Aviation Product Showcase, and More!|
|11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Lunch Service Open|
|2:35 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President Mark Baker|
|3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Ice Cream Social|
|4:00 p.m.||AOPA Fly-In Ends|
In October, 2015, a contingent of AOPA Representative visited Prescott Municipal Airport during its airport selection process.