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Regional event brings AOPA to members

For many pilots, there’s no better way to spend a Saturday than enjoying all things general aviation. That’s the experience AOPA is bringing to members and aviation enthusiasts nationwide with a series of six regional AOPA Fly-Ins and a special AOPA Homecoming in Frederick, Md.

AOPA Fly-InsThe AOPA Fly-Ins are built around the association’s members, but everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Each gathering will begin with a traditional pancake breakfast and town hall discussion with AOPA President Mark Baker. Baker will talk about the big issues affecting general aviation, discuss key AOPA initiatives, and answer questions from the audience.

Following breakfast, there will be opportunities for AOPA members to meet and mingle with one another and AOPA staff, take part in educational and safety seminars, and explore aircraft displays and aviation exhibits. Various flying activities and clinics will be offered, and for those who aren’t yet pilots, each event will include a learn-to-fly area.

There is no charge for admission, and as a special thank-you, AOPA members will receive a complimentary lunch

“Each Fly-In is going to be a full day of fun,” said Baker. “I love to spend time at the airport with my fellow pilots, and I’m excited that we can bring this GA experience to so many different parts of the country. We want to get more involved with our members at the grassroots level, and I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to spend time together than surrounded by airplanes!”

The regional events were inspired by AOPA members who asked how they could get more involved with their association and meet other members who live and fly nearby.

“Forging a strong community is good for pilots and good for general aviation, so when members came to us looking for ways to help support airports and build their own community ties, we knew we needed to get involved,” Baker said.

The debut year of AOPA Fly-Ins will be highlighted with a special AOPA Homecoming event to mark the return of the annual Frederick Fly-Ins and to celebrate the association’s seventy-fifth anniversary. On Oct. 4, AOPA will open the doors of its Frederick headquarters to welcome home members from across the country and around the world.

In addition to the Frederick event, six AOPA Fly-Ins are scheduled.

San Marcos Municipal Airport (HYI), San Marcos, Texas—April 26

Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ), Indianapolis, Ind.—May 31

Plymouth Airport (PYM), Plymouth, Mass.—July 12

Spokane Felts Field (SFF), Spokane, Wash.—Aug. 16

Chino Airport (CNO), Chino, Calif.—Sept. 20

Malcolm McKinnon Airport (SSI), Brunswick, Ga.—Nov. 8

“These are some of the friendliest airports in the country, and they’ve promised a warm welcome for AOPA members, whether you fly in or drive,” said Baker.

Each airport is near other historical or cultural attractions, making the AOPA Fly-Ins a great anchor for a weekend getaway the whole family will enjoy.

More details about the events as well as information to help you plan your visit are available online. Information about sponsoring or exhibiting at the AOPA Fly-Ins will be available in February.

Student art contest winners announced

SAN MARCOS DAILY RECORD

As part of the festivities of National Planning Month in October, the city of San Marcos Development Services Department held a student art contest entitled, “My Favorite Place in San Marcos.” Winning students were recognized at an event that brought the public and the different board and commission members that deal with development in the city together.

Taking first place was Hernandez fourthgrader Ryan Sean Metcalf for his rendition of the San Marcos Airport, Mendez fifth-grader Araceli Castillo took second with her drawing of Rio Vista and Hernandez fourth-grader Harrison Mayhew placed third with his drawing of the San Marcos Fire Station.

Honorable mention went to Hernandez Elementary first-grader Elena Francis for her rendition of the San Marcos Public Library, Mendez fourth-grader Aliz Garces-Galindo for her drawing of Sunset Bowling Lanes, and Mendez third-grader Exetvan Cervantes for his version of Wonder World Cave.

All are students of Kay Posey who teaches art at both Mendez and Hernandez Elementary schools. The winning art work was displayed at the San Marcos Activity Center on Nov. 8.