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Prescott Aviation Community to Meet, Planning AOPA Fly-In

06 January 2016  

2016 AOPA Fly-In coming to Prescott Airport

In October 2015, PrescotteNews reported on the Aircraft Owner's and Pilot's Associations selection of the Prescott Airport for one of its four regional fly-ins in 2016.

Now, the Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC) aviation community is set to meet on Thursday, January 14, 2016, 10 AM to 1130 AM at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University DLC Auditorium to begin planning for the AOPA Regional Fly-In & Aerial Demonstration that will take place at the Prescott Airport on September 30th and October 1st, 2016. Aviation companies, institutions, pilots as well as local businesses wanting to exhibit at the event are invited to hear more about the event and the planning process.

Significant Event for Prescott & The Southwest

The meeting will be a 90-minute kick-off rally for this significant regional event that is expected to be economically beneficial to many businesses throughout the surrounding region including hotels, restaurants, small businesses, museums, and concessions.

The AOPA Fly-in will also be a significant aviation event not only for the Prescott region, but also for aviation enthusiasts throughout the southwest, drawing hundreds of private aircraft and aviators from surrounding states and beyond.

Planners of this initial meeting hope to see up to 100 attendees including:

  • Embry-‐Riddle Aeronautical University, Staff, Clubs, Organizations;
  • Prescott Airport Users Association (PAUA);
  • Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 658;
  • Civil Air Patrol;
  • Prescott Soaring Society;
  • R/C Aircraft Clubs, Casa de Aero, Chino Valley Model Aviators;
  • Prescott and Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce;
  • Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership (GPREP);
  • Quad – City Rental Car Companies;
  • Quad – City Hotel owners/managers interested in participating/hosting attendees;
  • Quad – City Museums or Attractions of interest to pilots/attendees
  • Local Neighborhood Associations
  • Airport Restaurant and Quad – City Restaurants or Caterers;
  • Any Airport Industrial Park or adjacent business/facilities that may be impacted;
  • Airport jurisdiction officials, City of Prescott Management, Regional/County Officials, etc.;
  • All Airport Businesses particularly FBOs, Maintenance Shops, Flight Schools, etc.;
  • FAA PRC Tower/PHX Approach/ABQ ARTCC
  • Flight Standards District Office (SDL)
  • Prescott law enforcement and Mutual Aid;
  • Airport (ARFF) Station, Prescott Fire Department, Fire Marshall;
  • City/County/Regional event organizers for permitting, planning, logistics, etc.;
  • Any interested stakeholders not listed here that would consider attending;

The AOPA Team will be in town for an additional day and a half for meetings and event planning. Follow-on meetings with AOPA personnel will be available as needed.

AOPA representatives attending the kick-off meeting:

  • Chris Eads -‐ Event Director
  • Toni Mensching -‐ Airside Director
  • Dan Justman – Exhibits and Static Aircraft Display
  • Elizabeth Hannan – Social Events and Volunteer Management
  • Karla Smith – Infrastructure and Food Service
  • Sarah Staudt – Airside / Ground Ops Volunteer Management
  • Tom Zecha – AOPA Safety Coordinator

Please access the website to view more information and to apply to become an event vendor, concessionaire or participant.

About The AOPA

"With hundreds of thousands of members, AOPA ( is the largest, most influential general aviation association in the world. AOPA has achieved its prominent position through effective advocacy, safety education and training, enlightened leadership, technical competence, and hard work. Providing member services that range from representation at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, advice, and other assistance, AOPA has built a service organization that far exceeds any other in the aviation community." - Source:

About The AOPA Fly-Ins

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.

"We’ve been overwhelmed by the success of the AOPA Fly-‐Ins, so we’re excited to bring them to brand new locations, with new seminars, social events, and activities for 2016," said AOPA President Mark Baker.

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.

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.

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." -Elizabeth A. Tennyson, Senior Director of Communications, AOPA.


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

Special Thanks to Contributors:

Dave Roy, Prescott Airport, AOPA -‐ Fly-in Event Chair, email: