FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will be holding its fourth and final regional fly-in for the 2018 season in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Oct. 26 and 27, presented by the Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau at Jack Edwards National Airport (JKA).

“Each AOPA Fly-In is an exciting opportunity for us to meet our members where they live and fly,” said AOPA’s Senior Director of Outreach and Events, Chris Eads. “Gulf Shores will be a perfect destination to cap off our regional fly-in season, and we look forward to flying over and relaxing on those beautiful white sand beaches.”

The fly-in kicks off on Friday with all-day workshops. Starting at noon, attendees can visit the on-site exhibit hall, AOPA Village, and aircraft display. The famous Barnstormers Party with live music begins at 6 p.m. presented by Jeppesen.

Saturday attendees can enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, followed by a full day of educational and safety seminars. Pilots can hear updates from AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker and other senior leadership at the Pilot Town Hall at 3 p.m. followed by an ice cream social.

Fly-out opportunities include a chance to team up with Continental Motors, and Airbus for an insider’s look into engine and aircraft production. Participants will also get to visit the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida, with a guided tour of the National Naval Aviation Museum’s 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Pre-registration is required for fly-out events.

There will also be a great opportunity for non-pilots to learn more about aviation at the “You Can Be a Pilot” Seminar on Saturday at 10 a.m. presented by leaders of AOPA’s You Can Fly initiative. Attendees should check in at the Tickets & Information Tent for directions to the seminar.

General aviation plays a big part in the economy of Alabama and contributes more than $3.1 billion to the state’s total economic output and supports approximately 19,000 jobs across the state. AOPA Regional Fly-Ins have a local economic impact of approximately $680,000.

To learn more and register for the fly-in, please click here.

Members of the press interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Non at or 301-695-2214.


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