Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2020 issue
Texas Two-Step San Marcos, Texas, May 29-30, 2020
The Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) liked San Marcos, Texas, so much the first time, that they are going back in 2020, May 29-30. And to sweeten the second time around, they are adding a “Career Fair” and a little night music. Bands from all over Texas will help AOPA members celebrate a great reason to fly with two days of aviation excitement (aircraft displays and air shows) and nightly music festivals (local to semi-famous musicians). It’s a little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll, as San Marcos sits at a crossroad between the Live Music Capital of the World (Austin) and River City (San Antonio). Put on your dancing shoes and come discover why San Marcos is also called “San Marvelous.”
Cowboy Up! Casper, Wyoming, June 19-20, 2020
Dust off your boots and hitch up your chaps, the historic city of Casper, Wyoming will host an AOPA Fly-In, June 19-20. Faded signage on historic buildings will remind you that this is a western town, with roots in the era when pioneers came west to search for gold and when the horse was essential transportation. AOPA has saddled up with the city of Casper to hold its fly-in the same weekend as the “College National Rodeo Finals,” so members can see exciting rodeo, as well as enjoy two days of aviation seminars and entertainment. Casper is also home to the remains of a 11,600-year-old Woolly Mammoth, fossils, and dinosaur tracks! If that’s not enough excitement, Yellowstone, the Bighorn Mountains, and the Grand Tetons are nearby.
Picture This Rochester, New York, September 11-12, 2020
Famously known as the home of Eastman Kodak, the first film for motion pictures, easy-to-use cameras for everyone, and the first digital camera, Rochester, New York is not only an innovative town, but a picturesque one too. AOPA will end its fly-in season there, September 11-12. Located just minutes from the Finger Lakes, Rochester is the metropolitan hub of this photo-worthy area. The nine lakes – so-named because their long shapes look like fingers – boast scenic drives, vineyards and wineries, seaplane excitement, and the home of aviation pioneer, Glenn Curtiss. This could be your chance to check off that bucket-list item and fly over Niagara Falls, too!
For additional information, contact the AOPA Pilot Information hotline at 800.872.2672.