Airplane!- Fly-in Movie sponsored by MASS MoCA

Remember how much fun you had at the drive-in?  Did you miss last year's fly-in movie, or the one from the year before? It's time to try something new - the fly-in movie experience!  Join us for a fun-filled aviation evening under the stars in the beautiful Berkshires!  MASS MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) is sponsoring movie night at the North Adams airport (KAQW).  They will be converting a huge white 90' by 22' hangar door (brand new roll of white "canvas") into a giant movie screen. You should plan on landing by 6pm sharp as the runway will be NOTAMed closed between 6:00pm - 11:00pm. This kid-friendly event begins at 6:30pm.  There will a great lineup of vintage aircraft parked on static display.  Before the feature begins, local vendors will offer popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, wine, and beer for sale.

The evening may start with aviation-themed cartoons for the kids, as it has in the past. The featured movie begins at 8:00pm: Airplane!, a comedy that features Leslie Neilsen and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, among others.  It has become an aviation coemdy classic.  The film is $7/adult, $3/kids, or $14/for a carload.  There is a 10% discount for Mass Moca members. BUT, fly-in pilots and passengers are admitted for FREE!

Again, you *MUST* arrive promptly by 6:00pm as the runway will be CLOSED from 6:00pm - 11:00pm and X's will be going out on the runway.  After the movie, you have three options:

#1) Plan for a late night departure, but remember, you are in the hills. From experience, a good departure strategy is to takeoff runway 29, turn right and head over the city lights of Williamstown nearby, which is lower terrain.  Circle over the lights until you reach a safe altitude if you cannot see the hills.  The highest bump is Mount Greylock just to the southeast at 3,491 feet.

#2) We have been welcomed to camp out under our wings.  There is a full-service supermaket, STOP & SHOP, open from 6am - midnight within 500 feet of the FBO, so you can plan on shopping for food on site.

#3) Plan on staying at one of the many fine hotels and B&B's in town and tour Williamstown the next day.  The Redwood Motel ((413)[masked]) is right across the street from the airport.  Other local hotels in the area include  The Orchards ((413)[masked]), the Williams Inn ((413)[masked]), and Hotel North Adams ((413)[masked]).

If you stay overnight, you should also check out the area's three amazing museums, which are all within 3 miles of the airport: Mass MoCA, the Clark Art Institute, and the Williams College Museum of Art.

Remember: Arrival Deadline is 6:00pm!

Call in on[masked] Mhz if you are running late to see if they can get you in.

Join or login to comment.

  • rudy l.

    Nice to meet everyone there and special thanks to Joel, Trevor for helping out setting up tents after dark, and Mark for giving me ride back to KPSF to get my airplane the next morning. It was a beautiful night and unforgettable camping experience.

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Ken J.

    I need to camp out at least once a year. It helps me to appreciate my bed at home and it's a wonderful break from everyday life.
    The movie still gives me gut laughs. Thanks to all.

    2 · August 26, 2013

  • Vanessa B.

    This was such an unbelievable experience! Thank you Joel and Trevor for organizing it!

    2 · August 26, 2013

  • Trevor G.

    Thank you all for coming. We'll start working on growing it for next year.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Elliot B.

    Airplane! outside at an airport, what could be better?
    Nice people, perfect weather, terrific airport and the food was good too.

    2 · August 26, 2013

  • Joel G.

    What a blast! Fly in, see a movie, camp out under your wing in the beautiful Berkshires. Great to see those I ran into. If you missed it, c'mon out next year. This is a fantastic event. Thanks to Trevor and Bill Greenwald and Mass Moca for putting everything together.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • rudy l.

    Sounds good.

    August 24, 2013

  • Trevor G.

    One more thing...for those of you planning to camp overnight, there will be transportation available to get you back and forth to downtown on Sunday for Motorama. It's a large gathering of all things with motors (mostly classic cars) held from 9:00AM-3:00PM.

    August 24, 2013

  • Joel G.

    Calling all NEPG pilots and guests. Let's all meet at 7pm sharp in front of the popcorn vendor. I'll be wearing a light-colored hawaiian shirt and a tan AOPA Safety Foundation baseball cap. See you in North Adams!

    August 23, 2013

  • Elliot B.

    I am flying in with a friend, Cherokee N919VT if anyone is looking for someone to hang out with. My cell is[masked]

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Trevor G.

    Also, not previously mentioned, there will be a cookout at the FBO starting at 12:00 ($10/person). So feel free to show up early and join us. Set up your tent and make an afternoon of it.

    August 23, 2013

  • Joel G.

    Important update. The runway will be NOTAM'd closed from 6:00pm - 11:00pm. This is 1/2 earlier than was originally published, so be sure to plan ahead and land by 6:00pm sharp. Once the runway is closed, they will allow the public on the field and people and vehicles may be crossing the runway.

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Laura T.

    Thanks so much for the invite. Probably won't make this one, but will try next time, Enjoy yourselves!!!

    August 20, 2013

  • Bryan

    Can't wait, the kiddo will love it

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Trevor G.

    Can't wait. Will definitely be there and plan to camp out. Donuts and coffee in the morning are on me.

    2 · June 23, 2013

22 went

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sometimes the best Meetup Group is the one you start

Get started Learn more
Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy