AOPA Regional Fly-In (PYM)

aopa fly-ins

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is shifting from hosting ONE annual Expo to several regional Fly-Ins to better serve its membership.  In the Northeast, they have chosen Plymouth, MA (PYM) as their fly-in airport, which will be our fly out for July!

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There will be more details later, but for now, here is what is promised:

-Breakfast and Free Lunch (for AOPA members)

-Seminars for Pilots

-Pilot exhibits and aircraft/product displays

-Live entertainment


More as it develops!

http://www.aopa.org/Community-and-Events/AOPA-Fly-Ins.aspx?CMP=HPS.PilComm


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  • Robert F.

    Great Flyin, however the traffic pattern was insane !!!

    July 16

  • Jackson P.

    thank you David. Can you tell us which software you use for the Traffric Display? It is nice.

    1 · July 14

  • Peter B.

    Traffic shown on David Trost's post says it all!
    (Please forward to AOPA.)
    I came in at 0600, so no problem. As a volunteer guiding aircraft to the grass field and Runway 33, I witnessed a large number of go-arounds.
    Leaving at 1600 was well organized and efficient.

    Just followed Jerry King's advice and ordered the embroidered cap (lt. blue letters on navy cap). Great idea. Hope more people do this, as it would be great to identify NEPG folks at these large events.

    July 14

  • David T.

    Anyone doubting the traffic issues please see my photo posts of the traffic screen on final at 9am.

    3 · July 14

  • Jerry K.

    NEPG HAT
    Some NEPG members, including myself, are thinking that a custom hat would allow quick identification of fellow NEPG members, especially at a large event like the AOPA one at PYM. AUTOMOTIVE WORKWEAR www.automotiveworkwear.com
    Is currently offering a nice cotton ball cap HB20 on sale for $5.45 with custom embroidery available for an additional $5.45. It’s a very good quality cap with snap type adjustable rear strap to accommodate any size ego 
    Not bad for $11 plus shipping. 3 colors available – I selected Navy Blue (NV)

    The listing is under “Belts & Caps”
    Don’t forget to click the checkbox “Add Embroidery To This Item”

    I SPECIFIED
    Hat Code: HB20
    Description Cotton Ball Cap
    Front Text: NEPG
    2nd Line (none)
    Front Layout OPTPION 2 – Both Lines Flat (Straight)
    Font Style BLOCK - ALL CAPS
    Thread Color FL (you may want different)
    Under Special Instructions - NEPG letters 1 1/4 high

    July 14

    • Robert F.

      Sounds good, for a few extra bucks you can order a hat from Sporty's with NEPG and a silhouette of your aircraft type embroidered as well

      July 14

  • Rob P.

    I agree 100% with Graeme. Four go arounds and I gave up, then returned by car. The sequencing by ATC up to the last hold over Long Pond was excellent, BUT the 30nm+- stretch (including the 7mi final) was an accident waiting to happen. There was no provision for mixing different speed aircraft. I have a minimum of 100kts on downwind so trying to fit in with 30mi of traffic going 70kts doesn't work. On final I have a minimum of 90kts, so 10 planes going 50-60ish with steep S-turns in front of me is also a problem. The ground events were fine but if you didn't fly in the evening before, or late morning, or in a slow plane, you were effectively shut out.

    A few suggestions:
    Different arrival times for high speed (similar to Oshkosh), a temporary ATC or even a air-boss or at least a holding pattern closer to the airport. On the flip side asking a C150 to fly 60mi roundtrip to circle a holding pattern doesn't work either, hence encouraging non-compliance with the Notam.

    1 · July 14

  • Graeme S.

    So it really was only a slightly bigger than normal pancake breakfast but with a lot more aircraft and chances of things going wrong as a result. Most of the seminars (good though they were) are available at local events. I'm thinking there really should have been some ATC services and better organization in the air. Watching 10 planes stacked too tight on final, flying increasingly slow and steeper S turns looked like a recipe for a stall/spin - fortunately it didn't happen. I'm guessing that AOPA wanted to avoid ATC services and the fight with the FAA over fees. I think on the arrival front safety was near compromised. To avoid this - I flew in very early and I left middle of the day before it got insane at day end. I don't want to sound like a sourpuss - but really I would not go to this again as it was presented - there was nothing really new and no "there". And my fly in time and investment was very low. 30 min hop over from Newport.

    4 · July 14

  • Robert F.

    So the only one from this group that I ran into on Saturday was Eileen at the PALS table. this group needs something
    Like a hat or shirt that says NEPG on it so that members can identify wach other.

    1 · July 13

  • Nina

    Had a fantastic time! The camping was a blast, a great dimension. Was great seeing so many friends from multiple meet-up boards. Andy, Briar is an awesome little camper and thanks for bringing my chairs! See you guys at Triple Tree! :D

    July 13

  • Arlene M.

    I only ran into one other person from this northeast pilot group. I didn't know how to connect with people. So as a meet up it failed. But the event was great! Could we have a way to identify the group?

    July 13

    • Andy Z.

      An event like this it is difficult to arrange a common meeting place, so none was suggested. There was camping, various displays, seminars, as well as widely varied arrival and departure times. We are working on how best to meet once on the ground at other meetups and will post that info in each meetup description. I'm glad you had fun!

      July 13

  • Ed F.

    I was pahkin cars as a volunteer for AOPA didn't get a chance to me nepg members though it was a great ! Time. See you at the Vinyard:)

    1 · July 13

  • Ian c.

    Great flight and enjoyed camping. I did not get the prize for the shortest trip 18 miles. One of the other campers I was told taxied from his hanger at pym.
    Great first aero camping trip.

    3 · July 13

  • James G.

    Russell said exactly what I thought. Maybe dividing the shows up regionally limits the amount of time/expense each vender can afford. Good show though.

    July 12

  • Linda C

    I had a great time! While it was well organized, However, I saw too many go-arounds due to aircraft being too close on the procedure. Not sure if all reviewed the notam procedures for flying in. Food was good, speakers worth listening to! So many wonderful aircraft flew in!!
    A surprise aerobatic demonstration by Michael Goulian that was awesome! Saw some people I haven't seen in years! Loved being there!!! Hoping they do this again at another airport (just to have the pleasure of seeing another airport)! Way to go AOPA! I only found 3 other NEPG folks.... Maybe I'll see more next time!

    1 · July 12

  • David L.

    We had a great time! The event was well organized, the displays and seminars were awesome.

    2 · July 12

  • Russell K.

    I expected more in the vendor's section and static displays. Overall a worthwhile event to attend.

    July 12

  • Shannon O.

    I also flew in late afternoon Friday and it was easy. Flight following top notch in the area. I mean REALLY great! Be sure to fly the full approach described by AOPA. Great radio communication by all pilots. Ground crew great communication and backup help jumping in where needed. Extremely pleased with how smooth it all went!

    1 · July 11

    • Nina

      Nice meeting yesterday....

      July 12

  • Nina

    Having breakfast at Plane Janes...perfect spot to watch the plane arrivals.

    July 12

  • Graeme S.

    Sorry Andy. Didn't mean to wake you.....

    July 12

  • Andy Z.

    Just woke up on the campsite here at PYM...there are a few planes landing, and the morning is very clear and crisp! See you all there!

    1 · July 12

  • Gary B.

    I'll be flying in with two or three of the Flying 20 Club planes.

    July 11

  • Andy Z.

    I flew in Friday with no issues. Arrival procedures were easy to follow and separated traffic nicely. Ground support is superb!

    July 11

  • Ram B.

    Anyone with a spare seat

    July 11

  • Jeff W.

    I'll be working on the breakfast crew as a volunteer from EAA 106, so maybe I'll see the early-birds in the pancake line :)

    July 10

  • James G.

    OK I'm all set. I'm registered w/ receipt for breakfast. I also signed up for the Rusty Pilot Seminar. Not rusty but they give you a sign off sticker for your log book. So that takes care of the ground portion of your flight review. It looks like the Friday night supper and the seminar are at the same time. Not sure how that is going to work. I will be getting there about 3:00. I would like to tie up with you guys so I can pitch my tent with you. The plane will be moving on farther east for the evening.

    July 10

  • Wade L.

    So, FYI, you have to PRE-REGISTER on the AOPA website to get the acceptance email allowing you to camp. Also, the breakfast is $5 and you have to register for that. Not sure but you probably can just hop into that... The Lunch is supposed to be free to AOPA members so be sure to bring your membership card...
    The NOTAM is available on the AOPA website also... I'll be there around noon on Friday. I'll have my NEPG sign on the plane....

    July 9

  • Karl

    Canceled. I don’t feel that I can safely fly what looks to be a very crowded VFR sky with my head in the cockpit trying to find the proper page of procedures to follow . . . and then, what if I drop the one I need?
    I anticipate a situation that is too stressful even of all goes well, and with no room for error, so therefore I’ll cancel my attendance for this one. For those that attend, I wish you an enjoyable and safe fly-in.

    July 9

    • Russell K.

      If you want to fly down to DXR you can fly up with me. 2 sets of eyes would be better. I plan to leave about 7 and be back around 2.

      July 9

  • Jamie G.

    I have to change my status to 'unlikely'. My daughter is starting a summer program at Berklee in Boston that same day... can't see how I'd get to Plymouth in time to make it work, and flying won't help this time. Good amount of info on camping and approach procedures in the Notam section of AOPA's event page. It's almost as complicated as SnF or Oshkosh! Looks like a lot of fun and I'm sorry to miss it.

    July 8

  • James G.

    Hi all again:
    Well I got in touch with Ken and we are flying up Friday night. I'm camping out overnight, Ken is flying a little farther and visiting family overnight. Does anyone know about the camping procedure? I want to thank the guys that offered a lift. I appreciate it and I'm looking forward to getting together.
    Jimmy

    July 8

  • James G.

    Hi all:
    I was going to either fly up with Ken Johnson or fly my club's Aeronca but Ken is in TX and the Aeronca is grounded. So I'm looking to mooch a ride from OXC or DXR or 11N (Candlelight). No free ride I will chip in for gas. Please e-mail [masked] or[masked]-2345.
    Thanx,
    Jimmy

    July 7

    • Russell K.

      Hi Jimmy, I sent you an email about a ride from DXR.

      July 7

    • Richard P.

      if you want to leave from KHFD, I am willing to give you a ride

      July 7

  • Bob Di M.

    Yep, I plan to be there to help out EAA 106 during the Expo.
    I'll be flying in my RV-8

    July 7

  • Eileen M.

    I will be there and PALS will have a booth, be sure to stop by and say hi.

    July 6

    • Jim R.

      Eileen...Need a ride by air to Stow on Thursday for ribbon cutting? Jim

      July 6

    • Eileen M.

      Thank you so much Jim, I have a lot of stuff I have to bring so I will be driving. I appreciate the offer and look forward to meeting you.

      July 7

  • Wade L.

    Signed up and registered on AOPA site to camp out Friday night.

    July 6

  • Dan B.

    Can't wait for the fly-in. Bringing my English Bulldog so she can enjoy her first fly-in.

    July 6

  • Arlene M.

    I would love to meet pilots from this group and join you in fly outs. I'm on cape cod and will be at the event at PYM volunteering to set up on Friday and attending on Saturday. If there is a way to gather the group at some point I would love to help.

    1 · June 16

    • Linda C

      I too will be volunteering Friday and attending Saturday. Will look for you! :)

      June 22

    • Arlene M.

      Super! See you at PYM!

      July 5

  • Joel G.

    Normally, we can designate a very specific time and location at an event this large for NEPG members to gather. Someone can then shout out "Any Northeast Pilots here??" I'd do that myself, but I'll be in Denver during this event. Any volunteers?

    June 30

  • Laura T.

    Hello fellow NEPG Members, See you at the Aopa event!

    June 22

  • Karl

    Hello Robert, I was there as well and made a similar comment. I'm suggesting a nice polo shirt with our logo, and maybe a sweatshirt/light jacket for the cooler weather fly-in's.

    1 · June 15

    • Robert F.

      That's a good idea or even a baseball cap, something to distinguish people that is part of this group. The little profile pictures don't do the trick.

      June 15

  • Robert F.

    I was just at the Poukeepskee open house on Saturday June 14. Apparently there were 11 other attendees from this group, I did not run into anyone. How are we supose to tell who is from this group at an event ?

    June 15

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