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Casper named to host 2020 AOPA ‘Fly-In’; will welcome pilots from across the country


CASPER, Wyo. — Three locations have been selected to host 2020 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Fly-Ins.

Casper is among them.

“Dust off your boots and hitch up your chaps, the historic city of Casper, Wyoming will host an AOPA Fly-In on June 19 and 20,” the AOPA announced on Thursday, Dec. 5. “Faded signage on historic buildings 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.”

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“We’ve saddled up with the city of Casper to hold our fly-in the same weekend as the College National Rodeo Finals so you can see exciting rodeo as well as enjoy two days of aviation 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.”

The three fly-ins will be held at the following places and dates:

  • San Marcos, Texas: May 29-30
  • Casper, Wyoming: June 19-20
  • Rochester, New York: Sept. 11-12

“Each location has a personality of its own,” the AOPA says. “From music to rodeos, car shows to airshows, and Wild West excursions to metropolitan vibes, the 2020 fly-in locations will have something for everyone.”

“Attendees at the San Marcos, Casper, and Rochester fly-ins will have a chance to experience the AOPA programming they’ve come to enjoy with a Friday night Flightline Cookout, short takeoff and landing (STOL) invitational, drone show, seminars, exhibits, and more,”

The AOPA says they are excited to come to new locations this year.

“This year’s AOPA Fly-Ins will take us to two new states in parts of the country we’ve not yet visited with exciting opportunities to explore their unique strengths,” said AOPA Senior Director of Outreach and Events, Chris Eads. “And, we will also revisit the roots of our regional fly-in program by returning to our very first fly-in location from 2014.”

“We are looking forward to a fun year with lots of new flying adventures, and we hope you can join us.”

The two-day fly-ins feature workshops on Fridays with main events set for Saturdays.

“The all-day intensive workshops, which in the past have included ground school for IFR proficiency; owner-performed maintenance; VFR long cross- country flight, and mountain flying techniques and survival skills; and aviation adventures, proved wildly popular with members and will continue to be offered in the 2020 fly-in season,” the AOPA says.