Friends of Arcadia Airport
Welcome To “AVIATION CITY”
“You guys are true pioneers in the development of expanding a small town airport. You have successfully put Arcadia aviation on the map!”
Bob Miller, County Commissioner
“The Friends of Arcadia Airport have prevailed in moving the FAA to accept the fact that Fly-In Camping is truly an aviation activity. The press and recognition that Arcadia Airport has been getting in this area is impressive. The AOPA is using Arcadia Airport as an example of what needs to be done to keep General Aviation alive and well. Others have tried the promotion of Fly-In Camping, but none have been as successful as Arcadia.”
Holes Montes Engineering Firm
Fort Myers, Fl. 33919
Friends, Thank you for all of your hard work. Friends is a huge asset to Arcadia Airport and you guys do so much that it really helps us to be recognized by many pilots from all over! We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for Friends. We will continue to improve our airport, we enjoy working with Friend’s and are thankful this has been a successful year for all of us! You hosted many exciting events this year and I am happy to be a part of it.
Thank you !!! Shelley Peacock Airport manager April 18,2016
Arcadia was named “Aviation City” in 1920-1921 after World War I and the establishment of Carlstrom and Dorr Fields and while Carlstrom Field was still training pilots.
This was long before the British cadets trained at Carlstrom Field during World War II. There are 23 British RAF pilots buried at Arcadia’s Oak Ridge Cemetery who lost their lives during training right here in Florida.
Friends of Arcadia Airport decided to keep the name alive by naming our new Fly-In/Camp-Out Center “Aviation City” in honor of Arcadia’s aviation history.
This unique site is the first such site in the state of Florida and perhaps anywhere in the nation where a pilot can taxi his aircraft right into the campsite and park the plane under beautiful live oaks and pitch a tent.
Aviation City features a 20 x 30 ft Pilot Shelter with picnic tables and a beautiful circular fire pit and BBQ grills . Electric, running water and portable restrooms are also on site.
Please see the Airplane Camping page for more information and registration form.
In 1934 the City of Arcadia bought 225 acres for delinquent taxes. A $10,000 federal grant was acquired to build a hangar and an airfield to be used as a “secondary field” to the Carlstrom Military Airfield located just south of Arcadia during the war. The original field had two turf runways approximately 2,500 feet in length.
A flight school was established on the field about 1946. Then from the mid 70’s through the mid 80’s Pat Hange and Harriet Hamilton operated Lennox Flight School where they trained many aircraft and glider pilots. Both Pat & Harriet are in the Soaring Hall of Fame.
Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. was formed Sept 28th. 2012 and incorporated on October 5th, 2012
Board of Directors: Pres. George Chase; VP Rickey Hilton; Sect. Dave Hutchinson; Treas. Ross Clark
All board members volunteer their services to the corporation. The corporation has no paid staff and all funds raised go to support general aviation promotional events, aviation education and related projects at Arcadia Airport.
“Friends” is a non profit 501-c-3 Florida Corporation. We will seek grants and donations that will allow us to carry out our mission. We will sponsor regular events to bring attention to what our Airport has to offer, both for the community and general aviation.
We recently passed the 515 member mark. You do not need to be a pilot to join. So please let us add your name to our email list as a member and include you in our “e-Brief” which will keep you up to date on Airport happenings. Just go to the sign up box (bottom right) and enter your name and email and you will be placed on our member update list.