National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day is celebrated on Orville’s birthday (Aug.19) each year. If you are a pilot try to introduce someone to aviation today by giving them an introductory flight. Better yet bring them to Aviation City and show them what airplane camping is all about and introduce them to Friends of Arcadia Airport so they can get involved.


Thanks very much to everyone that has already donated to our capital campaign. Today we  reached the end of our matching fund time frame and have met our challenge  of raising $5,000. This will now be matched by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Thanks to them your donations to our building fund during the last month were doubled! Friends has raised about 3/4 of the needed funds to begin construction. We still need about another $15,000 to cover all the costs for the new facility.


We expect this last $15,000 to be the hardest amount to raise as our core supporters have already made major contributions. If you have not yet made the decision to support this project, please consider it now and help us to reach our final goal to build the new restrooms & showers. This special fly-in/camp-out facility is proving that small community airports can have a positive impact on the local economy. Aviation City attracts pilots to visit our airport that possibly may not have otherwise. Once here they support our local merchants and attractions. Aviation City has become a model for many other small airports all over the country.


Friends of Arcadia Airport is proud to be taking the lead in developing this plan along with the City of Arcadia. With your continued support we will have a one of a kind “on airport campground” that will put Arcadia Municipal on the map.


The Friends Board of Directors would like to say thank you again to everyone that has made a donation, large or  small, each one gets us one step closer. If you have been waiting to see if we can be successful in our funding efforts before you make your donation rest assured we will accomplish this.  We have approved plans for the building and septic system in hand. This will allow us to apply for the required permits as soon as we have the final funds to break ground. Your contribution will allow it to happen sooner so that we can use the facility this season. Please send your donation  to:  Friends of Arcadia Airport @ 2692 NE Hwy 70  #757 in Arcadia, Florida 34266 today, National Aviation Day.

The Friends Board of Directors

George, Rickey,Ross & Dave

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The Aviation City restroom/shower project needs your help. We only have two weeks left until the Matching Funds segment ends.  Saturday, August 19, is the last day that the Community Foundation of Sarasota County will match donations made to the building project fund up to a total of $5,000.


Please donate now to take advantage of this matching offer before it ends. You will also be able to take a 100% tax deduction of your donation to Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. for this restroom project.


We are over 1/2 way to our fundraising goal that will allow us to construct the new restroom/shower facility at Aviation City.  I know all the pilots and families that have camped at Aviation City over the last 3 years appreciate our clean portable toilets, shown here:

but make no mistake, a new facility with two restrooms and two showers with hot water will allow you to be much more comfortable. Wouldn’t you agree?






This project will support the advancement of Airport Camping and prove to the FAA that on-airport camping is good for general aviation at any airport. Now is the time to step up and help us make this happen.  We need your financial support.

Please send your checks to Friends of Arcadia Airport at 2692 NE Hwy 70 #757 in Arcadia, Florida  34266.

Thank you very much.

Friends Board of Directors


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Double Your Money ! Money Match in Play. Act Now.

We apologize for the number of emails to you over the last few weeks but now is a very important time for fundraising and we need to make the most of it. We have had a very unique opportunity given to us by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and hope you will help us reach our goals.

Double your money !

Now thru August 19th, 2017

*Matching Funds Opportunity*

Friends of Arcadia Airport


The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has offered to match any donations collected by Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. for their capital campaign.  This campaign is to build a restroom & shower facility for Aviation City, the Fly-In/Camp-Out Center located on Arcadia Airport.

 Friends has already raised about ½ of the $41,000 dollars needed to complete the project. This generous offer could make a huge difference in the capital campaign effort. If you donate $100.00 the Foundation will match it and if anyone can give $1,000.00 that would also be matched, up to a total of $5,000.00 in matching funds!   This is a wonderful opportunity for your dollars to make a big difference. Any amount will be matched by the Foundation !

 Don’t forget that you may take a 100% tax deduction for your generous donation to the capital fund. We will supply all the paperwork to submit with your taxes.  

 Mail your check to: Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. 2692 NE Hwy 70 # 757,  Arcadia Florida, 34266.

 This matching program begins now and continues through August 19th,  2017. Please consider making a donation to the Friends of Arcadia Airport building fund and have your donation doubled. Thanks to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County !   Don’t put it off any longer…now is the time to donate. Your check must be dated by August 19th to be eligible for matching funds.

 Please make a donation now so that we can take advantage of this special offer.

 Mail your check to: Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. 2692 NE Hwy 70 # 757,  Arcadia Florida, 34266.


Thank you very much ! 

Friends Board of Directors




 (No part of your donation goes to pay for salaries or un-related expenses.)

Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. ( EIN   80-0853780) We are a State of Florida Non profit Charitable Corporation authorized to solicit funds within the State of Florida.

Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. holds Public Charity Status with the IRS as a 501-c-3  Corporation established October 5, 2012.



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Another update

Friends is proud to report that we have been informed  by the Recreational Aviation Foundation that we have been approved for a grant in support of our restroom/shower project. The RAF has been a strong supporter of Friends and the entire Aviation City development process. This $ 4,999.00 grant comes at a time when we have reached just over 1/2 of the total funds needed to begin construction. We are very hopeful that we can secure one or two more good sized grants to put us over the top.


Today we also got a very nice donation  from another of our members in the amount of $1,000. Thanks to Paige Clark for this generous gift to support the project. We have tremendous momentum so lets keep it going by everyone sending a small donation in support of general aviation. Send your check to 2692 NE Hwy. 70  #757   in Arcadia, Florida  34266.    Your donation is 100% tax deductible. Or give us a call today and find out how we can make that happen for you. 863 993 0391



Thanks to everyone for pitching in. We truly appreciate it !

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Building Fund

This is a report on our fundraising progress for the new showers & restrooms.  As you know we have been seeking donations and grants to help us fund the project. We are blessed to have strong support among our members and donations have proven to be very encouraging. We started just a few months ago and are seeing good progress.
Friends board of directors would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our donors to date that have sent checks by listing them here.


Robert Obert, $100;  Mosaic Fertilizer, $1,500;  Pat Hange, $25; Swaine & Harris PA, $100; Harry Coleman, $100; Paul Moore, $50; Arcadia Computer, $100. A sincere thank you to these great supporters.    A special thank you today to George & Betsy Matthews for a recent check of  $4,000  to show their strong support for Aviation City and the restroom/shower project ! 


We would like to thank all of you that have made a cash donation at one of our pancake breakfasts as well. We respect your request to stay anonymous.  At this time all of our pancake breakfast profits are going into the building fund as well and we will continue to seek grants and more donations until we can raise the necessary funds.  This will not be an easy task as we will need over $40,000 to make this happen. No donation is too small to help us reach our goal, so please keep us in mind and remember you can deduct the full amount of your donation or grant.


We will have an update on our progress on the grant front in the near future.


The next Florida flying season begins in October and runs through April with our Famous ” ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFASTS” which will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. So mark your calendars now and don’t miss any chance to spend some time at Arcadia Airport and Aviation City, the most unique Fly-In/Camp-Out Center anywhere !


Thanks to everyone, with your help, we can do this !

The Friends Board of Directors






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Next Season Plans

Hi Friends,

Summer is here for sure in Arcadia with most every day hitting the mid to upper 90″s. The good news is that the grass is nice and green at Aviation City and it looks great. The bad news is that it needs to be cut at least once a week.

We have been working on grant applications for a new restroom/shower facility to support the campground. We have submitted applications for grants from 6 different Foundations to date. We have been fortunate enough to already received one for $2,500 !  We should hear if we were successful in the next month or so for all but the largest one which we find out sometime in late fall.

We will need to raise additional funds I am sure. It will cost us about $43,000 once all is said and done. Please keep us in mind if you can donate to this cause. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

We are beginning  to plan our next flying season of pancake breakfasts which begins in October and goes thru April. The plan now is to hold all the breakfasts on the third Saturday of each month so that everyone can remember the dates. We will need 2 or 3 additional volunteers to help out at these breakfasts. Remember that all volunteers eat breakfast free.  So if you can help let us know so we can make sure we have enough people. If we do not get the 2 or 3 extra volunteers we may not be able to have the breakfasts.   The dates are:  Oct. 21; Nov. 18; Dec. 16; Jan. 20; Feb. 17; Mar. 17 & Apr. 21 .  Please contact us if you can assist with these great events. Perhaps we can arrange some airplane rides for the volunteers at the end of the season.

Hope to see you all at X06 soon.



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2017-18 event season

Friends of Arcadia Airport is now planning for the next flying season which runs from October- April. We would like to set the dates for our ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFASTS  and also any 3 day fly in events that aviation groups may want to reserve. Reserve your dates now.

If your group sponsors an event in the Arcadia area we would like to know about it so that we can help promote it to our members. Also, if your  group would like to partner with Friends on an event that may be of interest to pilots please contact us at:  with your ideas. Hopefully we can work together to attract more visitors to DeSoto County.

As you may know we are trying to raise funds to support a new restroom and shower facility for Aviation City. We are applying for grants and seeking financial support locally.  We would appreciate any help you can offer. No donation is too small. Send your tax deductible donation to Friends of Arcadia Airport at 2692 NE Hwy 70 #757 in Arcadia, Florida   34266    Thank you to those of you that have already contributed.


Hope to see you at X06 soon.

Friends Board of Directors




APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE”    Our registration # is  CH37491

(No part of your donation goes to pay for salaries or un-related expenses.)

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Friends, this is very important please read to the end. We need your help.

We just finished our 3rd season of fly-ins at Aviation City, located on Arcadia Municipal Airport, and we are very happy to report our busiest year yet. We have had a few families visit and it’s a great experience for the kids. However we would like very much to be able to attract more aviation families to take advantage of our facility.




















We understand that not having showers on site is holding us back from more wives and children joining the pilots on their visits. So, we are planning a major capitol campaign to raise funds to help build a proper restroom with showers that will make the visit a pleasure for all involved. No more primitive camping.

Friends of Arcadia Airport has a proven track record and strong support from both the City Council and Board of County Commissioners. We had 251 visitor nights this season fly-in and camp out. The Aviation City campsite has had a very positive impact on not only the airport but the local economy as well. By partnering with small businesses in our community Friends is developing new ways for the airport to support those businesses. These partnerships create a lasting benefit for all concerned.

We hope we can count on you, our strong supporters, to help us accomplish our fundraising goal. We have a detailed estimate at this time for the much needed facility and will need to raises about $49,000 to move forward.

As you know Friends is a 501-c-3 charitable corporation and is also registered with the Community Foundation of Sarasota which covers Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte & Manatee counties. “The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community.”

Our profile has achieved the “Reviewed” status which means that we have shared in depth information about our community impact, financial condition, leadership and goals with the Foundation and the public. Our profile, as listed in the Giving Partner, shows our commitment to transparency.  You can view our profile on the Foundation website by clicking the link below.

Friends Profile

Once you check out our profile please send your check to Friends of Arcadia Airport at 2692 NE Hwy. 70  # 757 in Arcadia, Fl. 34266. Your donation is 100% tax deductible. If you need more information about our plan or our credentials please contact us at



Thank you for taking the time to read this request and consider a donation to help us reach our financial goal. Every little bit helps.


Friends Board of Directors:

George, Ross, Rickey & Dave


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Don’t miss the last ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST of the season this Saturday April 15th @ Arcadia Municipal Airport.  We will begin serving about 9am so make your plans now to attend and get your fill of the best pancakes ever. Your breakfast will include sausage, OJ & coffee. Only $6 !


Friends of Arcadia Airport sure appreciates your support which allows us to continue to make improvements at  Aviation City and other on airport projects. All the funds we raise stay right here at X06.

The plan is to restart next October thru April hosting our breakfast fly-ins. Aviation City will remain open to fly-in campers during the summer months so please go to the  reservations form on our website to reserve your space & time. Reservations and our approval are required in advance of your camping at Aviation City.

pilot shelter lights

More history, 5 of the old runway lights from X06 are now hanging in the Aviation City Pilot Shelter ! Tom Strong & Larry Hobbs  were the first visitors to see the lights and they loved the new look. They attended Sun N Fun, where they heard that Arcadia had a beautiful campsite. After SnF they went to Everglades City, then stopping to camp at Aviation City on their way back to Rigby, Idaho. Thanks for the visit guys!

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tom-larrylarry hobbs 4-9-17


Hope to see you here this Saturday for pancakes. Don’t forget to get your Aviation City hats. We have one Aviation City hat being worn in the Netherlands by a follower!



Friends is a 501-c-3 corporation and your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Thank you, The Friends Board of Directors.

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RAF Trail Event # 1

Bobby trail

Bobby Capozzi , the RAF State Liaison for Florida, explains the RAF Trail of events to a packed house during the RAF Rodeo weekend  Fly-In/Camp-Out at Aviation City.  #1 on the 2017 RAF Trail.

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The Aviation City vintage prop flanked by RAF & FSAACA flags at sunset.

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Airplane camping is truly an aviation activity.

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Aviation City proves that  “if you build a Fly-In/Camp-Out Center they will come”

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Pilots, planes, tents, what more could one ask for ?

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Perhaps a bit of aviation history to check out.


Don’t forget a nice campfire and scud running stories.


RAF Ohio State Liaison, Freeman Swank and wife Mary Jane enjoy a pancake breakfast at Aviation City.  ( a long way from home )


Friends of Arcadia Airport would like to give a special  Thank You  to Canoe Safari for providing transportation for Friends and our guests  to a local restaurant on Friday evening, and to the Peace River for a 9 mile canoe trip on Saturday. Then to top that off they even provided additional transportation to dinner at another local restaurant again on Saturday evening for the campers ! It is wonderful to have such strong community support for our guests. Thank you very much  Jason & Georgia !

Friends would also like to thank the Recreational Aviation Foundation for their strong support of our efforts to develop this Aviation Facility and for all their work on behalf of the GA community nationwide.  Friends looks forward to working with the new RAF liaison, Bobby Capozzi and wife Kim in the years ahead.

Thanks to all our guests for flying to Arcadia and camping at  Aviation City. We are glad  you enjoyed your day trips that support our local businesses and attractions. We hope you will come again soon.  Now all we need to do is start planning our 5th annual RAF  Fly-In/Camp-Out.






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