Still Growing

Thanks to the two ads we placed in the new AOPA Travel Pilot newsletter we continue to grow our Friends members list. We tracked the impact to our website following the two issues and had a tremendous increase in viewed pages and also noticed a big increase in our new member sign ups. We are currently at 697 members ! Thanks to each of the new sign ups and please let us know if we can assist you in any way when you get ready to visit Aviation City.

We recently hosted the current class of Leadership DeSoto at Aviation City and gave them an overview of what we do to help grow general aviation and support our local economy. Thanks to all for taking the time to check us out.

We are still trying to locate a “Loaner Car” for our Aviation City guests so if you know of a vehicle that may be available please let us know. Donor can get a full tax credit from Friends. Thank you.

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Good morning all,

Friends is looking for a good  “Loaner Car”  to support Aviation City. It would be left on the Aviation City site and for the exclusive use of our guests. If you have a mini van or 4 door car that you could donate to Friends we would be very grateful.  Please contact us for more details. As we are a 501-c-3 charitable corp your vehicle donation can be fully tax deductible for this years tax return with the IRS.

Thanks very much.
Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc.

Contact us here       Friends@FoAA.us

  “A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED  FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE  1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR   R ECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE”    Our registration # is  CH37491

 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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That’s a Wrap

We held our final breakfast of the season on Saturday and had a great day. Many aircraft flew in and also many drive in guests as well. We served about 125  free breakfasts as we held a customer appreciation day offering the free meal. We were pleasantly surprised as most every guest stuffed bills in the donation jar.

Thanks so much to our followers and supporters for your generous donations not only on Saturday but all this season as we funded the restroom project in support of Aviation City.

We hope to see you all next season, or better yet why not take advantage of the Aviation City campground and new restroom by flying in to camp out  soon. Reserve your campsite now.

Have a great summer !   George, Rickey, Ross, Dave, Paul, Doug & Greg
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Seasons Final Breakfast

Don’t miss the final All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast of our flying season this Saturday April 21, at Arcadia Municipal. 8:30 am. Hope to see you there.

We have been getting some great publicity lately on the national front.  The AOPA recently published a feature story on their website about the facilities at Aviation City as well as some fun places to visit while here in DeSoto County. The article reappeared in the new  AOPA Travel Pilot newsletter published on April 15, which also contained a banner ad for Aviation City. We saw a direct correlation between the release of the ad and a big jump in hits on our website. The newsletter is sent out to over 400,000 on the AOPA email list. This ad will run again and be included in the next issue of the AOPA Travel Pilot newsletter.

Our most recent visitor was Jeff Russell the Wisconsin State Liaison for the Recreational Aviation Foundation . Jeff flew in after attending Sun N Fun at Lakeland in his Super Cub. He was very impressed with all we have done saying  “it is a model for other airports to follow.”  He said people at Sun N Fun had been talking about Aviation City and told him he needed to see it in person, so he did just that. Thanks Jeff for taking time to stop by all the way from Wisconsin.

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Coast2Coast2Coast

Meet today’s guest at Aviation City Michael Stalker. He is flying a Pegasus Quantum 15 with a Rotax 912 engine. Mike is from Scotland and is embarking on a huge American cross country tour in his trike!  Check out his website to follow his progress.    Here           www.c2c2c2018.com   Mikes trip proves that Aviation City is on your way to anywhere!

Mike dropped in to camp at Aviation City on his way from Homestead to Sun n Fun.  We wish you great flying Mike and hope to see you back sometime in the future.  Photo of Mike with his trike at Aviation City just after his arrival at 7:30pm.

 

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Aviation City featured on AOPA website

Please check out this latest post to the AOPA website featuring Aviation City and some local businesses. The AOPA is the largest aviation group in the nation with over 400,000 on its email list. Friends will also be included in the new AOPA Travel Pilot newsletter that will come out on April 17 and May 1.

See the post here   or copy and paste:         https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2018/april/03/airport-camping-riverboat-cruising

Thanks to Crista Videriksen Worthy for doing such a great story that  features our area. Please forward this on to other pilots and help us spread the word and attract more pilots to visit Arcadia Municipal.

Today’s guest is Peter Ruleman, CFI  who flew in from Arlington, Tennessee in his Grumman Tiger just to visit and camp at Aviation City. Soon to be flying “heavy metal.” 

Friends of Arcadia Airport Board of Directors

George, Rickey,Ross,Dave, Doug & Paul
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Pioneer Days Fly-In a huge success.

Friends of Arcadia Airport hosted the Recreational Aviation Foundation  ( RAF) and the Florida Sport Aviation Antique & Classic Association ( FSAACA) for a 3 day Fly-In/Camp-Out this weekend and by any account it was a great event. Pilots began arriving on Friday to camp out at Aviation City. Saturday morning Friends held their monthly All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast and served 185 breakfasts ! Pilots flew in from all over the state to eat the best pancakes ever. The ramp was full of aircraft as well as the Aviation City campground with its new restrooms & showers for the visiting pilots. ( The new facility was built with funds raised by Friends through  a 6 month capital campaign) 

 

 

Friends arranged for a coach to take the visiting pilots to the Pioneer Days held at Veterans Park on Saturday after the  pancake breakfast. Then later that evening everyone gathered around the campfire for an old time sing-along. After a great night under the oaks the pilots woke to a foggy morning and took their time having breakfast, some at the campground and some at local restaurants, prior to breaking camp and flying home. The reviews were all positive and everyone said they would be back to visit DeSoto County and Aviation City again soon. The long distance award goes to Billy Bruggeman in his Piper PA-28-180 from Okatie, S.C.

Friends wants to say thank you very much to all who attended and for the wonderful donations in support of Aviation City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pancakes, Planes & Tents

Don’t forget that Saturday is All You Can Eat Pancake day at Arcadia Airport. There will also be a 3 day Fly-In/Camp-Out Friday thru Sunday as well so there will be many airplanes and tents on the Aviation City campsite.  See you at X06 this weekend !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GET YOUR HOT SHOWERS HERE !

March 16-18 is the Pioneer Day fly-in/camp-out and Aviation City is ready for the onslaught of planes & pilots. The new restroom/shower facility is operational and looking very impressive. We still have some landscaping to do but there is no hurry for that.
If you have not made your reservation yet to fly-in and camp-out please do so now. Go to our website at www.FoAA.us and click the ‘airport camping’ tab and then the ‘registration form’ to submit your request. Also see the ‘Aircraft Parking’ tab for diagrams for pancake day and campsite parking as well.
Friday March 16 will be arrival day and as usual we will make a pizza run about noon for the early arrivals. Saturday will kick off with our All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast. We have arranged for a private coach to transport visiting pilots free of charge to Veterans Park for Pioneer Days.
As usual we encourage you to bring your instruments for the impromptu sing-a-long around the campfire on Saturday night.
Don’t miss this first 3 day fly-in at Aviation City with the new restrooms and showers. Please plan to bring the whole family for this fun filled weekend.

Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who donated to the capital campaign for the new restrooms and to all who have supported us since day one. We believe that Aviation City is the only such facility in the nation that has gone through an FAA process and been given the  “We have no objections” seal of approval.  This was after being told by the FAA to “cease and desist because airplane camping is not an approved aviation activity.” Friends is working with the FAA  and the AOPA to add language that recognizes airplane camping as an approved aviation activity.

We are making a difference here at Arcadia Municipal as well as at other GA airports who are following in our footsteps to develop similar “on airport” camping areas.

Click on photos for larger view.

Hope to see you here March 16-18 for a great time at Aviation City.

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Pioneer Days Fly-In

Friends of Arcadia Airport will be holding our monthly All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday March 17 and hosting our March Fly-In/Camp-Out the same weekend. Pilots are invited to fly in and camp out at Aviation City that weekend and attend Pioneer Days Saturday after breakfast. (see poster below)

This is the Annual RAF & FSAACA fly in event and all pilots are welcome. Fly in on Friday at any time ( pizza run about noon). Saturday morning we have a great pancake breakfast in hangar A-5 then visiting pilots may attend the local Pioneer Days event held at Veterans Park. You may also just fly in for the day  and attend Pioneer Days as well.
Please visit our website at www.FoAA.us/camping-reservations/    to make your camping reservation now.

Don’t miss this great fly in event and take advantage of our new restrooms & showers !  Bring the entire family.
Remember that Aviation City is for the GA community and you can reserve a camping spot at any time for your family fly-in or a group of any size so make your plans now and enjoy this great facility. We can help you make group fly-in visit happen, just contact us for more info. 

 

Portable Toilets    FOR SALE   Friends has 2 units that are in great shape for sale at this time. If you or your group could use them contact us for details.    Friends@FoAA.us 

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