Biggest Yet.

Today’s pancake breakfast fly-in was probably the biggest we have ever held. A few years ago we counted 85 aircraft arriving for one of our breakfasts. Today our City Administrator counted 75 on the field. However at that point there had been a number fly in and depart already, so we think we broke our record for sure. Thanks to all that flew in to join us for pancakes. The line got a bit long at times overwhelming our ability to keep up the pace.  We served over 200 meals in less than 2 hours!  We are planning to make a few changes to avoid that backup in the future. We are limited mostly by the power available in the hangar. With 3 coffeepots, a fridge and microwave we are maxed out.

We had planned a dinner for all our campers to attend. Had a 50 passenger coach set to take them.  Next a concert around the campfire with three talented singers ready to entertain our guests.  However the weather put a wrench in all of that as pilots had to leave early to get ahead of the rain and wind slated for Sunday morning. So the Saturday evening festivities had to be canceled. Special thanks to Mr. Hector Barajas and the Reef & Beef restaurant for their continued support of our events. Thanks also to Luke Wilson, Keith Mathys and Terry Stewart for offering to provide the concert for us and to all of you for dropping in to X06 today to show your support for Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc..

Arcadia Municipal is officially back on the aviation map. With great fuel prices attracting pilots from all over the state to visit Arcadia how can you go wrong? Hope to see you all back here soon.

Please click on photos for a larger view. We had planes everywhere. Lots of Cubs.   This is only a sample. 

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Final Call/Reminder

The first ever pancake breakfast, dinner & concert event is this Saturday Jan. 19 at Aviation City. Don’t miss this one by procrastinating on making your reservation. Go to:  https://foaa.us/camping-reservations/  now  and fill out the form and let us know you will be airplane camping, going to dinner and the concert, as well as how many in your party. I need a head count please.   ADS-B seminar, transportation to and from dinner and concert all free !    The weather is looking great for airplane camping at Aviation City so secure your reservation now.

Breakfast begins at 9am  as usual. Free ADS-B seminar about 12 noon in the pilot shelter. The motor coach arrives at 5 to take camping guests to dinner at the Reef & Beef, followed by the fireside concert about 7:30 at Aviation City. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great concert with Terry Stewart (see photo), Luke Wilson and Keith Mathys under the stars.

Pilots note:  Construction of new taxi-lane around the T-hangars,  you will need to alter your taxi route to get to the campsite this weekend. If you arrive during the pancake breakfast you may need to park on the ramp or other areas until the breakfast is over and then taxi back to the campsite. Plan to fill up with 100LL as Shelley has it set very low at only $3.35 !

We sure hope you can make it for this special 3 day weekend event …..Fly-In/Camp-Out, hot showers,  breakfast, ABS-D seminar, dinner & concert. What else can you ask for?  Aviation City has the best airplane camping facilities in the entire nation so come on out, enjoy and see what pilots all over the country are talking about.  (  We already have our newbie tent reserved for this event.) Click photos for larger view.

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Pancake Breakfast, Steak Dinner & Concert

Friends of Arcadia Airport is planning a very special event in conjunction with our January Pancake Breakfast. On Saturday January 19 we will start off with our famous All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at 9am. Fly in campers will enjoy the warm Florida day at the Aviation City campsite where Bob Hart will give a forum in the pilot shelter on ADS-B for anyone interested that afternoon. Bob is the avionics writer for Piper and Cessna Owners Magazines.

A passenger coach will arrive to transport our camping guests to the Reef & Beef restaurant for a great group dinner about 5pm. This self pay dinner lets you choose from two meals with a special price for our guests of 8-10 oz  rib eye steak with baked beans, salad soft drink or tea for $20 or grilled or fried boneless chicken with pasta or side , soft drink or ice tea for only $13 , or you may order off the menu if you like.

After dinner the coach will take us back to Aviation City where we will have a special concert featuring Terry Stewart, our City Administrator, at the campfire. Terry performs all over SW Florida with his one man show singing standards of the 40’s as well as contemporary. Along with Terry we have two more local musicians, Luke Wilson & Keith Mathys who both do blend of folk, country and standards. These guys are all top notch and we are sure you will enjoy the music at the campground that evening. Be sure to bring your camp chairs.

So make your plans now to join us for this special fly-in event. You may fly- in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday to camp out at Aviation City  for this first ever Aviation City dinner and concert. Make your reservations now at our website  https://foaa.us/camping-reservations/  We need to know how many will be going to dinner Saturday evening so please let us know when you register. Space is limited, reserve now.

See you at Aviation City January 19, 2019 !

 

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Spot Landing / G.A.at it’s best.

The winds were gusting out of the NW, planes were bobbing as they neared the white line across runway 24. In the distance  spectators sat in lawn chairs, cars, trucks and on foot to watch the pilots try to hit the mark. The ramp was overflowing with over 45 airplanes that flew in to participate and just watch the event. The spotters were ready to measure and record the results.

We had 24 entries with 19 actually flying in the event. Everyone got two attempts and lots of skill was demonstrated as pilots took their turns in the pattern. It is no easy task keeping a plane aloft at low altitude until you let it touch down on a predetermined spot. The cheers were loud when pilots managed to set it down near the target and disappointment  rang out when they would hit just short of the line, as that was a disqualification by rule.

First place went to Joel Frederick with 9 ft.   ( $100 of 100LL)  Second place was our own Rickey Hilton at 23 ft ( 2 sunset cruises) and third was Bill Hill with 24 ft. free pancake breakfasts and camping at Aviation City certificates.  Thanks to all the pilots that took part for some great flying.

The day gave the public a chance to see first hand what it takes to land a plane at a particular spot and gave the kids in the crowd an introduction to aviation. Fly-ins like this promote general aviation to the airport neighbors and the community in a good way. What could be better? Thanks to airport manager Shelley Peacock and the City of Arcadia for sponsoring this great event and to all the volunteers that worked so hard to make it happen. Make plans now to join us for the next special event on January 19. More info soon. Click on photos for larger image.

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See you Saturday

This Saturday is the Top Gun Spot Landing Contest. Pilot briefing at 10:30 am, don’t be late, contest begins at 11 am. We have a strong field with about 15 registered at this point, Shelley expects to double that by Saturday. So it should be a good day of flying and great for the spectators.
Prizes:  $100 worth of 100LL, sunset cruise for 2,  free pancake breakfast certificates, free Aviation City camping certificates. Don’t forget the trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.
BBQ truck will be there with Chicken & Pork plates with 2 sides and drinks for $7 & $10 per plate.

If you are flying in on Friday to camp out at Aviation City please be careful as we are having work done on the taxi lane around the T-Hangars. It will be necessary to alter the normal taxi route. When leaving the ramp to taxi to the campground turn left in front of the first row of T-hangars and taxi back to the site.  So make sure you look first.  FYI… Food truck will be serving Friday as well.

Things are ready to go so lets all have a great time and make safety first. See you all at Arcadia Municipal Airport where 100LL is only $3.40 per gal so arrive near empty !

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Will you be Top Gun ?

Saturday January 5 is the day to prove your landing skills at Arcadia Municipal. If you think you have the  “right stuff ” come out and prove it. See the flyer below for times and contact info. Be sure to contact Shelley @ the number listed to register to participate. ( we have 8 pilots registered so far ) Trophies, prizes and bragging rights are on the line.

Jos Bakker will give the crowd a demo of helicopter agility with his Robinson R22  and Smoky Mountain BBQ will be there as well.  Bring your lawn chairs as this is a family event. Free to all.

Fly in on Friday to get some practice time and camp out at Aviation City for free if you participate on Saturday.

 

Check out the Idaho Aviation Associations January Newsletter @ https://idahoaviation.com/u/resources/274/January_2019_Flyline_online.pdf  for a story about Aviation City.( see page 9)

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Sign up now for Top Gun Spot Landing Contest

Merry Christmas:
Start practicing now for the spot landing contest to be held at Arcadia Airport on January 5th. The trophy’s are shown below for the 3 top winners. Prizes will include $100 worth of 100LL,  certificates for free pancake breakfasts and free camping at Aviation City.  So give Shelley a call at the airport at 863-494-7844 to sign up to participate. We hope to have a helicopter doing some maneuvers for the  spectators as well as Smoky Mountain Smokin’ Pig BBQ   on hand. So come on out to show off your landing skills and perhaps be the Top Gun and have your name in the local paper. If you fly in and camp out at Aviation City to participate in the contest we will waive the camping fees. When you register with  Shelley to participate in the contest let her know  you plan to camp out at Aviation City that weekend. 
Bring the family to watch the event as the public is invited.

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Special Event January 19, 2019:

Another upcoming family event is on the January 19 Pancake Breakfast weekend. Fly in to camp out at Aviation City on Friday and then enjoy great All You Can Eat Pancakes Saturday morning. Saturday during the day hang out at the campground with other pilots and families telling scud running stories or go into Arcadia and check out all the antique shops. Saturday evening transportation provided by coach to the local Reef & Beef Restaurant for a self pay dinner ( we have arranged special pricing for our guests) followed by a concert with 3 local entertainers around the campfire. Concert provided by Keith Mathys- singer guitarist, Luke Wilson- singer guitarist and special guest, Arcadia City Administrator , Terry Stewart – singer extraordinaire. Camp under wing again on Saturday night, fly home on Sunday or stay longer if you like. Watch for full details in an email blast on this event soon. However, you may want to register for the weekend now on our website to secure your space. https://foaa.us/camping-reservations/ Please mention how many in your party for camping and dinner on Saturday evening.
This email goes out to a special group of people, you have all signed up because you have an interest in Arcadia Airport and Aviation City. Thanks to each and every one of you for your strong support of Friends of Arcadia Airport and our efforts to help this airport grow. We are proud to have the full support of the City Administrator, City Council and Airport Manager . This group is about 775 strong and still growing. The Friends Board of Directors wishes each of you a wonderful Christmas and a healthy New Year. George, Rickey, Ross, Dave, Doug , Paul & Greg

 

 

 

 

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Breakfast Canceled for Saturday

Due to construction around the hangar our All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast has been canceled for this Saturday Dec. 15 at Arcadia Municipal.  See you Jan 19.

However don’t forget that Arcadia has cheap 100LL so if you are flying anywhere this week plan to stop by and buy fuel for only   $3.58 a gal. !!!

But wait , it gets better. At 8 am Friday thru Sunday you can get 100LL for only $3.40 per gal, Weekend Special. Jan 14- 16. 

 

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Top Gun Spot Landing Contest

Special Event weekend: January 5, 2019. Please help us spread the word about the Top Gun Spot Landing Contest. See flyer below and post at your local airport. If you need a file of the flyer just reply to this email and I will send you a copy to print out or send on to your friends. 

First prize is $100 worth of 100LL at X06, trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place plus other prizes to be announced. Dont miss this chance to become the Top Gun. Contact Shelley @    speacock@arcadia-fl.gov to register to participate and if you fly in and camp out we will waive the camping fee for the weekend… register for camping a  https://foaa.us/camping-reservations/

X06   100LL is now    $3.58     come and get it !

 

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2 SPECIAL EVENTS @ X06: Top Gun Spot Landing Contest and Fire Hub Concert

We hope you can join us at Arcadia Municipal for these January events.  Mark your calendars now for Saturdays January 5th and January 19th, 2019. Note: these are fly-in events.

January 5th will be the Top Gun Spot Landing contest with trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. First place prize will be $100 worth of 100LL from Arcadia Airport. Other prizes will be announced. Details are being worked on now with the airport manager Shelley Peacock.  We will post the event on the online events calendars and will also invite the public to come out to the airport and watch pilots hit the mark. Food will be part of the festivities. We have heard one local pilot say he has this in the bag and pilots from other airports should not even bother to show up. Are you up for the challenge?  To sign up for this event please contact airport manager Shelley at 863 494 7844 or email her at speacock@arcadia-fl.gov .

If you fly in and camp out to participate in the spot landing contest we will waive the airplane camping fee.

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For our January 19th pancake breakfast we will be hosting a weekend fly in with a Free Fire Hub Concert Saturday evening after having dinner at a local restaurant. Three local artists will perform for us around the campfire. Keith Mathys and Luke Wilson, both local singers & guitarists, will perform a blend of folk, country and standards. Then Terry Stewart, Arcadia City Manager, who appears all over SW Florida with his one man show, will perform songs of the 40’s to contemporary for your listening pleasure.

For this multiple day event pilots may fly in Thursday thru Saturday to camp at Aviation City. After the 9am All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday campers will relax on the campsite enjoying the great Florida sunshine. Then about 4:30-5  pm the coach will arrive to provide transportation to the Reef & Beef restaurant for dinner. We have arranged two special priced dinners for our guests (steak or chicken). You may also order from the menu. After dinner the coach will take us all back to Aviation City for the concert. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs. We would appreciate you letting us know if you will attend so we have a head count at Friends@Foaa.us. Don’t miss this special fly-in  weekend event.

Hope to see you all here soon.

Friends Board of Directors

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