Great Week

Don’t forget next Saturday Dec. 16 is pancake breakfast day. All the pancakes you can eat plus sausage, OJ & coffee for only $6. All profits go to support the new restroom facility under construction by Friends of Arcadia Airport. We begin serving about 8:30. Please come out and join us for a great day at the airport. Visiting pilots please check our website at   and see the Aircraft Parking tab for diagram of  extra places to park as we have a small ramp.

Construction began on Dec. 1 on the new restroom facility with the cement form being built then  it was a flurry all this week with on site action. First the plumber doing  the underground pipe work followed by the cement crew digging all the big footers. Installation of rebar, spraying for termites, installing the plastic barrier, pouring the cement, building blocks being delivered etc. The plumber arrived early Saturday morning in the cold and rain to install all the above ground pipes. Mid week  the City of Arcadia dug and installed the electric and water lines to the site. The plan is to begin laying the block this Wednesday !  Wow what a week. Thanks to Roger Penner of Jewel Contracting for making things happen at this pace. We appreciate it as this is our season and we can sure use the new facility as soon as it is complete.  ( see photos below of all the action, click for larger images )

We do have a few Fly-In/Camp-Out weekend events reserved and are working with 3 more groups planning events at this time so if your group is thinking about visiting Aviation City this season hop to it so we can help you make a plan for your event. We accept on airport camping reservations any day of the week but you must register in advance at our website by clicking the airport camping tab and filling out the reservation form. We will confirm the site is available on the days you request and send you more info by email. So make your plans now to visit Aviation City.


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It’s Official

Begin construction December 1, 2017. Restroom Shower Project. 


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Camping season kicks in

Now that the temps are getting cooler here in SW Florida Aviation City is getting more camping reservations. Friday Nov. 17  Barbara flew in from Lake Placid to camp out with plans to join us for a pancake breakfast.

On Nov. 21 Jared & his son Evan flew in from the Gainesvill  area and had a guys weekend at Aviation City. They were impressed with the great on airport camping we have here in Arcadia.








This is the time to make your camping reservation by going to our website and clicking on the airport camping tab and filling out the reservation form. The weather is perfect and the site is ready and waiting for you. There is plenty of room for your plane and tent under the oaks.  So make your plans now to bring the family or your flying buddies for a visit to Aviation City.

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For Immediate Release

William G. & Marie Selby Foundation awards $10,000 to Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc.

 Recently, Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. President George Chase received a letter from Carol Butera, Executive Director of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation announcing that Friends had been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000. This grant is in support of the Friends Capital Campaign that will fund a restroom/shower project at Arcadia Municipal Airport.

Three years ago Friends funded and built a 3 acre Fly-In/Camp-Out Center at Arcadia Municipal that is designed to attract out of town pilots to visit our County. We call it Aviation City.

Ms. Butera said “The fact that the new facility would not only benefit Aviation City and Arcadia Municipal Airport but also support the local economy played a big role in the Foundations decision to award the grant to Friends”.

This grant means that Friends has met its goal of raising over $42,000 needed for construction. The capitol campaign began last January and since then we have held pancake breakfasts, solicited donations from our members and the community, both corporate and private, as well as applied for numerous grants. Friends is a non profit 501-c-3 Florida Corporation.

Donations from the private sector ranged from $25 to $4,000 and we received a number of grants ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $5,000. These grants were received from: the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Recreational Aviation Foundation, the Arcadia Rotary Foundation, Mosaic, the Arcadia Rodeo Association, the J & L Barnett Fund, Southern Cubs LLC, the Evelyn Tucker Fund and the John Annis & Regina Morris Fund. Adding to that the recent $10,000 grant from the Selby Foundation and this capital campaign has proven to be a huge success by any measure.

 “Friends is a model for other non profits to follow when it comes to fundraising leaving no stone unturned.” Said Butera.

Jack Tyler, Director and Vice President of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, said “What great news ! Here’s another big win for Friends of Arcadia Airport, which our Grant Committee supported as well, along with many, many local supporters. Friends is another classic case study of what a small dedicated cadre of airport supporters can accomplish through tenacity and grit. This new shower facility will be a welcome new feature at Arcadia’s Aviation City.”

It is obvious that our community appreciates and understands the value of a local general aviation airport. The Friends Board of Directors would like to say thank you to all who donated.

The new facility will be concrete block construction; will include a septic system, two restrooms and two showers. It will be located next to the Aviation City campground at Arcadia Municipal Airport and will be available 24-7 for Aviation City airplane campers as well as airport tenants and visiting pilots.














Aviation City is the first FAA approved fly-in campground located on a municipal airport. With the addition of dedicated restrooms, it is bound to attract even more out of town pilots and their families to visit Arcadia.

Friends appreciates the cooperation from the City of Arcadia as well as DeSoto County on this project. Thanks goes out to the Arcadia City Council, City Administrator Terry Stewart and Airport Manager Shelley Peacock. Building permits have been submitted and construction will begin soon.

Note:  If you donated to the capital campaign and would like to attend the grand opening please send me your name and email address so that we can include you. It will be by invitation only.

Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc.

Board of Directors

George Chase, Rickey Hilton, Ross Clark, Dave Hutchinson,  Paul Moore & Doug Deal

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Get Em While There Hot

Saturday November 18 is pancake breakfast day. Please come out to Arcadia Airport and join us for a great breakfast of All You Can Eat Pancakes, sausage, OJ & coffee for only $6. All profits go to support the new Restroom/Shower facility we will build soon.  We need your support.

We begin serving at 8:30. So bring the kids and all your friends and join us. There will be pilots camping at Aviation City so make sure to check it out and see what airplane camping is all about.

In case we miss you, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pancakes & Golf

Don’t miss this great opportunity to eat the best pancakes in the world and then play a round  of golf at Arcadia Golf Course Saturday Nov. 18.  You can fly in or drive in to participate in this special offer.

The day includes our famous  “All you can eat pancakes, sausage, OJ & coffee”  only $6. All profits go to support Aviation City and the new restroom – shower facility.

Golf package includes: Transportation by coach from the airport to the course and back. 9 holes with cart, lunch at the pro shop, airplane camping tie down fees for both Friday & Saturday nights at Aviation City all for only $30 !  You may fly in on Friday and camp overnight at Aviation City both nights or fly in and just camp Saturday night.

This is a special offer and we need you to contact us and register by Monday Nov. 13 so we can secure the coach. Contact George at  

If you don’t have a plane you can still join in the fun by driving in to the airport on Saturday morning but you still need to register for a head count  by Monday Nov. 13.

For everyone else, remember that Saturday Nov. 18 is our monthly pancake breakfast so make your plans to attend now.   See you at X06 !




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Thanks Everyone

The first fly-in / drive-in pancake breakfast of the season took place on Saturday in the hangar at Arcadia Municipal. We only had about 12 aircraft fly in for breakfast as there were lots of aviation events this weekend. Our regular local supporters turned out in high numbers so the overall event was a great success. Thanks to everyone that dropped in to join us for pancakes and support the restroom project. Wes Whitley won the 50-50 raffle and we must give a special shout out to Wes as he donated his win back to the cause!   Thanks Wes for flying in to support Friends of Arcadia Airport. 

A special thanks to our volunteers that make this happen every month from October thru April, they are Ross, Greg, Rickey, Joyce, Paige, Dave, Gabe, David & George. The money we raise at these events goes to support the restroom/shower project that we are funding. There will be two restrooms and two showers located next to the Aviation City campground.  With your help we hope to be able to begin construction by the first of the year.





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Today’s the day !


Saturday October 21.  9 am.  Don’t miss it. 

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Saturday is Pancake Day…Don’t miss it.

Saturday October 21 is out first of the season All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast. The best pancakes ever plus sausage, OJ & Coffee all for only $6. All profits go to support the new restroom/shower facility that Friends is planning to build soon. Pancakes, planes, great people, hangar talk, what could be better?   Be there or be square. We start serving at 9 am.







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Fly-In / Eat Pancakes / Play Golf









Saturday November 18th is Golf day at Aviation City.

Good morning Friends of Arcadia Airport.


Arcadia Golf Course and Friends of Arcadia Airport would like to offer a special deal for pilots that fly in to our November 18th  All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at Arcadia Municipal Airport. Pilots may fly in on Friday and camp out at Aviation City or arrive Saturday morning and enjoy a great pancake breakfast prior to taking a bus ride to the golf course. The offer includes: coach transportation to and from the golf course, 9 holes of golf with a cart and a great lunch at the pro shop,  plus tie down fees at Aviation City for both Friday and Saturday nights all for only $30.  (breakfast not included)

As usual all  pancake breakfast funds go to support the new restroom/shower project at Aviation City. Only $6 for All You Can Eat Pancakes, sausage, OJ and coffee. So come out to support this great cause even if you are not a golfer.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play this great course and take advantage of this special deal for pilots only. So if you are interested in this offer please let us know asap so we can make the arrangements. We will need at least 20 reservations by November 13th to be able to make this special deal a reality.


To reserve your tickets email George today at:

ps. You may drive in and join the pilots on the coach ride to the golf course to take advantage of this golfing offer as well. For more info call 863 993 0391

Hope you can join us for a great time.




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