Saturday is Pancakes !

Don’t miss this Saturdays   ” All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast ” and check out the progress at Aviation City on the new restroom project.  See you there.  9 am. 






















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Airplane camping season is here.

Next pancake breakfast is Saturday January 20. Why not wake up to great pancakes that day … Click Here

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Paint Progress

The cold snap has held us back a bit but Doug, Paul & I spent the day painting the new building. Almost done with the primer coat. Hope to get more done tomorrow. Final color for outside is a light tan with the inside light gray. Photos coming soon.







We had campers at Aviation City the last two nights even with the temps in the 30’s!  I guess the fact that they are from Minnesota makes our cold tolerable.
Hope everyone has a great New Year.


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Merry Christmas Friends



Only a few days until Christmas. The Friends of Arcadia Airport Board of Directors would like to say Merry Christmas to all of you and let you know how much we appreciate your support.

This has been a busy year with fundraising and now construction of the new restroom/shower that will support Aviation City. For those of you that donated to the capitol campaign we want you to  know that your donation has made this project possible. Thank you very much. We will hold a grand opening soon and if you donated and would like to attend please let us know so we can include you in the plans.

Thanks for a great year and from the Board of Directors, George, Rickey, Ross, Dave, Paul & Doug we hope you have a  Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. 

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It was a great day to fly and we had a very broad selection of aircraft fly in for pancakes today. Small aircraft with small engines, large aircraft with large radial engines, small biplanes, large biplanes, float planes and everything in between were on the ramp at one point.

The locals turned out in force as well we even celebrated a birth day for one of our long time supporters Clel Shore who is a regular at our events. Margie Mullins  won the 50/50 raffle.   Thanks to everyone for taking the time to come out and support Friends of Arcadia Airport and what we are doing. All profits are used to support our community.

This was the day for many of our members to fly in to see the progress on the restroom shower project that Friends is constructing to support Aviation City, the way things are going it wont be long until the new facility will be getting used by visiting pilots.  Just the center wall needs to go a bit higher then the columns can be filled with cement on Monday. (note: there is 10 yards of concrete in just the floor of this project !)  The progress has been wonderful as the contractors have worked every day for the last two weeks. Concrete floor, plumbing, block walls, septic tank and drain field all about ready.

We had two guests Saturday night at Aviation City enjoying the secure on airport camping experience we offer here at Arcadia Municipal.
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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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