It’s not every day that someone has a chance to set a world record. Well today, at Arcadia Municipal Airport, Chuck Kinberger did just that in his beautiful Carbon Cub.


As the Florida sales manager for SWT Aviation, Inc. that deals with CubCrafters aircraft, Chuck has always been intrigued by airplanes. As a kid he never dreamed he would get to fly one, much less own one. He started flying about 9 years ago and has since earned his instrument and seaplane ratings. He has over 2,200 hours, including 1,500 hours in tail draggers with 900 of that being in the Carbon Cub.  Chuck has proven the Carbon Cub is the perfect airplane to fit his lifestyle.


The attempt involved making the shortest take off roll possible, flying the aircraft around the traffic pattern, then landing with the shortest ground roll possible. The total of the 2 distances is added together and submitted to Guinness along with photos, video and written statements of the official witnesses.


The official witnesses were the City of Arcadia Mayor, Judy Wertz-Strickland and well known pilot Gary Lickle.


Chuck has been planning his world record attempt for some time and after visiting Aviation City recently decided that our airport would make a great venue for it. Chuck was waiting for a weather front that would bring good brisk winds and this weekend was it.

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In addition to Friends of Arcadia Airport who provided ground support there was a  group of family and friends that witnessed the exciting event.

The results must be sent to Guinness for verification but Chuck thinks it is in the bag as the old record was 180 ft. and his Carbon Cub did it in only 83 ft. !!!  So now we wait for the official notification from Guinness.

Congratulations Chuck it was impressive to say the least.


Don’t forget that this weekend March 10- 12 is the RAF gathering at Aviation City. If you have not made your online reservation please do so now.  Let us know if you want to go on the Peace River canoe trip so I can arrange the transportation in advance.





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Aviation City Pilot Shelter @ Arcadia Municipal


Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. have developed a very special and unique facility for the exclusive use of the General Aviation community.


Aviation City is a Fly-In/Camp-Out Center. It features a 20 X 30 pilot shelter, picnic tables, running water and electric, a beautiful circular fire hub, two BBQ grills as well as nice portable toilets all on the 3 acre wooded site.


Pilots may taxi their aircraft right onto the campsite by one of two circular taxiways and park under beautiful oaks and pitch their tent. We know of no other site with this feature in the lower 48.


Individual pilots or aviation groups may reserve the site by going to . So make plans now for your aviation group to visit Aviation City for a one day fly-in cook out or a few nights of under wing camping. We will be happy to assist you with making plans for your event, large or small.


If you need, we can supply: large gas griddle ( 2 ft x 4 ft) , propane camp stove, charcoal, fire wood or list of caterers that can come to the site and prepare a great meal for your aviation group. So if you are an aviation business why not plan a fly-out to Aviation City for a lunch meeting?  If you are a pilot, gather your buddies, wives & kids for a few days of underwing camping fun.


Take advantage of this offer now and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. Contact us today to reserve your date.


Come see us soon !

Friends is a 501-c-3  Florida Corporation. Your donations are 100% tax deductible.



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2nd Annual MW Fly-In

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Beautiful formation flying was the rule of the day when the Millennial Wings flyers arrived at Aviation City for their 2nd Annual fly-In.






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Planes and tents were everywhere on this unique  “on airport campsite”  and everyone was having a great time. We had  20 airplanes on site Friday night for camping and probably 25 others flew in just  for Breakfast on Saturday morning. I think the Saturday night airplane camping count was slightly higher. So it was a great turn out for sure.


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These guys & gals put away a lot of pancakes, sausage, oj & coffee at our breakfast on Saturday morning.





An Air Force Veteran herself , Arcadia City Council member and past Mayor  spent some time visiting with a couple of WW2 Veterans who stopped by for breakfast. Thanks to all three of them for serving.

Friends of Arcadia Airport wishes to thank everyone that attended this weekend. Your support makes it possible for us to continue keeping Aviation City available to the GA community. Please tell your friends about this great campsite for pilots and we hope to see you here again soon.  If you are not on our email list for updates on our events please go to our website sign up page    and enter your name & email address. We will keep you informed by email.


Thanks also to all the volunteers for making this weekend possible.

Beth, Joyce, Paige, Susan, Elfi, Greg, Ross, Rickey, Dave, Paul, Larry, Helmut, Doug & George.


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Registration Time

Less than a week left until the Millennial Wings Fly-In/Camp-Out @ X06. Feb. 17-19.  If you plan on flying in for the 3 day weekend and camping out, you must register at our website prior to the event. As there is no penalty if you cancel at the last minute due to weather or other reason why not do it now to help us plan for your arrival and meet our obligations to the City as they require the pre registration.

We spent today getting the site ready for that event and did some trimming and other site work. Everything is set for this great fly in.

We have made arrangements with Canoe Safari to provide transportation to and from the Peace River for a great Canoe Trip for the pilots that would like to do this on Saturday. $25 includes Transportation, Canoe, all the equipment etc. You can even add a bag lunch for another $5 !  What a deal.  Please let us know if you will be going on this special canoe trip when you register so the Canoe Safari can be ready for you. You do not need to pay in advance for the canoe trip.

Remember there is a $10 per Aircraft per night tie down fee for camping at Aviation City.

So please register now.   Thanks for supporting Aviation City and we hope for a great turn out.

Friends Board of Directors: George, Rickey, Ross & Dave

PS. For those of you not flying in for this event don’t forget the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday the 18th. PIC eats free for a Touch & Go upon arrival.

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Two Big Events Left

We are over 1/2 way through another season of pancakes and fly -ins and things are going well at Aviation City. We have two 3 day weekend events left on the schedule this year. On February 17-19 the Millennial Wings will be here for their 2nd year at Aviation City. Last year they had 35 aircraft and 60 people on the campground with tents and had a great time. So this should be another great event. Don’t miss the Saturday All You Can  Eat Pancake Breakfast on Feb. 18  so you can see the campground full of airplanes and tents.  (note:  MW, please go to our site and register prior to Feb. 17 to reserve your spot for overnight camping by clicking Here now. Space is limited and this is a first come first reserved event.)MWa

The following month, March 10-12, the RAF will be back at Aviation City for their 4th Annual Rodeo Weekend Fly-In/Camp-Out. This is the event that started it all and the Recreational Aviation Foundation has been a strong supporter of Friends of Arcadia Airport since the early days of our organization. They usually have pilots fly in from all over Florida and many other SE states. Pancake breakfast is on the 11th.

We are working on funding sources for restrooms and showers for Aviation City and will keep on it as we think the addition of showers and restrooms will allow us to attract more overnight visitors to the site.

We now have Aviation City hats and hope you will order yours now. Only $15 which includes shipping. Just send a check to Friends of Arcadia Airport at 2692 NE Hwy 70 #757   Arcadia, Fl. 34266


If you would like to get involved with Friends and Aviation City by helping out on Pancake days or the 3 day fly-in events please contact us. No experience required.


Hope to see you around X06 soon.

The Friends Board of Directors

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One of the biggests days yet.

We had fly-ins, drive-ins, bike-ins, motorcycle-ins and walk-ins today at the hangar at Arcadia Municipal for the monthly pancake breakfast! Single engine, twin engine, biplanes and everything in between arrived by air. When you add that to the mix of Ag Pilot training at Eagle Vistas it looked like a real airport today and that is our goal. Could not have been a better day for such an event and everyone enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. At one time the sky was full of traffic and the line for pancakes was over 20 people deep. Our griddle can do 15 large ones at a time but the guys mixing and flipping were out straight all morning. They put out over 800 flapjacks! To go along with that the girls served 450 sausage about 5 gallons of coffee & 7 gal of OJ. We came very close to running out of food.




On another note we got out new “Aviation City” hats this week and have already sold a bunch. They are to promote our on airport campground so we hope you will buy one and wear it often. The Front has a great image of a biplane to highlight Arcadias aviation history.

1-DSCN3702Your cost is only $15 each and we will ship them free !  Send a check to Friends of Arcadia Airport, 2692 NE Hwy 70  # 757 in Arcadia, Fl. 34266 and include your mailing address and check and we will drop one in the mail asap. These are high quality hats that are adjustable so one size fits all. Aviation City is getting famous thanks to all of you. Aviation City…Go ahead,  Google it !

Thanks again for your continued support of our efforts to promote and grow our airport. Next Breakfast is Saturday February 18th and Aviation City will be full of airplanes and tents for a 3 day weekend as we welcome the Millennial Wings, an aviation club for young adults, for a 2nd year. So be sure to come out to see what airport camping is all about and enjoy breakfast with lots of great young pilots.

The Friends Board of Directors


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What a great day for a cook out !

Friends of Arcadia Airport hosted the Old Farts Flying Club on Thursday at Aviation City and what a great time we had. Most of these pilots had not been to our site prior to this visit and they were all impressed with the facility for sure.

First to arrive was the flying chuck wagon loaded to the gills with food, drinks and supplies for the cook out. Then the radio got busy with arrivals and Aviation City came to life.  There must have been close to 30 aircraft of all types fly in.

These guys know how to make a great burger and they served about 60 along with potato salad, slaw, baked beans ( although, whoever made the beans could have made more as they were great, wonder whose fault that was?)

Friends would like to say thanks for coming and please plan a trip to visit again soon. Thanks for all the great donations to support Aviation City.


We would love to see you all again this Saturday for our famous All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast in Hangar A-5 right here at Arcadia Municipal.





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This Saturday January 21 is our monthly All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at Arcadia Municipal. So make your plans now to join us for the best pancakes anywhere plus sausage, OJ & coffee for only $6. All profits go to support Aviation City campground so come out to support this great facility. We begin serving about 9am.

Don’t forget if you are the pilot in command and do a touch & go upon arrival you will get breakfast free!!


On another note the  “Old Farts Flying Club”  will be flying in to have a cook out at Aviation City on Thursday. They are a group of pilots that plan gatherings at different locations for lunch. They will fly in from all over S. Florida to enjoy our facility. I’m told they could have anywhere from 20-40 aircraft fly in for the event.  Lets hope they have a great day. This type of use is one of the reasons we developed the site and we are very glad Aviation City is getting such great publicity and being used by the General Aviation Community.


If you are part of an aviation group please know that we encourage you to contact us about a possible visit to Aviation City for overnight camping or day trips. We can assist you in visiting local attractions and restaurants while here. We are available to help you plan your visit to Aviation City so your members can enjoy what Desoto County has to offer. Just go to our website and click on the airport camping tab to reserve your visit.


See you all Saturday the 21st !



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Four jam packed days of the coolest stuff sure to spark your engines!

“One of the World’s Greatest Adventure Vehicles”, SkyRunner® will be featured along with acres of sport aircraft, conventional aircraft, kit planes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros, amphibians, and drones! You can demo exciting simulators, and take workshops to learn amazing stuff like how to build your own plane. Don’t worry there will be food trucks for re-fueling so you can keep going. Believe us… you’re going to want to! 

OK Friends make plans now to attend the Sebring EXPO click here  for more info.



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Friends of Arcadia Airport wishes each of you a wonderful Holiday Season.

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