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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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 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    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. 

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Restroom Dedication

Today at Aviation City we had the dedication of the new restrooms and showers. In attendance were Terry Stewart, Arcadia City Administrator; Mayor Judy Wertz-Strickland, Wes Whitley of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, Patricia Martin of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Carol Butera of the William G. & Marie Selby Foundation, Terry Hill DeSoto County Commissioner, Mike Taber DeSoto County Economic & Tourism Department to name a few. We had about 30 guests and enjoyed some delicious cupcakes and coffee. After some words from a few of our guests everyone took a tour of the new facility.  Thanks to everyone for the support . This new facility is a great asset to Aviation City and will be much appreciated by our airplane camping guests.

Donor Plaque

City Administrator Stewart

Mayor Strickland

George Chase

Chase with Wes Whitley

Patricia Martin & Carol Butera

City Administrator Stewart with Friends Board

Harry gives his approval.













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Talk about fog !

We had a very foggy start to the pancake breakfast …. we could hear the planes up there but could not see them. I got many calls seeking info about conditions on the ground and advised pilots to wait a bit until heading our way. Once it burned off we had a good fly in and drive in crowd. Thanks to all you die hard pancake fans for your support today.

This Friday, February 23 is the Dedication for the new restrooms.  If you made a donation to the capital campaign to fund the building you are invited to join us at 9:30 at the Aviation City pilot shelter. We do need a rsvp by Tuesday to:    so we have a proper head count as we will serve coffee and pastry. The dedication plaque is on the building and looks great. So plan to be here this Friday to see your name on the plaque.

Next months breakfast will have planes and tents on the campsite as the RAF and FSAACA  will fly in for the weekend and they will attend Pioneer Days here in Arcadia. Plan to attend on Saturday March 17 for breakfast and see the planes and tents.

Don’t forget to shoot us an email if you plan to attend the Dedication next Friday.


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All You Can Eat Pancakes Saturday

Hello Friends,  Don’t forget to come to Arcadia Airport this Saturday Feb. 17 for our monthly pancake breakfast. 8:30 am. Pancakes, sausage, OJ & coffee only $6.  All profits go to support Aviation City. While here plan to see the new restroom/shower facility which is all done and being used by visiting pilots.

Bobby & Stephanie flew in from just North of Tampa last Tuesday to camp out. They had a great time and loved the new restrooms.  

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Volunteer Work Day

We are seeking a little manpower help and hope some of you can lend a hand.  Tuesday Feb. 13 at 8:30 we plan on doing some tree trimming at Aviation City. We still have some hanging branches from Irma left up there and need to get things spruced up a bit.   Chain saws on a pole would be great if you have one as well as pruners. We would appreciate any assistance anyone can offer and we will order in Pizza or go out for lunch after. Hope to see you here.

Don’t forget Pancakes next Saturday !


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Pat Hange….Legend

Recently as I was entering Arcadia Airport I came to a halt as  I saw Pat Hange in her back yard just off the airport property. I had to stop and say hello as I have not had time to visit recently with the construction of the new restrooms going on. I just happen to have the Donor Plaque in the back seat and wanted to show it to her as she was listed on the plaque.

Pat is an aviation legend and has a soft spot for X06 as she and Harriet Hamilton operated Lenox Flight School at Arcadia Airport during the 70’s & 80’s. They both spent their entire lives in aviation. They are both in the Soaring Hall of Fame.

Pat is unique in that she is the first certificated woman aircraft mechanic to receive this award. This award recognizes those aircraft mechanics or repairmen who have engaged in 50 or more years of aviation maintenance, at least 30 years of which are as the holder of an FAA Aircraft Mechanic or Repairman Certificate.

Pat still lives right next to Arcadia Airport where she can see the grass strip from her back window. So when I got an email from Pat the other day I was excited to share it with the Friends email list.

George   “As I am no longer playing in Aviation, I am so proud to see Friends of Arcadia Airport have put Arcadia Municipal on the map. We ,Lenox Flight School, tried in 1973 to help Arcadia Airport as well. Now, you all are doing a great job.  Well done.”   Pat  Hange   

Pat, from the over 635 Friends of Arcadia Airport members, we would like to say “Thanks To You” for all you have done for General Aviation over your entire lifetime. We truly appreciate your kind words of support.

The Friends Board of directors:  George, Rickey, Ross, Dave, Paul & Doug


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First official guest

Kevin Dwyer flew in Monday afternoon and found himself our first official Aviation City visitor to be able to use the new restroom. Kevin is from Vermont and heard about us from a friend of his. Unfortunately we had not had time to run the test of the new shower so only the restroom was available but he had lots of hot water there. Today we ran the shower test and all works fine so we are now fully ready for pilots to use the entire facility. Our plan is to keep the restroom on the right side open at all times for X06 pilots to use 24/7. We will open the other restroom and showers for registered guests to Aviation City prior to their arrival.

Kevin below with his float plane at Aviation City. (click pix for larger view)





The dedication plaque got installed today and after the glue dries the staging will be removed and I hope the plaque will stay put.  Our dedication ceremony will be Feb 23 at 9:30 am at the pilot shelter. If you made a cash donation to our capital campaign to help fund the new restroom/shower you may attend but we do want you to rsvp to us so we can have a proper head count.



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