Another update

Friends is proud to report that we have been informed  by the Recreational Aviation Foundation that we have been approved for a grant in support of our restroom/shower project. The RAF has been a strong supporter of Friends and the entire Aviation City development process. This $ 4,999.00 grant comes at a time when we have reached just over 1/2 of the total funds needed to begin construction. We are very hopeful that we can secure one or two more good sized grants to put us over the top.


Today we also got a very nice donation  from another of our members in the amount of $1,000. Thanks to Paige Clark for this generous gift to support the project. We have tremendous momentum so lets keep it going by everyone sending a small donation in support of general aviation. Send your check to 2692 NE Hwy. 70  #757   in Arcadia, Florida  34266.    Your donation is 100% tax deductible. Or give us a call today and find out how we can make that happen for you. 863 993 0391



Thanks to everyone for pitching in. We truly appreciate it !

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Building Fund

This is a report on our fundraising progress for the new showers & restrooms.  As you know we have been seeking donations and grants to help us fund the project. We are blessed to have strong support among our members and donations have proven to be very encouraging. We started just a few months ago and are seeing good progress.
Friends board of directors would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our donors to date that have sent checks by listing them here.


Robert Obert, $100;  Mosaic Fertilizer, $1,500;  Pat Hange, $25; Swaine & Harris PA, $100; Harry Coleman, $100; Paul Moore, $50; Arcadia Computer, $100. A sincere thank you to these great supporters.    A special thank you today to George & Betsy Matthews for a recent check of  $4,000  to show their strong support for Aviation City and the restroom/shower project ! 


We would like to thank all of you that have made a cash donation at one of our pancake breakfasts as well. We respect your request to stay anonymous.  At this time all of our pancake breakfast profits are going into the building fund as well and we will continue to seek grants and more donations until we can raise the necessary funds.  This will not be an easy task as we will need over $40,000 to make this happen. No donation is too small to help us reach our goal, so please keep us in mind and remember you can deduct the full amount of your donation or grant.


We will have an update on our progress on the grant front in the near future.


The next Florida flying season begins in October and runs through April with our Famous ” ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFASTS” which will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. So mark your calendars now and don’t miss any chance to spend some time at Arcadia Airport and Aviation City, the most unique Fly-In/Camp-Out Center anywhere !


Thanks to everyone, with your help, we can do this !

The Friends Board of Directors






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Next Season Plans

Hi Friends,

Summer is here for sure in Arcadia with most every day hitting the mid to upper 90″s. The good news is that the grass is nice and green at Aviation City and it looks great. The bad news is that it needs to be cut at least once a week.

We have been working on grant applications for a new restroom/shower facility to support the campground. We have submitted applications for grants from 6 different Foundations to date. We have been fortunate enough to already received one for $2,500 !  We should hear if we were successful in the next month or so for all but the largest one which we find out sometime in late fall.

We will need to raise additional funds I am sure. It will cost us about $43,000 once all is said and done. Please keep us in mind if you can donate to this cause. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

We are beginning  to plan our next flying season of pancake breakfasts which begins in October and goes thru April. The plan now is to hold all the breakfasts on the third Saturday of each month so that everyone can remember the dates. We will need 2 or 3 additional volunteers to help out at these breakfasts. Remember that all volunteers eat breakfast free.  So if you can help let us know so we can make sure we have enough people. If we do not get the 2 or 3 extra volunteers we may not be able to have the breakfasts.   The dates are:  Oct. 21; Nov. 18; Dec. 16; Jan. 20; Feb. 17; Mar. 17 & Apr. 21 .  Please contact us if you can assist with these great events. Perhaps we can arrange some airplane rides for the volunteers at the end of the season.

Hope to see you all at X06 soon.



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2017-18 event season

Friends of Arcadia Airport is now planning for the next flying season which runs from October- April. We would like to set the dates for our ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFASTS  and also any 3 day fly in events that aviation groups may want to reserve. Reserve your dates now.

If your group sponsors an event in the Arcadia area we would like to know about it so that we can help promote it to our members. Also, if your  group would like to partner with Friends on an event that may be of interest to pilots please contact us at:  with your ideas. Hopefully we can work together to attract more visitors to DeSoto County.

As you may know we are trying to raise funds to support a new restroom and shower facility for Aviation City. We are applying for grants and seeking financial support locally.  We would appreciate any help you can offer. No donation is too small. Send your tax deductible donation to Friends of Arcadia Airport at 2692 NE Hwy 70 #757 in Arcadia, Florida   34266    Thank you to those of you that have already contributed.


Hope to see you at X06 soon.

Friends Board of Directors




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Friends, this is very important please read to the end. We need your help.

We just finished our 3rd season of fly-ins at Aviation City, located on Arcadia Municipal Airport, and we are very happy to report our busiest year yet. We have had a few families visit and it’s a great experience for the kids. However we would like very much to be able to attract more aviation families to take advantage of our facility.




















We understand that not having showers on site is holding us back from more wives and children joining the pilots on their visits. So, we are planning a major capitol campaign to raise funds to help build a proper restroom with showers that will make the visit a pleasure for all involved. No more primitive camping.

Friends of Arcadia Airport has a proven track record and strong support from both the City Council and Board of County Commissioners. We had 251 visitor nights this season fly-in and camp out. The Aviation City campsite has had a very positive impact on not only the airport but the local economy as well. By partnering with small businesses in our community Friends is developing new ways for the airport to support those businesses. These partnerships create a lasting benefit for all concerned.

We hope we can count on you, our strong supporters, to help us accomplish our fundraising goal. We have a detailed estimate at this time for the much needed facility and will need to raises about $49,000 to move forward.

As you know Friends is a 501-c-3 charitable corporation and is also registered with the Community Foundation of Sarasota which covers Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte & Manatee counties. “The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community.”

Our profile has achieved the “Reviewed” status which means that we have shared in depth information about our community impact, financial condition, leadership and goals with the Foundation and the public. Our profile, as listed in the Giving Partner, shows our commitment to transparency.  You can view our profile on the Foundation website by clicking the link below.

Friends Profile

Once you check out our profile please send your check to Friends of Arcadia Airport at 2692 NE Hwy. 70  # 757 in Arcadia, Fl. 34266. Your donation is 100% tax deductible. If you need more information about our plan or our credentials please contact us at



Thank you for taking the time to read this request and consider a donation to help us reach our financial goal. Every little bit helps.


Friends Board of Directors:

George, Ross, Rickey & Dave


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Don’t miss the last ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST of the season this Saturday April 15th @ Arcadia Municipal Airport.  We will begin serving about 9am so make your plans now to attend and get your fill of the best pancakes ever. Your breakfast will include sausage, OJ & coffee. Only $6 !


Friends of Arcadia Airport sure appreciates your support which allows us to continue to make improvements at  Aviation City and other on airport projects. All the funds we raise stay right here at X06.

The plan is to restart next October thru April hosting our breakfast fly-ins. Aviation City will remain open to fly-in campers during the summer months so please go to the  reservations form on our website to reserve your space & time. Reservations and our approval are required in advance of your camping at Aviation City.

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More history, 5 of the old runway lights from X06 are now hanging in the Aviation City Pilot Shelter ! Tom Strong & Larry Hobbs  were the first visitors to see the lights and they loved the new look. They attended Sun N Fun, where they heard that Arcadia had a beautiful campsite. After SnF they went to Everglades City, then stopping to camp at Aviation City on their way back to Rigby, Idaho. Thanks for the visit guys!

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Hope to see you here this Saturday for pancakes. Don’t forget to get your Aviation City hats. We have one Aviation City hat being worn in the Netherlands by a follower!



Friends is a 501-c-3 corporation and your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Thank you, The Friends Board of Directors.

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RAF Trail Event # 1

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Bobby Capozzi , the RAF State Liaison for Florida, explains the RAF Trail of events to a packed house during the RAF Rodeo weekend  Fly-In/Camp-Out at Aviation City.  #1 on the 2017 RAF Trail.

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The Aviation City vintage prop flanked by RAF & FSAACA flags at sunset.

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Airplane camping is truly an aviation activity.

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Aviation City proves that  “if you build a Fly-In/Camp-Out Center they will come”

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Pilots, planes, tents, what more could one ask for ?

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Perhaps a bit of aviation history to check out.


Don’t forget a nice campfire and scud running stories.


RAF Ohio State Liaison, Freeman Swank and wife Mary Jane enjoy a pancake breakfast at Aviation City.  ( a long way from home )


Friends of Arcadia Airport would like to give a special  Thank You  to Canoe Safari for providing transportation for Friends and our guests  to a local restaurant on Friday evening, and to the Peace River for a 9 mile canoe trip on Saturday. Then to top that off they even provided additional transportation to dinner at another local restaurant again on Saturday evening for the campers ! It is wonderful to have such strong community support for our guests. Thank you very much  Jason & Georgia !

Friends would also like to thank the Recreational Aviation Foundation for their strong support of our efforts to develop this Aviation Facility and for all their work on behalf of the GA community nationwide.  Friends looks forward to working with the new RAF liaison, Bobby Capozzi and wife Kim in the years ahead.

Thanks to all our guests for flying to Arcadia and camping at  Aviation City. We are glad  you enjoyed your day trips that support our local businesses and attractions. We hope you will come again soon.  Now all we need to do is start planning our 5th annual RAF  Fly-In/Camp-Out.






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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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