Old Farts Everywhere !

Aviation City was buzzing with activity today as the Old Farts Flying Club made its annual visit to Arcadia Municipal.  As usual Old fart Roger and his crew did a great job in planning the event. 


The traffic pattern started to perk up around 10:30 with all types of aircraft arriving for the lunch of Pizza, salad, cookies and cake. What a great time. Airport manager Shelley Peacock counted at least 80 AC  on the ramp and parked at Aviation City. The wonderful thing is the event brings pilots from all  over Fl flying just about every airplane imaginable.  It is a joy to see those radial engine biplanes parked on the campground under a tree. Another benefit to this type of event is the fuel sales made possible by all the visiting aircraft. There was a line up for Arcadia’s great fuel price that lasted most of the day.  Thanks to everyone for supporting our airport. 


Friends of Arcadia Airport would like to thank each and every one that attended today and for the wonderful donation to Aviation City. This group is always so fun to have visit and we hope they will help us spread the word about  our facility to other pilots.  Click on photos for a larger view. these are just a few of the aircraft that parked right on the campground.  Thanks for visiting. 




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Rained out

Good morning everyone. Well, we got rained out today for only the 2nd time ever. We did have one or two drive ins but most stayed home.  As we have a gas griddle and can not use it inside the hangar when we get steady rain it puts a big damper on our ability to put on a meal. 


 We are sorry if you drove in for breakfast and found no one there. We waited till about 9 am to close things up.  We have one breakfast left this season and that is on Saturday April, 20th. So we hope you will all join us for that one.


Thanks to everyone for your continued support.    Friends of Arcadia Airport

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Pancakes at the Airport 2

Sorry for yesterdays email blast with no text.  Here it is again with correction I hope.

Saturday March 16 at 9am is the time to be at Arcadia Airport for the best pancakes ever. Join in the fun by bringing the family out for a fun day in hangar A-5.  All You Can Eat only $6. See you there.


Last weekend the RAF held its annual Fly in Camp-out at Aviation City and they had a great turn out. The Aviation City courtesy van was in full action mode all weekend shuttling guests back and forth to the Rodeo and other venues. Thanks to Bobby Capozzy and the RAF for your support over the years. 

If you are flying in for pancakes this weekend notice the diagram and see extra AC parking area just off the paved ramp. This new parking area should make finding a parking space on pancake day much easier.


Don’t forget that Pioneer Days is this Saturday at Veterans Park as well. 


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Pancakes at the Airport

Saturday March 16 at 9am is the time to eat some of the best pancakes you will ever find. So plan on being at Arcadia Airport to join us for another fun event that supports Aviation City. All you can eat only $6.   See you there!


Last weekend the RAF held their annual fly in camp out at Aviation City. They had a great turn out and the courtesy van was in full action mode all weekend. The Rodeo went off without a hitch and the new arena is wonderful. Thanks to Bobby Capozzi and the RAF for your support for Aviation City and Friends of Arcadia Airport.

If you are flying in for pancakes this weekend please note the overflow parking area on this diagram which is now open for use.


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RAF at Aviation City


This will be a busy week at Aviation City. We have pilots flying in from as far away as Ohio to kick things off on Sunday. More arriving mid week and then Friday starts the annual RAF ( Recreational Aviation Foundation) fly in weekend. We already have  24 registered to be onsite for the weekend so it should be lots of fun.

This is Rodeo weekend in Arcadia with the “91st Annual Granddaddy of Em All” big time rodeo  March 7-10. You may still be able to get a ticket by calling 1-800-749-7633.  There is plenty to do on a visit to Arcadia with canoe trips and airboat rides on the Peace River as well as all the antique shops and restaurants downtown. More info at the campsite. 

The RAF has been a big supporter of Friends of Arcadia Airport and our efforts to develop this wonderful aviation campsite actually on the airport. Everyone is welcome to fly in and camp out and learn what aviation camping is all about. There will be planes and tents everywhere so please join the fun by flying in to visit. Please note the temporary taxi route change due to construction, see diag below and follow the green dotted line and arrow this time. Also once you pick a campsite push back under the trees far enough to allow other planes to taxi around the circular taxiways on the campsite.   If you have not registered yet please do so by filling in the required registration form on our website  https://foaa.us/camping-reservations/

As I draft this email blast Joyce and I just got back from Aviation City where we met our first visitors this week. Bill & Yvette Tracy from Ohio have arrived to camp the week. They are seasoned RAF airplane campers and had their campsite all set up in a flash. Welcome to Florida guys !




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Request for Proposals

Aviation City is getting an International reputation as a great place to go camping with your airplane. This season our numbers have increased on all fronts. Airplanes arriving from more states and other countries, especially Canada. We even have pending reservations from Germany and Austria.

We have some great amenities already on site as you well know if you have ever camped here. We would like to hear your  suggestions on what we can do to improve the airplane camping experience at Aviation City.   So, send your proposals to:  Friends@FoAA.us     and help us make changes that will improve your airplane camping visit.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Friends Board of Directors


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Fly-Ins / Pancakes / extra parking

This will be a busy week at Aviation City. Campers will be on site most days as well as a private group fly in & cook out on Thursday. Friday will be the beginning for the EAA Chapter 1551 of Apopka, Fl and their weekend fly-in & camp-out which runs thru Sunday.  Saturday will be our monthly All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast from 9am- 11am.

If you are with one of the groups visiting Aviation City this week please see the diagram below for special taxi instructions as a temporary change is in effect. For campsite users note the change of taxi route to the site as shown by the green dotted line. Do not follow the white dotted line which is the normal taxi route as construction is still impacting that route. 

If you are planning to join us for pancakes on Saturday please note the added off ramp parking area shown to the SW of the ramp. This area is a very nice grass field well suited for aircraft parking as our ramp gets full fast. Watch for the Marshall when nearing  the ramp for directions to the overflow area. He may have you depart the taxiway prior to entering the ramp area.


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Aviation City taxi path changed

For those of you planning a visit to Aviation City this weekend please note that the normal taxi route to Aviation City will not be open for a few more days. So when taxiing from the ramp towards the two rows of T-hangars you  would normally taxi past them and take a left after the 2nd row to go to the campground.   Now please turn left right in front of the first set of T-hangars and taxi to Aviation City that way.

The weather is looking great for this weekend so it should be a wonderful time to airplane camp. See you all here.

Friends of Arcadia Airport

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FSAACA Fly-In & Camp-Out

This weekend Aviation City will be hosting the Florida Sport  Aviation Antique & Classic Association here at X06. Arrival on Friday Feb 8th going to Sunday  Feb 10th with plans for a group  fly out to the Everglades Seafood Festival on Saturday. The weather is looking great for their annual visit. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun so plan now to reserve your campsite.


On another note the paving around the T-hangars at Arcadia Municipal should be complete any day so please plan your taxi route to the campground accordingly. See you all here.

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Now is the time for airplane camping.

If you have been thinking this is the year to try airplane camping you are right. Aviation City is ready for you with beautiful  “on airport” facilities that include  3  wooded acres. You taxi directly to your campsite by way of two circular taxiways, pitch your own tent or if you don’t have one reserve our large “newbie” tent already set up and ready for you. Enjoy the 20×30 pilot shelter with picnic tables, electric power & water as well as large circular fire hub for a great evening campfire. At days end take advantage of our new restrooms with hot showers. What else could you ask for ?  Perhaps a large fridge to keep your food in ? Yes, we have that also. Oh, and don’t forget the Aviation City courtesy van to visit a local restaurant or attraction. The FBO has the lowest 100LL price around ( $ 3.35) and there is also a  full service maintenance shop, Wingman Aviation, on the field. So what are you waiting for?

Make your reservations now at https://foaa.us/camping-reservations/  The WX for this week can’t get any better for airplane camping so take advantage of it and come on down to Aviation City.
Click on photos for larger view.



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