OU to Host Regional Fly-In


Children and adults at the Regional Fly-in hosted by OU Aviation

The Department of Aviation and Max Westheimer Airport will host a regional fly-in comprised of about 500 aircraft as part of their 11th Annual Aviation Open House Sept. 8-9.

“AOPA started the Regional Fly-Ins a few years ago,” said Ken Carson, director of the OU Department of Aviation. “Max Westheimer Airport is one of the larger general aviation airports in America. It’s an aviation celebration for the community of Norman, for the state and the region, and we’re proud to host it.”

The event, sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), will bring pilots from across the region together for skill development, group flying and hands-on activities. The fly-in will feature a display of private aircraft, business aircraft and small Unmanned Aerial Systems, also known as drones, an exhibit hall and the AOPA Village, along with workshops and clinics for the pilots and aircraft owners who participate in the event.

“There will be a lot of aviation vendors there,” Carson said. “Their main audience will be the general aviation pilots, but attendees will enjoy the vendors, too, because they will get to see all of the trades and technology and items that go into making aviation what it is today. The main thing for us is to expose people, especially kids, to aviation.”

Admission to the AOPA Regional Fly-In and Aviation Open House will be free for the public throughout the event. Specific details about the hours of operation will be released later this fall.

“Your senses will be thrilled,” Carson said about the magnitude of the fly-in. “There will be lots of airplanes on the ramp. You’ll be able to talk to pilots and talk to mechanics and vendors. If you have family members who are interested in aviation, there will be no better place to go to experience what the fly-in can offer. They will get first-hand experiences from people working in all aspects of the aviation industry. It’s really a cross-section of America.”

To learn more about the OU Department of Aviation, visit aviation.ou.edu. For more detail about the AOPA Regional Fly-In, visit aopa.org.

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