International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians
Americas Region, President George Chaffey

AOPA Home Coming Fly-In (FDK)
Frederick, Maryland

October 4, 2014


Forty-two hundred people attended AOPA’s 75th Anniversary and Homecoming at Frederick, MD on Saturday, October 4. Tom Johnston, NE Americas section chief, and Richard Cody were there to greet other IFFR members and promote the Fellowship to Rotarians who attended. They set up a booth in in the vender tent. A circle of people surrounded the booth from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM learning about Rotary and IFFR. Tom noted, “We were surprised at the widespread interest not only in IFFR but in Rotary International!” Eight people took membership forms and expressed definite interest in joining our fellowship.

The fly-in day was packed with good experiences. IFFR members enjoyed fellowship during a delicious free lunch courtesy of AOPA. During the morning and afternoon members explored the exhibits and static aircraft displays, attended seminars and safety briefings, or watched air demonstrations. Some of the more interesting seminars included a “live” accident case study, “Panel Upgrades for WAAS and ADS-B,” “Advanced iPad Flying,” “Starting a Flying Club,” “Aircraft Insurance ‘Crash Course,’” “Owner Performed Maintenance,” “What’s New at Garmin?,” “Better Briefings with Flight Service,” and Rod Machado: “Thinking Small to Avoid Big Mistakes.” The day concluded with Mark Barker, President of AOPA, presiding over a “Pilot’s Town Hall.”

An unexpected benefit of being at the AOPA Homecoming was making staff contacts. For instance, Jared Esselman, Director of State Government Affairs, wanted to explore if IFFR might be a partner in addressing issues that impact aviation in America. What a privilege it is to be in a flying fellowship that others value.

Our next Northeast Americas Fly-in is October 25, 2014 at Stafford Regional Airport (RMN), Fredericksburg, VA. The Stafford Rotary Club is sponsoring a one day “Wings and Wheels Festival,” and IFFR is invited to have a display booth there in the expectation that Rotarians interested in aviation will also want to join the Fellowship. The event is the largest USA airshow sponsored by a Rotary Club! The airshow website provides (www.staffordrotary.org/Wings&WheelsFestival) driving and fly-in information. IFFR members flying in should notify Tom Johnston (tomjohnston@verizon.net or 717/391-0965–c) and meet at the IFFR booth in the vender area. Support Rotary and enjoy fellowship with other flying Rotarians at this Wings and Wheels Festival in Virginia.

Thomas M. (Tom) Johnston
1041 Country Club Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011
717/761-0195 (Home)
717/319-0965 (Cell)