Registration numbers are soaring for an aviation
convention planned this weekend at Bremerton National
As of Wednesday morning,
523 pilots had confirmed they planned to land at the airport
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Fly-In, which kicks
off Friday evening and continues through Saturday.
Nearly 160 participants planned to camp under the wings of their
Total registration for the event had topped 1,700, but closer to
3,000 attendees are expected, according to airport director Fred
“It should be a packed house,” he said.
Weather forecasts should help boost attendance. The
National Weather Service predicts sunny skies and temperatures
in the high 80s this weekend.
The Bremerton event will double the size of the
AOPA Fly-In Spokane hosted in 2014, which attracted 1,500
attendees and 240 planes. (A torrential rainstorm the day before
festivities began dampened attendance.)
Big registration numbers for Bremerton are encouraging
to organizers, who believe the event will provide an economic
boost to the area.
AOPA Fly-Ins typically generate about $680,000 for the local
economy, according to the association. The conventions create
business for hotels, transportation companies, food vendors and
Jack Edwards, manager of
Bremerton’s Baymont Inn & Suites, said roughly one-third of
his rooms (about 50 units) were booked for the weekend
by Fly-In participants. He started receiving reservations from
AOPA members as early as April.
“We’re still getting calls from them, but we’re
full,” Edwards said.
Visitors who waited until this week to book rooms
would be hard pressed to vacancies anywhere in Bremerton, he
Peninsula Executive Director Patty Graf-Hoke said the Port of Bremerton deserved
praise for bringing
the Fly-In to Kistap.
“The AOPA very prestigious national
organization and their West Coast event offers locals new
opportunities to introduce hundreds tourists to the region,”
Graf-Hoke said in an email. “Guests are filling up hotel rooms
which is good for local businesses and the economy.”
The AOPA Fly-In is free and open to the public.
Click here to learn more about the event.
You don’t have to be a pilot to enjoy the beauty of the Kitsap
peninsula from the air. Click here to see
Meegan Reid’s gallery of aerial photos taken earlier this