AOPA Fly-In (copy)

Check out the planes or take flying lessons at the Frederick Municipal Airport. 

Many of Frederick's attractions — think Baker Park or the Weinberg Center for the Arts — are hard to miss because they are located in the heart of the city or off of heavily traveled roads.

But that's not the case with Frederick Municipal Airport.

With planes and helicopters taking off and landing on a regular basis, it's understandably located on the outskirts of town. But it doesn't take long to drive to this full-service reliever airport, and the short trip is worthwhile for anyone who enjoys watching sleek flying machines.

The airport hopes to be a place where curious locals spend a portion of their day, either to watch quotidian aviation activity or captivating events like the Fly-In put on by the Frederick-based Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in May.

Held to mark the AOPA's 80th year in business, the Fly-In featured aircraft displays (including World War II D-Day Squadron C-47s) and aerial demonstrations as well as seminars and workshops for the aviation community.

But many who stop by might not want to fly at all, opting just to get nice glimpses of aircraft. There are about 156 planes and 12 helicopters based at Frederick Municipal Airport, according to Tom Haines, who is the AOPA senior vice president of media, communications and outreach.

There are opportunities for all types of pilots, whether they are beginners or those who want to return to flying after a hiatus and need to brush up on some things.

Visit the airport's website for more information.

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