In October, Groton-New London Airport hosted an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) fly-in, which was one of only four such fly-ins happening in the country. The fly-in took place on October 6-7 and attracted 6,364 visitors and approximately 480 aircraft.
“We’re pleased to have hosted a successful AOPA fly-in at Groton-New London Airport and to have had the opportunity to welcome thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts to our regional airport,” said Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “Not only has the event helped drive economic development in the region with the large number of out-of-state attendees coming in and spending funds at local businesses, but it also has given us a chance to showcase the strong facilities that we have worked hard to develop and maintain at the airport. It’s a true achievement to have had Groton-New London Airport selected as one of only four airports in the entire country to host the fly-in and it’s something that everyone who was involved in the planning of the event can be very proud of.”
In addition to the unique aircraft on display, attendees participated in safety seminars, hands-on workshops, an exhibit hall, and a Pilot Town Hall with AOPA President Mark Baker.
It was the first time such an event was held at Groton-New London Airport.