is a pre-arranged gathering of aircraft, pilots and passengers for recreational
Fly-ins may be formally or informally organised, members of the public may or may not be invited, the gathering may be at an airport or in a farmer's field.
Fly-ins can be aimed at specific aircraft classes, such as taildraggers
, experimental aircraft
or specific aircraft models. They may be organized by a national organization, such as the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
or the Experimental Aircraft Association
, the airport owner or authority, a flying club
, an aircraft type club
or by a group of friends meeting perhaps for a barbecue
and to socialize.
The term "fly-in" is not formally defined in the aviation legislation of many countries and it may refer to a range of events, while in others it has a specific legal meaning. For example in Canada fly-ins may not legally include air displays or competitive flying.
The first fly-in was the Grand Semaine d'Aviation
(English: Grand Week of Aviation
) held in Reims
, France between 22–29 August 1909. The event attracted some of the world's foremost pilots of the day, including Louis Bleriot
, Henry Farman
, Léon Delagrange
, Hubert Latham
, Charles de Lambert
, Louis Paulhan
, Roger Sommer, Claude Grahame White
and one American, Glenn Curtiss
. The event was primarily a competition for record... Read More