by Allie Hoyt
Perspective. It can be easy to lose sight of it in aviation. Whether flight has simply become routine, or more unfortunately, an aggravation, the shine has a tendency to wear off. The AOPA Homecoming Fly-In made a strong effort to restore the luster of flying, using exhibitors, speakers, and aerial demonstrations to drive the point home.
The weekend began with a Barnstormers Party, featuring a special screening of “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” the latest offering from the director of “One Six Right,” Brian J. Terwilliger. The film aims to put the wonder back into flight, and traveled to 18 countries in its quest. The visuals are breathtaking, and the film does a masterful job of presenting the impact of the 100 year history of air travel, set against the backdrop of 20,000 years of human migration.
On hand Saturday to dispense some hard earned wisdom were airshow veterans Mike Goulian and Sean Tucker. Both talks were intended to emphasize safety, and while Goulian’s stories were more of the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-have-done variety, Tucker had some hair raising tales of unavoidably sticky situations where the day was saved not only by his split second decisions in the moment, but by the years of dedication he has poured into the pursuit of aviation, inspired by, as he calls it, “the reverence of flight.”
There are three more AOPA regional fly-ins scheduled this year: August 22, in Minneapolis, MN, September 26 in Colorado Springs, CO, and October 10, in Tullahoma, TN.
Allie Hoyt is an A&P and a private pilot, living, working, and flying in Tulsa, OK. She is involved in warbird restoration, and her fascination with vintage things extends to her wardrobe and her love of swing dancing. She plans to one day fly as a bush pilot, but until then, hopes to share aviation with as wide an audience as possible.