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A fly-in of Quad City Challenger aircraft belonging to an aircraft type club
A fly-in of Short Wing Piper aircraft from an Aircraft type club. The aircraft are (l-r) a Piper PA-17 Vagabond, a Piper PA-16 Clipper and a Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer

A fly-in is a pre-arranged gathering of aircraft, pilots and passengers for recreational and social purposes.

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 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.[1][2]


The first fly-in was the Grande 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 Blériot, 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 setting. Curtis set a speed record of 80 km/h (43 kn) flying a biplane he had designed, winning the first race for Gordon Bennett Coupe Internationale d'Aviation. Henry Farman set a distance record of 180 km (97 nmi) in just over three hours. Hubert Latham won the altitude contest by attaining 155 m (509 ft). The event attracted large crowds of spectators including 3,000 from the United Kingdom and 2,000 from the United States.[3]

The first fly-in located in the United Kingdom was held at Doncaster between 15–23 October 1909. It preceded the second UK event held at Blackpool by only three days. Both events competed for the honour of being the first of their type in the country and as a result neither drew the expected public interest. The Doncaster event attracted a dozen aircraft and pilots, but bad weather prevented much of the planned flying and many of the trophies were not awarded. The event lost a considerable amount of money.[3]

The first fly-in held in the United States was the Los Angeles Aviation Meet, held 10–20 January 1910 at Dominguez Field. Again this was a competition-style meet with almost all the aircraft from France. Louis Paulhan set a height record of just under one mile (1.6 km) and also took the prize for endurance with a flight of 1:49:40 that covered 61 mi (98 km).[3]

The first Raymonde de Laroche, the first woman in the world to earn a pilot's licence, who won a 10,000 Franc prize for her flight of 10 km (6.2 mi).[3]

The People's Republic of China has been a difficult environment for general aviation, having had severe limits placed on it in the communist era, but by 2011 the government agreed to lift restrictions and to promote the use of business and personal aviation. China's first fly-in was to be held 20–24 September 2011 in Beijing as part of a five day conference on general aviation, but the fly-in was "postponed indefinitely" due to a Beijing Police Department helicopter crash that raised safety concerns.[4][5]

Swissair Genève" (CASG).[6]


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  3. ^ a b c d Villard, Henry Serrano & Willis M. Allen Jr: Looping The Loop, pages 42-54. Kales Press, 2000. ISBN 0-9670076-2-3
  4. ^ Niles, Russ (August 2011). "China To Hold First GA Fly-In". AVweb. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Grady, Mary (September 2011). "China's First GA Fly-In Postponed". AVweb. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "La Côte International Fly-In 2015". 
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