Gator Fly-In and Armed Services Appreciation Day

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Name: Gator Fly-In and Armed Services Appreciation Day
Date: February 24, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST
Event Description:
Hope you can join us for the
2024 Gator Fly-In and Armed Services Appreciation Day
Sat. March 23, 2024 10 am – 3 pm
Gainesville Regional Airport/University Air Center (KGNV)
4701 NE 40th Terrace, Gainesville, Florida 32609
  • Celebrating Women in Aviation!
  • Military, antique and experimental aircraft displays
  • Flown West Ceremony for Commander Lt. Col. Richard G. “Spad” McSpadden, Jr., Friend of the Gator Fly-In, who served as commander and flight leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team, flying the lead aircraft in over 100 flight demonstrations. Most recently, Spad served as Senior Vice President of Aircraft Owner and Pilots’ Association’s (AOPA’s) Flight Safety Institute. Tragically, Spad lost his life in a plane crash in October 2023. Spad enjoyed the Gator Fly-In and was excited to attend this year’s event. We miss him and are so proud to honor him!
  • The second annual “Col. Joe ‘Pamcake’ Breakfast” will be held 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. with all proceeds going to Joe’s favorite charity, the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame (
  • Airplane and helicopter rides, including Commemorative Air Force T-34 Mentor
  • Best Aircraft Contest/People's Choice
  • Distinguished Speakers
  • Food trucks
  • Vendors
  • Live Music by TreeTop Flyers
  • Classic Cars and Boats
  • Event is free to the public; free parking and shuttle at the event
A schedule for the day follows:
  1. 8:30 am Col. Joe ‘Pamcake” Breakfast
  2. 9 am – aircraft arrive and park; all aircraft parked by 9:45 am
  3. 10 am – Public Arrive; helicopter and airplane rides begin
  4. 11 am Opening Ceremony
  5. 11:15 am Flown West Ceremony for Commander Lt. Col. Richard G. “Spad” McSpadden, Jr.
  6. 11:20 Speakers begin
  7. 12 noon Live Music, food trucks
  8. 2 pm People’s choice and Best of Show Airplane Contest Announced
  9. 3 pm Final thank you and prep for departures
  • Questions to or phone (352) 416-0787
  • Tell your flying friends, and feel free to forward this to anyone who'd rather be flying in?    ??    ??    ?
Event Media:
University Air Center (KGNV)
4701 NE 40th Terrace, Gainesville, Florida 32609
Date/Time Information:
10 am - 3 pm
Pre-event pancake breakfast 8:30 am - 11 am
Contact Information:
Erin Porter
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