American Air Campers Association Launches Online Directory
Logo of the American Air Campers Association
“An Aviator’s Dream Is About to Come True.” Airmen who love cross-country flights and camping under the wing will agree with this headline that was used to announce a new online directory of airports where camping is permitted. Pilots of light planes and ultralights that fly “low and slow” especially need to know the location of these overnight stopovers. The directory uses an interactive airport camping map running FlightPrep flight planning software.
Founder and camping enthusiast Don Abbott from Fort Myers, Florida, said his love of air camping started with trips in his Cessna 150 to Shades State Park in Indiana. The American Air Campers Association (AACA) is a culmination of five years of research and planning including a survey of over 20,000 pilots. The AACA webpage includes a video demonstration of the online camping directory and a link where anyone can try out a demonstration of the interactive map. Members have full access to the online directory with detailed camping information, in addition to a newsletter, member forum, and telephone hotline.. The directory currently lists607 airports around the United States where camping is permitted.
The association plans to have regional air-camping adventures including annual East and West Air Camping Jamborees beginning in 2011. At the request of many of those surveyed, the online store offers an extensive array of the camping gear and equipment suited specifically to air camping. The AACA Advisory Board includes many illustrious leaders in aviation, and EAA ChairmanTom Poberezny has endorsed the AACA mission to promote air camping. Don Abbott gave a great interview on EAA Radio during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Listen to the interview here.