We are finalizing our plans for the Michigan Air Tour 2016, which will take place Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18. We are planning exciting stops in the northern, middle and lower parts of this great state, including a Grand Banquet on Saturday evening. This year, our weekend tour will coincide with an AOPA fly-in at Battle Creek on Saturday, and we plan to leave time in the schedule for you to attend this first-ever event. This way, you will be able to make the most of your flying weekend while promoting and supporting aviation in Michigan.
You'll meet new friends and have great fun flying. Best of all, you'll see the length and breadth of the beautiful State of Michigan from the best vantage point, the air.
Aviation safety is emphasized throughout the Michigan Air Tour. The airports selected for the Tour have paved runways of adequate length for most general aviation planes, and fuel is available along the route. Each tour day's flying begins with a detailed preflight pilot briefing, covering the details of the airports along the route, the weather and other pertinent safety related information.
Ceremonies are held at each tour stop, at which time a plaque is presented to local governmental officials thanking them for establishing an aerial gateway to their communities. The public is invited to attend to view the visiting aircraft, meet the pilots and aircrews, and learn about general aviation first hand.
Along the way, participants of the MAT work on a trivia quiz with questions about the communities they will be visiting. The answers are at each stop. We hope they will return to the area on their own, as part of a family vacation.