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Branson, MO   April 11-14, 2019

This year we will have a safety seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at KPLK as usual.  On Friday, we will travel a few miles south to explore Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a popular resort town and vacation destination since the 1800’s.  Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas surrounded by rivers and lakes, Eureka Springs became known early on for its healing waters, Victorian architecture and historical significance and as a haven for artists.  Eureka Springs has been consistently honored as one of the Top 25 Arts Destinations.   A city of diversity that boasts parades, festivals, music, attractions, dining, outdoor adventures, and much more.  The broad spectrum and popularity of Eureka weddings has earned the romantic village the privilege of hosting more weddings than anywhere else in the state of Arkansas.

Friday evening, we will have dinner together in the Hughes Brothers Theater in Branson, followed by the award winning show “SIX.”  Six Brothers… Songs & Music Using Only Their Voices! It’s a musical and entertaining show unlike any other you have ever seen! Using only their voices to recreate some of the greatest songs of all time, these six brothers have put together a one-of-a-kind act that showcases their extraordinary vocal talents.

Saturday morning all are encouraged to attend our annual brief USPA membership and board meetings at the hotel, followed by lunch at the newly opened Pizza Ranch on Hwy. 248.  After lunch, we will enjoy an informative program by our very own JC Zalog (USPA Treasurer) on the topic “Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems.”  The afternoon is free to enjoy whatever interests you in Branson.  In the evening we will have dinner together at Landry’s Restaurant on “The Strip,” and then go next door to the Presley’s Theater for their 8:00 p.m. show. Back in 1967 the Presleys built the first LIVE music theatre in Branson, Missouri. Today, Presley’s Theatre is a Branson Landmark, and the Presley family is still here entertaining audiences with a one-of-a-kind mix of country, gospel, bluegrass, and hilarious comedy!

Sunday morning is departure day or stay to enjoy more of Branson.

With Branson hosting over seven million people each year, come see what all the excitement is about!  As a USPA member, you will enjoy our special group rate at a top notch property, a fun lineup of activities, and great GA fellowship.  Sign up now!

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Hotel: Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills, 203 S. Wildwood Drive, Branson, MO 65616. Our rate is $84, plus tax, which includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet.  Call 417 335-4727 for reservations. To obtain our special rate, you must tell them that you are with the United States Pilots Association.  The cut-off date for our block of rooms is March 13, so reserve your room now.  The hotel can't guarantee availability or the special rate after that date. There will be a hospitality suite in the hotel.

            Airport and FBO: Downtown/M. Graham Clark Airport (KPLK), 417 332-1848, has offered one night free tiedown, no landing or ramp fees, and a fuel discount.   (They are also providing free coffee for our safety seminar.)  For Avis rental cars at PLK, call 334-4945 and say you're with USPA for a 10% discount.

          Branson West Airport (KFWB), 417 272-3921, will waive one night tie down with fuel purchase.   For rental cars, call the airport. 

          Branson Airport (KBBG), Branson Jet Center, 417 334-8234, no fees for all single engine piston aircraft under 4,000 lbs., no fuel purchase required, avgas discount also.  Call the FBO for Enterprise rental cars.  

         Consider sharing rental cars and make your reservations NOW.  

            If we do not get enough signed up for the shows and meals well in advance to guarantee a minimum group rate, we will not be able to make deposits and book these things.  So please make your decision now.  Otherwise, we cannot guarantee group rates.  



Thursday, April 11

3:00 p.m. - Midnight

Hospitality Room


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Safety Seminar


Friday, April 12

6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests


8:00 a.m. - Midnight

Hospitality Room


10:00 a.m.

Tour Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs

6:30 p.m.

Dinner at Hughes Brothers Theater

Hughes Brothers Theater

8:00 p.m.

Show "Six"

Hughes Brothers Theater

Saturday, April 13

6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests


9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

USPA Annual Membership Meeting and Board Meeting - all members and guests encouraged to attend


12:30 p.m.

Lunch & "Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems’

Pizza Ranch

6:00 p.m.


Landry’s Restaurant

8:00 p.m.

Presley’s Show

Presley’s Theater

Sunday, April 14

6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests.


Depart at your leisure or stay and enjoy more of the Branson area. Thanks for coming!


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Dayton, OH June 13-16, 2019


With so many historic and fascinating venues in the Dayton area, USPA members will have a busy time getting around to experience as many as possible. 

To start our educational and fun weekend, we will have a safety seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, June 13, at (KMGY) Dayton-Wright Brother Airport at Aviation Sales, Inc. (our FBO, offering free tiedown with a fuel purchase).

Friday, June 14, we will tour the Hartzell Propeller manufacturing plant to learn more about how this vital aircraft component is made. Hartzell Propeller was founded in 1917 by Robert N. Hartzell as the Hartzell Walnut Propeller Company. It is an American manufacturer of composite and aluminum propellers for certified, homebuilt, and ultralight aircraft, also producing spinners, governors, ice protection systems, and other propeller controls. After a 45 minute drive to Piqua, Ohio, we will have a three hour guided tour of the plant.

Friday afternoon we will visit the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center where there is information about all the Wright sites throughout the Dayton area known collectively as the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. At the Center we will learn where three historical figures’ lives intersected: Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. A guided tour can be arranged, or you can tour on your own.

Friday evening we will eat together and enjoy a presentation by guest speaker Master Navy Diver Ray Davison, as he tells us about helping in the recovery of the NASA Challenger Space Ship disaster, as well as the recovery of the Civil Warship U.S.S. Monitor. 

Saturday we will spend the day enjoying the enormous National Museum of the United States Air Force. A guided tour can be arranged, or you can tour on your own. The National Museum of the United States Air Force (formerly the United States Air Force Museum) is the official museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, six miles northeast of Dayton. The NMUSAF is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display. The museum draws about one million visitors each year, making it one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in Ohio. 

Hotel: Staybridge Suites Hotel – Dayton South/Austin Landing, 10110 Landing Way, Miamisburg, OH 45342, 937 535-2222, offering us a group rate of $105, plus tax, which includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. All rooms are king studios with pull out sofa sleepers. You need to tell them you are with the Group Code (DSF) United States Pilots Association. The cut-off date for our block of rooms is May 13, so make your room reservation now!

Airport and FBO: Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (KMGY) is our airport, and Aviation Sales, Inc. is our FBO. They are offering no charge for tie-downs with a fuel purchase. You may want to bring your own tie-down ropes just in case they run out of space with ropes.

Car Rentals: Enterprise is 866 315-9155. Avis and Hertz are also available. Consider sharing a rental car and make your reservations now.

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