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USPA SPRING FLY-IN

San Antonio, TX

March 23-26, 2017

San Antonio is currently the 7th largest city in the United States, and ranked one of the number one cities to visit. Why, you ask? San Antonio is more than just a city.  Itís a community of some of the kindest people you'll ever meet. Also because of the number of military bases and businesses in town, they have an eclectic mix of people. There is no shortage of fabulous attractions, from the well-known river walk  to the missions, Tower of the Americas, SeaWorld, the new Pearl Brewery, and the even newer Tobin's Performing Arts Center. USPA will visit many of the city and area attractions, and still leave time to explore more on your own.  In addition, we will conduct an FAA sanctioned safety seminar on Thursday evening at the HQ hotel, inviting area pilots to join us. 

HOTEL: Hampton Inn and Suites, 8202 City Base Landing, San Antonio, TX 78235. $99/night group rate held until Feb. 23 at 5:00 pm.  After that, the group rate may not apply. Free breakfast and WIFI included. Call (210) 333-4800 or click for reservations.

AIRPORT & FBO: Stinson Field (KSSF). $10/night tie-down (waived with fuel), $30/night hangar. $0.50 discount on fuel for USPA members. Call the FBO (Gate One) at 210-922-1203 to ensure a tie down spot and to make car rental (Enterprise and Hertz) arrangements. Let them know you are with USPA. The FBO is located directly under the tower.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday

 

Location

7:00 p.m.

WINGS Safety Seminar

Hotel meeting room

Friday

 

 

9-10:45

Texas Air Museum

Stinson field

10:45-11:45

Drive to Gruene, TX

 

11:45-1:30

Lunch at Gristmill River Restaurant

Gruene, TX

Option 1

Free Could include post lunch shops and strolling in Gruene driving the hill country, Canyon Lake area, etc

 

Option 2

 

 

1:30-2:50

Wander the shops in Gruene

 

2:50-3:20

Drive to Natural Bridge Caverns

 

3:20-5:00

Natural Bridge Caverns tour

 

 

 

 

6:00-8:00

Dinner

Magic Time Machine Restaurant, San Antonio

8:30

Social evening

hotel meeting room

 

 

 

Saturday

 

 

9:30

Board Double Decker Bus Tour (hop on-hop off).

 

11:30-1:00

Lunch at Mi Tierra Cafť

Stop 13 on the Bus Tour

1:00-2:30

Post lunch shops and strolling in the Mexican Market

 

2:30-3:00

Riverboat Tour

Stop 11 on the Bus Tour

3:00-6:00p

Free time to explore the river walk area

 

6:00-8:00

Dinner at Saltgrass Steakhouse

on the river walk

8:30

Social evening

hotel meeting roo

Sunday

 

 

 

Depart at your leisure

 

 FURTHER INFORMATION AND LINKS

Texas Air Museum  http://www.texasairmuseum.org/ Stinson Municipal Airport, 1234 99th St., San Antonio, TX 78214, 210-977-9885Admission $2 per person.  Price includes a dedicated tour guide.

Gruene, Texas http://www.gruenetexas.com/

Grist Mill River Restaurant http://gristmillrestaurant.com/ 1287 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78130 830-625-0684. Order from menu.

Natural Bridge Caverns http://www.naturalbridgecaverns.com/(S(sfrv4u45lluqez55d2eyq155))/Index.aspx 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266  210-651-6101. Caves are 70 F and 99% humidity year round (feels like 80-85 F). Tour includes a 150 foot incline, which those with walking disabilities may find challenging. We need a min. of 20 people to receive the group discount.

Magic Time Machine Restaurant https://www.magictimemachine.com/ 902 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-828-1470. Order from menu. 

Mi Tierra Restaurant http://www.mitierracafe.com/  218 Produce Row, San Antonio, TX 78207 210-225-1262. Order from menu. 

Double Decker Bus Tour http://www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com/our-sightseeing-tour-route/  San Antonio Visitorís Center, 216 East Crockett Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.  Fare: $29 per person. Can be purchased for about half price through Groupon: $31.14 for two people ($15.57 each) https://www.groupon.com/deals/city-sightseeing-san-antonio-6. Purchase your tickets through Groupon in advance or when boarding.

Various parking lots available downtown. Expect around $20 per day for parking (suggest car-pooling from the hotel).

Riverboat Tour http://riosanantonio.com/rivertours/  Aztec Station River Level Aztec Theater, Crockett & St. Maryís St., $10 per person for a 35 minute tour pass. Purchase tickets at Aztec station.

Saltgrass Steakhouse http://www.saltgrass.com/promos/early-dinner.asp?gclid=CjwKEAiA6rrBBRDsrLGM4uTPkWASJADnWZQ4tgzeudcHuYla6tzQOcqk9Yt5_VyXy_yL72RN9xmIkBoCxvfw_wcB 502 River Walk, San Antonio, 210-222-9092. Order from menu.

NOTE:  This is a USPA sponsored fun fly-in to spend a weekend exploring the SAT area, a get-together with old friends, and for non-USPA pilots to join us for fun, safety seminar, meeting other pilots, good  food, and to share visiting SAT.  It is open to both USPA members and non-USPA members  who want to use their planes  to have fun.

 

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SPRING FLYOUT

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP AND BOARD MEETINGS

Branson, MO   May 18-21, 2017

Named by Trivago.com as the Best Value Destination of 2017 for the second consecutive year, Branson is truly a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination - and an incredible value - with more than 50 live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, 12 championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, shopping galore, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts and meeting and conference facilities.

This year we will have a safety seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at KPLK as usual. On Friday, we will see the new Branson Auto & Farm Museum, encompassing 90,000 square feet and featuring several hundred items from farm equipment to classic hot rods and much more. A collector's collection, most items on display are for sale, and are changed out frequently.

After the museum, we will have a special wine tasting at Curling Vine Winery, Hwy. 165 at Green Mountain Drive, and then proceed on to the Showboat Branson Belle for a delicious dinner and entertaining show while cruising on beautiful Table Rock Lake.

Saturday morning all are encouraged to attend our annual USPA membership and board meetings at the hotel, with the rest of the day to shop, see more shows and/or museums, or whatever interests you in this diversified entertainment community. Dinner, with a cash bar, will be at the Stage Door Restaurant in the Welk Theater Complex, with show cast member Stan Phillips bringing us an interesting presentation. Sunday morning is departure day, or stay to enjoy more of Branson.

Hosting over seven million people each year, come see what all the excitement is about! As a USPA member, affiliated state member, or guest 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 $76, 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 April 18, 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.

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. Please note the Branson Airport has two designators--one for airlines and one for GA. If you are arriving by airline, Branson Airport (BKG) is your destination. 

Consider sharing rental cars, and make your reservations NOW.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

 

Thursday, May 18

3:00 p.m. - Midnight

Hospitality Room  

Hotel

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

Safety Seminar

KPLK

 

Friday, May 19    

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

Complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests     

Hotel

8:00 a.m. - Midnight

Hospitality Room

Hotel

10:00 a.m.

Tour Branson Auto and Farm Museum, 1335 W. Hwy. 76

Museum

1:45 p.m.

Tour & wine sampling, Curling Vine Winery, Hwy. 165 at Green Mountain Drive

Winery

3:15 p.m.

Showboat Branson Belle, 4800 Hwy. 165

Branson Belle

 

Saturday, May 20

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

Complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests

Hotel

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

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

Hotel

Afternoon

Enjoy Branson

Branson

6:00 p.m.

Dinner, Stage Door Restaurant, at Welk Resort, 1984 Hy. 165, and presentation by Stan Phillips

Welk Resort

8:00 p.m.

Million Dollar Quartet

Welk Resort

 

Sunday, May 21

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

Complimentary hot breakfast for hotel guests.    

Hotel

 

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

 

If we do not get enough signed up for the shows and dinners 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.

For more information, call Jan Hoynacki at 417 338-2225, 417 337-0827, or email t jan@uspilots.org

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