Fall 2021 FlyOut
September 30 - October 3, 2021
Before and during the Civil War Huntsville was a center for railroad and river-based trade and commerce. The Tennessee River remains a favorite local spot for summertime fun. Even now, Huntsville boasts one of the nation’s oldest existing railroad depots where Civil War-era graffiti still marks the walls from the Confederate soldiers who were held captive there.
Huntsville was the cotton trading center of the Tennessee Valley from the 1840s and 50s. It was still a cotton market town in 1950 when Senator John Sparkman brought German rocket scientists to town to develop rockets for the U.S. Army. By the end of the 1950s, Wernher von Braun's team had developed the rocket which orbited America's first satellite.
The U.S. Army has an important strategic post in Huntsville that is responsible for research, development, production and worldwide support of missiles, aviation, rockets and related programs. The influx of engineers, scientists and other technical specialists has transformed the small town into a cosmopolitan community which nonetheless maintains its heritage and reputation for hospitality.
WINGS Safety Seminar
USPA safety seminars are open to everyone, and we encourage local pilots to attend whether they are USPA members or not. The safety seminar will include a guest speaker on a safety-related topic of interest and are eligible for WINGS credits.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
In the middle of the 20th century, the bustling town of Huntsville became a critical support line for the U.S. Army before helping to launch the Space Race with the establishment of NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center. Space exploration is celebrated across all of Huntsville – they are known as “Rocket City USA” after all – but it’s especially celebrated at Alabama’s most popular attraction, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the world's largest space attraction and features dozens of interactive exhibits surrounding Apollo, Mercury and Space Shuttle spacecraft. Rockets developed in Huntsville range from the Army boosters that put America's first satellite and astronauts in orbit to NASA's Saturn V moon rocket and the Space Shuttle.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the only place in the world where you can stand under a "full stack" - the Space Shuttle, external tank and two rocket boosters.
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum is dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women. The emphasis is on participants of World War I and subsequent conflicts, whose survivors and families can use the Museum facilities to reminisce on their own experiences and those of parents, grandparents, and other close relatives.
The Museum displays more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present, including the oldest surviving jeep, the Ford Pygmy.
Explore On Your Own
Huntsville has a bit of everything. Of course there are multiple STEM activities with the rich history in rockets, space, and science. If you are a foodie, there are many local restaurants to check out; everything from pizza and BBQ to local taverns where you might find your new favorite brew. There are many museums from a rich history in the south with the civil war to the later era of rocketry. For the rail fans of the group, there is one of the oldest rail depots in America dating back to the 1860s. Unlike many Southern communities during the Civil War, Huntsville's buildings were mostly spared from destruction – leaving the Rocket City with one of the largest concentrations of antebellum homes in the South. The heart of this historic area is called Twickenham – a nod to the city’s original name given by wealthy landowner and capitalist, LeRoy Pope. If you need to pick up something to take home and remember the trip with, there are local shops that will have you covered.
Huntsville Visitors Website
Saturday evening there will be a group dinner. Compare stories and talk about all the cool places you visited on this trip.
|Thursday, September 30|
|7 pm||Safety Seminar|
|Friday, October 1|
|10 am||Tour U.S. Space and Rocket Center|
|Saturday, October 2|
|10 am||U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum|
|12 pm||Lunch On Your Own|
|1 pm||Afternoon Activities On Your Own|
|6 pm||Group Dinner|
|Sunday, October 3|
|Depart at your leisure or stay and enjoy Huntsville.|
Airport and FBO
KMDQ - FBO: Executive Flight Center
Enterprise Rental Cars are available through the FBO.
If you book directly with Enterprise, please let the FBO know so they can make sure you car is delivered for you.
Hampton Inn & Suites Huntsville Research Park Area
7010 Cabela Drive
Huntsville, AL 35806
P: (256) 971-1850
Reservations can be made online using the link below or by calling the hotel.
Make sure you tell them you are with United States Pilots Association or use the reservation link below.
Group Code: UPA
Double Queen - $104/night plus tax
Single King - $104/night plus tax
Rates apply several days before and after our flyout dates, include breakfast, and free parking.
No penalty cancellation if made more than 24 hours prior to check-in.
Room availability cannot be guaranteed after September 9, 2021.
Online Reservations and Hotel Website
U.S. Space and Rocket Center - $13/person (lunch is on your own)
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum - $3/person
Meals - All meals are on your own and not included in any of the registration or activity fees.
We understand with small airplanes and the weather that plans may need to be flexible or change. With COVID-19 and personal situations you may also need to change your travel plans. You may cancel your registration for a full refund or credit towards another FlyOut if canceled before September 9, 2021. After September 9, 2021, activity fees are non-refundable.
COVID-19 has had different impact depending on where you are in the world. With current social distancing guidelines and local ordinances, participants may be required to wear a mask or face covering for indoor venues and any group activities where social distancing is not possible. Participants are encouraged to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing whenever possible. More information will be provided to registrants closer to the date of the FlyOut based on information we receive from local authorities and event venues.
General Registration: $15/person
Registration fees for USPA events include snacks, soft drinks and a hospitality room in the designated hotel where members can freely congregate. Participants at USPA events must make their own hotel and rental car reservations except where otherwise indicated. USPA events are organized by USPA volunteers, providing discounted group rates for hotels and events, but spaces can be limited, so register and make reservations early to ensure you enjoy the discounted rates.