if you go
if you go
GT Aviation and Potomac Airfield are about seven miles outside the Beltway. Take Exit 3/Maryland 210 and merge onto Indian Head Highway. Turn left onto Old Fort Road, make another left onto Allentown Road, then turn right onto Old Allentown Road. Make a slight right onto Airport Drive, then right onto Glen Way. Follow the green signs for the airfield, a half-mile on your left at 10300 Glen Way.
WHERE TO LEARN TO FLY
10300 Glen Way, Fort Washington
One-hour introductory flight in a Cessna 172 for $119.
NAFC — Flight Center
3090 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater
One-hour introductory flight in a Cessna 172 for $180 or a Piper Warrior for $160.
Washington International Flight Academy
Montgomery County Airpark
7940 Airpark Rd., Gaithersburg
Discovery flight in a Cessna 172 for $99; 30 minutes on the ground, 30 minutes in the air.
Manassas Regional Airport
10600 Harry Parrish Blvd., Manassas
Leesburg Executive Airport
1001 Sycolin Rd. SE, Leesburg
5075 Airport Rd., Midland
Adventure flights available at all three locations average $100 for 30 minutes and $170 for 60 minutes in a Cessna 172 (prices increase with different models). Light-sport aircraft flights are $90 for 30 minutes, $150 for 60 minutes.
Martin State Airport
701 Wilson Point Rd., Middle River, Md.
Thirty-minute discovery flight in a Cessna 172 for $129.
Chesapeake Sport Pilot
Bay Bridge Airport
210 Airport Rd., Stevensville, Md.
Introductory flights in light-sport aircraft, such as the Sky Arrow (one hour) or AutoGyro Calidus (30 minutes), for $99.
WHERE TO CELEBRATE FLIGHT
Virginia Regional Festival of Flight
Annual festival May 4-5, at Virginia’s Suffolk Executive Airport. Includes free Young Eagles flights for kids 8 to 17 on Sunday after the air show. See dozens of aircraft, demonstrations, workshops and vendor displays. Entrance fee $10; younger than 13 free. ($5 if you fly in.)
Women Can Fly
The inaugural flying events of this national volunteer organization will be held in Virginia and will educate girls and women about aviation through free flights, simulation experiences and classroom presentations. Each event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. June 8, Warrenton-Fauquier Airport; June 22, Hampton Roads Executive Airport; June 29, Lynchburg Regional Airport. Register online.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association