Spacesport America To Host Private Pilot Fly-in on Valentine's Day

Feb 2nd, 2015

Spaceport America, NM – Spaceport America will host its first-ever
Private Pilots Fly-in on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. This is the first time
that the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) will open up the
spaceport to this kind of event. The spaceport currently has over 5,000
annual visitors that see the spaceport by taking one of the weekly public
bus tours. Holding a fly-in event like this was a result of the growing
number of requests from private pilots to fly into the spaceport to take a

This inaugural Private Pilots Fly-in Event will mark the start of a recurring
opportunity for private pilots to land at Spaceport America.

“We are really excited to let private pilots and their passengers have a
chance to fly-in and tour the spaceport,” said NMSA Executive Director
Christine Anderson. “Hosting special events like this, throughout the year,
gives us a new way to open up the spaceport to more visitors, creating a
new kind of tourism at the spaceport. This fly-in is the first in a series of
events that will be taking place in the coming weeks and months leading
to a new, exciting Spaceport America Visitor Experience, designed to
delight visitors as well as to expand and grow the spaceport’s tourism
business,” said Anderson.

The February 14th event will be open to the first ten pilots that register.
This special fly-in event will include a private NMSA tour of the spaceport
and lunch for ten pilots and their passengers. Registration fees and more
information on this event can be found by going to

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the
world. The launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S.
Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has been
providing commercial vertical launch services since 2006. Spaceport
America has hosted 21 vertical launches thus far. The New Mexico
Spaceport Authority continues to work closely with its tenants, Virgin
Galactic and SpaceX, and its other flight customers in support of the
commercial space industry.

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