2022 Texas Top Aviation Fly In at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort

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Come join Texas Top Aviation on May 10th-13th, 2022 in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort for the 2022 Texas Top Aviation Fly-In. The Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort is home to the Towa Golf Course, which boasts the only island green in New Mexico.

The Texas Top Aviation Fly In is open to any and all aircraft owners from near and far. Prepare yourself for a few days of fun (golfing or other Santa Fe/high desert activities), refreshment, community, and a little bit of learning, all in gorgeous Santa Fe, New Mexico. Spring time in Santa Fe is renowned for its beauty and great climate.

The getaway begins with your arrival into the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (KSAF). For those playing golf, it is recommended to arrive on the afternoon of May 10th. For those not playing golf, it is optional to arrive the afternoon of May 10th, but recommended to arrive by early afternoon on May 11th at the latest. The Jet Center at Santa Fe will be the host FBO for the 2022 Texas Top Aviation Fly-In. Once you de-plane, hail an Uber or Lyft, or pickup your rental car, and head for the resort! (Please note, if a rental car is desired, one will need to be arranged with the Jet Center directly). Dinner on May 10th will be at Gabriel’s of Santa Fe, with transportation provided by Hilton Buffalo Thunder.

Wednesday morning, May 11th, marks the start of the 2nd Annual Texas Top Aviation Fly In Golf Tournament. The tournament will be scored under the Peoria Format (see #2 on page 2) to give everyone a fair shake. Even a 30 handicapper has a chance to win! The Tournament will be two rounds and take place over May 11th and May 12th. Tee times begin at 10am, so golfers are recommended to arrive in Santa Fe on the afternoon of May 10th.

Each day after experiencing the beauty and challenge of the Towa Golf Course, Texas Top Aviation will present an aviation seminar designed to help you fly your airplane safer and more proficiently. Hank Gibson will be presenting on Foreflight on Wednesday the 11th, followed by Aviation Lawyer Scott Williams presenting on “The Legal Aspects of Aviation Insurance.” On the 12th, Master CFI David McVinnie will be giving a presentation on accidents and how to prevent them.

A bigger prize will be offered this year for the golf tournament champion. The tournament champion will receive one free air to air photography session compliments of Mach Point One Aviation. The session will be in Austin, Texas (if winner desires Mach Point One to come to your home airport, that is available for an extra fee). Mach Point One has been the featured photography company in many MMOPA and COPA magazine shoots, Flying Magazine, Osh Kosh, and a number of fly in’s and air shows across the country.

The 2022 Texas Top Aviation Fly In will conclude with a farewell dinner on May 12th along with the trophy presentation for the Tournament champion. Departure from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport will be at your convenience on May 13th.

If a longer stay at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder, please advise when registering.

Registration rates for the 2022 Texas Top Aviation Fly In will be $1375/person ($1055/person for a non-golfer, and $715/person for a non-golfing spouse). That includes both rounds of golf, accommodations for the week, and Wednesday & Thursday dinner. Box lunches will be provided for the golfers and included in the cost of the event.

Registration closes on April 10th, 2022.

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Airport Information

Name: Santa Fe Municpal Airport

Identifier: KSAF

Frequency: ATIS-128.55, Tower-119.5, Ground-121.7

Elevation: 6,349 MSL; Traffic Pattern Altitude-7,400 MSL

Runway Alignments: 15/33, 10/28, 02/20 (10/28 is closed from sunset to sunrise)

Runway Lengths: 15/33-6,316′, 10/28-6,301′, 02/20-8,366′, all have good or better asphalt

Runway Widths: All are 75 feet wide or wider

Instrument Approaches: ILS 02, LPV for 02, 15, & 33, LNAV for 20 & 28, VOR 33

The airport is in a valley, but there is significant terrain in the area. Please study the VFR Sectional Chart before coming and be careful. If planning on arriving after dark, please use extra caution at night with terrain surrounding the airport.

IFR clearances may be obtained through either ground control or the tower frequency if all frequencies are combined. Check ATIS for details.

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