2017 Fly-In

Annapolis Naval Academy

SouthWings 21st Annual Fly-In
October 27 – 29, 2017
Grasonville, MD

Join us this fall for our 21st Annual Fly-in in the heart of the beautiful and historic Chesapeake Bay. We promise to deliver a weekend filled with fun, entertainment, and conservation focused entertainment. In addition to our planned agenda, there will be opportunities for you to explore and enjoy local hiking trails, birding, kayaking, restaurants, and more.

This year’s Fly-in is open to past, present, and future volunteer pilots. If you have a friend that is thinking about joining SouthWings, we ask that you invite them along. Of course, spouses/partners are always welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition, we’ve invited partners to join our Saturday evening event.

Event Location

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
600 Discovery Lane
Grasonville, MD 21638
Phone: 410-827-6694

Agenda and Speakers

Friday, October 27th:

Reception and Dinner 5-7 pm: Harris Crab House
Special Presentation 7-8 pm: Amanda Fandel with University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Dolphin Watch


Saturday, October 28th:

SouthWings 2017 Accomplishments 9-10 am
Pilot Round Table Discussion 10-11 am
Award Ceremony 11 am-12 pm
Lunch 12-1 pm

Break 1-5 pm

Evening Reception 5-6 pm

Dinner 6-7 pm
Musical Guest 5-7 pm: the Fiddle Oaks
Documentary film screening 7-8 pm: Tidewater by American Resiliency Project
Panel Discussion 8-9 pm:

  • Nick DiPasquale, Chesapeake Bay Program Director
  • Jackie Guild, Chesapeake Legal Alliance Executive Director
  • Roger Sorkin, Tidewater Producer and Director


Sunday, October 29th

Breakfast at Hotel


Holiday Inn Express Annapolis East-Kent Island
1020 Kent Narrows Road
Grasonville, MD 21638
Phone: 410-827-4454

Rates for 10/27 – 10/28 $119 per night + taxes
Rates for 10/26 and/or 10/29 $89/night + taxes (for those that wish to arrive early or stay an extra day)
Group booking code:
SOU – Must be mentioned at the time of reservation


Nestled along Maryland’s beautiful Eastern shore, the Holiday Inn Express® Hotel Annapolis – Kent Island not only offers visitors stunning views of the water, but provides an excellent location in the heart of the Kent Narrows, so the hotel’s guests can enjoy the area’s unparalleled dining and entertainment.

High-speed, wireless Internet access available throughout the hotel and a complimentary, hot Express Start Breakfast Bar included. Unfortunately, this property does not welcome pets. Leisure amenities include an observation deck and a pier that extends into the cove.

Nearby Airports

BWI - Baltimore–Washington International Airport (35 miles from hotel)
DCA – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (53 miles from hotel)
W29 – Bay Bridge Airport (5.5 miles from hotel)
KESN – Easton/Newnam Field Airport (20.4 miles from hotel)
KANP – Lee Airport (22 miles from hotel)


Room reservations must be made with the Holiday Inn Express Annapolis no later than Sept. 22, 2017 in order to qualify for our discounted rate. Please contact the hotel directly at 410-827-4454. Group booking code is SOU.

Please contact Adel Alamo at fly-in@southwings.org if you plan to attend no later than Sept. 8, 2017 so that we can have an accurate headcount for the event.

We look forward to having you join us for this exciting weekend!