Upcoming FlyOuts

Summer 2021 FlyOut

Bardstown, KY
August 12-15, 2021

About the FlyOut

Bardstown Kentucky is the Bourbon Capitol of the world. Located in north-central Kentucky about 35 miles south of Louisville and the Ohio River, it’s a great starting place to tour Bourbon Country. Rolling hills (we call them knobs and hollers) with a blend of farmland and forests make for a scenic flight into our home town.

Bardstown is known as the Bourbon Capitol of the World for good reason. Before prohibition there were hundreds of distilleries within 25 miles of Bardstown. The most famous of the early distillers including the Beam, Weller, Samuels, and Hayden families lived in Bardstown and their descendants still call it home. There are more than 10 million barrels of bourbon aging in the over 200 rickhouses surrounding our fair city. Naturally, our activities in Bardstown will involve this unique industry.


Activity Highlights

WINGS Safety Seminar

FAA WINGS Safety SeminarUSPA 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.


BBQ At The Airport

Relax after the journey to Kentucky. Catch up with your friends and make some new ones! The Kentucky Pilots Association is hosting a Barbeque at the airport (KBRY, Samuels Field). The BBQ is free for USPA Members and those attending the FlyOut. Make sure you come hungry! 


Distillery Tours

Tour two different distilleries with a group lunch. If Bourbon is not your thing, don't worry, there are many places to explore and museums to visit on your own.

Tour the Lux Row Distillery
LuxCo is based in St. Louis, Missouri. They have opened a new distillery called Lux Row Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky and began distilling in April 2018. The 18,000 square foot distillery employs 34 people and was built at a cost of $70 million on a 70-acre property purchased from the Ballard family. The original 1808 Ballard home was retained and will become incorporated in the operation. LuxCo currently has more than 100,000 barrels of whiskey aging in Kentucky.

Tour the Barton 1792 Distillery
The Barton / 1792 Distillery is the seventh largest distillery in the world and ”1792” is its most popular brand. This is one of the older distilleries near Bardstown. Started in 1876 by Ben Mattingly and Willett Frache, it was eventually purchased by Tom Moore in 1889. The distillery went bankrupt in 1916. All whiskey was removed at prohibition and the distillery was dismantled. In 1934 the plant was rebuilt and passed through several owners. The Sazerac Company, of New Orleans, Louisiana, purchased the distillery in Bardstown. There are now more than 40 warehouses and more than 600,000 barrels of Bourbon on the property.


Explore On Your Own

Bardstown has a bit of everything. If you are a foodie, there are many local restaurants to check out. There are many museums including one for the history of whiskey and a Civil War museum. For the rail fans of the group, there is a train excursion that does lunch, dinner, and other excursions. If you need to pick up something to take home and remember the trip with, there are local shops that will have you covered. 

Lexington and Louisville are both an hour or less away if a day trip is for you.

Bardstown Visitors Guide      Bardstown Visitors Bureau Website


Group Dinner with Guest Speaker

Dan Gryder will be the guest speaker on Saturday Night. In addition to being a safety advocate, he usually brings a musical instrument to add a little fun to his presentation. Dan is a retired Delta Captain and GA safety advocate. Dan’s YouTube channel is “Probable Cause” where he presents his take on aircraft accidents. Dan offers training, ferry and test flights in just about any Single, Twin, Tailwheel, Radial, Turboprop or Citation 500 series. He provides DC-3 SIC or PIC type rating and10 day IFR ratings at your home base. FAA Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, ATP   DC-3  DC-3TP. DC-9  CE-500  MU-300 BE-400  B-757  B-767  B-777.

Dan’s presentation will be on safety and AQP, that is Advanced Qualification Program for GA pilots. Dan’s message is straightforward and simple, we have to reduce the fatality rate in GA and make GA safer for all. Dan says that our current aviation accident investigators focus too much time on the “what caused” that specific accident, and not enough time on the “what could have prevented” that accident.


Schedule of Activities

Thursday, August 12
6 pm BBQ at the Airport. Hosted by the Kentucky Pilots Association – free for USPA members! 
7:30 pm Safety Seminar  
Friday, August 13
9:30 am Distillery Tour 1  
11:30 am Group Lunch  
1:30 pm Distillery Tour 2  
5 pm Group Dinner  
7 pm Bourbon Tasting  
Saturday, August 14
8:30 am Group Breakfast at the Airport  
10 am Morning Activities On Your Own  
12 pm Lunch On Your Own  
1 pm Afternoon Activities On Your Own  
6:30 pm Group Dinner and Guest Speaker  
Sunday, August 15
Depart at your leisure or stay and enjoy Bardstown.  

Travel Information

Airport and FBO

KBRY - Samuels Field Airport
FBO: Bluegrass Aviation
Phone: 502-348-2099
Group Perks: no handling fee, free tie down, full service for GA at a 59 cent premium. Please contact Bluegrass Aviation for more information.

KBRY-AirNav      FBO Website

Rental Cars

KBRY - FBO: Bluegrass Aviation
Please coordinate through Enterprise and the FBO for delivery and return.


Fairfield Inn & Suites
1070 Morton Ave
Bardstown, KY 40004
P: (502) 350-6720

Reservations can be made online using the link below or by calling the hotel reservations department at 502-350-6720.
Make sure you tell them you are with United States Pilots Association or use the reservation link below. 

Double Queen - $139/night plus tax
Single King - $139/night plus tax

Rates include breakfast, and free parking.

If you would like to fly in early or stay late, please contact the hotel directly to book and they will honor the rate, you may also email tim.alsip @ mariott.com
No penalty cancellation if made more than 24 hours prior to check-in.
Room availability cannot be guaranteed after July 16, 2021.

Online Reservations and Hotel Website

Activity Costs

BBQ at the Airport - Free for USPA Members and those attending the FlyOut.
Bourbon Tour - $30/person. Includes two distillery tours and a bourbon tasting.
Saturday Group Meals (Breakfast and Dinner) - $60/person
Meals - Any meal other than the Thursday BBQ Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, and Saturday Dinner are not included and will be the responsibility of the participant.

Cancellation Deadline

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 July 26, 2021. After July 26, 2021, activity fees are non-refundable. 

COVID-19 Information

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.

Register and Pay Online

USPA Member General Registration:  $25/person
USPA Non-Member General Registration: $45/person
*Please note that members will need to login for the member discount to apply. 

Register One Person     Register Multiple People 

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.