Welcome to FLY OZ
We’ve combined a network of airstrips with a premier flying club. OurGoal? Becoming the most accessible region for recreational flying in the US. And it seems to be taking hold – were about 10 years in to this journey and it still feels like we’re just getting started.
Each FLY OZ airstrip is a gift from the landowner to the aviation community. Please fly in a safe and respectful manner. + Read More
The area we call home, Northwest Arkansas, is the result of millions of years of rivers and streams eroding down into a regional plateau. The result is a stunning combination of rivers, bluffs, and hills with a relatively low density altitude. The flying is great, but the airstrips are a portal to outdoor recreation such as cycling, floating, hiking, climbing, and camping.
On these pages we’ll brief the details of the FLY OZ network of airstrips and how to get started. If you contact us we’ll help you decide which locations best fit your interest and flight experience, put you in touch with guides that will organize a float trip, get you on a bike, introduce you to one of the country’s finest art museums, or find you the perfect get-a-way cabin.
THADEN FIELD, BENTONVILLE ARKANSAS (VBT)
Who are we? We’re a basecamp for your next aerial adventure, a portal to backcountry flying in the Ozarks, and a gathering place for all that love aviation. Based at Louise M. Thaden Field in Bentonville, Arkansas, ICAO Identifier (VBT), Thaden Field is the hub of Arkansas’ FLY OZ network, Summit Aviation’s fix base operation, home of Game Composites, and FLY OZ Club’s “hideout”.
The FIELDHOUSE shelters a flight school, an exhibition hangar, an FAA knowledge testing center, scenic flights, discovery flights, lawn games, fuel, provisions, and a full service, full menu at cafe LOUISE. In spring you’ll be able to rent a canoe and paddle out on Lake Bentonville.