In 1990, our first event was held in Provincetown, Mass., and it included a handful of gay pilots. Communication was by telephone, and members were identified by having an airplane on their shirt. During that time, members risked losing their job or being discharged from the military if they were outed as gay.

This eventually evolved into a national organization, and we're excited to continue to celebrate that legacy at the 2019 Cape Cod Classic, which will be held from Sept. 12-15, 2019 in Provincetown, Mass.


Transportation

Getting to the Cape can be a bit complicated, so it's good to plan ahead. We recommend one of the following means of transport:

Drive
Cars can be easily rented from Boston Logan International Airport. The drive from Boston is very scenic, and can take from 1.5-4 hours depending on traffic. Please be prepared for delays getting on and off Cape during holidays, rush hour, and inclement weather.

Sail
Fast ferry service from Boston, which takes about 1.5 hours, is available through two operators, Boston Harbor Cruises and Bay State Cruises. This is by far the easiest and most enjoyable way to get to P-town, and the ferries will drop you off right in the center of town. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the ferry on the day of departure. The operators use different wharfs in Boston, so make sure you travel to the correct one and double check your departure time (schedules change to the low season in September).

Fly: Privately
For those planning to fly privately into PVC, a few notes:

  • Relax: There is an ILS (horray!).

  • Preferred IFR routes into Cape Cod can be tricky and somewhat roundabout, especially for IFR traffic. Please check the current AFD for more information so there are no surprises.

  • If you are coming in VFR from the north, Boston Approach is very good about giving VFR advisories through the Class B airspace. Be prepared to stay outside (to the west) of Mass. Route 128, or well east of the Boston Logan complex.

  • Boston Approach (formerly Cape Approach) can get saturated very quickly during times of peak volume and inclement weather including LIFR. If you’re planning a “pop-up” IFR clearance, please make sure you have a flight plan on file to expedite service.

  • Many cell phones do not work at PVC (on the ramp or near the terminal), so plan well ahead if you need to call flight service or transportation. There is a public phone in a call box just outside the terminal, but it is sometimes unreliable. If you need to phone a local or toll-free number, including, taxis, representatives at the Cape Air counter inside the terminal are usually helpful.

  • If you have airport-specific requests or needs, Airport Manager Arthur “Butch” Lisenby may be reached directly at 508.487.0241 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.).


Fly: Commercially

Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines offers their famed Cessna 402 service to P-town from Boston. The trip is quick and scenic, though you'll need to use a taxi in P-town once you land. If you're planning to jumpseat, ID-90, or ZED on Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines, please note that many (and we do mean many!) NGPA members plan to do the same. Please, take this into consideration.

Bike
When you get to P-town, biking is the best way to get around. NGPA recommends Gale Force Bikes (call 508.487.4849 to book) and the P-Town Bike Shack (call 508.487.0232 to book).

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