May 20, 2014 - The Virginia Regional Festival of Flight will hold its 17th annual gathering next weekend, May 31-June 1, at Suffolk Executive Airport (KSFQ), 40 miles west of Virginia Beach. Featured attractions this year include the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron’s “Rise Above” Tuskegee Airmen exhibit including a red tail P-51C Mustang, a large car and motorcycle show on Saturday, unmanned aerial systems demonstrations, and more.
Aviation forums and workshops are scheduled throughout the fly-in, many of them approved for FAA WINGS Program or aviation maintenance technician (AMT) credit. Also see master welder Charlie Collier provide tips and hands-on TIG welding instruction, and hear about Bill Harrelson’s 6,000-mile nonstop flight from Guam to St. Augustine, Florida, in his specially modified Lancair IV.
See the latest offerings from dozens of exhibitors throughout the weekend, and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the exhibit area.
Sunday’s highlight is an hour-long air show performance by Tiger Airshows’ Twin Tiger Yak 55s, scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Skydive Suffolk will open the show with a flag jump. Following the air show, volunteer EAA pilots will provide youths age 8-17 with Young Eagles flights. Kids can also enjoy many hands-on aviation-related activities at the Youth Tents.
One significant change from previous fly-ins: there is no ultralight grass strip; all operations will be from Runway 04-22, with one approach procedure. Those planning to fly in are urged to study the illustrated approach procedure, tune into the AWOS, and follow the inbound traffic to the active runway while monitoring UNICOM before arriving at the initial point on the approach.
Fly-in hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free for cars and aircraft, there’s also no charge for under-the-wing camping. Admission is $10 for drive-ins, $5 for fly-ins, and there’s no charge for kids 14 and under.