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The Texas Fly-In Is Underway


May 11, 2006 — Aviation enthusiasts from throughout the Southwest are descending on Hondo, Texas, this weekend for the 42nd annual Southwest EAA Regional Fly-In, often referred to simply as the SWRFI, or as of late, The Texas Fly-In. Great weather is forecast through Sunday, May 14, and the mile-long ramp will be filled with a wide variety of homebuilts, restored classics, vintage, warbirds, and more.

The fly-in features a full slate of forums Friday and Saturday, highlighted by special fly-in guest Mike Melvill, pilot of SpaceShipOne, the world's first civilian spacecraft. He'll speak at 1 p.m. both days, plus will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday night awards banquet.

Other forums focus on engine data management, starters and generators, a review the FARs and airspace and others. And EAA's Ron Wagner, manager of EAA field relations and sport pilot expert, will give sport pilot briefings at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Texas Fly-In features a completely reorganized Fly-Market, an ultralight park and runway, and a Saturday air show showcasing the talents of Debby Rihn-Harvey, Ron Cain, Randy Henderson and Matt Younkin. Prior to the air show and on Friday at noon, the U.S. Air Force T6-A Demonstration Team from Randolph AFB in San Antonio will conduct a precise 18-minute flying demonstration.

Sit-down dinners are held each night in an air-cooled hangar, which snacks are available throughout the day at the Food Court. The fly-in also expects about 100 exhibitors of aviation products and services for the experimental community.

Gates open at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. For all the details, visit www.swrfi.org.

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