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Arlington Fly-In Runs Through Sunday


July 6, 2006 — Wednesday was for the kids at the Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In, EAA's largest regional fly-in event that runs through Sunday, July 9, at Arlington Municipal Airport, Washington. Despite overcast skies, day 1 got off to a good start with Kids Day as thousands of young aviation enthusiasts (pre-school and elementary ages), toured the grounds, getting an early positive experience in aviation.

"Kids Day was great," said Executive Director Barb Tolbert. "There were a lot more activities for them than we've had in previous years, including exhibits from the Pacific Science Center and the Museum of Flight. We had about 3,000 kids pre-registered to attend, and I think most of them made it."

"The Heritage tours have been popular, the Washington Seaplane Pilots are ready for the Splash-In to begin," she continued. "And despite the holiday during set-up time, vendors are pretty much all here and set up."

The EAA LSA Mall is looking for the balance of up to 17 aircraft to arrive Thursday as weather prevented many from flying on Thursday. "It looks like the weather is lifting today so they'll be all here," she said.

EAAers in the Northwest can experience a full slate of forums and workshops, exhibits, and daily air shows. EAA's Ron Wagner will provide sport pilot update presentations each day, including two on Saturday. And those wanting to become sport pilots can obtain a free student pilot certificate in the EAA Member Village from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

On Saturday Wagner will present a recognition plaque to honor the Seattle EAA Chapter 26's 50th anniversary.

For more information on the 38th annual event, visit www.NWEAA.org.

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